SG sings w/John Proulx

I’m so excited to be a featured guest on John Proulx‘s latest project! His new CD “The Best Thing For You” is out NOW on the MaxJazz label.

John asked me to join him on three songs: Sarah McLaughlin’s “Angel”, and two original compositions “Love Is For Dreamers” and “Before We Say Goodnight”. You can hear samples on the sideman page of my site, or listen and/or purchase at amazon.com .

John will also be celebrating his Los Angeles CD release party on November 7th at Catalina Bar & Grill – and I’ll be singing with him! More info about the show can be found here! Hope to see you there!

SG the special guest

I’m so excited to be singing with my longtime collaborator, Josh Nelson, for a very special series he hosts monthly at Vitello’s in Los Angeles. “Discovery Sessions” features a different artist each time — and this month, he’ll be featuring FOUR (count it, 4) special guest vocalists: Kathleen Grace, Sara Leib, Lillian Sengpiel, and Sara Gazarek!!

Josh has been working hard with each of us to bring something special to the evening: he and I wrote a new song together, I wrote lyrics to a beautiful Duke Ellington composition that we’ll be sharing, and I can’t wait to hear what the rest of the guests have in store. I hope you can join us for this very special occasion!

Click here for more info!

‘Blossom & Bee’ on SALE!

We’re so happy announce that our new CD, “Blossom & Bee” has been included in the Amazon.com September Jazz Promotion — which means you can download it for just $6.99! If you haven’t had the opportunity to pick up a copy, we hope you’ll jump on this little deal. Check it out, here!

musical charge ♥ please read

every year I try to revisit this before the school year begins at USC. important for musicians, teachers, and students alike.

what follows is part of the talk Karl Paulnack (boston conservatory) gave to the freshman class and their parents when he welcomed them to the conservatory.

“The responsibility I will charge your sons and daughters with is this:

‘If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at two AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you’re going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 PM someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft.

You’re not here to become an entertainer, and you don’t have to sell yourself. The truth is you don’t have anything to sell; being a musician isn’t about dispensing a product, like selling used cars. I’m not an entertainer; I’m a lot closer to a paramedic, a firefighter, a rescue worker. You’re here to become a sort of therapist for the human soul, a spiritual version of a chiropractor, physical therapist, someone who works with our insides to see if they get things to line up, to see if we can come into harmony with ourselves and be healthy and happy and well.

Frankly, ladies and gentlemen, I expect you not only to master music; I expect you to save the planet. If there is a future wave of wellness on this planet, of harmony, of peace, of an end to war, of mutual understanding, of equality, of fairness, I don’t expect it will come from a government, a military force or a corporation. I no longer even expect it to come from the religions of the world, which together seem to have brought us as much war as they have peace. If there is a future of peace for humankind, if there is to be an understanding of how these invisible, internal things should fit together, I expect it will come from the artists, because that’s what we do. As in the concentration camp and the evening of 9/11, the artists are the ones who might be able to help us with our internal, invisible lives.’

L.A. CD Release Shows!

Our two-night Los Angeles CD release concerts are coming up — THIS WEEKEND, 8/18 & 8/19!

I’m particularly excited about these shows because we’ll be featuring a VERY special guest: our genius producer, Larry Goldings! We have a few other surprises lined up too… It’s going to be a great couple of nights.

The shows are already selling well (and quickly, thanks to this weeks feature in the LA WEEKLY!), so we ***highly recommend*** buying your tickets in advance!!

Saturday, August 18th
LOS ANGELES
Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club (feat special guest Larry Goldings!)
8 & 10pm – tickets
4349 Tujunga Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
vitellosjazz.com

Sunday, August 19th
LOS ANGELES
Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club (feat special guest Larry Goldings!)
7:30pm – tickets
4349 Tujunga Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
vitellosjazz.com

And don’t forget to stop by our new website for all things SG band related: www.saragazarek.com

Thank you for your continued support!

love and gratitude,
Sara

enter to win a CD!

Hi friends! All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Palmetto Records “Sara Gazarek – Blossom & Bee“ giveaway contest starting today. They’ll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on August 12th. Visit AllAboutJazz.com or more info, and to ENTER!

AAJ featured download of the day!

Hi friends!

What an exciting week… I’m SO happy with the great response we’ve had to the new record, ‘Blossom & Bee’!! With your support, we debuted on the iTunes Jazz Chart at #9! It’s been really neat to hear from our listeners about their favorite songs, and read the reviews that are coming in. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, you can download it RIGHT NOW at iTunes, or order a hard copy at Amazon.com. Or both!

TODAY we’re featured as the FREE MP3 download of the day on allaboutjazz.com so if you’d like to test the waters before you commit to jumping in, head over there and get a tune for free!

We’re headed to Japan this weekend, in our first run of shows promoting the record! We can’t wait to get back to our Japanese family at the Cotton Club in Tokyo. But we’ll also be touring some big cities in the US over the summer as well, so check the tour dates page on our BRAND NEW website to find a show near you!
Thank you for your continued love and support!

Gratitude,
Sara

Explore The New Digs!

Hi friends! Welcome to our new website! I’m so excited that team A design was able to craft such an awesome home base for all things SGB! Take a moment to look through the cool little treasures they created for you – all new videos, photos, band page, tour dates, press, etc! It’s so fun! Feel free to stay a while. xo Sara

Blossom & Bee

Hi Friends!

The release of our new CD, Blossom & Bee, is less than a week away!! I’m so excited for you to hear this project. Featuring my LA-based group (Josh Nelson, piano; Hamilton Price, bass; Zach Harmon, drums), guest artist John Pizzarelli, and produced by the phenomenal Larry Goldings, this is by far our best CD yet! My favorite songs are the title track “Blossom & Bee”, the Ben Folds tune “The Luckiest” and our take on the standard “Tea For Two”. I can’t wait to hear what your favorites are!

And since you’ve been so patient, we’ve decided to create something special just for you! 🙂

Click HERE to pre-order your AUTOGRAPHED copy of Blossom & Bee! We’ve even lowered the price to $10.99 (which will go back up on June 19th).

new album on the way!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be releasing our third studio album — SOON!

At the end of 2011, I signed a record contract with one of my favorite independent jazz labels, the very respected Palmetto Records. At the end of October, Josh, Zach, Hamilton and I flew out to the East Coast to record what I think is our best CD yet! It’s produced by one of my favorite musicians and songwriters, the phenomenal Larry Goldings, and features some wonderful original compositions, some beautiful standards, and a few other surprises. 🙂 We even have a VERY special guest that joins us on the record. I can’t wait to share it with you!!

“Blossom & Bee” hits record stores on June 19th.

Here’s a little preview of the title track of the record — from a show we did in Los Angeles to ramp up to the session (thanks to friend John Storie for joining us that night!). Larry surprised the band (as you can tell from my laughing) by jumping up on stage for an impromptu melodica solo.