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Laura Ainsworth

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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.

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Tea

Tea’s new release “Grand Cru” is an electro-pop album with many influences, jazz, lounge and soul, and includes legendary keyboardist and “the godfather of Acid Jazz,” special guest Brian Auger. After producing Auger’s recent solo album “Language of the Heart,” Tea has continued the collaboration. “Brian has been a big inspiration in the development of the songs of the new album, the color and energy…his sound is a signature and we think it fits well in Tea’s world.” The 11-song release features Sabrina Williams, a soul singer and poet in Los Angeles and Inès Murer, an Austrian-Belgian singer/songwriter living in France. Tea is all about groove and atmosphere, a mix of dreams and travels, a multi-cultural crossroad. Tea’s second album is “Dreams.” Their first release is “Voyages du Jour.” Guitarist Franck Balloffet, from Lyon, France, and Southern California drummer/keyboardist Phil Bunch first met as members of Los Angeles’ premier African band, Bateke Beat, featuring multi-instrumentalist Fidel Bateke, formerly of Fela Kuti’s ensemble from Nigeria


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