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Sachal Vasandani

Singer/songwriter Sachal Vasandani, aka. Sachal, is a distinctive vocalist with a pleasant, flexible, and understated style. Influenced by the subtleties of Shirley Horn, Sachal's early albums showcased his love of jazz standards, and occasionally found him employing scat phrasing, and vocalese. Never easily classified, Sachal eventually dropped his last name, and moved toward a more atmospheric, if still jazz influenced, modern pop style.

A native of Chicago, Vasandani grew up listening to his parents' modern jazz records, pop music by the Beatles and Michael Jackson, and the East Indian music of his heritage. In college at the University of Michigan he studied economics, and was instructed in the U-M's jazz and classical music programs. He was a winner in the 1999 Downbeat magazine Student Jazz Awards in the Collegiate Vocal category, and earned a semifinalist berth in the 2005 Thelonious Monk Institute Competition.

Arriving in New York City as a Wall Street investment banker, Vasandani soon discovered the lure of music was too strong. He found himself talented enough to make a go as a jazz vocalist and worked local jazz clubs. Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra gave him a chance to front a big band. As a sideman, he also worked with Pyeng Threadgill and Sean Jones. After two independent recordings, his major-label debut for the Mack Avenue label, Eyes Wide Open, was issued in 2007. It reflected his past and identified him somewhat as a pop-jazz crooner, incorporating elements of rock, R&B, classical, and Brazilian musics.

Vasandi then followed-up with two more recordings for Mack Avenue; 2009's We Move, and 2011's Hi-Fly. Both of those albums found Vasandi investigating a mix of standards and original tunes, though his own compositions found him moving further afield of swinging, straight-ahead jazz and towards a more contemporary, if still nuanced pop sound.

In 2015, Vasandi (now simply going as Sachal) completed this transformation, moving to Okeh Records for the release of Slow Motion Miracles. His first album of all-original material, Slow Motion Miracles featured Sachal's distinctive mix of jazz and electronica-infused singer/songwriter pop. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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donnakz31
He has an ability to interpret songs in the manner of Shirley Horn and Billie Holday ....keep on Sachal
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Have to admit: this made me stop what I was doing to investigate more. Will need to hear more...
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Wow!!!!
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Mr. Ogilvy gives me goosebumps. LOVE it.
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oh God I don't know how I am going to sing today...
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If you haven't heard Hi-Fly by Sachal yet you need to. Very worthy!
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There's a warmth to his voice, good breath control and tasteful use of vibrato. Thanks, Pandora! you did it again.
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Makes me smile
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cef1953
Yes he is a pleasure!!

Wonderful singer.

Very talented .

The back up musicians too are so spot on and they all mesh so well together.
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Charming voice. Love his style and music. Little bit of a Boz Scaggs sound. What a treat. First time to hear him. I'll be getting me some Sachal on my player.
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bfotsch456
Yes, coooool
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contris3
Love the feel. Very cool singer and Mr.Ogilvy just kills me..."I might just piss my life away..." Nice.
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jazzteacher
Great to hear originals. One of the most authentic young jazz singers I've heard. Thanks for keeping the genre alive.
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rogerhenryjr
Very pleased to have discovered him .. thank you Pandora!! Very talented!
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bonniecordov a
Just a pleasure.

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