This unique two can manifest as a soothing background pad, a party-rousing tandem, or a grand showpiece.
World-renowned trumpeter Saskia Laroo and international pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd together create a smorgasbord of music for a wide palette of occasions from the grand gala-fest to the intimate hang. Whether performing dance classics, the American songbook, hot afro-Latin grooves, or their own catchy, poignant originals this unique two can manifest as a soothing background pad, a party-rousing tandem, or a grand showpiece. Laroo and Byrd can unleash their potent charm anywhere anytime. At an opportune request, Saskia and Warren can transmute from state of the art duo into full band.
Duo Laroo/Byrd performs mainly original material and a few special selected songs by other composers, coming from their album "Two of a Kind", as well as new unrecorded music.
2 (+ guests)
-Saskia Laroo - trumpet, vocals [ and alto sax / upright / electric bass ]
-Warren Byrd - piano and/or keyboard, vocals [ and bongos ]
-"Because they so obviously love the duo format and thrive on collaborating with each other, they generate an upbeat feeling with their playing that flows, never flags".
-"Each player shines on his or her own while simultaneously inspiring one another and accentuating one another's strengths. As part of the buoyant mood, they accentuate the positive but never have to eliminate the negative because there isn't any".
-"You just get accustomed to Lady Miles musing on trumpet, and the next thing you know the Flying Dutchwoman is soaring on booming standup bass. And it's not just an acoustic shtick, but the real deal".
By Owen mcNally for the Hartford Advocate, Nov 7, 2011.
Native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Saskia Laroo is a premiere figure in music and one of the finest female trumpet players in the world. Began age eight playing trumpet and as a teen picked-up cello and guitar. Though first enrolling as Mathematics major in college, she switched to music, eventually graduating from the Muziekacademie of Hilversum. Versatility has propelled her illustrious career, from barnstorming with latin, jazz and pop bands, to collaborations with legends such as Hans Dulfer and Teddy Edwards. She released her first CD, “It’s Like Jazz” in 1994 under her own label Laroo Records. Since, she has produced seven CD’s and a DVD varying from classic jazz to Club-influenced acid jazz fusion. She has performed worldwide in hundreds of venues with her own groups in more than twenty countries throughout six continents.
tours & performances
2015: Bangla Desh; Belgium; India (New Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Goa); the Netherlands; Russia (Viva Bossa Nova Festival w Moscow Symphony Orchestra); USA
2014: the Netherlands (Amersfoort JF); USA (Baby Grand Jazz Series, Hartford, CT ft vibraphonist Jay Hoggard)
2013: the Netherlands;, Latvia, USA (Baby Grand Jazz Series, Hartford, CT).
2012: Malta; the Netherlands; Russia; USA
2009: Hong Kong
2007: Brazil tour
a Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk tribute with covers as well as the duo's new compositions, Byrd's scats and hand drums, Laroo's toggles between trumpet and upright bass --100% Organic Jazz
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