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Bill Laurance

Bill Laurance is a London-based, GRAMMY® award-winning pianist, composer and arranger, whose rise to fame with the world-renowned outfit Snarky Puppy has paved the way for a flourishing solo career.

Laurance released his debut solo album, Flint, in 2014, followed shortly thereafter by Swift — both albums soaring up the jazz charts and receiving praise for their deft musicianship and emotive writing and arrangement. 2016 saw the release of his third solo effort, Aftersun — a rhythmic and funk-infused album featuring percussionist Weedie Braimah, followed by Laurance's first live album, captured at London's Union Chapel.

In 2019, Laurance released his fifth album, Cables, coinciding with the launch of his own record label, Flint Music. His first concept album, it draws inspiration from the exponential growth of technology. An entirely solo recording upon which Laurance plays every instrument — its electronic textures, inventive production and piano processing were realised with the assistance of co-producer and engineer, Nic Hard.

An alumni of the Sundance Composer Lab at Skywalker Sound, Laurance recently contributed to the feature documentary, David Crosby: Remember My Name, and wrote his first Feature Film score for Un Traductor, both of which received nominations at Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Laurance's third feature film contribution is to Initials S.G., which won the Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Award.

Laurance has collaborated with an array of musical talents, including David Crosby, Morcheeba, Salif Keita, Susana Baca, the Metropole Orkest, WDR Big Band and many more.


Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2015


Album Review

Bill Laurance & Michael League: Where You Wish You Were

Read "Where You Wish You Were" reviewed by Cary Tenenbaum

As of this writing in Spring 2023, pianist Bill Laurance and bass and oud player Michael League have apparently been playing together in Snarky Puppy for almost 20 years. This may come as a surprise to some listeners who may still think of them as new kids on the block, so to speak. These two have been busy performing together all these years in the aforementioned band as well as backing up various artists ranging from Erykah Badu to David ...

Album Review

Snarky Puppy: Immigrance

Read "Immigrance" reviewed by Josh Deakin

Three years after their last release, Snarky Puppy's thirteenth studio album Immigrance makes a statement as a standard for jazz fusion that all modern artists should take note of. The opening track, “Chonks," sets the tone of the record with a fierce drum fill from Larnell Lewis which is reminiscent of reggae tones, an aesthetic which Snarky Puppy enjoy teasing on occasion. The record keeps pace as it weaves together the collection of songs which gives the illusion ...

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★ ★ ★ ★ 'Establishing a solo identity while part of such a big-time band as Snarky Puppy is a tough call, but Laurance has stepped right up to it.' – John Fordham, The Guardian
Egor Tokarev
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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Where You Wish You...

The Act Company



Flint Music


Live at Union Chapel



Live at the...

Jazzline Records



GroundUP Music



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