Laura Klein, jazz pianist and composer, was born in New York City and started playing piano as a child, studying at the Manhattan School of Music. After receiving a degree in classical music from SUNY Buffalo, she started playing in a soul band and never looked back. She went on to study jazz at Berklee School of Music, performing at clubs and venues in the Boston/New England area. Klein relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984, where she has been actively performing and teaching ever since.
Klein has recorded her own compositions with FivePlay Jazz Quintet, the jazz sextet Triceratops, and vibraphonist Ted Wolff. She appears extensively with her own groups and other ensembles at Northern California clubs, concert halls, and festivals. A program of her compositions was produced and recorded by Jim Bennett and broadcast on KCSM-FM’s “In the Moment” series, and she was featured on KCSM's "Desert Island Jazz". Along with her husband, guitarist/composer/arranger Tony Corman, Klein co-leads FivePlay Jazz Quintet,whose three recordings have received national and international airplay. FivePlay’s performance of Klein's composition, “Glow In the Dark”, was featured on the soundtrack of the documentary, “The Grant Green Story”. Klein's recordings include: FivePlay Jazz Quintet, Five of Hearts, Five and More, Cerulean Blue (with Ted Wolff), Triceratops, and Jenny Ferris’ Day In, Day Out.
Klein is an AmSAT and STAT Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has had a private practice in Berkeley since 1987, and is an Associate Professor of the Alexander Technique at the California Jazz Conservatory.