A native of Vancouver, vocalist Laura Crema possesses a lush, unique instrument with great depth and resonance, her influences are broad and diverse as she blends jazz with popular music, improvisation, Bossa Nova and original compositions.
Laura Crema graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts, and Economics. She has studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts with legendary jazz vocalists Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton and in Washington State with Nancy King and Kurt Elling. She has trained in extended voice with master teacher Richard Armstrong and studied music at Vancouver Community College.
Laura is an accomplished dancer and interdisciplinary performer. She has received numerous awards and grants including an "Emergence" Canada Council Grant for her work in the interdisciplinary arts. She has performed and worked with RADIX Theatre, the Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Touchstone Theatre, True North Performance, Olivia Thorvaldson, Grant Strate, Catherine Lee,.. Composers she has worked with include, Jeff Corness, Peter Hannan, Ron Samworth, Cam Wilson and George McFetridge. She has presented her own Choreography at "Dancing on the Edge", "Women in View" and the "Single Solos Dance" Festivals. She was featured, along side five of Canada's finest jazz vocalists, at the 2001 DIVAS FOR LIFE concert benefit at the Vogue Theatre.
Laura Crema was featured in CBC Radio's Studio One Jazz Series during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2002 and 2004 and 2010. She has also been showcased on CBC's "Hotair", "After Hours", "Coastal Grooves", "Richardson's Roundup", "North by Northwest" and Alberta's CKUA.
Laura has had the great honor to play many of Canada’s prestigious Jazz venues including The National Art Centre in Ottawa, The Rex in Toronto, Montreal's Upstairs, The Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, The Jazz Cellar in Vancouver, Victoria's Hermann’s Jazz Club, The Trane Jazz Club, Vernon Jazz Club, Beat Niq Jazz Club, Jazz on the Wing,Whitehorse Yukon, Ironwood Stage in Calgary and The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.
Laura's CD Almost Blue was released under the Maximum Jazz record label/Universal Canada and received excellent reviews and radio airplay in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Japan. Almost Blue has been featured in Air Canada's Enroute magazine. Her 2007 recording Spring is Here, was released by Maximum Jazz/EMI Canada and was named Vocal Jazz Recording of 2007 by Jazz Journalist James Hale (Downbeat, Coda) in the Village Voice. Annual Jazz Poll Ballots. Laura's 2013 recording fotografia was produced and recorded by the celebrated trumpeter and bandleader Brad Turner. She is currently working on new recording project with multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Smith and recording engineer John Raham.
Laura Crema’s CD Spring is Here released by Maximum Jazz/EMI Canada was named Vocal Jazz Recording of 2007 by Jazz Journalist James Hale (Downbeat, Coda) in the Village Voice Annual Jazz Poll Ballots.
"Crema makes low notes glow like coals" THE VANCOUVER SUN
“All great jazz singers have at least three qualities in common. The first is that unique timbre that sets their voice apart. The second is the material they choose to sing. And the third is the fresh ideas and insights they bring to those songs. Laura Crema has all three in spades." CBC RADIO
“Vancouver jazz vocalist Laura Crema and trumpeter/producer Brad Turner make for a powerful combination. Hers is a wonderfully deep, expressive voice and Turner has surrounded her with some great players and sounds. This is quite the inspired treat!” THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE
“An uplifting and atmospheric album, the most impressive offering yet from this accomplished West coast singer.” THE EDMONTON JOURNAL
“Vancouver’s Laura Crema has an ageless quality to her dry, dark voice.” DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
“She has a knack for bringing out a tune’s inherant emotional contours” CODA
"Vocalist Laura Crema is poised to take center-stage on the international jazz scene. Possessed of a powerful voice with great depth and resonance, she bring a warm and strongly emotive approach to classic torch songs."
TOM KEENLISIDE, FLUTENOTES
"Laura Crema's sultry vocals pulls you deep into the dark, smoky room of some 40's speakeasy where torch songs spoke volumes from the heart, unadulterated musical silk, and not to be missed." SUE BRAIDEN, CBC RADIO 3
"Crema's rich, vibrant voice held the audience spellbound with a set that ranged from Cole Porter to Elvis Costello"
PAUL GRANT, HOST OF CBC RADIO'S HOTAIR
"Crema is a true artist,..she knows when to hold the note like a longing memory and when to let it go like a painful betrayal. " GREGORY J. ROBB, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"A lush, unique instrument, with an affinity for ballads, such as the CD's ("Almost Blue") stunning title track"
GEORGE EVANS, PLANET JAZZ