Laura Dreyer & The Manhattan/Rio Connection features saxophonist, flutist, and com- poser Laura Dreyer, accompanied by an ensemble of stellar Brazilian jazz artists. Their
music demonstrates the special sound that Brazilian jazz has developed in the New York jazz scene.
Dreyer, who lives in New York City, is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She has pur- sued her passion for Brazilian music for over 20 years while also cutting a strong career- path in American jazz. She enjoys combining her vast experience as a jazz musician with
her passion for Brazilian musical styles. Her newest release, Vida. Arte. Amor., (Mayimba Jazz), was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is receiving rave reviews. Dreyer has released three other CDs as a leader and producer, including Mysterious Encounter (Lavasphere), Free Flying Bird (Piloo), and Sax in the City (Apria). She is featured on acclaimed Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador's newest release, The Art of Samba Jazz, which received the Premio da Musica Brasileira award for Best Instrumental CD. Dreyer, who has toured nationally and internationally, has headlined at the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, The Syracuse Jazz Festival, and The Montavilla Jazz Festival, as well as many NYC venues including The Blue Note, Fat Cat, Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, Zinc Bar, and many others. Recent engagements include Twins Jazz (Washington DC), An Die Musik Live (Baltimore, MD), The Sound Room (Oakland, CA), TribOz and Santo Scenarium (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Christos (Salem, OR), to name a few.
The group's program features original contemporary Brazilian jazz, as well as arrange- ments of Brazilian jazz classics. Dreyer's compositions combine catchy, lyrical melodies in
a variety of Brazilian styles such as samba, bossa nova, baião, afoxé, maracatu, partido alto, and more.