Sara Gazarek

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Sara Gazarek
Sara Gazarek.jpg
Sara Gazarek at the 2008 Java Jazz Festival
Background information
Born1982
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
GenresJazz, pop, rock
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2005–present
LabelsNative Language, Palmetto
Websitewww.saragazarek.com

Sara Gazarek is an American jazz singer from Seattle.

Life and career[edit]

Gazarek was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to attend the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.[1][2] In college her teachers included Carmen Bradford, John Clayton, and Tierney Sutton. Clayton produced her first album, Yours (2005).[2] The album was a critical and commercial success with a top ten ranking in the Billboard Traditional Jazz Charts as well as being the top album download in iTunes for Jazz in Germany and France.[1] Clayton also produced her second album, Return to You (2007). She recorded Where Time Stands Still (2010) with the German band Triosence.[2]

She returned to the University of Southern California to accept a job on the faculty of jazz studies.[3] In the liner notes for Blossom and Bee (2012) she cited the influence of Blossom Dearie.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award, Ella Fitzgerald Foundation[2]
  • Best Collegiate Vocalist, DownBeat magazine, 2003[2]
  • A critic at the Los Angeles Times called her "the next important jazz singer."[4]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sara Gazarek Biography" (PDF). William Morris Agency. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e Skelly, Richard. "Sara Gazarek". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Artist info on Sara Gazarek". Pacific Jazz Institute. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. ^ Heckman, Don (18 March 2006). "Sara Gazarek shows the fuss is deserved". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 August 2018.

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