Check out Laura's CD:

Laura Karst’s debut solo album, Little Did I Dream, has received enthusiastic reviews from All About Jazz, Indie Music Reviewer Magazine, Bop-N-Jazz, and O's Place Jazz Magazine.

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It was recorded with some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s finest jazz musicians. The CD comprises eleven songs that showcase Laura’s warm and smooth alto voice, her interpretation of lyrics as a true storyteller, and her versatility as a singer of a wide range of jazz styles, and in a variety of languages. The album includes swing, scat, bossa nova, samba, waltz, and ballads — tunes ranging from the 1940s to the new millennium — sung in English, French, and Portuguese.


Recommended listening if you like Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall, or Ella Fitzgerald.

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San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist Laura Karst surprised her audiences when they learned that, by day, she was the Chair of a prominent college’s French department, up until her retirement in 2017. She enjoyed her day job, but singing jazz has been her one true love. Her debut solo album, Little Did I Dream, was a labor of that love, and the result of years of serious study of the craft of vocal jazz. Now that she has retired from teaching, she is involved in numerous vocal activities, both jazz and classical.

Laura has performed frequently as both a soloist and as part of vocal jazz groups. She has studied solo jazz voice with the internationally acclaimed jazz educator and clinician Roger Letson for many years, and had the honor of singing in the prestigious and award-winning 6-member vocal jazz ensemble Vocal Flight under Letson’s direction. This group won two major national awards during Laura’s tenure with them: they took First Place at the 2007 Reno Jazz Festival, and their album Make the Move won DOWNBEAT magazine’s 2008 “Outstanding Performance” award. In 2014, Laura joined the 5-member vocal jazz ensemble JAZZ-ology, under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Austin. This group has won many national awards in recent years. In 2017 Laura's group won DOWNBEAT magazine's first place in its category among the annual student music awards, and also won DOWNBEAT's 2016 "Outstanding Performance" award. In 2017 her group was selected as one of 6 national finalists by the Monterey Jazz Festival, for its "Next Generation" competition. They released their newest CD, Get Out of Town, in May 2017.

Laura has also studied with Madeline Eastman, as well as with renowned European jazz vocalists Thierry Péala and Laurence Saltiel in master classes in France.

She is very experienced as a solo performer, having gigged in a number of Bay Area jazz venues, including, to name a few, Angelica's Main Stage in Redwood City, Café Pink House jazz club in Saratoga, the elegant Lobby Lounge of the San José Fairmont, Tarragon in Sunnyvale, Sumika in Los Altos, and the Octavia Lounge jazz club in San Francisco. In January 2017, Laura was the invited guest artist at the Hilo Bay Café in Hawai'i. She has also performed in several jazz clubs in Paris: Autour de Midi et Minuit, Péniche le Marcounet, Le Caveau des Légendes, and Le Café Universel.