"Jazz At Home" was Jazzology Record's top selling CD of 1997. Still fresh and toe-tapping as ever, jazz banjoist/vocalist Cynthia Sayer and her top-notch ensemble, all hailing from her home of New York City, offer a joyful and unforgettable musical experience of 1920s and '30s Jazz.
Cynthia Sayer's hot, swingy sound will expand or even shatter assumptions you might have of the banjo. She is internationally acclaimed as one of the top jazz banjoists anywhere. Her vocal and multi-instrumental talents add even more to the mix. Ms. Sayer tours regularly and is featured in concert and at festivals worldwide. Her television, radio and film credits are extensive, both in the USA and abroad. Her dazzling list of credits includes appearing at The White House, performing with The New York Philharmonic, being a member of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band, and working with many top artists ranging from jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Marian McPartland and Milt Hinton to Bela Fleck to actors Bill Cosby and George Segal. She is even the subject of a Trivial Pursuit question ('90s edition).
Jazz At Home PERSONNEL:
Cynthia Sayer - banjo, tenor guitar, vocals, arrangements
Jon-Erik Kellso - trumpet
Peter Ecklund - trumpet, cornet
Kenny Davern - clarinet
Scott Robinson - soprano & tenor & baritone saxes, alto clarinet
Randy Reinhart - trombone
Tom Artin - trombone
Keith Ingham - piano
Greg Cohen - string bass
Arnie Kinsella - percussion
Here's just a sample of what the critics say about Cynthia:
"Miss Sayer finds lively banjo harmonies and provocative phrasing ... a rare jazz banjoist."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Sayer is considered to be among a small group at the top of the jazz banjo world."
Versatile Cynthia Sayer picks an expert banjo, strums a steady guitar, and sings with swing and charm. She is one of a kind."
The American banjoist Cynthia Sayer was one of the great attractions of the festival."
DE STEM (Holland)
"One of the best jazz banjo players in the world."
THE GOLD COAST BULLETIN (Australia)
"Cynthia Sayer almost made the applause meter explode ... Her swingy playing catches you from the start, and her sense of showmanship is present at every second."
LA DÉPECHE (France)
"Nothing and nobody compares to Cynthia Sayer ... The concert hall went wild. The audience cheered her as a star."
SÄCHSISCHE ZEITUNG (Germany)
"A dazzling evening, a capacity crowd... Nobody wanted it to end."
GUARDIAN NEWS (England)
For additional reviews and further information, please visit: www.cynthiasayer.com