Hubert Laws

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Background informationHubert Laws_header_cell_0_1_0
BornHubert Laws_header_cell_0_2_0 (1939-11-10) November 10, 1939 (age 81)Hubert Laws_cell_0_2_1
OriginHubert Laws_header_cell_0_3_0 Houston, Texas, United StatesHubert Laws_cell_0_3_1
GenresHubert Laws_header_cell_0_4_0 Jazz, classicalHubert Laws_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Hubert Laws_header_cell_0_5_0 MusicianHubert Laws_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsHubert Laws_header_cell_0_6_0 FluteHubert Laws_cell_0_6_1
Years activeHubert Laws_header_cell_0_7_0 1964–presentHubert Laws_cell_0_7_1
LabelsHubert Laws_header_cell_0_8_0 RKO/Unique, Sony, Music Masters Jazz, CTI, ColumbiaHubert Laws_cell_0_8_1
WebsiteHubert Laws_header_cell_0_9_0 Hubert Laws_cell_0_9_1

Hubert Laws (born November 10, 1939) is an American flutist and saxophonist with a career spanning over 40 years in jazz, classical, and other music genres. Hubert Laws_sentence_0

Considering the artistry of the late Eric Dolphy and the popularity of the late Herbie Mann, Laws is notably in the company of the most recognized and respected jazz flutist in the history of jazz, (also the most imitated). Hubert Laws_sentence_1

Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop, and rhythm-and-blues genres, moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. Hubert Laws_sentence_2

Biography Hubert Laws_section_0

Hubert Laws, Jr. was born November 10, 1939, in the Studewood section of Houston, Texas, the second of eight children to Hubert Laws, Sr. and Miola Luverta Donahue. Hubert Laws_sentence_3

Many of his siblings also entered the music industry, including saxophonist Ronnie and vocalists Eloise, Debra, and Johnnie Laws. Hubert Laws_sentence_4

He began playing flute in high school after volunteering to substitute for the school orchestra's regular flutist. Hubert Laws_sentence_5

He became adept at jazz improvisation by playing in the Houston-area jazz group the Swingsters, which eventually evolved into the Modern Jazz Sextet, the Night Hawks, and The Crusaders. Hubert Laws_sentence_6

At age 15, he was a member of the early Jazz Crusaders while in Texas (1954–60), and also played classical music during those years. Hubert Laws_sentence_7

Winning a scholarship to New York's Juilliard School of Music in 1960, he studied music both in the classroom and with master flutist Julius Baker, and played with both the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (member) and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra through 1969–72. Hubert Laws_sentence_8

In this period, his renditions of classical compositions by Gabriel Fauré, Stravinsky, Debussy, and Bach on the 1971 CTI recording Rite of Spring—with a string section and such jazz stalwarts as Airto Moreira, Jack DeJohnette, Bob James, and Ron Carter—earned him an audience of classical music aficionados. Hubert Laws_sentence_9

He would return to this genre in 1976 with a recording of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. Hubert Laws_sentence_10

While at Juilliard, Laws played flute during the evenings with several acts, including Mongo Santamaría through 1963–67, and in 1964, began recording as a bandleader for Atlantic, and he released the albums The Laws of Jazz, Flute By-Laws, and Laws Cause. Hubert Laws_sentence_11

He appeared on albums by Ashford & Simpson, Chet Baker, George Benson, and Moondog. Hubert Laws_sentence_12

He recorded with his younger brother Ronnie on the album The Laws in the early 1970s. Hubert Laws_sentence_13

He played flute on Gil Scott-Heron's 1971 album Pieces of a Man, which featured the jazz poem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". Hubert Laws_sentence_14

During the 1970s, he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet. Hubert Laws_sentence_15

He can also be heard playing tenor saxophone on some records from the 1970s. Hubert Laws_sentence_16

In the 1990s, Laws resumed his career, playing on the 1991 Spirituals in Concert recording by opera singers Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman. Hubert Laws_sentence_17

His albums on the Music Masters Jazz label—My Time Will Come in 1990 and, more particularly, Storm Then Calm in 1994—are regarded by critics as a return to the form he exhibited on his early 1970s albums. Hubert Laws_sentence_18

He also recorded a tribute album to jazz pianist and pop-music vocalist Nat King Cole, Hubert Laws Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole, which received critical accolades. Hubert Laws_sentence_19

Among the many artists he has played and recorded with are Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Leonard Bernstein, James Moody, Jaco Pastorius, Sérgio Mendes, Bob James, Carly Simon, Grant Green, George Benson, Clark Terry, Stevie Wonder, J. Hubert Laws_sentence_20 J. Johnson, and The Rascals. Hubert Laws_sentence_21

In 1998, Laws recorded with Morcheeba for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot + Rhapsody, a tribute to George Gershwin, which raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease. Hubert Laws_sentence_22

The 2006 video Hubert Laws Live 30-year Video Retrospective includes "Red Hot & Cool" with Nancy Wilson, Performance in Brazil, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Appearance, The 1975 Down Beat Reader's Poll Awards, Performance in Japan, and Performance in Germany. Hubert Laws_sentence_23

Awards and honors Hubert Laws_section_1

In June 2010, Laws received a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts in the field of jazz. Hubert Laws_sentence_24

Laws is a recipient of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award. Hubert Laws_sentence_25

Grammy Awards Hubert Laws_section_2

Hubert Laws has received the following nominations at the Grammy Awards: Hubert Laws_sentence_26

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YearHubert Laws_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleHubert Laws_header_cell_1_0_1 ArtistHubert Laws_header_cell_1_0_2 CategoryHubert Laws_header_cell_1_0_3 RoleHubert Laws_header_cell_1_0_4 ResultHubert Laws_header_cell_1_0_5
1973Hubert Laws_cell_1_1_0 Morning StarHubert Laws_cell_1_1_1 Hubert LawsHubert Laws_cell_1_1_2 Best Jazz Performance by a SoloistHubert Laws_cell_1_1_3 Primary artist, composer, fluteHubert Laws_cell_1_1_4 NominatedHubert Laws_cell_1_1_5
1974Hubert Laws_cell_1_2_0 In the BeginningHubert Laws_cell_1_2_1 Hubert LawsHubert Laws_cell_1_2_2 Best Jazz Performance by a SoloistHubert Laws_cell_1_2_3 Primary artist, composer, fluteHubert Laws_cell_1_2_4 NominatedHubert Laws_cell_1_2_5
1979Hubert Laws_cell_1_3_0 Land of PassionHubert Laws_cell_1_3_1 Hubert LawsHubert Laws_cell_1_3_2 Best R&B Instrumental PerformanceHubert Laws_cell_1_3_3 Primary artist, composer, fluteHubert Laws_cell_1_3_4 NominatedHubert Laws_cell_1_3_5

Discography Hubert Laws_section_3

Main article: Hubert Laws discography Hubert Laws_sentence_27

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