About Laura

“Zakian swings effortlessly, combines a lightness of touch with a deep reservoir of power and control, and most importantly – always draws the listener in to the song’s lyric.”

Peter Quinn, Jazzwise (in reference to Just One of Those Things)

“Flawless articulation and ability to put any kind of song over in a style that is all her own”

EuroclubdeJazz, Mike Cooke

Laura Zakian is a true jazz vocalist. She employs her voice as a musical instrument, improvising and moulding the melodic line to lend each lyric the best possible effect. Based in London, Laura has released four well-received albums, each curating fresh and classy readings of the Great American Songbook alongside unexpected pop tunes. She’s recently been back in the studio and long-awaited new material is due later this Spring.

Laura studied jazz singing with Nancy Marano from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and launched her career in Italy, performing with leading jazz musicians in Rome and appearing at the Umbria Jazz Festival. On her return to the UK she quickly became established on the London jazz scene. Laura also has a thriving practice teaching jazz and popular music singing and looks after her gorgeous cat Magnus.

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“Like those old style, quality torch singers, Laura Zakian sings in intimate, measured tones and puts across each song she tackles with warmth and conviction… She can be ultra-cool and sophisticated, or huskily seductive”

Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal

“Rhythmic poise, a sweet, direct voice without airs and graces, and an obvious love of the material”

Dave Gelly, The Observer