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Laura Ainsworth

Granddaughter of a 1920's female jazz pianist and daughter of legendary big band saxophonist Billy Ainsworth of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Laura Ainsworth has classic supper club jazz in her DNA. The Dallas-based singer has a pure, rich tone and nearly three-octave range that has attracted some of the best jazz players in the Southwest to her side, including 2011 "Dallas Jazz Musician of the Year" Brian Piper, to create her shows that combine her contemporary sense of humor with the elegant style of the great supper club performers of the '40s and '50s. Her debut CD, "Keep It To Yourself," featuring the Brian Piper Trio and several great guest musicians, spans the decades, from fresh twists on standards like "Skylark" and "Love For Sale" to forgotten gems from the 1920's- '50s, to contemporary tracks, like the sexy but hilarious title song.

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five Women VIII – Alma Micic; Jane Ira Bloom; Laura Ainsworth; Abelita Mateus; Tash Sultana

Read "Five Women VIII – Alma Micic; Jane Ira Bloom; Laura Ainsworth; Abelita Mateus; Tash Sultana" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Alma Micic That Old Feeling Whaling City Records 2017 Serbian vocalist Alma Micic's 2014 Tonight (CTA Records) was a welcome addition to the jazz vocals discography because of its bold repertoire and compelling performance. Micic returns with a decidedly more focused and refined recording that mixes the new and old with ...

ARTICLE: IN THE BIZ

Artist Roundtable: Where's the Money?

Read "Artist Roundtable: Where's the Money?" reviewed by Kathy Sanborn

In our last roundtable, we delved into the topic of hiring a publicist, and the benefits of doing so. In this article, we will discover how our roundtable peers make money from their musical recordings. Are there any secrets to successfully releasing albums or singles in this era of free streaming and rampant stealing?

ARTICLE: IN THE BIZ

Hiring a Publicist: Is It Worth It?

Read "Hiring a Publicist: Is It Worth It?" reviewed by Kathy Sanborn

"Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!" --P. T. Barnum Jazz artists strive to make the best albums possible, choosing the best songs, selecting other musicians to interpret those songs, and recording the pieces with artistic and technical skill. When their masterpieces are complete, it does not all end there. The artist or band ...

TRACK OF THE DAY

Necessary Evil

Album:
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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Duration: 04:06

TRACK OF THE DAY

Love For Sale

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Label: Eclectus Records
Released: 0
Duration: 4:29

NEWS: RECORDING

Laura Ainsworth - Keep It to Yourself (2011)

Laura Ainsworth - Keep It to Yourself (2011)

Dallas, Texas-based Laura Ainsworth, though performing last-century throwback cocktail jazz, may have stumbled into a zeitgeist-defining moment with the opening title track here. Whether she knew it or not back in the recording studio, Ainsworth's delicious tale of revenge exacted on a serial philanderer is perfectly of the moment in this period of celebrity male misdeed ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Laura Ainsworth

Read "Take Five With Laura Ainsworth" reviewed by Laura Ainsworth

Meet Laura Ainsworth: I was born in Los Angeles but came to Dallas as a tot when my dad, jazz sax/clarinetist Billy Ainsworth, relocated to become a part of the growing commercial recording industry. Came up in the music biz (details to follow!). Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Texas-based jazz vocalist Laura Ainsworth truly dazzles on new CD

The last thing anyone would expect from a jazz album would be a cover of a song from '80s New Wave vet Marshall Crenshaw. But on her latest record, Keep It To Yourself, vocalist Laura Ainsworth does just that, stripping away the power pop from Crenshaw's 1991 original and instead focusing on its yearning romanticism. Gifted ...


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