Laura has recently been in the studio recording new material, including her first original compositions. These were released in May 2019 as a five song EP, ‘Minor Moments,‘ which is available to download via Amazon, Jazz Views, Bandcamp and iTunes. A limited edition hard copy of the EP can be purchased from Bandcamp too. You can read reviews of Minor Moments here.
“She sings like a swallow, her voice soaring and diving, covering a number of standards in her own inimitable style – and what style, grace, sophistication and application”EuroclubdeJazz, 2004
Laura’s release Songs for Modern Lovers showcases her interpretive confidence, bringing together fresh treatments of seven numbers from Frank Sinatra’s iconic 1956 album with a sprinkling of beguiling twists on some carefully chosen pop. The band features some of the best of British: Steve Lodder on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Nic France on drums. The well-received album garnered 4 stars from Jazz Review and formed the basis for many of Laura’s recent performances. BBC Radio 3’s Sarah Walker chose one of its tracks to illustrate her journey into jazz.
2009 release About Love was the first to introduce jazz-inflected readings of pop songs among the standards, including an exquisitely wistful Disney Girls (Beach Boys).
“Rather 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”Jazz Journal, 2009