Sarah Jane Cion

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Sarah Jane Cion, also known by her pen name Sally Shields, is an American jazz musician, author and pianist.

Music career[edit]

Sarah Jane Cion received the Boston Jazz Society Award in 1988.[1] She graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1990. In 1991, she was chosen as one of four pianists to attend the Banff School of Fine Arts, with faculty of Steve Coleman, Rufus Reid, Kevin Eubanks, Marvin Smith, Kenny Wheeler and Dave Holland.

In July 1996, she worked with Monty Alexander in his jazz workshop in Verbier, Switzerland. She won the 17th Annual Great American Jazz Piano Competition held in Jacksonville, in 1999.[2][3] The Sarah Jane Cion Trio was the opening act for the George Coleman Quartet at the Mellon Jazz Festival in Pittsburgh. The Trio was presented in concert by Savannah On Stage in March 2001, and at the Smithsonian Institution-Voice of America Stage in Washington D.C. in May 2001.

She has performed with many well-known artists including Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Anita O'Day, Carmen Leggio and James McBride. Her music has appeared on All My Children in the Pine Valley Inn scenes. She performed "Golden Song" in the movie Thor: The Dark World. She has toured Israel, Portugal, Japan, Germany, Austria and England.[4] She is married to bassist Phil Palombi.[5]



Sarah Jane Cion has authored or contributed to the following music-related works:

She has also authored several advice books under the pen name "Sally Shields":[8]


  1. ^ Colin Larkin (5 February 2004). The Virgin encyclopedia of jazz. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-1-85227-183-1. 
  2. ^ Matt Schudel (January 22, 2002). "Jazz Pianist Cion Laces Old Favorites With Her Own Works". Sun-Sentinel. 
  3. ^ "When women band together. (Interview)". The Women's Review of Books. December 1, 2000. Archived from the original on 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  4. ^ Naxos profile: Sarah Jane Cion
  5. ^ Joe Pinchot (20 August 2015). "WaterFire bassist Phil Palombi has 'made it' in New York jazz scene". The Herald. Sharon. 
  6. ^ "Sarah Jane Cion | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Nate Guidry (May 19, 2000). "Sarah Jane Cion - Moon Song (Review)". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  8. ^ Zan Stewart (2010-01-21). "Sarah Jane Cion at Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange". The Star-Ledger. 

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