“Guitarist/Vocalist Laurie Dameron’s latest CD, “I Can’t Wait to See You Again”, is a musical journey through the Great American Songbook. Backed by some of Colorado’s top notch musicians, Laurie makes the trip down memory lane worth revisiting time and time again.”
–Susan Gatschet Reese, Assistant Program Director jazz89 KUVO
Billboard Magazine award recipient, Laurie Dameron, has been playing the guitar for over 40 years and singing even longer. Between solo performances and performances with her band, Laurie D and the Blues Babes, she has performed for hundreds of venues in and out of Colorado over the past 25 years. A broad repertoire folk, instrumental, pop, country, blues, and jazz allows her to perform many different venues. One of her specialties and favorite things to do is provide background music for cocktail hour or networking events. She can add just the right touch with guitar instrumentals and light jazz creating a nice ambiance. For larger events she can add any instrumentation with some of Colorado’s best!
Laurie has composed, arranged and produced two CDs, “Utah Dream” (folk and blues) and “Looking Through the Blue” (jazz compositions). Her third and newest CD is a compilation of her favorite jazz standards and one original, the title cut, “I Can’t Wait to See You Again” which received an award of honorable mention for the 16th and 17th Annual Billboard Magazine World Song Contest.
“Dameron’s playing is a nice blend of old school Jazz Guitar, Rock n’ Roll double stops and swing blues. Her Guitar tone is crisp and smooth, giving her just enough bite for when she does her Bluesy Jazz thang…”
–Lyle Robinson, Jazz Guitar Life Magazine
“Based in Colorado, Dameron has an echoey acoustic sound on her guitar that is slightly reminiscent of Pat Metheny at times. Her music is soothing, danceable (but with subtle rhythms) and pleasing.”
–Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
For bassist Gary Sloan, music is a family affair: he and identical twin brother Jim were born in Anchorage to Alaskan blues legend Gary L. Sloan. The two first performed with their father on trombone and saxophone, respectively, before they picked up electric bass and guitar in their teens. At the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Gary found his voice on the acoustic bass and served as principal in the orchestra for three years while gigging with every jazz act in town. His background playing his father’s improvisatory yet groove-oriented music combined with a passion for harmony and interaction made Gary a natural for jazz and it soon became his main outlet for expression. Gary received a Summer Jazz Scholarship from the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society (NAJS) in 2010; the next year his quartet was nominated for the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards Best Jazz Group.
After graduating in 2011 with a BA in Music, Gary began teaching up to 40 students a week on guitar, bass, mandolin and ukulele at Ben Jack’s Arkansas Music. Gary could also be found performing with a wide range of jazz, rock, funk, and blues bands as well as the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and the pit orchestra for TheatreSquared musical productions. In 2013 he moved to Boulder, CO to pursue an MM in Jazz at the University of Colorado and graduated in 2015. The vibrant, supportive jazz community has kept him busy in Boulder, Denver, Ft. Collins and surrounding areas performing the entire spectrum of the genre. Some of his current groups include Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles (swing), Atomic Pablo (blues), Jeremy Mohney (swing), Espresso! (gypsy jazz and swing), Aaron Walker Quartet (gypsy jazz), and also performs with corporate dance bands, cocktail jazz groups, children’s musical theatre and voice schools, bluegrass groups, and more.His philosophy with the bass is deep yet simple- above all else, the role of the bass is to support the other instrumentalists in a way that makes them sound better in order to make the music sound its best.