Lea DeLaria on Bowie, Butches, and Singing Jazz

Lea DeLaria may be best known for her role as Big Boo on Netflx’s Orange Is the New Black, but she has also enjoyed a long career as a jazz singer. In June, she released House of David, an album of jazz versions of 12 classic David Bowie songs. She is now filming Season 4 of Orange and touring on weekends. We spoke just after the album’s July 19 release party at New York City’s Cutting Room.

At the concert, I was really charmed when you explained how jazz works: what solos are and...

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