Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson

Bio

About Sara Gazarek

Championed by some of music’s most celebrated figures, Sara Gazarek has proven a strikingly original vocalist, songwriter, and storyteller. With three highly acclaimed albums under her belt at 34, Sara has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the next important jazz singer,” and “impeccable,” by the Winnipeg Free Press.

Blessed with a gorgeous, translucent voice, excellent pitch, and supple sense of time, Gazarek is steeped in the jazz tradition, but is also willing to embrace the music that moves her generation. Her group’s latest recording, Blossom & Bee (2012, Palmetto), was released to rave reviews — as Nick Mondello of Jazz Times has noted “Blossom & Bee has all the beauty, bite and superb workings of a winner. It’s as good as – or better than – some recent Grammy®-nominated or winning female vocalist efforts.”

Sara is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California, where she leads the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble and teaches privately.

About Josh Nelson

Born and raised in Southern California, Josh Nelson is a first-call jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recording artist. At 35 years old, he has already performed and worked with some of the most respected names in music, including Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, John Clayton, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Seamus Blake and Matt Wilson.

Josh has produced music for countless albums, films, and television, but also makes time for his own projects including Anticipation(2004), Let it Go (2007), and I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), all of which featured Josh’s explorations of new original music, standard interpretations, and reinventions of pop tunes. His recent recordDiscoveries (2011) pairs classic sci-fi film footage with new compositions for a brass and wind ensemble.

He currently teaches at Cal State Northridge as part of the music faculty.

Latest News

After Years of Steady Collaboration, Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson Debut as Vocal-Piano Duo with Dream in the Blue, Out August 5, 2016
Since vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have nurtured an uncommonly strong musical bond It s no mere happenstance that Nelson played as a[...]

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Links

Duo Website

Sara’s Twitter

Josh’s Twitter

Tour Dates

August 1 / Birdland / New York City, NY 
August 12 / Blue Whale / Los Angeles, CA
August 17 / Mezzrow NYC / New York, NY
August 26 / Triple Door / Seattle, WA
September 3 / Riverfront Jazz Festival / Stevens Point, WI
September 4 / Fox Jazz Festival / Wenasha, WI
More to be announced, stay tuned…
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