Laurin Talese, the 2018 winner of the Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition will perform with the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band under the direction of trumpeter and educator Mondre Moffett for the 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival.

A Cleveland, Ohio native, she attended the Cleveland School of the Arts. After completing high school, Laurin relocated to Philadelphia where she attended the University of the Arts, and subsequently received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. 

Although her greatest affinity is jazz, Laurin Talese is versatile within many musical genres. She has shared the stage with numerous international recording artists including Bilal, Gregory Porter, Patti LaBelle, Robert Glasper, Vivian Green, and has had the distinct pleasure of performing with renowned classical and jazz ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra, The Moses Hogan Chorale, and the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria.

Laurin’s talents have allowed her to travel the globe, performing in a host of national and international venues including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the famed Apollo Theater, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at the New Jersey Center for Performing Arts (NJPAC) when she won the seventh annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

As passionate about songwriting as she is about singing, Talese released her debut album in 2016, GORGEOUS CHAOS, to wide acclaim.