San Francisco native Jaz Sawyer unites with the next generation of music makers for an historic night. Joined with these talented young folks, the tradition continues of West Coast bread musicians that raise the bar for the Bay Area scene and throughout the globe. Mr. Sawyer has performed and recorded with artists such as Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Phil Lesh & Friends, Jacky Terrason, Irvin Mayfield, Robin McKelle, Mlumbo and others.
After a brief detour from New York, Sawyer made a “history/research pilgrimage” to New Orleans to learn more about the origins of Jazz. While there, he worked with many of the city’s finest musicians, including Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins and the New Orleans-flavored Latin jazz band Los Hombres Calientes.
Now 31, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New School University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Metropolitan College of New York. He is actively involved in communities in the Bay Area and New York to continue his mission to improve music education for youth by teaching music workshops across the nation. Mr. Sawyer and the Youth All-Stars will be performing original compositions and favorite standards with power arrangements. History will be made with these break-through artists so be the first to witness!
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Added by Yoshis on May 18, 2009