Saxophonist Soloist and Recording Artist
“It is the first synthetic reed that I have found that feels as natural as cane reeds.” Full quote below.
Saxophonist/Flutist/Composer Laura Dreyer, who is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, has been a professional musician in New York City since 1982. She is stylistically very versatile and performs in many different musical situations from be-bop to Brazilian and R&B. Currently, she has own Brazilian -jazz group which features her compositions and arrangements. Laura has a new CD out entitled "Mysterious Encounter" which is currently available at CDbaby.com as well as through www.lauradreyer.com. Laura has performed with her band at the Syracuse Jazz Festival, the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center for the performing arts, as well as many of New York City’s top Jazz clubs. She was a member and contributing arranger of Diva for six years where she was featured on tenor and lead alto sax. In addition she has also performed with Walter Bishop Jr., Dom Salvador, Mel Lewis, Nnenna Freelon, Mark Levine, Dr. Billy Taylor, Helcio Milito, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., James McBride, and many others. Laura has studied saxophone with Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano, composition with Lyle Mays and Jim McNeely and has been the recipient of three NEA grants. She is also a featured columnist in the magazine "Saxophone Journal".
Here is the story of Laura's introduction to Légère Reeds.
"I first encountered the Légère Studio Cut reeds when I was at the 2003 IAJE conference in Toronto. I had just gone through 2 boxes of cane reeds and hadn’t found one reed that played. I was supposed to help a friend demonstrate saxophone mouthpieces this particular morning, and he gave me a Légère reed and said, "Why don’t you try this out". I put it on my mouthpiece and started playing…I was amazed! It felt really comfortable, had a great clear sound, and played evenly throughout all the registers of the saxophone. I used the reed all weekend and refused to give it back to my friend. In fact, I have been using Légère reeds ever since that day. It is the first synthetic reed that I have found that feels as natural as cane reeds. I am very excited (and relieved) to find this new product." - Laura Dreyer