Dear Marian: Laura Dubin Trio Plays Marian McPartland

For the outstanding pianist/composer Laura Dubin, the serious pursuit of jazz expression began at the age of 12 in her native Rochester, NY. In 2007 she embarked on a 7-year journey of study and performing that brought her to various points in the U.S. and Latin America; and now Laura’s path has come full circle to her hometown.  
​“Whenever I came home between activities, I found that I loved the city more and more with each visit. There is a real sense of community here, and a deep appreciation for art, music and culture. It’s a wonderful environment to express and grow as an artist.”

With her husband and musical partner Antonio H. Guerrero – who she met during her 15-month stint with a jazz trio on Holland America Line cruise ships touring Europe, French Polynesia and the Caribbean; and with whom she performed consistently in clubs, major venues and festivals with her trio in and around her new home in Mexico City – Laura returned to Rochester in 2014, quickly becoming a thriving member of its cultural scene both as a performer and educator.

After two years as a popular and much sought-after ensemble, the trio reached a new plateau with a triumphant featured performance at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2016; they also went on to perform at the festival again in 2017 and 2019. The 2016 performance was recorded and then released as an album later that year. Following her two previous acclaimed albums – 2013’s Introducing the Laura Dubin Trio, and Laura Dubin Plays the Great American Songbook in 2015 – Laura Dubin Trio Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is undeniable evidence of the development of a highly promising young musician into a mature and powerful new presence on the contemporary jazz scene. Where her debut album included ten original compositions and the second featured her original arrangements of ten classic songs by Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and other legends of song, the live album combines her outstanding composing and superb arranging skills to reveal an artist of depth, command and originality – further expressed through her own unique take on the “mashup” concept.

“I love finding random connections between seemingly unrelated pieces of music, such as two jazz standards or a classical piece combined with a standard. The connection could be any one of a number of things between two or more pieces - the key, a set of chord changes that can weave into those of another tune, some type of hook or melodic phrase that links the two, a certain mood, the list goes on. Sometimes these “mashups” are intentional, and other times they just come to me as I’m practicing or imagining music in my head.” 
A virtuoso pianist extensively trained in both the classical and jazz traditions, and well-versed in Latin and film music, Laura melds all of her musical loves into a seamless web of breathtaking creativity and adventurous exploration throughout the live album, providing a vivid example of her in-person performance concept. Mozart steeped in the history of jazz piano; Beethoven welded with Songbook gems; Ellington with Chopin; Debussy with Gershwin; Ravel with Rodgers & Hammerstein tinged with Latin; Cole Porter with Bill Evans – all reinvented, re-imagined and forged into very personal statements placed alongside her own singular compositions.  

While fully committed to performing and composing – with more than 50 compositions in her book to date, citing Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, Fred Hersch (with whom she has had a mentoring relationship since high school and up to the present), Bill Evans, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Erroll Garner, McCoy Tyner, and Chick Corea among her deepest influences – Laura is also dedicated to teaching both in the institutional format through workshops and master classes from the elementary to the collegiate level, along with teaching privately. She is currently teaching online lessons through her studio, Laura's Virtual Lessons. Although her private students range in age from pre-schoolers to octogenarians, she has a special passion for helping to mold young minds in both the appreciation and the act of artistic expression.  
“Just about every time I’ve done a performance when there have been kids around, they immediately become entranced by the music and usually start dancing. The young mind is so fresh and capable of learning things quickly, and for this reason I believe learning first and foremost how to play by ear - in the same way that we learn to speak our native language before learning how to read it. Anytime you’re exposed to music, and especially if you’re exposed to it frequently, it eventually becomes a natural part of your world, and I think this is especially true with children.”

As of 2022, Laura and Antonio have released eight self-produced albums: Pieces of Paris (2020), Christmas with the Laura Dubin Trio (2019), Laura Dubin Trio Plays West Side Story (2019), Classical Jazz (2019), Rhapsody (2018), Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (2016), Laura Dubin Plays the Great American Songbook (2015), and Introducing the Laura Dubin Trio (2013). All albums are available for purchase directly from this website (see Music/Store page), in both the digital download and CD format.

In March of 2020, Laura and Antonio launched their own Virtual Jazz Club, live-streaming concerts every night on Facebook and YouTube at 8:30 pm Eastern Time. Find out more information on the Virtual Jazz Club page.


Sun, Jun 25 - 6:30 PM
Theater at Innovation Square
Club Pass or $30/door

Sun, Jun 25 - 8:30 PM
Theater at Innovation Square
Club Pass or $30/door

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