For the outstanding young pianist/composer Laura Dubin, the serious pursuit of jazz expression began at the age of 13. Studying classical piano since the age of six in her native Rochester, NY, annual visits from her California-based pianist uncle David Dubin also acquainted her with the blues. At ten she discovered a copy of the Charlie Parker compilation, Talkin’ Bird in her parents’ record collection and things began to connect. Three years later she began studying jazz piano with Peruvian-born Richard Delaney, who gave the young pianist her first serious exposure to Latin music. But it was his suggestion to Laura in her first lesson that she check out Oscar Peterson’s West Side Story album that locked everything into place… and she was off and running.
At 16, another key development occurred with a lesson from Fred Hersch, who recommended that she partake in the exemplary music program at Western Michigan University, where her primary piano teacher was the eminent educator Dr. Stephen Zegree. On her way to attaining her Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies there in 2011, Laura was one of the most active and respected student musicians at the university and in local venues all over Kalamazoo. A visiting professorship by Fred Hersch further developed the mentoring relationship, which continues to this day. Laura also performed a pair of duets with the world-renowned pianist at his Kalamazoo concert, Fred Hersch & Friends.
Shortly after graduating Laura began a 15-month stretch in a jazz trio on three Holland America Line cruise ships, where she met and performed with her husband and drummer Antonio H. Guerrero. At the conclusion of these tours in November 2012, Laura moved to Mexico City. Together with Antonio and a few different bassists, Laura worked consistently in and around Mexico City.
Seriously focused upon composing and arranging since 2008, Laura has created more than 40 pieces for solo piano as well as small and large ensembles, citing Horace Silver, Dave Brubeck, Fred Hersch and Claude Debussy among her deepest influences. As a player, she names Peterson, Hersch, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Vince Guaraldi and Wynton Kelly among her models.
Deeply focused, highly motivated and inspired by some of the most powerful spirits in the jazz legacy, Laura Dubin is ready to take her place as an important contributor to that profound tradition. Her latest album, Laura Dubin Plays the Great American Songbook, was released in May of 2015.