Desert Island Jazz
Irene Sazer (2005)

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Irene Sazer is a violinist, composer, arranger and singer. Irene has developed a unique style of putting world and roots music together with her classical, jazz, and pop sensibilities. It's rare to find such a fine instrumentalist so diverse as a musician. Known best to international audiences as one of the founding members of The Turtle Island String Quartet, Sazer is the child of a classically trained father and a folk music loving mother. She served as concertmaster with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra as well as the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, and has performed with The Oakland Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has been a concerto soloist with The Peninsula Orchestra, The Rohnert Park Chamber Orchestra, and at the Cabrillo Music Festival. Educated with a degree at the Peabody conservatory, she became fascinated with improvisation, and furthered her evolution at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts where she worked with Frank Foster, Slide Hampton, and the Vancouver Ensemble of Improvisation.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Mindy Smith One Moment More Hurricane (Vanguard)
# 2 Holly Cole Trio Don't Smoke in Bed Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday (Manhattan)
# 3 Ajub Ogada Putumayo Blend: Music of the Coffee Lands Kothbiro (Putumayo)
# 4 Irene Sazer Privately recorded The Right of Way Not commercially available
# 5 Shawn Colvin Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection The Facts about Jimmy (Columbia)
# 6 Loretta Lynn Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Wings upon Your Horns (MCA)
# 7 Maria Marquez Nature's Princess Besame Mucho (Adventure Music)
# 8 Tracy Chapman Telling Stories Unsung Psalm (Elektra)
         
Book Ursula Hegi, "Stones from the River"
         
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