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For ten years Sara Michaels has been delighting Uptown audiences as host and creator of “The Jazz Cocktail Hour” concert series.
With her lush and soulful voice, tonight she celebrates those ten years by the release of her debut album, Sara Michaels- Chapter One: Full Circle
This is a time to celebrate life, the joy in music and the sorrows of life with gratitude in song.
The nine original songs on this album represent two sides of my music, my world of Jazz and Blues and my Spiritual world and Faith, coming together into one beautiful “Full Circle”, expressing hope, healing, and joy. As artists there is always the creative process that gets you there, and I like to tell the backstory of my songs with my audience even if it deals with some personal or tough topics.
The album’s first half of songs speak of the world of jazz. Some are written in the American Standard format, some are the blues, covering topics about personal relationships. The second half of the album’s songs are entitled “Reflections of the Pandemic” which take you back to the emotional rollercoaster we all have been through, but leave you with hope.
My melodies and lyrics are the framework of my stories, but it is the jazz musicians on this album that take a turn with their interpretation of my music that bring my songs to life. Thirteen musicians were involved with this album, which include some swinging tunes with horns, emotional guitar riffs, piano and organ blues jams, and beautiful bass expressions. Some songs are told as ballads with soring violins. There is even an entire string quartet playing on a piece entitled “Not Alone”.
The musicians tonight joining me on stage will be E. Shawn Qaissaunee – guitar, Aaron Graves – piano, Diane Monroe – violin, Jason Fraticelli – upright bass, Matt Scarano- drums, Victor North- Saxophone, and John Swana – trumpet & EVI
The majority of the nine songs were arranged by my brilliant friend, guitarist E. Shawn Qaissaunee. Qaissaunee is also the producer of my album. Sara Michaels Chapter One: Full Circle was recorded at Morningstar Studios under 2X Grammy award winning engineer Glenn Barratt.
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