The Liaisons - a new twist on the old jazz standards

Indulging in a longtime love of jazz, songwriter Laura Kemp has joined forces with bassist Sean Peterson to form The Liaisons. The duo plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards with Laura on guitar and vocals and Sean on upright bass and vocals. For larger venues, they add saxophone /flute player extraordinaire, Paul Biondi into the mix or trumpet player, Tony Glausi. Over the past 4 years, The Liaisons have performed at wineries, weddings, private parties, benefits, restaurants, the Jazz Station, and Eugene's Holiday/Saturday markets. They play a variety of songs from the American Songbook, such as All the Things You Are, It's Only a Paper Moon, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, But Not for Me, and Cheek to Cheek. Their take on the old standards is truly unique and entertaining!

Their debut CD was released in the fall of 2016.  Recorded by Billy Barnett at Eugene's Gung Ho Studio, it features Paul Biondi on sax and flute and Tony Glausi on trumpet!

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UPCOMING SHOWS

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Nov15

Tim May, Steve Smith, Laura Kemp

House Concert, 118 Merry Lane, Eugene, OR

I am excited to bring Steve Smith to town after many years! Steve is the mandolin player from my album May and we have shared the stage multiple times in OR as well as NM. He is touring with an amazing guitarist from Nashville, Tim May. I'll be playing a few songs in the show but mostly stepping aside to let these two guys dazzle you for the evening. Seating is very limited so make your reservation early!

The Tim May and Steve Smith duo brings an evening of original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May.  The two musicians have collaborated in studio and on stages nationwide and now bring their acoustic brand of fire on the strings to Eugene. Smith and May originally met while on staff at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, Texas and quickly discovered many common musical threads for exploration honoring tradition and improvisation. Their latest CD (July 2016) Murder of Crows reflects upon this acoustic music force the duo has become and includes seven originals. Their shows include tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and twin mandolin works throughout a broad range of styles.

Oct19

Sharing the bill with Kathryn Claire!

Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St, Eugene, OR

So much looking forward to sharing the stage with Kathryn Claire! Originally from Eugene, Kathryn is now based out of Portland and spends most of her time touring. This will be a sold out show - get your tix soon. I will go on promptly at 8pm and Kathryn will take over shortly after 9pm with her 4 piece band!

$15-20 sliding scale

Aug31

Laura Kemp Solo

Eugene Saturday Market, downtown, Oak and 8th, Eugene, OR

Playing solo for this before noon (yikes!) set on the last day of August. Come on down to the market for a cuppa joe and a serenade!

free!

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