Check out the hot, swingy and unique sound of jazz banjoist/vocalist Cynthia Sayer. She is known as one of the top 4-string jazz banjoists in the world. 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, 10+ years with Woody Allen's jazz band, and working with many top artists ranging from jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli and Milt Hinton to actors Bill Cosby and George Segal. She is even the subject of a Trivial Pursuit question ('90s edition). Several of her recordings have won award recognition.
Cynthia will instantly transcend common banjo assumptions with her sophisticated yet open and approachable style. Add her vocal warmth and honesty to the mix, along with outstanding players and arrangements, and the result is a memorable recording that embraces early swing and hot jazz music yet feels fresh as spring.
Here's what CADENCE MAGAZINE says about "STRING SWING"
"Sayer plays impeccably while leading an equally polished group of musicians. She has a pleasant and appealing voice and ... is the dominant force with her updated twist on an old formula."
STRING SWING features:
Cynthia Sayer -- banjo, tenor guitar, vocals, arrangements
Kenny Davern -- clarinet
Jay Leonhart -- string bass
Joe Ascione -- drums
plus other great musicians!
And 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 of STRING SWING and other performances, please visit: www.cynthiasayer.com