January 24, 2019

Hubert Laws in the Spotlight

Hubert Laws grew up literally surrounded by music.  His grandfather played harmonica and entertained with a one-man band.  His mother played gospel music on the piano and his boyhood home was right across the street from an actual honky-tonk in Houston.  Hubert grew up playing rhythm and blues and gospel at dances.

His early musical experience included piano, mellophone, and alto sax.  Hubert didn’t pick up the flute until high school when he volunteered to fill in for a flute soloist with his high school orchestra.  It was also during high school that Hubert discovered jazz, drawn to the genre by the freedom of improvisation and the creative range allowed by jazz.  He later enrolled in the music department at Texas Southern University. During this period, he arranged to study privately with Clement Barone, who had a profound effect on Hubert’s development.  From there he traveled to Los Angeles with the Jazz Crusaders where he won a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.  Mr. Laws completed his studies and obtained his degree at Juilliard under the tutelage of renowned flutist Julius Baker.

Hubert Laws has certainly earned his recognition as an internationally renowned flautist.  He is truly a master of jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues, and yet moves effortlessly to classical genres as well.  Hubert has collaborated with such artists as Quincy Jones and Bob James, as well as working on film scores for The Wiz, The Color Purple, and others.  He has 20 albums in his discography and continues session work and collaborations with such as Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Freddie Hubbard, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Sergio Mendes, Bob James, Carly Simon, Clark Terry, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.

Contact info:

  1. Email:    hubertlaws@hubertlaws.com
  2. Website:   https://hubertlaws.com/