Laura Klein

Laura Klein
Jazz pianist and composer

Laura Klein, jazz pianist and composer, was born in New York City and started playing piano as a child, studying at the Manhattan School of Music. After receiving a degree in classical music from SUNY Buf­falo, she started playing in a soul band and never looked back. She went on to study jazz at Berklee School of Music, performing at clubs and venues in the Boston/New England area. Klein relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984, where she has been actively performing and teaching ever since.

Klein has recorded her own compositions with FivePlay Jazz Quintet, the jazz sextet Triceratops, and vibraphonist Ted Wolff. She appears extensively with her own groups and other ensembles at Northern California clubs, concert halls, and festivals. A program of her compositions was produced and recorded by Jim Ben­nett and broad­cast on KCSM-FM’s “In the Moment” series, and she was featured on KCSM's "Desert Island Jazz". Along with her husband, guitarist/composer/arranger Tony Cor­man, Klein co-leads Five­Play Jazz Quin­tet,whose three recordings have received national and international airplay. FivePlay’s per­for­mance of Klein's com­po­si­tion, “Glow In the Dark”, was fea­tured on the sound­track of the doc­u­men­tary, “The Grant Green Story”. Klein's record­ings include: Five­Play Jazz Quin­tet, Five of Hearts, Five and More, Cerulean Blue (with Ted Wolff), Tricer­atops, and Jenny Fer­ris’ Day In, Day Out.

Klein is an AmSAT and STAT Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has had a private practice in Berkeley since 1987, and is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of the Alexan­der Tech­nique at the Cal­i­for­nia Jazz Conservatory.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020