Rossoni’s Songmill Features:

Mike and Laura Performance: July 27th 2014

About the SONGWRITERS:

Michael Laureanno, Providence, RI

Mike Laureanno is the real deal Americana: poignant themes, memorable refrains and unforgettable arrangements. Not your average singer/songwriter, his subjects cover a wide range of topics that include religion, politics, history and family. Mikes most striking effect is his ability to write melodies that remain with you long after the song is over.

Mike’s debut CD “Pushing Back Wintertime” released in November 2013 charted at #28 on the Folk DJ  Radio Playlist, and the song “Summer’s Gone” charted # 7 for Top Songs played during November 2013.

Mike is also a recording engineer and veteran sideman. He produced and recorded his own album and played bass guitar for 12 years behind legendary New York City Fast Folk founder, Jack Hardy.

Laura Zucker, San Francisco, CA

Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come. She’s a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition in Texas and has received numerous accolades and awards from the organizations around the world.

Growing up in Highland Park, NJ, Laura was influenced by her family’s collection of essential folk music, contrasted with the rock sounds emanating from the radio. Her parents played Marais and Miranda, the Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, Mozart, Bach … while she played James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Aretha Franklin, Motown, the Beatles.

As she began crafting her own songs in high school, she drew from her own experiences as all songwriters do. While attending Rutgers University, she performed in coffeehouses, clubs and college pubs along the New York- Philadelphia corridor for much of the early 1980s.

She took a break to attend law school and practice law, but knowing she’d need something to fall back on, she kept her music skills honed.

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Vivian Sessoms L.A. Debut 7/9

Spaghettini’s Presents Vivian Sessoms In Concert With Very Special

Guest JJ Sansaverino!
July 9th
8 & 10pm

3005 Old Ranch Parkway
Seal Beach      California     90740
562-596-2199
Price: $15.00
Catch Vivian in her California debut at the fabulous
Spaghettini’s Restaurant with very special guest JJ Sansaverino, whom Vivian first
appeared here with last year. This is a show you don’t want to miss!

 

July 9th happens to be “National Sugar Cookie Day,” ignore the carbs and let Vivian’s sweet voice indulge you.

If you’re unfamiliar with Vivian’s work, she has been a featured vocalist for several artists, including Chris Botti (jazz trumpeter), Harold Mabern (legendary jazz pianist), Eric Benet, Will Downing, Towa Tei (Dee-Lite), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japanese composer), David Morales (DJ), Junior Vazquez (DJ), Mads Baerentzen (jazz pianist), and Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), and has toured worldwide as the featured vocalist for the afore-mentioned artists.

As the niece of jazz legend Nancy Wilson, Vivian’s performances have garnered her a loyal following all her own. She has worked with a stellar roster of well known and respected musicians including Reggie Washington, Casey Benjamin, Mark Whitfield, Tim Ries, James Genus, Billy Kilson, Billy Childs, James Weidman, Larry Goldings, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Terreon Gully, John Patitucci, Ben Monder, Clarence Penn, Greg Philligaines, Darryl Jones, Greg Hutchinson, Michael Beardon, Bob Hurst, Karriem Riggins, Reuben Rogers, Peter Martin, and Victor Bailey, with whom she is currently recording as a special guest on his upcoming release. She will also be a featured guest once again on Towa Tei upcoming recording, scheduled for release in the fall. As for her own music, Vivian will release her sophomore effort, a jazz set entitled Heart in late fall of this year.

QUOTES:
Nancy Wilson on Vivian Sessoms:
“She has her own distinctive style and sound and her interpretation of a song is truly unique. She must be heard in a live setting to be wholly appreciated.”

Jessica Poli – Feinsteins at Loews Regency
“It is always such a fantastic surprise when a new artist comes to Feinstein’s and just blows the roof off with their talent.”

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