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Cynthia Sayer: Hot Banjo at City Vineyard

Mar 7, 2019

Cynthia Sayer: Hot Banjo at City Vineyard
City Vineyard at Pier 26 - Hudson River Park
233 West Street, (646) 677-8350


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Cynthia Sayer is a hot combination all by herself: a virtuoso banjo soloist, crowd-pleasing vocalist, and bandleader, now in a new trio with two other first-call string players, violinist Sara Caswell and bassist Mike Weatherly. She hardly seems old enough to be labeled a “veteran” yet she’s already played with everyone around the New York scene, most notably a long stint with Woody Allen’s Jazz Band; whatever the current public opinion regarding the Woodmeister might be, there’s no debate that he has always led formidably-awesome New Orleans-style hot jazz ensembles. Whatever else she might be, Ms. Sayer is one of the most entertaining jazz musicians on the scene today, equipped with a repertoire of offbeat material and an arsenal of delightful shticks and routines that always leave audiences wanting more.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)