"Laura Wolfe is a seasoned singer/actress/dancer...her voice carries deep rich tones and has the dynamics to breathlessly croon a soft ballad -- and in the next instant belt out a powerhouse medley...an endearing artist and an example of a consummate performer with loads of talent. Anyone who enjoys the classic Hollywood musicals or is a jazz enthusiast should give this multi-talented chanteuse a listen. You won't be disappointed."
- Anne O'Neary, Music Connection
"Laura has rich tones and a versatile voice that can handle many different styles and attitudes. A feast for fans of movie musicals,or just great songs, or just impressive vocalists, Laura Wolfe's work is recommended."
-Rob Lester, Talkin' Broadway
"...she brings new life to the vintage lyrics, conveys a wide variety of emotions while remaining cool, and is clearly inspired on her CD by the Los Angeles quartet (pianist Karen Hernandez, bassist Lou Shoch, drummer Jack LeCompte and tenor-saxophonist Damon Zick)...these versions are standouts and a bit different than one might expect."
-Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene
"...a very charming performer...Wolfe sang classic tunes with a lot of zest, captivating the audience...she has a beautiful voice, sings the lyrics with a lot of conviction, with a good sense of phrasing, and a smooth delivery...delightful...she moves around as if the lyrics were dancing...I thoroughly enjoyed Wolfe's performance."
-Bob Comden, L.A. Jazz Scene
"On her debut release, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, songstress Laura Wolfe surprised the music world with a charming collection of standards. Her latest recording, ...also dances, is certain to raise even a few more eyebrows as more listeners discover the beautiful vocal stylings of Wolfe. On this, her third release (she also had a brief holiday EP), she gets rid of all of the traditional jazz encumbrances and delivers a soothing and moving collection of romantic serenades like "Love is Here to Stay." All themed around courtship of dancers in film, these tunes are terrific in the hands of Wolfe. Her sweet, breathy and tender voice is perfectly suited for this collection. There is a gentleness and grace to her approach that will define jazz vocals for years to come. This disc will have you wistfully gazing into the stars for many an evening, dreaming of your heartfelt desires. Perhaps you too will dance the night away."
-George Harris, All Music Guide
"...she is consistently pleasing...her roots as a cabaret singer serve her well...highlights are 'Too Darn Hot', 'Love is Here To Stay' and 'Let Yourself Go'. Our favorites: 'Something's Gotta Give' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So'"
-D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter
"Laura Wolfe's newest CD '...also dances' celebrates the great dance numbers from Hollywood, but rather than making the listener want to get up and cut a rug, the cool, smooth jazz invites the audience to sit back and appreciate the song itself...Karen Hernandez's arrangements (as the credit officially calls them, 'adaptations') offer some very interesting new spins on the 12 classic songs...Wolfe's voice, the aural equivalent of cool cream blending with hot coffee, is perfect for jazz...the entire album is utterly enjoyable and quite intriguing...'...also dances' is ideal for anyone who appreciates the music behind the dances, or who just likes good jazz."
-Jena Tesse Fox, Cabaret Scenes
"...Her voice is soothing and convincing. She has the capability to belt out lyrics of certain show tunes, thus making her range invaluable as a performer...Laura Wolfe’s show and CD are highly recommended."
-Glenn A. Mitchell, Jazz Police
"Laura has a naturally charming, engaging voice...the album is fun, with accomplished and controlled pop-jazz vocals."
"She sings, she acts AND she "also dances!" Her new CD, cleverly entitled Laura Wolfe "...also dances" (A Tribute to the Great Dancers of Film) proves she is, indeed, a "triple threat!"!! She should soon find herself on radio playlists all around the country!"
Lynn Di Menna / Jeffrey C. Williams, hosts of At the Ritz
"With every word Laura sings...out comes emotion and warmth. Her interpretations of the lyrics brings these classics up to date and is the perfect balance between singer and song."
-Jim Stone, host of Big Band Swing, WLNZ 89.7FM Lansing
"...Laura Wolfe is a breath of fresh air. Laura's new CD, "...also dances" has 15 keepers well worth listening to again, and again."
-Bill Miller, host of The Bill Miller Show, RWPR.net
"With her new CD Laura Wolfe "...also dances" (A Tribute the Great Dancers of Film), Laura skillfully delivers. Her style, as always, inventive and distinguished -- a mixture of jazz and musical theatre that she's able to combine into a unique interpretation that's all her own...Up until recently, Laura has been America's best kept secret. With the release of "...also dances", that will no longer be the case."
-Lou Powers, WBCB 1490 AM Philadelphia
"Laura Wolfe’s lovely voice glides effortlessly through precise arrangements of tunes from the “Great American Songbook.” She’s faithful to the words and music of the lyricists and composers, but her distinctive style stands out as she caresses your ears. Watch out world, here she comes. This lady can sing!"
-John Bohannon, WRHU 88.7 FM New York
"...Laura Wolfe is a breath of fresh air. Laura's new CD, "...also dances" has 12 keepers well worth listening to again, and again. I'm a fan!"
