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Sara Gazarek - Home for the Holidays

Tue, Dec 26 -
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

All purchases are non-refundable/non-exchangeable.
$32.50 Includes a $6.00 Service fee

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes the Sara Gazarek with her band Josh Nelson (piano), Matt Arnoff (bass), and Zach Harmon (drums) performing music from her new release Dream in the Blue along with some holiday standards. Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

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Since 2002, vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have nurtured an uncommonly strong musical bond. It’s no mere happenstance that Nelson played as a band member on all four of Gazarek’s albums, and she, in turn, sang on two of Nelson’s own recording projects. But over the past 18 months, this Los Angeles-based pair has taken their collaboration to a new level, touring extensively as a duo and developing a diverse repertoire that showcases their combined artistic maturation. Gazarek and Nelson recorded their new album Dream in the Blue (funded exclusively through the crowd-sourcing website as a tribute to their extraordinary partnership.

The intimate qualities of Dream in the Blue largely derive from the duo’s earnest reflection on their individual experiences and confront both light and dark aspects of the human condition. “I realized the fragility of the gift of love,” Gazarek says of recent life changes, “and the importance of vulnerability and gratitude in our most precious relationships. The songs took on a searching heaviness that I hadn’t explored before.” Nelson similarly identifies a shift in approach that situates their work into a more introspective space: “I feel like I came back to my traditional jazz roots on this album. My previous records have been more modern and theme oriented. I also hear a strong ‘West Coast’ sound on this album, a forward-thinking energy but also a laid-back vibe that reflects where we both live and create music.”

Reflecting on a pivotal moment in her artistic journey, Gazarek recalls a bit of enduring wisdom she gained from her mentor, the acclaimed bassist John Clayton, “about how to be taken seriously, maintain a long-term trajectory and keep developing as an artist,” she says. “John calmly told me, ‘As long as you stay honest about your experience, continue to grow as a person and never stop doing your homework, you’ll always have a place in this music.’ I’ve lived by that rule for the last 11 years.”

The new release, Dream in the Blue, debuted at #7 on the Billboard Jazz Chart, at #7 on the iTunes Jazz Chart, and #9 on the Amazon Jazz Chart.

“She’s one of the most interesting jazz singers working…” Andrew Hamlin, The Stranger


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