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Sara Gazarek

Young and up-and-coming vocalist Sara Gazarek was raised in the Pacific Northwest -- Seattle to be exact -- without a lot of exposure to jazz in her youth. She discovered the joy of jazz vocals in high school and credits her high-school band director with having a huge impact on her development and subsequent future course. Because of her youth, sophistication, and choice of material to sing, Gazarek has the potential to turn a whole new generation on to the simple yet complex beauty of jazz vocals. As a high-school senior, Gazarek was awarded the prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Foundation Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award. She was given this award at the Essentially Ellington Festival at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, with Wynton Marsalis.

Gazarek attended college in Los Angeles in 2000 and studied at the Thornton School of Music at USC, learning the often difficult business of jazz singing from people like bassist John Clayton and singers Tierney Sutton and Carmen Bradford. In college, Gazarek spent two years working with elementary-school children in an inner-city school. In 2003, Gazarek received the Down Beat Student Music Award for Best Collegiate Vocalist. Shortly after the resulting publicity in the magazine, Gazarek was asked to join a tour of jazz women vocalists -- including Oleta Adams, Karrin Allyson, and Diane Schuur -- as part of the "Concord Jazz Festival on Tour" series of concerts, which traversed the U.S. in 2004.

Bassist and USC mentor Clayton produced both of Gazarek's albums, Yours, her critically hailed 2005 debut that focused on Great American Songbook standards, and the more recent Return to You. On both albums, she's accompanied by the same band, all Los Angeles-based musicians, including pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Erik Kertes, and drummer Matt Slocum. Return to You on the Native Language Music label showcases Gazarek's thoughtful arrangements on familiar tunes by good songwriters, including Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch, and Harry Connick, Jr. She also offers a powerful rendering of "Northern Lights," a song written by tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake.

When record labels came knocking on her door after the Concord Jazz Festival tour, Clayton advised her that she'd have a lasting career if she continued to do her homework and kept striving to become a better musician. Most recently, Gazarek released a live album entitled Live at the Jazz Bakery, also on Native Language Music. Anyone who's seen Gazarek in concert or heard her eclectic approach on her albums will realize that she is likely to have a significant impact on the contemporary jazz scene for many years to come. ~ Richard J. Skelly, Rovi
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Her album Blossom & Bee is the one that really convinces me that she is the real deal!
A truly great jazz artist. She sings lyrics the way a great actress delivers a memorable line!
scooterinjap a n
Heard her last week at The Cotton Club in Tokyo. Fell in love with her skillful, soulful singing. In addition, Josh Nelson, Hamilton Price and Zach Harmon are fantastic.
Looks like a new album up there. If it's half as good as Return To You a purchase is imminent.
Dani jus tsings my cares away and thrills me with the beauty of herself and her style.
Sara's style is closer to contempory music than to jazz in my mind, but she swings and entertained me well.
Simply Beautiful
nice, very smooth. easy to listen to.
Great fresh voice, will be around far many years.
bearstundra2 3
Amazing Voice! Love the passion and flow that she brings to Jazz!
Great voice...
I love this artist. Off to buy some...
A day in Fall brings tiny tears from the heaven to the remaining leaves on trees in these woods where we share a walk..a walk to say "So long". Not "Goodbye", for goodbye is forever. "So long" is until the next time. Soon our tears will kiss our lips as gently as the tears from heaven kiss the few remaining leaves. Then our lips will do the same, as you board the train and wave a wave that will disappear from view of the day, but in our memories will never go away.
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Clean and clear style
Free and easy...very refreshing to listen to...no vocal gymnastics
Nice style on old standards. Clean interesting voice with great back-up.
Extremely talented. Love her voice.
Agree below. Very talented.
Intriguing vocal quality. I'd like to hear more. Swinging piano & rhythm section.
saini2
Her voice is beautiful. She sounds just like an angel.
First time listener.... W o w !
Beautiful voice.
onerudebuddh a
Wow. In ten years, she'll be terrific. Now, she's good listening.

Shes amazing .. and a wonderful vocalist
tutielovesel v i s
I really like how personal her singing feels. Her voice is refreshing.
I love her voice! She can carry the depth of the meaning of the words without the heaviness of her voice! Beautiful!
I am hearing her for the first time and I am impressed.
Great voice, great personality. I hope to hear much more of her.
you're talking about her music right?
She has a full, upbeat style that is very inviting.

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