On Doing Jazz, Lorens Chuno presents captivating conversations with enterprising jazz musicians. These conversations are free-form in nature and casually explore the work life of these artists; but don’t be surprised to hear their ‘starting out’ stories, their opinions on current issues, and maybe one or two pieces of advice for people interested in their chosen art field. Tune in every week for a new episode of, and find out how these inspiring jazz practitioners DO JAZZ
Originally from Nigeria, Lorens Chuno (born Lawrence C. Udeigwe) moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 2000 for an undergraduate education at Duquesne University. Though a mathematics / computer science major, the singer performed and toured with the Duquesne University Chapel Choir, and other groups affiliated with the university’s school of music and campus ministry. Within this period, he also began to hone his song-writing and performance skills, giving solo coffee shop and library performances, while creating his own unique brand of West African jazz fusion.
After graduating from Duquesne University, Chuno considered several music-related career routes, which included moving to New York City to pursue musical theater, and enrolling in graduate school for music performance, but he ultimately settled for furthering his studies in mathematics, consequently obtaining an M.S in applied mathematics from the University of Delaware. He then returned to Pittsburgh in 2006 for his doctoral studies in applied mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. He also enrolled for voice and jazz piano lessons at the Afro American Music Institute, under the tutelage of Dr. James Johnson and Howard Alexander. In 2008, Chuno formed his band. The band played several of the reputable venues in Pittsburgh, including Brillobox, Rex Theater, Mr Smalls, Club Café, Thunderbird café, Shadow Lounge, and festivals, such as the Three River Music Festival and the African Music Festival. Reviewers describe his sets as “energy-filled”, “captivating”, and “educative” and the diversity of his musical skill-set has been remarked: a Pittsburgh post-gazette writer once described him as “…a talented vocalist, pianist, percussionist, and dancer”. Having completed his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Chuno relocated to New York City in 2014.
Lorens Chuno’s 2016 album “Naija Rhythm Affair, NYC” is the result of four years of observations, lyric writing, and composition. The singer-pianist-songwriter describes the album as a collection of music and lyrics that address contemporary issues from the perspective of a new generation African.
Lorens Chuno has shared stages with international acts like the Chicago Afrobeat Project, and the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. He has worked with some legendary jazz musicians including drummers Poogie Bell and Roger Humphries, and pianists Howie Alexander and Marc Cary. He has also garnered a few international recognitions including appearances on the Nigerian Television Authority “Celebrity Corner” program and the African Independent Television (AIT) “Artist’s Notebook”.
As a well-trained mathematician, Lorens Chuno currently holds an assistant professorship (of Mathematics) at Manhattan College where he is listed as Lawrence C. Udeigwe, PhD
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