“Laura Crema’s sultry vocals pull you deep into the dark, smokey room of some 40’s speakeasy where torch songs spoke volumes from the heart … unadulterated musical silk, and not to be missed.” - CBC Radio
A native of Vancouver, vocalist Laura Crema possesses a lush, unique instrument with great depth and resonance, her influences are broad and diverse as she blends jazz with popular music and improvisation. Surrounded by the crème de la B.C. jazz scene, Vancouver vocalist Laura Crema promises an exquisite, sultry evening of vocal jazz. She has studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts with legendary jazz vocalists Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton and in Washington State with Nancy King and Kurt Elling.
Laura Crema graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts, and Economics. She has studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts with legendary jazz vocalists Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton and in Washington State with Nancy King and Kurt Elling. She has trained in extended voice with master teacher Richard Armstrong and studied music at Vancouver Community College.
Laura is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and interdisciplinary performer. She has received numerous awards and grants including an “Emergence” Canada Council Grant for her work in the interdisciplinary arts. She has performed and worked with RADIX Theatre, the Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Touchstone Theatre, Olivia Thorvaldson, Grant Strate, Deborah Dunn, Catherine Lee,... composers she has worked with include, Jeff Corness, Peter Hannan, Ron Samworth, Cam Wilson and George McFetridge. She has presented her own Choreography at “Dancing on the Edge”, “Women in View” and the “Single Solos Dance” Festivals.
She was featured, along side five of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists, at the 2001 DIVAS FOR LIFE concert benefit at the Vogue Theatre. Laura Crema was featured in CBC Radio’s Studio One Jazz Series during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2002 and 2004 and she has also been showcased on CBC’s “Hotair”, “After Hours”, “Coastal Grooves”, “Richardson’s Roundup”, “North by Northwest” and Alberta’s CKUA.
Laura’s CD “Almost Blue” was released under the Maximum Jazz record label/Universal Canada and has received excellent reviews and radio airplay in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. “Almost Blue” has been featured in Air Canada’s Enroute magazine.
Her recording “Spring is Here”, was released Fall of 2007 by Maximum Jazz/EMI Canada and was named Vocal Jazz Recording of the Year by Jazz Journalist James Hale (Downbeat, Coda) in the Annual Village Voice Jazz Poll Ballots.
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
7:30pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Laura Crema – voice
Bill Coon – guitar
Adam Thomas – acoustic bass
Sharon Minemoto – piano
Joe Poole – drums