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Clay Jazz: Sophisticated Jazz with a Latin twist.
Sarah Clay's sultry vocals and sweet flute put you in the mood to relax and celebrate. Her band really swings with richly-voiced, lush chords. It's a special sound that is unmistakably jazz: smooth, lively, mellow, fun. Clay Jazz performs throughout New England at restaurants, parties, business events, weddings . . . what about your next event?
Jazz is America's indigenous classical music and Sarah is proud to continue the tradition. Her repertoire includes Swing, Latin, Bossa Nova, Ballads, Spanish love songs, Blues, and standards from the American Songbook – works by Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and many others from the 1940s to the present.
Click on the music button (top right, under my sunset picture) to listen to sample tracks. If you like what you hear, hire me! Clay Jazz will bring sophisticated entertainment to any celebration.
“Vocalist Sarah Clay is a musician of considerable experience, with a penchant for creating interesting phrases with material that could become clichéd in less capable hands.” (Richard Mayer) With each ballad, she tells the story behind the song. The Daily Hampshire Gazette wrote, “Even for a classically trained voice, this [Monk's “Round Midnight”] is a challenging work, with long phrases that leave a singer nowhere to hide.” Her flute playing has been described as “a wonderful mix of Herbie Mann's hipness and Rampal's virtuosity.” (Larry Oakner)
Come hear Clay Jazz live! Click the Calendar button for upcoming gigs near you. And join the e-mail list to receive periodic updates of my performing schedule.
"The beautiful music provided by Clay Jazz provided the perfect atmosphere for our event. Bravo to Sarah Clay." ~ Tamara S. Balis, Head of School, Amherst Montessori School
“Clay Jazz's music was a wonderful addition to our event. They set the tone and put everyone at ease. Clay Jazz was that piece that had been missing for years - before they went home we had already booked them for next year!” ~ Big Y Foods
“If you are searching for a jazz band for your next business function, look no further! They will truly delight any audience & exceed your expectations. If I had to sum up their performance, I would say, ‘A sophisticated class act.’” ~ Patricia Guenette, President, Human Resource Management Association of Western New England
“Outstanding musicians! The Clay Jazz band performed at our wedding recently and we could not have been more pleased.” ~ Jane and Bill Obear
“Everyone thought the music was great and it was wonderful touch to our awards event. Thanks again and I will definitely book Clay Jazz next year.” ~ AAA Pioneer Valley
“Clay Jazz performed at the Great Falls Art Fest in Turners Falls and they were a big hit. The audience loved their smooth and sultry sound, as well as their Latin beats that make you want to dance.” ~ Karen Stinchfield, The Brick House, Inc.
“If you are looking for a night of magic music keep an ear out for Clay Jazz. . . should not be missed!” ~ Mary Jane Finnigan, Mo Jazz Cafe
Well, what more can I say? Thanks for visiting my site.