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.

Click on "Press/Reviews", above.

 

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.

full tracks from the album:

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Upcoming Dates

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Chocolate and Champagne - 12:00 - 3:00 pm
2600 Mission Bell Drive
San Pablo, CA 94806 [map]
Price: $25 advance / $30 at the door

An afternoon of Chocolate and Champagne, a fundraiser for the Contra Costa College Culinary Arts Scholarship.

Featuring: Champagne, Wine, Beer, Coffee, Chocolate Fountain, Cookies, Cakes, Truffles, Ice Cream, Cheese, and Savory Treats, and more... All you can eat!

Raffles and Live music performance by JAZZ-ology.

Advance tickets available at link, above.

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Cuesta College
Cuesta Vocal Jazz Festival - TBA
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 [map]

JAZZ-ology will perform at the festival.

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

JAZZ-ology performs in New York! - 7:00pm
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215 [map]
Price: TBA

Details to follow.

Past Dates

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Santa Clara Marriott
Private Event - 5:30-8:30
CA [map]

Laura will front the band "Four and More".

Friday, May 19th, 2017

John and Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts
Jazz Vocal Gala Concert with guest artist Roger Letson - 8:00 p.m.
San Pablo, CA [map]
Price: $10 students, $20 general

JAZZ-ology will perform, and will be presented with its DownBeat 2017 Student Music Award, as the national winner of community college small vocal jazz ensembles. This concert is also the official CD release party for JAZZ-ology's newest CD. Headlining the show will be the legendary vocalist  -- and Laura's long-time vocal jazz coach and guru -- Roger Letson. Don't miss this rare performance of an exquisite artist.

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Portola Hotel's De Anza Ballroom
Monterey Jazz Festival - "Next Gen" Competition - 1:00-4:00
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940 [map]
Price: Free

JAZZ-ology has been selected to participate in the Monterey Jazz Festival's annual "Next Generation" finalists' competition, as one of the top 6 college vocal jazz groups selected nationwide. Come on down (or up!) to beautiful Monterey, to cheer them on, and to listen to some very high-caliber groups perform. JAZZ-ology is scheduled to perform at 3:30 (subject to change). The venue is two steps from Fisherman's Wharf -- why not make a day of it?

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Columbia College
Vocal Jazz Festival - Performance time TBA
Sonora, CA [map]
Price: Free

Laura will be performing at the festival with JAZZ-ology.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Jazz Night at the Hilo Bay Café - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
123 Lihiwai Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
USA
808.935.4939 [map]
Price: $10

Laura will be the guest vocalist, joining Randy Skaggs and Walter Greenwood at their monthly jazz night in the scenic, oceanfront Hilo Bay Café on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

Friday, December 16th, 2016

John and Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts
Music School Fall Showcase - 8:00 p.m.
2600 Mission Bell Drive
San Pablo, CA 94806
USA [map]
Price: $15 General, $10 Students & Seniors

Laura will sing a solo bebop tune, and will also perform two songs with JAZZ-ology. This concert features several groups and soloists representing the vocal jazz, choral, and piano programs in the School of Applied and Commercial Music at Contra Costa College.

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Holiday Tree Lighting - 6:00-7:30
San Pablo, CA 94806
USA [map]
Price: Free

Performance with JAZZ-ology.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Cuesta College
Vocal Jazz Festival - TBA
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 [map]
Price: Free

Performance with JAZZ-ology.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Master Class Concert - 8:00 p.m.
Crest
France [map]

Roger Letson's students in his vocal jazz master class will each perform, in conjunction with the 2016 Festival de Jazz Vocal in Crest.

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Master Class Concert - 9:30 p.m.
Rue Lepic
Montmartre, Paris
France [map]

Roger Letson's eleven students in his vocal jazz master class will each perform in this well-known jazz club in Montmartre, Paris, just up the street from the Moulin Rouge.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Master Class Concert - 9:00 p.m.
Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville
Paris
France [map]

Roger Letson's eleven students in his vocal jazz master class will each perform on this barge-turned-jazz-club, moored to the right bank of the Seine.

