Laura Landsberg brings her unique blend of Jazz, Blues and gospel to the GRiff series, with featured selections from the Duke. Some of the area’s finest musicians will make this a very special night. Clinton Swanson on saxophone, Paul Landsberg on guitar, Rob Fahie on Bass, and Tony Ferraro on drums.
Laura Landsberg’s talent comes naturally; she is the daughter of world-renowned trombonist and composer Ian McDougall. “I was born in London, England while my father was playing with Johnny Dankworth, and he used to play Laura to me on his trombone when I was a baby,” Landbserg says with a tinge of shyness.
Although Laura has been described as, “A remarkably fresh and unpretentious singer”, Spokesman Review. Perhaps Paul Grant (CBC Hot Air), put it best when he stated, “With so many singers trying to sound like someone else, it’s a treat to hear Laura Landsberg’s fresh and original voice….. she’s a natural.
“Laura Landsberg is a rare vocalist, one who can cross almost any genre with a range of expression and emotion that draws you into anything she decides to sing. She is widely known as a wonderful Jazz and R and B singer. On her latest recording, A Simple Twist, she stretches out and explores new territory, all with her trade mark virtuosity. She uses her musical curiosity to combine elements of Jazz, Country and even some Rock to deliver a song in a way that's all her own. The recording is a beautiful mix of stellar musicianship, great song choices and Laura's fantastic delivery. She is simply a joy to listen to.”
Craig Korth, Director Nimble Fingers Music Festival
Landsberg has been leading a busy life as a wife, a mother to six children, a music instructor at Selkirk College, and a jazz singer. Living in Nelson B.C., she had a perfect setting in which to raise her family and the small town culture allowed her to sing, as time would permit. She has been able to sing a lot and her credits speak for themselves. Landsberg has performed with Desafinado, a Brazilian group out of Spokane, played the Kaslo Jazz Festival, the Sandpoint Jazz Festival in Idaho, guest vocalist with Chucho Valdez at the the Havana Jazz Festival, performed with Chris Brubeck, the bass playing son of Dave Brubeck, as well as appearing with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Hugh Fraser and VEJI (Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation).