“Unbelievably talented ... completely blown away by the show last night...”
Vocalist/flutist Sarah Clay sings in three languages and swings for the fences. Sarah has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls (including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall) on both sides of the Atlantic. Known for nuanced expression and crystalline tone, she delivers fresh, playful interpretations of jazz standards, Bossa Nova and American Songbook tunes. And she scats like nobody’s business!
The soundtrack of Sarah’s childhood was her father’s jazz guitar. Her dad played with Erroll Garner (stride pianist who wrote the standard, Misty), and Dodo Marmarosa (bebop pianist for Gene Krupa and Artie Shaw). She studied music with an oboist at Radio City Music Hall, a Broadway vocal coach, and a Russian opera diva. At New York University as a William Randolph Hearst Scholar, Presidential Scholar and University Scholar, she earned a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, focusing on early music performance practice. With this solid and diverse musical foundation, she has performed in a kaleidoscopic range of music styles: baroque, classical, plainchant, minimalist, folk, Blues, tango, but always returning to jazz. “Improvisation is the ultimate in musical freedom and expression,” she smiles.
In the 1990s Sarah began intensive jazz study: a new song every week. After developing a substantial repertoire, she formed Clay Jazz and began performing throughout New England, releasing two jazz CDs that the Daily Hampshire Gazette called, “Impressive … delightful". Sarah continues to delight audiences at jazz festivals, concert halls, libraries and a variety of other venues.
An award-winning vocal coach, Sarah is thrilled to be a member of the music faculty at Holyoke Community College. She also maintains a thriving private vocal studio. Her students have been signed to major labels, toured the United States, England and Australia, performed at music festivals, and appeared on The Voice. She is also a member of the Teaching Artists Guild.