Jazz vocalist Laura Ainsworth weaves past and present with stunning power on new album
(Published: August 12, 2011)
August 12, 2011 (Dallas, TX) Written by Robert Sutton. Her voice is like mirror reflection into the past, conjuring black-and-white images of well-groomed gentlemen in trench coats and fedoras, smoke-enveloped bars, and glamorous women whose beauty is nearly as bright as their jewelry.
Jazz vocalist Laura Ainsworth has that effect on the listener, an uncanny ability to flash portraits in the mind with a simple line. On her new album, Keep It To Yourself, Ainsworth weaves together the past with the present, balancing old-school styles with a contemporary feel.
When it comes to jazz, Dallas is one of the least likely cities mentioned as a haven for the genre; however, Ainsworth was exposed to jazz at an early age through her late father, Big Band saxophonist/arranger Bill Ainsworth. "Our house would resonate with the voices of Nat ‘King' Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Jack Jones, and many more," Ainsworth recalled. "I got to see some of them live, too; my mom would take me on ‘comp nights' when my dad was playing in the house band at the Fairmont Venetian Room."
Surrounded by the dulcet rhythms of jazz, Ainsworth began to sing. "I sang every chance I got, in school choirs and musical theatre, but I didn't focus like a laser beam the way successful singers typically do," Ainsworth revealed. "In my early years, I didn't have a lot of vocal instruction and relied mostly on my own intuition, which fortunately was good. At least I didn't damage the equipment." Ainsworth's goal to master her craft has become a lifelong commitment; even now she is trying to find ways to improve. "It wasn't until this past decade that I found the kind of voice teacher to make me shout, ‘Where have you been all my life?!' He's been able to flip a couple of switches for me that really needed flipping, and I continue that work in the hope of flipping some more," Ainsworth explained.
Ainsworth's self-deprecating views of her own talents echo more her giddy sense of humor than it does describe the vocal power on display on Keep It To Yourself. It might not be long before Dallas is not just known for its oil, Cowboys, and J.R. Ewing but a funny lady with a jewel of a voice.
More Information: http://www.lauraainsworth.com