MIT VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Laura Grill Jaye, Coach
VJE sings ensemble and solo jazz music. It performs with jazz instrumentalists on and off campus, including a concert in Killian Hall at the end of each semester. The group also offers members opportunities for arranging and songwriting. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm in Killian Hall. Students may receive credit via (21M.445).
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About Laura Grill
Born and raised outside of Chicago, Laura grew up with an appetite for picking up instruments… and the inability to put them down. In seemingly no time this translated to a personal investment in the study and creation of new music. Laura traded the heartland for the coast and moved to Boston in 2008. In the company of Crooked Still, Joy Kills Sorrow and Sarah Jarosz, Grill found her voice at the New England Conservatory.
Amongst the crowd of conservatory musicians Laura assembled her eclectic band of Tucker Antell (Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone), Matt Consul (Viola, Violin, Mandolin) and Brad Barrett (Bass, Cello).
Although clearly infused with Jazz and Classical sensibilities the Laura Grill Band sound is undeniably folk. Reflective lyrics are combined with tastes of chamber music, improvisation and four part harmonies to create a sound that is uncatalogued. “Never Before,” the debut album from the Laura Grill Band, was released to much acclaim on June 23rd. The collection of intimate songs was recorded one-hundred percent live in a picturesque snowy cabin in New Hampshire. www.lauragrilljaye.com