Laura Macdonald is one of the U.K’s most prominent women in Jazz. She began playing alto saxophone at the age of sixteen . In 1995 Laura was given a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston and graduated in 1997. Laura became the first winner of the Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1997.In 1998, Laura became lead alto player in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Laura has released 4 c.d’s ‘Laura’ – Spartacus records (2000), “Awakenings’ Spartacus Records (2003, ‘Open Book’ – Imogena Records (2008), ‘Duets’ – Niro Music (2014). 2005 saw Laura win a ‘Take Five’ initiative award funded by the Jerwood Foundation. Laura is a prominent composer being nominated twice for the Paul Hamlyn Composition Award and has been commissioned by Creative Scotland, Commonwealth Games, SNJO, London Jazz Festival, PRS, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Jazz Scotland, The European Jazz Network and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Brian Molley Quintet recreate and reimagine one of the best selling jazz albums of all time, Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba. Marking the height of the Bossa Nova craze, and featuring the Grammy winning Desafinado as well as Brazilian classics One Note Samba and Bahia, Jazz Samba rightly holds its place as a tour de force in Jazz and Brazilian Music, with both Getz and Byrd at the height of their powers.
Brian Molley Quintet, featuring Molley/tenor sax, Mario Caribe/guitar, Ross Milligan /guitar, Brodie Jarvie/double bass and Stuart Brown/drums, maintain a healthy respect for the original album whilst bringing to bear their own original interpretations of this genre defining music.
“The finest in UK Jazz” Time Out,
“Assured and Inventive” Scotsman