Josh Nelson

Sara Gazarek

"...One of the best modern day piano-voice matches in action"

Dan Bilawsky All About Jazz

Dream in the Blue is this year’s best album.”

Andrew Hamlin The Stranger

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NEW ALBUM! Sara Gazarek + Josh Nelson DUO



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.

“I remember feeling so incredibly comfortable with Josh that I held on tight and never looked back,” says Gazarek, recalling their very first gig in LA. “We’ve spent the last decade and more writing together, arranging, recording, making silly videos; essentially growing up together, personally and musically.” Nelson, in addition to citing his close rapport with Gazarek, sees Dream in the Blue as “a nice snapshot of our musical tastes in general — decidedly welcoming and accessible for a wide variety of audiences.”


Championed by some of music’s most celebrated figures, Sara Gazarek has proven a strikingly original vocalist, songwriter, and storyteller. With three highly acclaimed albums under her belt at 34, Sara has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the next important jazz singer,” and “impeccable,” by the Winnipeg Free Press.

Blessed with a gorgeous, translucent voice, excellent pitch, and supple sense of time, Gazarek is steeped in the jazz tradition, but is also willing to embrace the music that moves her generation. Her group’s latest recording, Blossom & Bee (2012, Palmetto), was released to rave reviews — as Nick Mondello of Jazz Times has noted “Blossom & Bee has all the beauty, bite and superb workings of a winner. It’s as good as – or better than – some recent Grammy®-nominated or winning female vocalist efforts.”

Sara is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California, where she leads the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble and teaches privately.


Born and raised in Southern California, Josh Nelson is a first-call jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recording artist. At 35 years old, he has already performed and worked with some of the most respected names in music, including Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, John Clayton, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Seamus Blake and Matt Wilson.

Josh has produced music for countless albums, films, and television, but also makes time for his own projects including Anticipation (2004), Let it Go (2007), and I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), all of which featured Josh’s explorations of new original music, standard interpretations, and reinventions of pop tunes. His recent record Discoveries (2011) pairs classic sci-fi film footage with new compositions for a brass and wind ensemble.

He currently teaches at Cal State Northridge as part of the music faculty.