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Not many women are mechanical engineers. Fewer still hold several patents. Few women play jazz trumpet; even fewer the double bass. Hardly anybody plays both. Not many women sell their own company to play jazz full time. Only one woman in fifty is a redhead. There's surely only one red-headed, patent-holding, engineer-pianist-trumpeter-bassist woman in town. And, she sings. Her name is Laura Welland, and if you've listened to jazz in Seattle in the last decade, you may have heard her playing bass-at Tula's, the Seattle Art Museum, or Benaroya Hall. She's played with Jay Thomas, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester, Dawn Clement and other Seattle jazz greats; she's studied under Chuck Deardorf, John Clayton and the late Ray Brown; on the side, received her music degree from Cornish College of the Arts


Love is Never Out of Season

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: 1. Honeysuckle Rose; 2. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter); 3. I'll Be Seeing You; 4. Love Is Never Out Of Season; 5. When I Grow Too Old To Dream; 6. I Got Sun In The Morning; 7. Dream A Little Dream Of Me; 8. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; 9. I'm Confessin'; 10. Be My Love; 11. While We're Young; 12. If I Had You.


Article: Album Review

Laura Welland: Love is Never Out of Season

Read "Love is Never Out of Season" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In lot of years of listening I've come across a couple of five star takes on Fats Waller's classic song “Honeysuckle Rose": Benny's Goodman's extended, loose-limbed, rollicking live version on Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert ; and Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton's good time rendition—featuring a characteristic pinpoint precision trumpet solo by Pops—on Satch Plays Fats. Now ...


Article: Album Review

Laura Welland: Love is Never Out of Season

Read "Love is Never Out of Season" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Every once in a while a vocal jazz offering comes along that makes the standard repertoire make more sense. Most recently, Love is Never Out of Season presents itself as one of these revelatory recordings. The multi-talented Laura Welland takes Thomas Waller's time-worn standard “Honeysuckle Rose," seasons it to the taste of swinging mainstream, and updates ...


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