Laura Theodore's debut CD was co-written with jazz pianist Don Rebic, and features Big Band charts arranged by Alan Foust. This recording contains six originals and three cover tunes, and features some of New York’s finest musicians, including Randy Brecker on trumpet, Joe Beck on guitar, Chip Jackson on bass, Michael Berkowitz on drums, Andy Snitzer and Lou Marini on sax.
"I am so proud to finally be releasing "Tonight's the Night," on CD Baby. This CD has to be my favorite over all because it is an extension of me, my life, and my music in all forms. It started one spring afternoon when I got a call from my musical director and long time friend Don Rebic: “I was thinking”—he hesitated—“let’s write and produce our own jazz record. Let’s record our own music, the music we enjoy playing.” Thus, Tonight’s the Night was born.
For the following year we wrote, recorded, edited, wrote again, mixed, recorded, edited again, recorded again, mastered, and finally finished our “labor of love” project. I am so grateful to Don, Alan Foust, and all of the incredible, virtuoso musicians who lent their talents to this recording to make it so special. The lyrics come from the bottom of my heart, and the music speaks my story."
"Laura Theodore’s powerful voice is lined with velvet and versatility. The New Yorker’s fantastic four-octave range is showcased on six originals co-written with polished pianist Don Rebic."
Patricia Myers, Jazz Times
"For the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of playing LAURA THEODORE TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT on my radio show, ‘Nite Owl Jazz,’ WWCD-101-FM, Columbus, Ohio. Listener response has been terrific—and I’ll be using many tracks from the CD for months to come. She is the most dynamic, exciting, and versatile singer I’ve heard in a long time—and I’ve been a professional DJ since 1959. Voice, feeling, style, drama—she has it all. Count me in as one of her most enthusiastic fans."
Fritz the Nite Owl, Smooth Jazz Radio, Columbus, Ohio
"Tonight’s the Night (digital version) is co-written by Laura Theodore and keyboard player Don Rebic. The Theodore-Rebic compositions include “I’ll Never Get Over You,” a smoky torch song that shows off Theodore’s range and versatility, with notes dipping to throaty growls, then climbing to Sarah Vaughan-like soprano."
Dianne Zuckerman, Denver Daily Camera
Laura Theodore, Vocals
Don Rebic, Piano & Synthesizers
Chip Jackson, Bass
Michael Berkowitz, Drums
Randy Brecker, Lead Trumpet
Joe Beck, Guitar
Andy Snitzer, Alto Sax (on Tonight’s The Night)
Lou Marini, Lead Tenor Saxophone (on Shooby-Do)
Norma Garbo & Maria Bartolota, Backing Vocals (on Tonight’s The Night)
Sue Evans, Percussion (on Better Days)
Graham Hawthorne, Drums (on Tonight’s The Night)
Bob Millikan, Alan Rubin, Danny Cahn
Jim Pugh, Keith O’Quinn, Sam Burtis, Dave Taylor
Produced By: Andy Ebberbach & Laura Theodore
Executive Producer: Don Rebic
Musical Direction: Don Rebic
Horn Arrangements & Orchestrations: Alan Foust
Mixed By: Andy Ebberbach at Interface and Soundtrack, NYC
Mastered By: Andy Ebberbach at Video Mix, NYC & Dan Kincaid at the Master Cutting Room, NYC
Cover Photo: Sue Anne Miller
Assistant Engineers: Bob Smith Jr, Dan Rich, Mark Schaffel, & Chris McLaughlin