-Bill Miller, host of the Bill Miller Show, RWPR.net
The lovely entertainer Laura Wolfe embodies the description “triple threat," a handle defining her equal abilities as an actor, singer and dancer. It’s an accurate description, though it doesn’t sufficiently explain what happens when all aspects of a talented performer’s training and discipline come to bear, as they do in Laura’s work. Her distinctive style derives from a life’s worth of dedication. Listening to her CD, Laura Wolfe/He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, you’re treated to a layered and intelligent take on a dozen gems of the American Songbook delivered by an authentic stylist. In performance, Laura is so natural she pulls the wool over your eyes. Engaging and warm, her voice is confident and assured, each gesture and emotion, organic.
Laura comes from a family of music lovers, and she has been steeped in music and rhythm all her life. Her mom was a professional dancer/singer, who now acts as a solid sounding board during Laura’s pre-production and show rehearsals. Laura began studying ballet at age three, followed by tap at five, and not long after, jazz. At thirteen she was honored with a scholarship from the Professional Dancer’s Society. Soon after she was invited as one of only four scholarship recipients to perform at their annual Gypsy Awards Gala in a production number set by renowned choreographer Alex Romero. By that time, Laura had decided performing was her career path. While attending California State University, Northridge, she put dancing on a back burner to focus on her other passion--singing. The summer after Laura received her degree in Theatre Arts, she created and produced her first cabaret show, Old Beginnings. It debuted at Tom Rolla's Gardenia (Hollywood, CA) to excellent reviews and an invitation for a return engagement. Soon after, Laura joined the repertory company Theatre West, drawn to the well-reputed musical theatre class taught by founding member Betty Garrett. Through Theater West, Laura met the late lyricist Marshall Barer who featured her in his staged reading of Happy Lot starring Betty Garrett and Michael Feinstein.
After a brief move to New York City, Laura was offered a nine-month world tour by Cunard Cruise Lines before she had unpacked her belongings. Laura eventually returned to Los Angeles and began to study with Kerrie Keane, an acting teacher she credits with a real shift in her approach to learning and performing music. Says Laura, “I began to understand the emotional connection to the lyric and the audience more deeply with Kerrie's help.” Laura continued to perform in Los Angeles cabarets, culling her repertoire from theatrical composers including The Gershwins, Cole Porter, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim. An audition for Swingin' SophistiCats, an L.A. based swing band, led to a stint as the “girl singer” for the group’s many Southern California engagements. In May 2005, Laura stepped back on the boards, debuting the character of Swoozie Blessed in White Buffalo's premier production of Fool Am I. Laura received wonderful reviews for her portrayal of a desperately struggling singer “on the edge” in the production at the Mark Taper/NoHo. For many years, from university through her early professional life, Broadway and musical theater was Laura’s principal influence and concentration as she moved between the theater and cabaret stage.
Recording a CD was a natural step for an artist who lives and breathes music as Laura does. The delightful surprise is the decidedly jazz influenced repertoire and style Laura explores with commitment and sophistication on He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (Too Tall Productions, 2007). Laura explains, “Many elements brought me to the place where I started exploring more jazz: my background as a dancer and a natural feel for rhythm, musicians who kept teaching and inspiring me and my growth from those experiences, the desire to constantly challenge myself and explore uncharted territory where my music is concerned." Laura has an eclectic list when she mentions the music she listens to - among others, Broadway scores, 80’s rock, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Basia, Barry Manilow, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Eydie Gorme, and Tony Bennett. Laura says, “When I saw Tony Bennett, I understood the power in really interpreting a song and making it your own." She saw Bennett perform several times and says they were some of her favorite concerts. As a keeper of the flame for the Great American Songbook, Laura is determined to keep bringing the material to young audiences with fresh interpretations of lyrics she considers timeless. Laura is drawn to beautiful melodies, never mind their difficulty, and lyrics she can get her acting chops into. "I think of a piece of music as a little story, a slice of someone's life that if interpreted well, can impact a person or a crowd. I love performing because it allows me to engage peoples' emotions."
The 2007 release of Laura Wolfe/He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not was met with universal critical praise for her skillful phrasing, her beautiful, versatile voice, and imaginative and passionate interpretations. The CD is receiving national attention on radio stations across the U.S. through continuing airplay and the many on-air interviews Laura has given. She has recently made two winning appearances on the nationally syndicated show The Dennis Bono Show from Las Vegas. Her fan base has spread to Europe and Japan where He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not has met with tremendous success via iTunes.
As Laura was considering ideas for her follow-up album, the concept of “...also dances” came about quite quickly. Given her background and passion for dance, coupled with her love of musicals, the theme created itself: a tribute to great dancers from film, utilizing music from some of their better known dances on the screen. The album's title originated from the studio review of Fred Astaire's initial screen test in 1933: "Can't act. Slightly bald. Also dances."