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Laura Klein (2010)

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Pianist and educator Laura Klein grew up in New York City, and spontaneously began playing piano by ear after listening to her sister practice. Even as a child, she took piano and music classes at the Manhattan School of Music. Shuffling off to Buffalo for college at SUNY, she naturally studied classical piano.
After the jazz bug had bitten Laura, she moved to Boston to took classes at Berklee College of Music. Like so many who have studied there, she taught as she learned, all the time gigging with like-minded players.
Relocating to the Bay Area some 25 years ago, she and her husband, the quondam saxophonist and now guitarist Tony Corman, whom she'd met at Berklee, began the three-horned band Triceratops
For over 20 years, Laura has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She and Tony recently formed Auraline Music in order to release their own music: their first release was 2009's "Cerulean Blue", Laura's duet recording with vibist Ted Wolff, an old friend from her Berklee days. Triceratops may now be extinct, but four of its members make up 80% of the jazz quintet FivePlay, whose first recording is expected in Spring 2010.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Maurice Ravel Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, Rapsodie Espagnole, Carlo Maria Giulini and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Ma Mère l'Oye, 1st Movement: Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant (Deutsche Grammophon)
# 2 Billie Holiday The Unforgettable Lady Day (2 LPs) Lover, Come Back to Me (Verve)
# 3 Thelonious Monk Solo Monk Everything Happens to Me (Columbia)
# 4 Fred Hersch and Gary Burton Evanessence--A Tribute to Bill Evans Peri's Scope (Evidence)
# 5 Wayne Shorter Schizophrenia Miyako (Blue Note)
# 6 Eliane Elias Eliane Elias Plays Jobim Waters of March/Agua de Beber (Blue Note)
# 7 Charles Mingus Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus Theme for Lester Young (Impulse)
# 8 John Coltrane Coltrane's Sound Body and Soul (Atlantic)
# 9 Bill Evans The Last Waltz But Beautiful (Milestone)
# 10 Aretha Franklin Aretha Now You Send Me (Rhino)
         
Book John Le Carré, "Smiley's People"
         
Luxury Item A box of art supplies
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