The Jazz Listening Room

The Jazz Listening Room is a series of cabaret style jazz concerts featuring nationally and internationally known acts in an intimate setting.

The Jazz Listening Room

The Jazz Listening Room is a series of cabaret style jazz concerts featuring nationally and internationally known acts in an intimate setting.

Program Details

Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts
April 13, 2017

The Jazz Listening Room is a series of cabaret style jazz concerts presented in the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts by the Arts Council and the River City Jazz Coalition. These excellent jazz performances feature nationally and internationally known acts in an intimate setting.


Lawrence Sieberth

April 13, 2017

“I’ve always considered music to be a bridge to the spirit world…I perceive music with an architectural bent -- add and subtract -- everything is connected.” – Lawrence Sieberth


Pianist, composer, and producer Lawrence Sieberth is at home in virtually any musical setting. While based in jazz, Lawrence’s musical vision is not limited by genre barriers—he prefers to integrate the many facets of music and performance into an engaging, inclusive experience. His own neo-bop improvisations and experimental inclinations combine with his classical and world music influences providing an extensive musical vocabulary for both performances and compositions for television, film, and stage.


Lawrence Sieberth’s transcendent 2009 album New New Orleans finds him literally center stage, a solo piano set wherein traditional New Orleans jazz pieces get a brilliant surveying with some judicious modern overtones sprinkled throughout them. That same year saw the far side of the spectrum via Arkipelago, an album exploring the area(s) where the ethereal overlaps with the earthy, where fevered fantasy coalesces with funk, the Second Line strolls Alpha Centauri. In the most recent album ‘It’s Magic’ in collaboration with singer Germaine Bazzle, Sieberth’s exemplary skills as accompanist come to the fore—songs such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “Sophisticated Lady” are not merely covered but made anew, the notes dangling from his fingertips as if they were dipped in honey.


His local ensembles vary from New Orleans traditional to questing improvisations, from the avant-garde to mainstream jazz and R&B. He has performed at virtually every venue in New Orleans, from small clubs to the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival where he has been a regular featured artist and musical director of over 30 years. His collaborations with notable local performers include: Johhny Adams, Charles Neville, Leslie Smith, Tony Dagradi, Jeremy Davenport, John Vidacovich, Luther Kent, Leah Chase, Topsy Chapman, Herlin Riley, Brian ‘Breeze’ Cayolle, Victor Goines, and Jason Marsalis.


He presently performs and tours with Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazzband, Germaine Bazzle, and Lena Prima (daughter of the legendary Louis Prima) with whom has just released a Christmas cd playing duo with Lena on vocals.


He just toured Taiwan with his quartet and is performing for a 2nd year at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival with his afro-cuban/funk ensemble ‘Estrella Banda. Recordings of both ensembles have been recently released in 2017.


Lawrence Sieberth has been a commissioner on the Louisiana Music Commission and was honored by New Orleans Magazine (1998) as outstanding contemporary jazz pianist. His CD Heartstrings was chosen by Jazziz (1995) in their ‘Keyboards on Fire’ special issue. Lawrence has received numerous grants including the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award and the 2009 Asante Award and is a recent recipient of the Community Partnership Grant sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.



Movie Appearance Credits:

Dukes of Hazard as pianist with Willie Nelson

Green Lantern as pianist as well as arranger of music

Bessie as pianist - HBO


Productions credits include:

Music Director for Hats: the Musical

Music Director and Arranger of The Joint’s Jumpin,’ a New Orleans R&B Revue

Music Director and Arranger of The Warehouse Revisited, a rock retrospective

Bessie: HBO films featuring Queen Latifah - music director, arranger and pianist


Selected discography as featured artist/producer:

Live at Gino’s - I Migliori - performer/producer (1991)

Heartstrings - composer/performer/producer (1995)

New New Orleans - solo piano (2008)

Arkipelago -  composer/performer/producer/synth programming (2008)

Jay's Dream - Lawrence Sieberth Quartet

Old Times - Lawrence Sieberth Quintet

It’s Magic - Germaine Bazzle - producer/pianist (2014)

Silhouettes - Lawrence Sieberth Quartet

Estrella Banda - Lawrence Sieberth afro-cuban/funk ensemble


Performed with: Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Joanne “BJ” Crosby (Dreamgirls & Smokey Joe’s Cafe), Frank Gratowski, Hamid Drake, Eddie Harris, David Amram, Roseanna Vitro, Newport Jazz All-Stars, The Funk Brothers with Tom Scott, Badal Roy, Carlos Malta, Maria Marquez, Marl Growden, Aashish Khan, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, and the Baton Rouge Symphony.


Performances at international venues include: Ascona Jazz Festival, Dusseldorf Festival of Jazz, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Washington D.C. July 4th Celebration, Ingolstadt Jazztage, Oslo Jazz Festival, Pensacola Jazzfest, Cancun Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Steigenberger Hotel (Davos, Switzerland), Hotel Cariari (San Jose, Costa Rica), Hot Springs Music Festival, Rainfest at Punta Leona, Costa Rica, Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, Bourbon Street Club & Festival (Sao Paolo, Brazil)


Compositional Achievements:

Booker & Black - a multimedia collaboration with Jon Graubarth honoring the music of James Booker and James Black Theme composer for Brandon Tartikoff’s Big Time TV children’s show

Composer of soundtrack for the 1996 Olympic Passing of the Torch

Composer of numerous soundtracks - Discovery Films (New York Film Festival documentary winner)

Tickets are available now at Manship Theatre - or call 225-344-0334