For the outstanding pianist/composer Laura Dubin, the serious pursuit of jazz expression began at the age of 12 in her native Rochester, NY. In 2007 she embarked on a 7-year journey of study and performing that brought her to various points in the U.S. and Latin America; and now Laura’s path has come full circle to her hometown.
After two years as a popular and much sought-after ensemble, the trio reached a new plateau with a triumphant featured performance at the prestigious Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2016 (followed by another performance at the 2017 festival). The 2016 performance was recorded, and then released shortly afterward as a two-disc album. Following her two previous acclaimed albums – 2013’s Introducing the Laura Dubin Trio, and Laura Dubin Plays the Great American Songbook in 2015 – Laura Dubin Trio Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is undeniable evidence of the development of a highly promising young musician into a mature and powerful new presence on the contemporary jazz scene. Where her debut album included ten original compositions and the second featured her original arrangements of ten classic songs by Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and other legends of song, the live album combines her outstanding composing and superb arranging skills to reveal an artist of depth, command and originality – further expressed through her own unique take on the “mashup” concept.
A virtuoso pianist extensively trained in both the Western Classical and Classic Jazz traditions, and well-versed in Latin and film music, Laura melds all of her musical loves into a seamless web of breathtaking creativity and adventurous exploration throughout the live album, providing a vivid example of her in-person performance concept. Mozart steeped in the history of jazz piano; Beethoven welded with Songbook gems; Ellington with Chopin; Debussy with Gershwin; Ravel with Rodgers & Hammerstein tinged with Latin; Cole Porter with Bill Evans – all reinvented, re-imagined and forged into very personal statements placed alongside her own singular compositions.
Although Rochester will remain her home base, plans are in motion to shift into a more extensive level of touring both nationally and internationally in the near future. In addition to her performance experience in Mexico and the Rochester festival, Laura has performed all over the northeast quadrant of the U.S., including top clubs in Washington DC, Cleveland, Buffalo and various venues in New York City, as well as the Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston, NY; the River Jazz Festival in Bethlehem, PA and the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Above all, playing music – naming Hersch, Peterson, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Vince Guaraldi and Wynton Kelly among her models – is her greatest joy.