"Someday, Sara Gazarek is going to be respected as one of the best singers in jazz." Bob Karlovits - Pittsburgh Tribune"
"Tonight I went to see Foolish Hearts, a duo with Peter Eldridge and Matt Aronoff. They were absolutely amazing - a master class in musicianship at the highest level paired with an incredibly emotional connection with the crowd. I didn't want the night to end." - Jason Crane, the Jazz Advocate
Sara Gazarek & Peter Eldridge Duo Double Bill
Featuring: Sara Gazarek, vocals
Josh Nelson, piano
Peter Eldridge, vocals
Matt Aronoff, bass
SARA GAZAREK & JOSH NELSON DUO BIO:
The piano is the most versatile of all instruments. It can become a suit of armor or a bouquet of flowers. It can keep time and it can stop time. When paired with the human voice, the possibilities are limitless but the outcome is unpredictable. Vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have aligned their musical spirits in a way that would make any artistic duo envious. Gazarek’s top flight interpretations of the vast and varied American songbook are buoyed by the sensitivity of Nelson’s supple command and they have transfixed audiences from New York to Tokyo. They have a telepathic understanding that has come about through more than a decade of friendship, not just hundreds of hours on the bandstand and it blankets any audience lucky enough to hear their swinging high-wire act of trust and commitment.
Championed by some of music's most celebrated figures, Sara Gazarek has emerged as a strikingly original artist with limitless potential. With three highly acclaimed CD's under her belt at 31, Sara has been hailed by the LA Times as "the next important jazz singer," and "impeccable," by the Winnipeg Free Press. Blessed with a gorgeous, translucent voice, excellent pitch, and supple sense of time, Gazarek is steeped in the jazz tradition, but is not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation. Her newest CD, Blossom & Bee (2012, Palmetto) was released to rave reviews, as Nick Mondello of Jazz Times has noted "Blossom & Bee' has all the beauty, bite and superb workings of a winner. It’s as good – or better – than some recent Grammy®-nominated or winning female vocalist efforts." When not criss-crossing the globe with her band, Sara is embracing the future of jazz vocals as a faculty member at the University of Southern California, leading the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble there and teaching privately.
Born and raised in Southern California, Josh Nelson is a first-call jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recording artist. At 35 years old, he has already performed and worked with some of the most respected names in music, including Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, John Clayton, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Seamus Blake and Matt Wilson. Josh has produced music for countless albums, films, and television, but also makes time for his own projects including Anticipation (2004), Let it Go (2007), and I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), all of which featured Josh’s explorations of new original music, standard interpretations, and reinventions of pop tunes. His recent record Discoveries (2011) pairs classic sci-fi film footage with new compositions for a brass and wind ensemble. He currently teaches at Cal State Northridge as part of the music faculty.
FOOLISH HEARTS (PETER ELDRIDGE & MATT ARONOFF DUO) BIO:
Foolish Hearts is a relatively new duo featuring vocalist/pianist/composer Peter Eldridge (grammy-winning New York Voices, MOSS) and upright bassist/composer Matt Aronoff. Having joined forces a little more than a year ago, Foolish Hearts presents its own originals and arrangements of favorite jazz and pop tunes with an organic sensibility combining voices, piano, bass and percussion. The duo has toured the west coast and Europe, including a week in Latvia last Spring, and performs regularly in NYC. Peter and Matt just released the duo’s first studio project, an EP entitled ‘New Definition’. Peter recently released his fourth solo album called 'Mad Heaven' on the Palmetto label, which Jazz Review said “showcases Eldridge as a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction’. Matt is an up and coming sideman on the New York music scene. You can also hear him as a member of the electro-pop band Xylos.