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ARIA Award-winning singer-pianist-composer Sarah McKenzie returns with a stunning new recording ‘We Could Be Lovers’, to be released on October 31 through ABC Music/Universal. To celebrate the release, Sarah returns home to Australia this November for a run of national dates, kicking off at the prestigious Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival on November 2.
Recorded in the States with Grammy Award-winning producer Brian Bacchus, ‘We Could Be Lovers’ features a number of Sarah’s own compositions (including ‘That’s It, I Quit’ and ‘We Could Be Lovers’), along with fresh new arrangements of timeless classics by Cole Porter, Gershwin and Henry Mancini among others. Sarah is joined by an international line-up of musicians including Hugh Stuckey (guitar), Warren Wolf (vibraphone) and Marco Valeri (drums and percussion).
After taking out the 2012 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album with ‘Close Your Eyes’, Sarah relocated from Melbourne to New York to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and to perform with the established greats of the US jazz scene. The result is ‘We Could Be Lovers’, a brilliant new album which signals a new chapter in Sarah’s rise to international fame.
‘We Could Be Lovers’ boasts some of the finest music to come out of the international jazz scene in recent years. ‘That’s It, I Quit!’, one of Sarah’s most appealing new compositions, combines catchy rhythms and tight groove in an irresistible combination; in ‘Moon River’, recorded here with an intimate accompaniment of guitar and piano, Sarah’s magical vocals are at their most seductive.
Sarah this month took the stage at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, alongside musical greats Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Gary Clark Jr. and more. In the past few years, she has performed throughout Australia and Europe, and has toured with Michael Bublé, Chris Botti, John Patitucci, and Enrico Rava. Now based in Boston USA, Sarah had the honour of being invited to perform her own material with The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, and has received praise for performances at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, The Boston Arts Festival, and Stonnington Jazz Festival.
“Sarah McKenzie is a musical marvel. She sings with the kind of phrasing that only a true jazz player can come up with, while her groove on the piano is that stuff that makes people want to play jazz” – James Morrison
Sunday 2 November St Patrick’s Hall, Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival, VIC
Friday 7 November Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney NSW
Stay tuned – More dates to be announced soon!
1. I Was Doing Alright
2. That’s It, I Quit!
3. We Could Be Lover
5. At Long Last Love
6. I Won’t Dance
7. Love You Madly
8. Quoi, Quoi, Quoi
9. The Music Is The Magic
10. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)
11. Moon River
SARAH MCKENZIE | ‘WE COULD BE LOVERS’ | ALBUM AVAILABLE OCTOBER 31, 2014