Friday, May 20th, 2016

John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts
Jazz Vocal Gala with guest Barbara Morrison - 8:00 p.m.
2600 Mission Bell Drive
San Pablo, CA 94806
USA [map]
Price: $10 students, $20 general

This annual fundraiser for The School of Applied and Commercial Music at Contra Costa College will feature the legendary jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison as the headliner. Laura's group, JAZZ-ology, will perform one set, along with singing one song with Ms. Morrison (such an honor and treat!). The groups JazzaNova and Jazz Singers will perform as well. Also at this show, Laura will be representing CCC's Jazz Solo Voice class, with a performance of one song on her own. Accompanying all of the singers will be the phenomenal jazz quartet of Walter Bankovitch (piano), Carla Kaufman (bass and cello), Greg German (drums), and Kristen Strom (saxophone and flute). This is going to be a terrific night of vocal jazz! Ticket sales support this self-funded, nationally acclaimed, and award-winning program. For reservations, contact: saustin@contracosta.edu

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Laura Karst jazz quintet - 7:30-10:00 p.m.
14577 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
USA
408-647-2273 [map]
Price: $15

Café Pink House is a great new addition to the South Bay's jazz scene, with its very intimate and hip jazz club atmosphere, and its great location in the heart of downtown Saratoga. Laura will be singing with a dynamite band: Benny Watson on piano, Noriyuki Ken Okada on bass, Greg German on drums, and Jim Schneider on tenor sax and flute. Enjoy good food, beer and wine before and/or during the show. Doors open at 6:30. Reserve your seats in advance on the club's web site (click on Café Pink House, above). Show from 7:30-10:00pm, with one intermission.

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Columbia College, Sonora CA
Vocal Jazz Festival - Performance time TBA
Price: Free

Performance with JAZZ-ology

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Laura sings a dinner show - 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
863 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
650-679-8184 [map]
Price: $14-$20

Laura will be accompanied by the stellar jazz trio of Benny Watson on piano, Noriyuki Ken Okada on acoustic bass, and Greg German on drums. Save money by purchasing advance tickets online at the Angelicas website (click on Angelicas above). Try the promo code Laura at checkout, and it might get you an additional discount. $20 for premium seating next to the stage, $14 for other seating. 

Doors open at 6:30 if you want to eat or have a drink beforehand, but you are also welcome to wine and dine during the show, which goes from 8:00 to 10:00. Angelicas has a full bar, an extensive wine list, and a full menu of appetizers, entrées, salads, and desserts.

 

Valet parking is available for $8, which would allow you to arrive just before your reservation and not have to look for parking on a Saturday night in downtown Redwood City.

 

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Piedmont Piano Company
JAZZ-ology opens for the Matt Falker Trio - 8:00 p.m.
1728 San Pablo Avenue (at 18th)
Oakland, CA
(510) 547-8188 [map]
Price: $15

Laura and her 4 cohorts in JAZZ-ology, a national award-wining vocal jazz quintet, will sing the opening set for the Matt Falker Trio. Call the Piedmont Piano Company to reserve tickets with your credit card. More details can be found on the venue's website.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Laura is the Featured Artist
On ReverbNation

Laura has been selected to be the Featured Artist on ReverbNation for one week, beginning on March 11th, 2014.

Featured Artists are chosen because of high ratings they receive from randomly selected ReverbNation reviewers, conducting blind critiques.

www.reverbnation.com

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Roger Letson Quintet - CD Release Concert - 3:00 pm
2513 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 865-5060 [map]
Price: $10

My friend and vocal jazz instructor, the man who made me fall in love with singing jazz, and who has done so with countless others who have had the privilege of studying with him, has just released his own debut solo album. It is exquisite, and Roger will be featuring the album in this rare performance that is sure to be a phenomenal one. I will be there. Bay Area residents or visitors, I hope you will, too! 

 

Get more information and purchase your advance tickets by clicking on the Rhythmix Cultural Works link, above.

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Laura sings a Dinner Show - 8:30 to 10:30 pm
863 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
650-679-8184 [map]
Price: $13

Doors open for dinner at 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to wine and dine during the show, if you prefer. Reserve your table and purchase your advance tickets on-line for $13 at the Angelica's link above. $17 food/drink minimum per person. Tickets at the door are $19, so buy yours in advance. 

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Le Café Universel
Roger Letson Master Class Concert
Paris, France [map]

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Le Caveau des Légendes
Roger Letson Master Class Concert
Paris, France [map]

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Kona Kai Country Club
Private Engagement
Santa Clara, CA [map]

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Dinner show in the Bell Theatre
863 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
650-365-3226 [map]