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Laura Dreyer

Saxophonist, flutist, and composer Laura Dreyer is a vibrant, creative voice in the New York jazz scene. Her catchy original compositions combine lyrical melodies with jazz, and Brazilian rhythms, resulting in an exciting, contemporary palette of sound with a strong rhythmic twist.

Her newest recording, Vida. Arte. Amor. (Mayimba Jazz) was recently recorded in Rio de Janeiro and features both Rio and New York based jazz artists. Laura has released three previous CDs as a leader/producer, including Mysterious Encounter (Lavasphere), Free Flying Bird (Sony/Piloo), and Sax in the City (Apria), all of which are available on CDbaby.com and itunes. She is also featured on acclaimed Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador’s newest release, The Art of Samba Jazz, which received a Premio da Musica Brasileira award for Best Instrumental CD.

A multi-instrumentalist, Dreyer is in great demand as a side-person. Audiences have heard her in the bands of suchdiverse artists as Dr. Billy Taylor, Dom Salvador, Antonio Adolofo, Helcio Milito, Portinho, Walter Bishop Jr.,Mel Lewis, Robert Palmer, Nnenna Freelon, saxophonist/author James McBride, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, and many others. Laura has headlined at the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, and The Syracuse Jazz Festival, as well as many NYC venues including The Blue Note, Fat Cat, The Antique Garage, Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, The Zinc Bar, The Bean Runner Cafe, and many more. She has additionally performed at clubs and festivals both nationally and internationally.

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”Balmy bossa-influenced jazz-pop from a pretty San Francisco native whose sax and flute playing do indeed suggest she's learned a bit from Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil records...smooth, but not that smooth. The Beatles cover is quite tasty.” - Chuck Eddy/Village Voice

“Every once and awhile an artist comes around to surprise everyone with the proficiency in an idiom naturally foreign to him or her. The saxophonist and flutist Laura Dreyer is one such artist. The Portuguese idiom of Brasil comes so naturally to her that she could almost fool even the most astute listener into believing that she is Brasilian.” - Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

“Dreyer’s many original compositions on the album explore a full range of Brazilian styles - samba, bossa nova, maracatú, baião, samba-funk, and bolero, combining them with jazz and a few rock touches

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto

Willing to teach

Advanced only


Dreyer is very active as a music educator, having served on the faculties of the Jamey Aebersold jazz clinics, Cazedero Music and Arts Camp, Jazz Camp West, and the Friends of Music in Korea. Laura is currently a faculty member of Church St. School for Music and Art, the New York Pops PopsEd Program, Riverdale Country School, The New York Jazz Academy, and The Brazilian Music Foundation. In addition to being a clinician at high schools and colleges on a regular basis. Dreyer was a featured columnist in Saxophone Journal for five years, and contues to write for various music publications including Jazz Improv Magazine, and Sax on the Web.

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Swings Broadway

Diva Records


Vida. Arte. Amor.

Mayimba Music


Free Flying Bird

Piloo Records and Productions LLC


Sax in the City

Apria Records



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