Texas-based songstress Laura Ainsworth celebrates her new CD, New Vintage, with a night at NYC’s Metropolitan Room in its last week at its current location. She grew up steeped in jazz and the big band sound, watching her sax and clarinet-playing father Bill Ainsworth, who was was also a vocalist and arranger, working with Freddy Martin, Tex Beneke, Ernie Felice and other top bandleaders and, at age 17, was possibly the youngest member ever of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. As a young girl, Laura saw him perform with watched such stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme and Marilyn McCoo at Dallas’s famous Fairmont Hotel Venetian Room. She grew up worshiping the great jazz, big band and club singers such as Ella, Keely Smith, Doris Day, Julie London, Margaret Whiting and Rosemary Clooney, as well as musically-inclined comediennes such as Madeline Kahn and Mary Tyler Moore. Both music and humor became a big part of her life.
Press notes state that she “keeps the family tradition alive, mixing classic lounge jazz with modern touches to create her own unique twists on standards and lost gems of the Great American Songbook, with her smooth, sultry vocals, reminiscent of such mid-century chanteuses as Julie London and Jo Stafford,” describing a “satiny, three-octave voice, her sexy sense of humor and her trademark elbow-length gloves and beaded gowns that would fill Julie London with envy. Laura ushers audiences into her own enchanting world…a cocktail that combines the elegant retro style of nightclub shows of the ‘40s and ’50s with sophisticated modern musical twists. Her prior CDs, Keep It to Yourself and Necessary Evil have earned her critical raves and worldwide airplay, and she has sung from Las Vegas to India.”
Accompanying musicians include longtime partner Brian Piper, pianist/producer from the Southwest.
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The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22 Street in Manhattan. Phone: 212.206.0440