This article is from 2006.
Saxophonist Laura MacDonald has come a long way since she first emerged as a 16-year-old alto player in the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra in the early 1990s. It was a measure of her promise that she had only just taken up the instrument at that point, and that precocious promise has developed into mature achievement.
Instrumental jazz is still largely a male dominated preserve, but Laura has set an example for others to follow, both as a player on alto and soprano and as a composer and bandleader. She follows her jazz festival gigs with this residence featuring four different settings, opening with a duo with US flautist Jamie Baum, her Cole Porter tribute, a duo with Venezuelan pianist Leo Blanco, and three nights of her new Re-Invention Quartet.
Jazz Centre at The Lot, 225 9922, 12, 15"19 Aug, 7.30pm, £8.