Laurence Elder's fresh, inspired blend of jazz, pop, blues and rock, along with his "triple threat" talents as a singer-songwriter-pianist, set his music apart as a vital new original sound. A signed artist on ESC Records in Europe and in Japan on the P-Vine label, Laurence has recorded with Grammy winners Paquito D’Rivera and Peter Erskine, who both appear as guests on his critically acclaimed debut album, “Surrounded."

His music has won accolades from JAZZIZ Magazine, Modern Drummer Magazine, The Miami Herald, Florida Travel and Life, and countless music industry luminaries. Past performances include New York City’s Blue Note, Washington DC’s Blues Alley, the Philippine International Jazz Festival, the United States Embassy, and many others. Laurence has toured internationally with his band, headlining with and opening for artists such as Spyro Gyra, Mike Stern, Dianne Reeves, Al Dimeola, Kenny Werner and Betty Buckley, to name a few.

Laurence’s holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory, but on “Surrounded" his evolution as a singer-songwriter is more than apparent as he blurs the lines between genres. “Like Sting, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder, Laurence has the ability to go beyond jazz’s traditional boundaries," says JAZZIZ Magazine owner and publisher Michael Fagien, a big fan of the music.

In 1991 Elder began a long mentorship with internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and educator Kenny Werner. During the many years under Werner’s tutelage, Elder diligently absorbed the material that would eventually form Werner’s groundbreaking book, “Effortless Mastery." Werner later went on to endorse Laurence to pass on his teachings, as well as writing the liner notes for “Surrounded."

Laurence balances his performing career with education and volunteering, and has served as Musical Director for various organizations and music festivals. While living in Charlottesville, Virginia, he taught for many years at the Music Resource Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing after-school music-making opportunities to middle and high-school students. He currently resides in New York and Miami and is recording his next album, scheduled for release in the fall of 2015.