Laura Hubert Quartet
Saturday, September 17, 7- 8pm
Poetry Jazz Cafe, 224 Augusta Ave.
NO ADVANCE TIX - $15 cash @ door
Laura Hubert - vocals, Peter Hill - piano, Shawn Nykwist - saxophone, Sly Juhas - drums
She's not exactly a jazz diva, nor a straight blues artist, nor just a pop or country singer. She's a bit of all these, but Laura prefers to think of herself as a singer of "old songs." That term perfectly describes the eclectic repertoire of standards, blues and western swing that she delivers with such passion and style.
Growing up in Toronto, Laura performed Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in high school while listening to Billie Holiday, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton at home. At the University of Toronto, where she studied psychology and sociology, Laura fell hard for theatre, acting and singing in numerous productions. That's where she also began experimenting with the jazz repertoire.
Most famously, she became the co-founder and lead vocalist of the Leslie Spit Treeo, the indie-rock outfit that went from busking on Toronto's Queen Street to an international record deal, a Juno award and several national tours.
Now a jazz vocalist again Laura is revelling in the opportunity to reinterpret classics by some of the singers she most admires, from the classic blues of Bessie Smith to the full-throated ballads of Dinah Washington. Laura performs regularly in Toronto clubs, and those old songs have never sounded better.