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.