Laura with the brilliant singer/guitarist, John Pizzarelli



With the fabulous singer/songwriter, Ann Hampton Callaway



Photo from Django, sold out concert




BRIAN PIPER
Keyboards/Musical Director


Brian Piper focused on accounting, law and football in college, but luckily for music fans, he quickly changed direction and has been a vital part of Dallas’ music scene for...well, a long time. His resume requires a lot of slashes, as in "Composer / Arranger / Conductor / Performer / Recording Artist.” One recent title, from the Sammons Center for the Arts, is "Dallas Jazz Musician of the Year."

Brian is an astoundingly versatile musician. His modern jazz group, the Brian Piper Trio, was chosen as one of the spotlight new artists for the 2008 Newport Jazz Fest Beach Party. They have released two fantastic CDs, Piperville and TerrrRIFFic on 90th Floor Records.

A frequent presence in the Dallas Summer Musicals orchestra pit, he has accompanied the national touring companies of such hit Broadway shows as Wicked and The Producers.

He has backed legendary stars ranging from Cab Calloway to Mabel Mercer to country legend Jerry Jeff Walker (you can hear him on a number of JJW albums as a member of the Gonzo Compadres Band) and can often be seen tickling the ivories Bourbon Street-style with the ‘Nawlins Gumbo Kings. As owner of Brian Piper Music, he’s created numerous radio IDs and spots for such clients as NBC Sports.

In addition to being one of the most awe-inspiring pianists in the Southwest, Brian is also a proud father of two daughters, Hayley and Caroline, an avid pilot and a self-described “ski bum.”


INSPIRATION...

Laura with her inspiration and the man who formed her musical tastes, her late father, Bill Ainsworth. A prodigy sax man, clarinetist, singer and arranger, he was playing in Tommy Dorsey's band at age 17 and worked with many of the greatest big band leaders. He was also the clarinetist and backup singer for the Ernie Felice Quartet, pioneers of "cocktail jazz." Laura grew up watching him lead radio jingle sessions and play in showrooms behind such heroes of hers as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.