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Sarah Clay - Vocals, Flute, Performer, Teaching Artist

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Sarah singing, Bob Ferrier reactingYeah, that's the note! Sarah Clay with Bob Ferrier

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Sarah Clay sings into mic

Sarah Clay: her story

A musician constantly honing her craft, Sarah Clay is a singer, flutist, performer and teaching artist. She reveals the story of the human condition through song: triumph, fear, love, loss, and joy. Early training in classical music developed her discipline, technique, and tone clarity. But her father's guitar playing informed her love of jazz and the Great American Songbook.

Sarah’s father was a jazz guitar player who insisted that his daughter get a “proper classical music education.” So she studied classical flute with a member of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and voice with a Broadway vocal coach and then later with a Russian opera diva. An accomplished vocalist and flutist, Sarah has explored a kaleidoscopic range of styles: baroque, folk, plainchant, blues, country, and tango. But memories of her father's jazz guitar beckoned. Her dad had played guitar with Erroll Garner (who wrote Misty), and Dodo Marmarosa (bebop pianist for Gene Krupa and Artie Shaw), and her father’s jazz guitar was the soundtrack of her childhood.


Sarah in Ella Fitzgerald tribute, dressed in 1940s style

In the 1990s Sarah began intensive jazz study: a new song every week. In 2002, after developing a substantial repertoire of standards, she formed Clay Jazz and began performing throughout New England, releasing two favorably reviewed recordings. Sarah continues to delight audiences at jazz festivals, concert halls, libraries and a variety of other venues. A passionate and dedicated teacher, she maintains a thriving private music studio and is a proud member the music faculty at Holyoke Community College. She is also a member of the Teaching Artists Guild.


Contact Sarah

413-586-9564 (studio)

413-687-3228 (cell/text)

"sarah" at "" (email)

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  • November 18, 2018
    Springfield Central Library, Springfield, MA
  • January 11, 2019
    Collegian Court, Chicopee, MS

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