lauradreyer@churchstreetschool.org

Laura Dreyer is a vibrant, creative voice in the New York jazz scene.  A multi-instrumentalist, Dreyer is in great demand as a sideperson. Audiences have heard her in the bands of such diverse artists as Dr. Billy Taylor, Dom Salvador, Helcio Milito, Portinho, Walter Bishop Jr., Mel Lewis, Robert Palmer, Nnenna Freelon, saxophonist/author James McBride, “The Diva Jazz Orchestra, and many others. Laura has headlined at the Kennedy Center’s “Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival,” and The Syracuse Jazz Festival, as well as many NYC venues including The Blue Note, The Antique Garage, Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, The Zinc Bar, The Bean Runner Café. She has additionally performed at clubs and festivals both nationally and internationally. Laura has released three CDs as a leader/producer, including Mysterious Encounter (Lavasphere), Free Flying Bird (Sony/Piloo), and Sax in the City (Apria), all of which are available on CDbaby.com and itunes. She is also featured on acclaimed Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador’s newest release, The Art of Samba Jazz, which received the 2012 Premio da Musica Brasileira award for Best Instrumental CD. Laura attended The Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has  studied with saxophonists Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano, pianist Dennis Kaufman, and composers Lyle Mays and Jim McNeely.