Laura Karst Jazz Quintet

Laura Karst Jazz Quintet

San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist Laura Karst surprises her audiences when they learn that, by day, she is the Chair of a prominent college’s French department. She does enjoy her day job, but singing jazz is her one true love. Her debut solo album, Little Did I Dream, is clearly a labor of that love, and a culmination of years of serious study of the craft of vocal jazz.

Laura has performed frequently as both a soloist and as part of vocal jazz groups. She has studied solo jazz voice with the internationally acclaimed jazz educator and clinician Roger Letson for many years, and had the honor of singing in the prestigious and award-winning 6-member vocal jazz ensemble Vocal Flight under Letson’s direction. This group, consisting of three male and three female vocalists, won two major national awards during Laura’s tenure with them: they took First Place at the 2007 Reno Jazz Festival, and their album Make the Move won DOWNBEAT magazine’s 2008 “Outstanding Performance” award.

Laura has also studied with Madeline Eastman, as well as with renowned European jazz vocalists Thierry Péala and Laurence Saltiel in master classes in France.

She is very experienced as a solo performer, having gigged in a number of Bay Area jazz venues, including, to name a few, Angelica's Bell Theatre and Bistro in Redwood City, the elegant Lobby Lounge of the San José Fairmont, Tarragon in Sunnyvale, Sumika in Los Altos, and the Octavia Lounge jazz club in San Francisco. In 2012 she performed in two popular jazz clubs in Paris, Le Caveau des Légendes and Le Café Universel.

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Laura Karst Jazz Quintet

Friday, July 12 · 8:30 PM at Angelicas