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Sara Gazarek + HORNS
Seattle-Only New Album Preview!

Thu, Jan 31 -
Sun, Feb 3, 2019

$34.50 ($6 Service fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

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

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcomes world-renowned (and Seattle-born) jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek for an exclusive preview of the music from her highly anticipated upcoming release "Thirsty Ghost.” This special run of shows will feature Sara’s compelling and signature re-workings of songs from the Great American Songbook, her original compositions, and a handful of contemporary songs (Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Nick Drake, etc). Sara will be joined onstage by the man who introduced her to the genre -- Roosevelt High School Jazz Band director and trombonist, Scott Brown. Additional band members include Miro Sprague (piano), Alex Boneham (bass), Zach Harmon (drums), Mark Taylor (alto sax), Scott Brown (trombone), Travis Ranney (bass clarinet), and other special guests (TBD). Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Show times Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Thursday and 5:30pm Friday - Sunday.

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“Gazarek is already the best, and she just keeps getting better. - Andrew Hamlin, The Stranger

“..she may well turn out to be the next important jazz singer.” - Don Heckman, LA TIMES

Championed by some of music’s most celebrated figures, Sara Gazarek remains a strikingly original artist with seemingly limitless potential. Blessed with a gorgeous, translucent voice, excellent pitch, and supple sense of time, Sara has been hailed by the LA Times as “the next important jazz singer,” and “impeccable,” by the Winnipeg Free Press. With five critically acclaimed recordings under her belt, as well as numerous inspired collaborations, national and international tours, and personal/artistic growth, Gazarek’s highly anticipated upcoming album “Thirsty Ghost” (2019), will prove the inevitable journey of true artistry.

Working closely with collaborators/pianists Geoff Keezer, Larry Goldings, and Stu Mindeman (as well as saxophonist Josh Johnson), Sara has reemerged with a program of emotionally expansive jazz standards, impressive contemporary re-workings (Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, etc), and incredibly memorable originals -- all delivered with her agile sense of whole-hearted storytelling and fearless expression. Exploring new instrumentation (with full rhythm section, rhodes, saxophone, trombone, and bass clarinet, as well as background vocals), Gazarek invites complex colors and concepts in a journey of shadow and light.

In this incredibly special run of shows, Gazarek has expressed her delight in delivering an exclusive treat, just for her Seattle fans – six performances dedicated to the debut and exclusive preview of this highly anticipated project. Sara will not only be joined by her phenomenal rhythm section, she will also welcome 3 horns (with the trombone chair filled by the man who initially inspired her love of jazz – renowned educator and Roosevelt High School Director, Scott Brown!) to ensure a night that her friends and fans in the Northwest are sure to remember.

Don’t miss this rare and special treat!


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