Extravagant Jazz Vocalist Sara Gazarek Dazzles at Triple Door
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Leave it to the largest community choir in North America to stage the biggest holiday spectacle of them all: Play It Again Santa from the Seattle Men's Chorus. Known as "Seattle's Other Holiday Tradition," the Chorus's holiday concerts are packed with good cheer and great music. Nostalgic carols, sing-alongs and brilliantly hilarious versions of seasonal favorites add up to a thrilling and festive show. Make time for the magic -- and tradition -- of Play It Again Santa at Benaroya Hall. Learn More
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- Take a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Gazarek’s latest album, Blossom & Bees, five years in the making
Born and raised in Seattle, Gazarek grew up without much exposure to jazz. In her early teens she was inspired by musical theater and dance, but she ended up discovering and falling in love with the jazz choir at her high school. Gazarek didn’t discover her calling until her senior year, when her school band flew to New York City to compete in the Essentially Ellington Competition, hosted by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. It was the first year that the competition included a big band vocal feature, so Gazarek joined the band, and ended up walking away with the first ever Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Vocal Soloist Award.
When Gazarek arrived at the University of Southern California, she was the only jazz studies vocal major in her class, and quickly discovered that she was way behind her peers when it came to jazz theory. She spent much of the first year off by herself studying for hours every day, listening closely to classic recordings by Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Hank Mobley. At USC, Sara helped develop the JazzReach program, spending two years as a jazz choir director with inner city elementary school children. “I was fortunate to have a very passionate jazz educator at my high school, and know that if it wasn’t for Scott, I probably wouldn’t have discovered my own love of jazz. The idea of lighting that flame in even just one young musician is exciting to me.”