LaVon Hardison sings jazz standards, originals, and her own eclectic and compelling arrangements of popular songs. Equally at home at jazz clubs, corporate events, private parties, and sacred settings, LaVon uses her background in musical theater, opera, and jazz as a foundation for her accessible, joyful, and engaging musical explorations.
Born in Boston, LaVon Hardison’s earliest musical roots go back to her childhood Baptist church. She also had formal discipline training in classical/opera with the Boston Lyric Opera, along with dramatic and musical theater, video work, TV, film, and voice-overs. Now based in Olympia, Washington, LaVon works with various musical collaborators with whom she can have deep and often funny musical conversations. She also collaborates with swing guitarist Vince Brown as the duo Red and Ruby.
LaVon was a featured performer at the 2009 Festival of World Sacred Music in New Delhi, India. She has performed on stages in Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington State. In 2016, LaVon won the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Jazz Vocalist Audition at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, claiming the prize of a jazz-soaked journey to Japan, performing in Kobe, Osaka, and Tokyo. LaVon has also hosted a weekly radio show, “The Jazz Experience” on KAOS-FM.