Was born in Edmonton, Alberta on April 5, 1957, lived on the Canadian prairie throughout her childhood and youth. She attended Grant MacEwan Community College as a student of modern dance. There she received her first exposure to jazz. In April of 1979, she was waitressing at the Mayflower Restaurant in Edmonton in support of the Railtown Jazz Society’s sponsorship of a Bill Evans concert. One thing led to another and soon she was in New York. She spent the next year and a half as Evans’ muse during the most creative period of his career, and kept journals during that time. Her book The Big Love/Life and Death with Bill Evans is lovingly drawn from these journals and the memory of her first love. The ultimate coming of age memoir The Big Love chronicles her journey into the underworld of the New York jazz scene and her awakening into love, sex, drugs, jazz, spiritual enlightenment and death. Laurie’s first book is now in 17 countries. A French and an Italian translation are in production, and The Big Love is now being considered for development as a film or stage production.
She has performed selected works from the book in New York with the composer/pianist Jed Distler as a part of the Composers Collaborative, and in Edmonton with Jazz pianist Charlie Austin for the “Bill Evans Birthday Tribute”.
Recently she co-hosted the Canadian Premier of the new jazz documentary film “Bill Evans : Time Remembered” by Bruce Speigel , with Capilano Jazz Studies Program Coordinator Jared Burrows and a live set of music by the Miles Black Trio. See Review of Premier here.
Currently she resides on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with her partner and devotes her time to expanding her consciousness through her love of writing, music, art, tai chi and meditation.
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