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Saxophonist, flutist, composer Laura Dreyer, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, has been a dynamic member of the New York jazz scene for many years. Her original compositions fuse elements of jazz, funk, and rock with a Brazilian flair, creating a unique, contemporary palette of sound.
Laura performs as a headliner at many festivals, which have included The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, The Syracuse Jazz Festival. The Hartford Jazz Festival, and more. She regularly appears at many of New York City’s top jazz venues, including The Blue Note, The Bean Runner Cafe, Fat Cat, Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, The Zinc Bar, El Taller Latino Americano, Europa Café, Cachaça, and more. Laura is in great demand as a side person, and has appeared with noted musicians such as pianist Dom Salvador, Dr. Billy Taylor, Walter Bishop Jr., Mel Lewis, Robert Palmer, Nnenna Freelon, Lea Delaria, The Big O Orchestra, Portinho, Helcio Milito, saxophonist/author James McBride, and many others. Laura was a founding member and contributing arranger for The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, playing both lead alto and tenor. With DIVA, Laura had wonderful opportunities to perform with major talents such as Rosemary Clooney, Dave Brubeck, Joe Williams, Jack Jones, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rebecca Parris, Maurice Hines, Diane Schuur, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, and many others.
Laura’s debut CD, Mysterious Encounter, features her original compositions and arrangements in the Brazilian Jazz idiom. In addition, she produced a compilation CD entitled Sax in the City (Apria Records), for which the proceeds benefit breast cancer charities. Laura's newest release, Free Flying Bird (Piloo/Sony Premium Latin), is available on itunes, Amazon, and CDbaby. Laura is featured on Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador's newest release, The Art of Samba Jazz, which received the 2012 Premio da Musica Brasileira award for Best Instrumental CD. She has performed multiple times in Brazil with some of Rio de Janeiro's top musicians, and her newest recording, Vida. Arte. Amor., which was recently recorded there, will be available from Mayimba Music in February 2014.
A scholarship student at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music, Laura studied with noted music educators Andy McGee, Joe Viola, and John LaPorta. In addition, she took private lessons with saxophone greats Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano, composers Lyle Mays and Jim McNeely, and jazz pianist Dennis Kaufman. She is active as a music educator, having served on the faculties of the Jamey Aebersold jazz Clinics, Cazadero Music and Arts Camp, Jazz Camp West, and the New York Pops Salute to Music Program. She was also a featured performer and educator in Busan, South Korea at The Friends of Music in Korea Music Festival, and is currently on the faculty of Church St. School for Music and Art in Tribeca, Riverdale Country School, an The New York POPS Salute to Music program. Laura regularly conducts clinics and workshops at high schools and colleges, which have included Berklee College of Music and The Jazz Improv Convention, and The Jazz School. She was a featured columnist in Saxophone Journal for five years, and continues to write for various music publications.