Laurence E. Elder
Department(s) / Office(s): Music and Theater Arts (Department of), Music Programs
Phone: +1 (607) 778-5326
Laurence Elder is a critically acclaimed songwriter, vocalist, and pianist. He has toured extensively, and recorded with Grammy winners Peter Erskine and Paquito D’Rivera, who both appear as guests on his debut album, “Surrounded.” He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory, a Masters in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Miami, and studied for over a decade with renowned pianist, author and educator Kenny Werner.
In addition to numerous accolades from music industry publications, Elder’s music has received considerable international attention, with distribution and airplay throughout Europe, Japan, and the Philippines. Laurence has headlined with his band at New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club, Washington DC’s Blues Alley, JAZZIZ Nightlife, and the Philippine International Jazz Festival, to name a few. He has also opened for a wide variety of artists such as Al DiMeola, Livingston Taylor, Jesse Harris, and Betty Buckley.
Laurence currently resides in Binghamton, New York and maintains an active schedule of performing, writing, teaching and music production. He performs locally as a leader and sideman, and serves on the music faculty at SUNY Broome Community College, as well as Binghamton University. He is also working on his next studio album, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.