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  • Sarah McKenzie (2018)

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    Hailing from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Sarah McKenzie is a quadruple threat: pianist, singer, composer and arranger.

    After graduating from Western Australia's Academy of Performing Arts in Perth with a bachelor's degree in jazz, her next objective was to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Not only did she attend, she was granted a full scholarship. Together with the Boston Pops Orchestra, she premiered one of her compositions at Boston Symphony Hall.

    After Berklee, Sarah moved to Paris. Since then, she's worked up her road chops with performances in Monterey, Marciac, Vienna, Munich, London (where she now lives—at for least the moment) and of course, closer to home, in Sydney.

    With a couple of successful recordings on the Impulse label under her belt, Sarah is popular not just with audiences but with fellow musicians, too: when Darmon Meader of the New York Voices learned that she was going to be a desert island castaway he responded "I love her!"
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Oscar Peterson Night Train Night Train Verve
    # 2 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Such Sweet Thunder Star-Crossed Lovers Columbia
    # 3 Gene Harris and the Philip Morris Superband Live at Town Hall NYC Love Is Here to Stay Concord
    # 4 Shirley Horn A Lazy Afternoon Lazy Afternoon SteepleChase
    # 5 Tony Bennett The Movie Song Album Emily Columbia
    # 6 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina Elis and Tom Triste Verve
    # 7 Maria Schneider Sky Blue Cerulean Skies ArtistShare
    # 8 Dave Grusin West Side Story America GRP
    Book Stephen Walsh, "Debussy: A Painter in Sound"
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    10 Aug
    Tiffany Austin
    29 Jun
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    07 Dec
    Amy Cervini
    13 Jul
    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Steve Dalachinsky
    13 Apr
    Roberta Donnay
    12 Oct
    Joel Dorham
    16 Nov
    Kait Dunton
    25 May
    Nick Finzer
    20 Apr
    Sameer Gupta
    17 Aug
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan
    Chad Lefkowitz-Brown
    30 Nov
    Will Magid
    09 Nov
    Sarah McKenzie
    03 Aug
    Arianna Neikrug
    24 Aug
    Glen Pearson
    14 Dec
    Terry Robb
    19 Oct
    Nick Rossi
    28 Sep
    Lynn Speakman
    27 Jul
    Andy Stein
    30 Mar
    Tate Swindell
    27 Apr