Laurie Antonioli
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)one of jazz’s most adventurous vocalists $20.50 advance / $22.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
May 26 8:00 pm

Incisive lyricist, scat virtuoso, and master balladeer Laurie Antonioli's global vision is rooted in verdant American soil. Whether reinventing traditional American songs, or introducing contemporary melodies made vivid with her original lyrics, Bay Area native, Laurie weaves a gorgeous tapestry from the raw materials of jazz, folk, and country music, informed by her many years teaching and touring in Europe.

Following her 1985 debut recording Soul Eyes (Catero), recorded with pianist George Cables, Laurie became a staple of the Bay Area, working with singer Bobby McFerrin, pianist Cedar Walton, and most closely with the late saxophonist Joe Henderson. A longtime music educator, she was a professor in the jazz vocals department at KUG University in Graz, Austria from 2002 to 2006, returning to teach at the Jazzschool in Berkeley.

American Dreams, her first new release since returning home should remind jazz fans that Laurie is a major talent, of which C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz says, "It is not hyperbole to say that Laurie Antonioli is emerging as the most important vocalist, let alone jazz vocalist, this decade. Let us hope for much more music from this brilliant constellation in the west."

For tonight's Freight & Jazzschool co-production, Laurie has assembled an all-star band featuring Matt Clark, piano, Sheldon Brown, saxophones and clarinet, John Shifflet, bass, and Jason Lewis, drums.

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