Dancing in Darkness

“Laura Karst is a top-notch jazz singer based in the San Francisco Bay Area who has a haunting voice and an adventurous spirit."     L.A. Jazz Scene, August 2022

“A really terrific singer." WMNR Fine Arts Radio, February 2024

"An artist with a wealth of talent...[and] poetic pipes."  – Take Effect Reviews, February 2023

“A velvet-smooth voice and a breezy delivery.” – Bay Area News Group, June 2022

"Nice palate of colors for the canvas." –  Jazz Weekly, March 2023

Laura released her second album of solo jazz vocals, Dancing in Darkness, in 2022.

The album comprises songs by an international array of jazz composers and a variety of jazz styles: swing, bebop, ballads, Latin, modern, and fusion, occasionally treating listeners to Laura's impeccably-pronounced French and Portuguese singing.




Hear clips from both of Laura's albums here. Click "Listen" at the top of the page to hear some full tracks.

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"Dancing in Darkness" Album Release Concert, June 2022 - photo courtesy of The Tabard Theatre, San Jose, CA


2022 Release "Dancing in Darkness"

Album Personnel:


Laura Karst – vocals  

Walter John Bankovitch – piano and Rhodes electric piano  

Noriyuki Ken Okada – acoustic and electric bass 

Greg German – drums and percussion        

Modesto Briseno – trumpet and flugelhorn


Producer and Musical Director - Roger Letson

Engineered and mixed by Gabriel Shepard -

25th Street Recording Studio - Oakland, CA

Mastered by Gary Mankin - San Francisco, CA