Inspired by the iconic Frank Sinatra album Songs for Swinging Lovers, Laura Zakian’s new project, considered her best work yet, is a fresh take on an old theme. This is Laura’s ‘mixtape’ of songs of personal significance, a mixture of modern classics alongside new versions of standards featured on Frank Sinatra’s iconic Songs for Swingin’ Lovers. Re-arrangements of the original tracks are complemented by an eclectic array of contemporary love songs that Laura grew up with. New acoustic takes on tunes by Joe Jackson, Sam Brown, Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and Chicago have been arranged by some of the country’s leading jazz musicians, including Pete Saberton, the undersung but brilliant pianist, improviser, composer and arranger who sadly died in 2012, shortly after completing the charts for Songs For Modern Lovers.
For the launch I will be joined by my stellar band
Steve Lodder (piano)
Simon Thorpe (double bass)
Nic France (drums and percussion)
John Parricelli (guitar)
Paul Bartholomew (baritone saxophone)
Mark Lockheart (tenor saxophone)
Joe Auckland (trumpet)
Very happy to be back in the studio and very happy to be recording my latest project. Songs for modern lovers. The band is phenomenal and the arrangements amazing, so i’m excited to see it come together. Its been a long process, from my initial idea, to working with the arrangers, rehearsing and giging with the band and getting into the studio.