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Laura Ainsworth

Granddaughter of a 1920's female jazz pianist and daughter of legendary big band saxophonist Billy Ainsworth of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Laura Ainsworth has classic supper club jazz in her DNA. The Dallas-based singer has a pure, rich tone and nearly three-octave range that has attracted some of the best jazz players in the Southwest to her side, including 2011 “Dallas Jazz Musician of the Year” Brian Piper, to create her shows that combine her contemporary sense of humor with the elegant style of the great supper club performers of the '40s and '50s.

Her debut CD, “Keep It To Yourself,” featuring the Brian Piper Trio and several great guest musicians, spans the decades, from fresh twists on standards like “Skylark” and “Love For Sale” to forgotten gems from the 1920's- '50s, to contemporary tracks, like the sexy but hilarious title song.


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”Ainsworth’s voice is sublime as it caresses top-notch musicianship by a slew of southwest jazz players...It’s a very warm, elegant album with just enough big stage flair.” — Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News

”Jazz vocalist Laura Ainsworth weaves past and present with stunning power...Her voice is like (a) mirror reflection into the past, conjuring black-and-white images of well-groomed gentlemen in trench coats and fedoras, smoke-enveloped bars, and glamorous women whose beauty is nearly as bright as their jewelry...Laura Ainsworth has that effect on the listener, an uncanny ability to flash portraits in the mind with a simple line...It might not be long before Dallas is not just known for its oil, Cowboys, and J.R

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Necessary Evil

Self Produced
2013

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Keep It To Yourself

Eclectus Records
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Necessary Evil

From: Necessary Evil
By Laura Ainsworth

Love For Sale

From: Keep It To Yourself
By Laura Ainsworth

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