Sara Gazarek

Sara Gazarek is an American jazz singer from Seattle.

Sara Gazarek
Sara Gazarek at the 2008 Java Jazz Festival
Sara Gazarek at the 2008 Java Jazz Festival
Background information
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
GenresJazz, pop, rock
Years active2005–present
LabelsNative Language, Palmetto

Life and careerEdit

Gazarek was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to attend the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.[1][2] In college her teachers included Carmen Bradford, John Clayton, and Tierney Sutton. Clayton produced her first album, Yours (2005).[2] The album was a critical and commercial success with a top ten ranking in the Billboard Traditional Jazz Charts as well as being the top album download in iTunes for Jazz in Germany and France.[1] Clayton also produced her second album, Return to You (2007). She recorded Where Time Stands Still (2010) with the German band Triosence.[2]

She returned to the University of Southern California to accept a job on the faculty of jazz studies.[3] In the liner notes for Blossom and Bee (2012) she cited the influence of Blossom Dearie.[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award, Ella Fitzgerald Foundation[2]
  • Best Collegiate Vocalist, DownBeat magazine, 2003[2]
  • Grammy nomination for album Thirsty Ghost, 2019


As leaderEdit

As guestEdit

  • Triosence, Where Time Stands Still (Sony, 2010)


  1. ^ a b "Sara Gazarek Biography" (PDF). William Morris Agency. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e Skelly, Richard. "Sara Gazarek". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Artist info on Sara Gazarek". Pacific Jazz Institute. Retrieved 29 August 2015.

External linksEdit