With a rare talent for bringing shades to her natural and confident voice, Sara Lazarus is one of the most beloved jazz vocalists of our times.
A native from Wilmington, Delaware, just like Clifford Brown, Sara Lazarus started to learn piano and tenor saxophone when she was 8 and starred in a musical touring across Europe all the way to Montreux. She learnt jazz standards and her vocal talent was noticed by Illinois Jacquet during her English literature studies at Harvard University. She joined his class and the magazine DownBeat later awarded her the prize for best jazz vocal soloist at university level. After graduating, she moved to Paris and partook in major festivals such as Jazz in Marciac, Crest Jazz Vocal or JVC Paris Festival, and met Manuel Rocheman, Jacky Terrasson or Riccardo Del Fra. She won 1st Prize at the Thelonious Monk International Competition in Washington in 1994 and had the opportunity to perform with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and other jazz musicians. She contributed to the recording of Anything Goes in 2000, a project directed by Patrice Caratini dedicated to Cole Porter’s work.
Six landmark dates in the life of Sara Lazarus:
1978: She integrated the American Youth Jazz Band with her tenor saxophone and vocals
1980: Debut at the Montreux Festival
1994: Won first Prize at the Thelonious Monk International Competition
2000: Contributed to the collaborative album Anything Goes
2005: The album Give Me the Simple Life's was publicly praised
2006: The album It's All Right with Me in collaboration with Biréli Lagrène
Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, January 2014