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Sara Caswell Quartet – Album Release Celebration in the Theater

March 5 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join the Sara Caswell Quartet in the Birdland Theater for one night only!

One night only! A concert celebrating GRAMMY-nominated violinist/composer Sara Caswell’s first album as a leader in over 17 years – The Way to You (Anzic Records, 2023).

In the eighteen years since she arrived in New York City, Sara Caswell has become the first call violinist for creative bandleaders in the jazz world and beyond. Her credentials include tours and recordings with luminaries including esperanza spalding, Linda May Han Oh, David Krakauer, Henry Threadgill, Fred Hersch, Regina Carter, Bruce Springsteen, Brad Mehldau, John Patitucci, Donny McCaslin, Brian Blade, Dave Stryker, Helen Sung, Christian Sands, the WDR Big Band and others. She is a member of Joseph Brent’s 9 Horses trio and Chuck Owen’s The Jazz Surge.

While her talents have not gone unrecognized – Caswell has ranked high on the DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls every year since 2013 – that demanding schedule has left Caswell with limited time to focus on her own projects. Aside from 2013’s acclaimed Alive in the Singing Air by the Caswell Sisters, the group that Sara co-leads with her vocalist sister Rachel, Caswell has not released an album under her own name in over 17 years. Her two well-received solo albums, First Song (2000) and But Beautiful (2005), were both recorded prior to her move to New York in the fall of 2004.

That long delay finally comes to an end with the release of The Way To You, the much-anticipated album by the Sara Caswell Quartet. Due out March 3, 2023 via Anzic Records, The Way To You features the stellar band that Caswell has led for the past decade – their longevity is in ample evidence throughout this gorgeous collection, shining through in its sensitive interplay and nuanced expressiveness.

“Sara Caswell is an anointed musician. From the first splash of tone pouring out of her violin, we are invited into a visceral sensation of deep-spirited passion, harnessed and polished through artistic devotion. As always, Sara’s playing soothes my spirit, and inspires my mind. I am very grateful for her most recent offering, and excited on behalf of the many listeners who will receive the sonic blessings contained therein.”

-esperanza spalding

Sara Caswell, violin & hardanger d’amore

Jesse Lewis, guitar

Ike Sturm, bass

Jared Schonig, drums

+ special guest Chris Dingman, vibraphone


Sara Caswell:

Grammy nominee Sara Caswell “is a brilliant world-class violinist… one of the very best of the present generation of emerging young jazz stars” according to the late David Baker, internationally-renowned jazz educator and director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Rooted in an early exposure to a variety of musical genres, Sara’s technical facility intertwined with her gift for lyricism continue to attract growing attention to her artistry as a jazz soloist, sideman, and teacher. Voted into the DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls every year since 2013, Sara has been part of groups led by esperanza spalding (Chamber Music Society), Linda Oh (Aventurine), and David Krakauer (The Big Picture), and has performed and/or recorded with artists and ensembles including the WDR Big Band, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Donny McCaslin, Henry Threadgill, Dave Stryker, Helen Sung, Miho Hazama, Christian Sands, Regina Carter, Kishi Bashi, and Bruce Springsteen. She is currently on faculty at Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School, and New York University.

Website: www.saracaswell.com

Instagram: @saracaswellvln

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sara.caswell.5/

Twitter: @SaraCaswellVLN

YouTube: www.youtube.com/saracaswellviolin


Photo Credit : Shervin Lainez


Birdland Theater
315 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036
New York, NY 10036 US
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