A carnival of music, joy and danceable tunes with host Toni Basanta. www.cubanbridge.wordpress.com Featuring the Laura Dubin Trio.
Pianist-composer Laura Dubin's journey into jazz expression began at the age of 10 with the discovery of a Charlie Parker album in her parents’ record collection. Already studying classical piano since she was 6, Laura began studying jazz piano formally at 13. Her teacher’s suggestion to listen to Canadian jazz master Oscar Peterson set in motion her unbroken path of self-discovery and musical growth.
A lesson from the renowned Fred Hersch three years later, was profoundly influential, and his recommendation that she takes part in the exemplary music program at Western Michigan University laid the foundation for her professional career.
Studying piano with the eminent Dr. Stephen Zegree on her way to attaining her Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies in 2011, Laura became one of the most active and respected student-musicians at the University.
Due to her fierce dedication to acoustic, straight ahead jazz, predominantly in the classic trio format, solo performances and the classical European pianists and composers, Laura was invited to perform in a pair of Duets with Fred Hersch at his Kalamazoo Concert, Fred Hersch & Friends.
Leading and participating in a variety of higher level ensembles, Laura also performed at a Western Michigan University Concert with jazz singer Kurt Elling, and at such major venues as Lincoln Center and the Detroit International Jazz Festival alongside such outstanding artists as saxophonists Mark Murphy and Bobby Watson, and singer Janis Siegel.
In May 2011, Laura performed solo and in a trio with bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Sylvia Cuenca at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Shortly afterwards, Laura began a 15-month stretch in a jazz trio on three Holland America Line Cruise ships, where she met and performed with her drummer and partner Antonio Guerrero.
In November 2012, Laura moved to Mexico City, where she and Antonio worked non-stop, including major venues such as Anfiteatro Simón Bolivar, Palacio de Bellas Artes and La Fiesta de la Música “CoyoFest.”
Since 2008, Laura has created more than 40 pieces for solo piano as well as small and large ensembles.
In 2013, LAURA released her 1st CD, Introducing the Laura Dubin Trio feat. husband-drummer Antonio and bassist Sam Weber performing 10 of her original compositions.
Laura and Antonio relocated to her hometown of Rochester, NY, also known as the Flower City, in March 2014, where her music continues to evolve with performances at the Xerox Rochester International Festival in 2016. Our selection for this new episode.
For more information, visit www.lauradubin.com