More about Laura Grill and Brian Friedland, playing on March 15th:

Both Chicago natives, vocalist Laura Grill and pianist Brian Friedland first met as grad students at New England Conservatory. Impressed by Grill’s warm tone, technical skill, versatility, and adventurous spirit, Friedland has since employed her to sing music with his jazz orchestra and “Household Items” project (and had her band play his wedding). In addition to collaborating on creative music projects, Grill and Friedland also have teamed up for house concerts, restaurant gigs, and jam sessions, though their performance at Jazz at the Green Room will mark their first official performance as a duo. 

Individually, Grill and Friedland are dedicated bandleaders and have distinguished themselves as visionary composers and performers. 

Laura Grill Band: 

“It’s jump jazz, it’s barroom rock, it’s chamber folk, and it’s downright infectious.” Boston Globe 

“There’s a moment or two on Never Before that make Norah Jones look crude and belligerent by comparison.” Weekly Dig

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.

Brian Friedland: 

Composer/pianist Brian Friedland's music displays relentless creativity and deep musical thought through a large body of works for jazz and chamber ensembles. His recorded works include music for chamber orchestra, big band, strings, brass quintet, saxophone quartet, prepared piano, and various sized jazz groups, influenced by genres ranging from the classical avant-garde to Balkan folk music. His current projects include an ongoing series of comedic songs inspired by commercial products, childhood poetry, and spam email; "Rhombus," a six piece band fusing jazz, rock, and Balkan music; "The Keydrum Project," a quartet that blends sonic exploration, pop covers, and keyboard drums; and writing for jazz trio, tentet, and big band. He has released two albums and performed his original music at the Lima Jazz Festival, the Cole Porter competition, on tour in Korea, and many Los Angeles and Boston venues. In 2011, Friedland participated in the prestigious Banff International workshop in creative music where he studied and performed alongside jazz greats such as Dave Douglas, Geoff Keezer, Robin Eubanks, and Donny McCaslin and the band Kneebody. Friedland's music has been praised by acclaimed composer/performers Dave Douglas, Jerry Bergonzi, Kim Richmond, and Frank Carlberg and jazz critic Scott Yanow. In addition to being an active composer and bandleader, Friedland is also in demand as a freelance pianist. He has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Il Divo, and recorded on several creative music projects including an album by Grammy nominated composer Kim Richmond. Friedland has studied with jazz composers Vince Mendoza, Kim Richmond, Ken Schaphorst, and Frank Carlberg and pianists Shelly Berg, Allan Pasqua, and Danilo Perez. He has a master's degree in jazz composition from New England Conservatory and a bachelor's degree in jazz performance from the University of Southern California.