from The Seattle Times:

Sara Gazarek, an emotive, crisply swinging vocalist who graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2000, is in town next week for her first full-length engagement at Jazz Alley. She is thrilled about playing Seattle’s most prestigious jazz house, but a performance in May at the Blue Note, in New York, had an even deeper resonance.

“We were performing the same weekend Roosevelt was at Essentially Ellington,” said the Los Angeles-based singer, referring to the jazz competition that her alma mater has regularly dominated. “It was really meaningful to realize that 14 years ago, I was at that festival, performing at Avery Fisher Hall with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. It’s because of the educational opportunities at that festival that I realized I wanted to be a jazz singer.”

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