Laura Dreyer Quartet
Brazilian jazz quartet
Laura Dreyer has been a dynamic member of the New York jazz scene since her arrival from San Francisco. Her original compositions fuse elements of jazz, funk, and rock with a Brazilian flair, creating a unique, contemporary palette of sound with a wide array of textures. “Mysterious Encounter,” her longstanding Brazilian-jazz ensemble, features Dreyer on saxophones and flute and has featured many well-known musicians in the Brazilian Jazz idiom. The group headlined the Kennedy Center’s “Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival” in 2001 and opened for David Sanborn at the Syracuse Jazz Festival in 2000. They have also performed at many of New York City’s top clubs, including Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, Le Bar Bat, Sete MOMA, The Fifth House Performance Space, El Taller Latino Americano, Caviarteria, La Belle Epoque, Zanzibar, Europa Café, the popular Tribeca lounge, Dekk,.and Cachaça. The core ensemble is a quartet consisting of sax/flute, piano, bass and drums; however, the group expands to include vocals, guitar, and percussion, accommodating the needs of various performance situations. The band’s combined talents produce an exciting mixture of Brazilian jazz that is fresh and distinctive!
In addition, Laura has performed with noted Brazilian musicians such as vocalist Leny Andrade, guitarist Romero Lubambo, pianist Dom Salvador, drummer Portinho, percussionist Helcio Milito and pianist Weber Iago, and many other well known jazz musicians including Dr. Billy Taylor, Rufus Reid & Akira Tana, Walter Bishop Jr., Mel Lewis, Robert Palmer, Nnenna Freelon, Lea Delaria, and saxophonist/author James McBride.
Laura’s ensemble “Mysterious Encounter” has released a CD of that title, and in addition, Laura has produced a compilation CD entitled “Sax in the City” (Apria Records), for which the proceeds benefit breast cancer charities.
Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
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