Laurence Elder has swiftly established a strong musical presence in the wake of his sold-out CD release concert at the Van Dyke Cafe, in Miami Beach. His fresh, inspired blend of jazz, rock, blues and pop, along with his triple threat talents as a singer-songwriter-pianist, set his music apart as a vital new original sound. Already a signed artist on ESC Records in Europe and in Japan on the P-Vine label, Laurence has recorded with Grammy winners Paquito D’Rivera and Peter Erskine, who both appear as guests on his critically acclaimed debut album, “Surrounded.”
The album was recently featured in JAZZIZ Magazine and the accompanying “JAZZIZ on disc” CD sampler, the arts and entertainment section of The Miami Herald, as well as receiving a four-star review in Modern Drummer Magazine. Recent performances include the new Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club, a Valentine’s Day show at the Deering Estate attended by over 2000 fans, and a concert opening for Al Dimeola, who has Laurence on his short list of favorite musicians.
Laurence’s background as a seasoned jazz pianist includes music degrees from the University of Miami and Shenandoah Conservatory, but on “Surrounded” his evolution as a singer-songwriter is more than apparent as he blurs the lines between genres. “Like Sting, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder, Laurence has the ability to go beyond jazz’s traditional boundaries,” says JAZZIZ Magazine owner and chief editor Michael Fagien, a big fan of the album.