Vintage" chanteuse whose silky voice and witty, sexy
reinventions of mid-century lounge/jazz are bringing
fresh new twists to the Great American Songbook and
inspiring smitten critics to declare her "a
magnificent interpreter of song"..."an exceptional
singer, full of grace and color"..."magically
transporting to an era far gone"... "a funny lady
with a jewel of a voice"..."the very portrait of
West Coast cool"...and "as sweet-voiced as a
meadowlark crossed with a hummingbird!"
Here you'll find excerpts from her critically-acclaimed debut CD, Keep It To Yourself, and her latest album, Necessary Evil , both produced and arranged by keyboard icon Brian Piper and featuring some of the greatest jazz players in the Southwest...
soon: Her long-awaited third album, New
Vintage, executive-produced by
Grammy-winner Jack Kreisberg, founder of
the legendary Half Note jazz label and
manager of the Blue Note jazz club in
Music Guild Heritage Awards nominee for
Best Female Vocalist 2013-14-15 and Best
Mainstream Artist 2014-15!
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While in NYC, Laura was interviewed and sang three songs on the wild and wacky Madhouse TV cable/web show, "Legends TV," hosted by Evan Ginzberg. You can see the entire episode online here!
Laura also dropped by the world-famous Birdland jazz club (right), to clown around with hilarious host Jim Caruso and sing "Just Give Me A Man" with pianist Billy Stritch at their weekly "Cast Party." In the audience, two legendary divas: Nona Hendryx of LaBelle and cabaret icon, Marilyn Maye!
was the guest
on OPM Live
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Laura was a guest on Al Fink's music talk show on Feb. 24. To listen or download it, click here!
Laura appeared Thurs. Feb. 26 on UMSL Radio, the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus station, on the 5-7 pm show.
Laura performed in India and Dubai as part of the WOA Records India Tour and WOA International Music Festival Goa and Dubai.
the title track of
Laura's CD Necessary
Evil was included
Laura was a 2014 AMG Awards nominee for Best Female Vocalist and Best Mainstream Artist! She performed "Last Train to Mercerville" for a nationally-televised AMG Awards TV special, alongside Billy Gilman, Gloria Gaynor, Chubby Checker, Shirley Caesar and other great stars! (Photos below: Presenting with Best New Artist winner Jesse Reece, and (right) at the after-party with host Billy Gilman and producer David L. Cook).
with Neon Jazz is posted
on YouTube! Click on the
link to hear it!
Laura was the very first spotlight new artist featured on the new Buddies Lounge Hi-Fi Hour show!
was interviewed by WOA Radio, heard
throughout India, about her track "Out of
This World" that's featured on the "Goa
Chillout Zone Vol. III" jazz compilation
was in Charlotte, NC, where she was a
nominee for Best Female Vocalist of 2013 at
the Artists Music Guild Awards.
was a guest on the Aug. 14 episode of Mike
Huckabee's national radio show!
Laura was interviewed on Koop Kooper's great "Cocktail Nation" show #277! To hear it, click here! You can also hear Laura played regularly on the show!
Laura was interviewed by Joe Dimino on "Neon Jazz!" To listen, click here!
Laura's version of "Out of This World" featured on the latest WOA FM99 radio show! Click here!
to all the CMJ-reporting radio stations that put "Necessary Evil" into the top
200 Jazz Week airplay charts and climbing! A
special shout-out to CSCR/Toronto Jazz for ranking it #6 two
weeks in a row and
"Keep It To Yourself" received a lead, rave review in the January "Vocalists" issue of Jazz Inside magazine. Click here to read it.
Laura was a featured artist at
Tied with Stanley Clarke and Lee Ritenour on JazzWeek's Top Radio Airplay Chart!
Featured CD on PRX's "Blues & Beyond!" Click
here to listen to the entire show!
"Keep It To Yourself" was the New Artist album of
the week on BluesJazzRadio.com!
Black & White
'30s glamor photo by Mark Oristano
"Keep It To
Yourself" and "Necessary Evil" cover photos and
email list section by Shoshana Portnoy
Contact section photo by Todd
Szalkowski, TGS Photography
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