Born: March 9 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Nothing heightens one’s sense of identity more than being far away from home. For Laurie Antonioli, one of jazz’s most adventurous vocalists, working outside the United States has long provided invaluable perspective and information. Her new album American Dreams is an emotional travelogue inspired not so much by the sights and sounds encountered while living abroad as by the feelings that arose while thinking of home during her long sojourn in Europe. Supple and sensuous, her voice infuses every well-chosen note with longing and desire’s simmering afterglow, a quality unnamed in English but known in Portuguese as saudade....
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Chair, Vocal Jazz Studies, The Jazzschool, Berkeley, California www.jazzschool.com for more information.