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No American jazz singer has traversed a wider array of musical territory over the past five years than the Bay Area’s Laurie Antonioli. Exploring with her vaunted American Dreams Band, she organically transforms any song into a possibility-filled jazz vehicle, a journey that culminated most recently in 2014’s critically hailed Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light (Origin), an album based on the extraordinary music of Joni Mitchell. While named on numerous best-album-of-the-year lists, the album received particularly cherished accolades from Ms. Mitchell herself, who invited Antonioli to perform at SFJAZZ’s May 8 gala celebration in her honor alongside Kris Kristofferson, Kurt Elling, Brian Blade, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin, and Tom Scott, among others.

Antonioli follows up with Varuna (Origin), an album that takes her into very different sonic and emotional spaces. It’s a duo project that reunites her with piano legend Richie Beirach on a collection of utterly reimagined standards, spontaneous inventions, and Beirach originals featuring Antonioli lyrics (German bassist Pepe Berns joins on four of the album’s 13 tracks). In many ways, the album continues an intermittent but always probing musical conversation stretching back nearly three decades, a creatively charged relationship fueled by mutual musical admiration.

“Laurie is the real deal,” Beirach says. “She’s got a rich, elegant, colorful alto voice, great intonation, and amazingly creative and spontaneous phrasing. But most of all, she possesses that unteachable, unexplainable element of humanity deep down in every note she sings.”

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Chair, Vocal Jazz Studies, The Jazzschool, Berkeley, California. See jazzschool.com for more information.

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Album The Constant Passage of Time by Laurie Antonioli

The Constant Passage...

Origin Records
2019

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Album Varuna by Laurie Antonioli

Varuna

Origin Records
2015

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Album Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light: the Music of Joni Mitchell by Laurie Antonioli

Songs of Shadow,...

Origin Records
2014

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Album American Dreams by Laurie Antonioli

American Dreams

Intrinsic Music
2010

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Where Flamingo Fly/Black is the Color

Where Flamingo Fly/Black is the Color

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Foreign Affair

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