Born in Delaware, USA, Sara Lazarus started singing at an early age, imitating the singers she heard on her mother’s record collection of Broadway musicals. By 16, she was singing and playing tenor saxophone with the American Youth Jazz Band and went on a European tour that culminated in an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
While studying English literature at Harvard University, Sara Lazarus studied briefly with Harvard Artist in Residence, Illinois Jacquet. He encouraged her to become a professional jazz artist and invited her to perform with his big band during a European tour. At the end of her final year at Harvard, she won the DOWNBEAT student music award for “Best Jazz Vocal Soloist—college division.
In 1994, Miss Lazarus was awarded first prize in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition. Her first solo CD, Give me the simple life (Dreyfus Jazz) was released to rave reviews. She was nominated for the French “Victoires de Jazz” and toured extensively throughout France.
Her most recent CD, It’s all right with me finds Miss Lazarus in the company of the phenomenal French gypsy guitarist Bireli Lagrene. Highlighting Sara’s hard swinging phrasing and multi-colored voice, this second album has established her as one of today’s outstanding jazz vocal artists.