Landsberg debuts new CD in Kaslo

Take one part rock ‘n’ roll, one part jazz, and one part country, shake it up with a gorgeous and dynamic voice and call it A Simple Twist.

Local singer Laura Landsberg has a new CD out and plays the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival on Sunday.

Take one part rock ‘n’ roll, one part jazz, and one part country, shake it up with a gorgeous and dynamic voice and call it A Simple Twist. This new recording from Laura Landsberg sees her changing up tunes by artists like Bob Dylan, CCR, and Van Morrison.

Landsberg is accompanied by a group featuring the great talents of Daniel Lapp (violin), Miles Black (piano), Paul Landsberg (guitar), Ken Lister (bass), and Tony Ferraro (drums).

Her voice leads the way, taking us on a magical musical adventure.

Great songs, great musicians and Landsberg’s great singing, equals classics made new with A Simple Twist.

The musicians on this recording are exceptional.

The album features Steve Dawson (Zubot and Dawson) on guitars, dobro and pedal steel, John Reischman (of the Jaybirds) on mandolin, Daniel Lapp on violin, Pat Steward (The Odds) on drums.

“I feel very fortunate to have a large representation of players that were on the recording for my set in Kaslo,” said Landsberg.

Her talent comes naturally; she is the daughter of world-renowned trombonist and composer Ian McDougall.

“I was born in London, England while my father was playing with Johnny Dankworth,” said Landsberg. “When I was a baby he used to play the song Laura to me on his trombone.”

Landsberg leads a busy life as, a mother to six children, a teacher, and a jazz singer.

She has been performing her unique blend of jazz, blues, and gospel music throughout North America for over 20 years.

Her credits speak for themselves. As well as leading her own groups, she has performed with Chucho Valdez, the Brubeck Brothers, Neil Swainson, Ron Johnston, Steve Dawson, Hugh Fraser and VEJI, Desafinado, and has been a featured soloist with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra.

Landsberg has been described as, “A remarkably fresh and unpretentious singer” by the Spokesman Review.

Perhaps Paul Grant, from CBC’s Hot Air, put it best when he said, “With so many singers trying to sound like someone else, it’s a treat to hear Laura Landsberg’s fresh and original voice. She’s a natural.”

Landsberg will play on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival.

For a full line-up and schedule visit kaslojazzfest.com/v3.

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