Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Laura Dreyer, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, has been a dynamic member of the New York jazz scene for more than two decades. Her original compositions fuse elements of jazz, funk, and rock with a Brazilian flair, creating a unique, contemporary palette of sound with a wide array of textures.
Mysterious Encounter, her longstanding Brazilian-jazz ensemble features Dreyer on saxophones and flute and has featured many well-known musicians in the Brazilian Jazz idiom. The group headlined the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival in 2001 and opened for David Sanborn at the Syracuse Jazz Festival in 2000. They have also performed at many of New York City’s top clubs, including Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, Le Bar Bat, Sete MOMA, The Fifth House Performance Space, El Taller Latino Americano, Caviarteria, La Belle Epoque, Zanzibar, Europa Café, and most recently, an eight month engagement at the popular Tribeca lounge, Dekk. Laura’s debut CD, “Mysterious Encounter,” is available at cdbaby.com/lauradreyer. In addition, Laura also produced a compilation CD entitled Sax in the City on Apria Records, for which the proceeds benefit breast cancer charities....
New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Dreyer is very active as a music educator, having served on the faculties of the Jamey Aebersold jazz clinics, Cazedero Music and Arts Camp, and the New York Pops Salute to Music program. Laura is currently a faculty member in the Jazz Department of the prestegious Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, New York where she teaches jazz woodwinds, theory, conducts ensembles, and leads jazz improvisation classes, in addition to being a clinician at high schools and colleges on a regular basis. Dreyer was a featured columnist in Saxophone Journal for five years, and contues to write for various music publications including Jazz Improv Magazine, and Sax on the Web.