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Sarah Clay - Vocals, Flute, Performer, Teaching Artist

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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 first, a Broadway vocal coach and later, 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 1940s net hat

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 and to teach at her thriving private studio and as a member the music faculty at Holyoke Community College.

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How to reach Sarah

413-586-9564 (studio)

413-687-3228 (cell/text)

"sarah" at "clayjazz.com" (email)

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Gigs

  • July 22, 2018
    Villa Napoletana, East Longmeadow, MA
     
  • August 1, 2018
    Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton, MA
     
  • August 11, 2018
    Wilbraham Public Library, Wilbraham, MA
     

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