JANUARY 8-9, 2008

Call for reservations: 206-441-9729

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes the return of Seattle-native, vocalist Sara Gazarek. Band members include new band members Zach Harmon (drums) and Sam Minaie (bass) as well as Josh Nelson (piano). Set times on Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:30pm. Doors will open at 6:00pm on Tuesday and 5:30pm on Wednesday.

Born and raised in Seattle, she was exposed to a variety of art forms at a very early age. Gazarek attended Roosevelt High School where she fell in love with its award-winning jazz program instantly. Under the influence of jazz educator and trombonist Scott Brown, Gazarek traveled as a soloist with the school’s jazz orchestra to NYC to compete in the nationally acclaimed Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in 2000. Presented at the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Gazarek was awarded the first ever Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Vocalist Award.

Championed by some of music’s most celebrated figures, Sara Gazarek has emerged as a strikingly original artist with limitless potential. In follow up to Yours, her widely hailed 2005 debut focusing on American Songbook standards, the 25-year old Gazarek delivers sensational follow-up on her sophomore album Return To You (6/06), seamlessly combining the intimacy of singer/songwriter stylings with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz. Blessed with a gorgeous, translucent voice, excellent pitch and supple sense of time, Gazarek is steeped in the jazz tradition, but is not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation.

Jazz Alley, Seattle Jazz