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Cynthia Sayer

Primary Instrument: Banjo

Born: May 20    

Cynthia Sayer

Contemporary, edgy, and soulful, Cynthia Sayer breaks all the banjo player stereotypes as she single-handedly brings the 4-string banjo to the forefront of jazz. Celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today and praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by the New York Times, Cynthia is a founding member of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band with whom she played and toured for over 10 years. Her solo career has taken her well beyond these New Orleans roots as a dynamic performer, instrumentalist and vocalist, and whose eclectic, swing-based shows embody the rarely heard range and versatility of the 4-string jazz banjo. Sayer receives standing ovations at nearly every concert she performs. ...
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Awards

Cynthia has accumulated numerous awards and honors, including induction into the National Banjo Hall of Fame. Readers Polls from both trade and commercial publications named her "Favorite Living Banjo Player," "First-Choice Headliner," "Best Banjo Player" and "4-String Banjo All Styles." The Dresden International Jazz Festival awarded Cynthia their Festival Trophy, describing her as "a pioneer of a new banjo style... an exceptional artist who, without showy gimmicks, captivates and excites her audiences." Three of Cynthia's albums have been named as a "Top Ten Classic Jazz Release" by Cadence Magazine for the year they were released. "Attractions," which includes legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, was nominated for both the prestigious 2009 Swing Journal Disc Award in Japan, and the Just Plain Folks 2009 Music Awards, plus was selected for the "Best CDs of 2007" list by the Jazz Journalists Association. Cynthia's much anticipated 2013 release "JOYRIDE," was selected as a "Notable Instrumental Jazz Release" by the Jazz Journalist Association, and is receiving rave reviews.
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    Joyride

    Plunk Records
    2013
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    Attractions

    Jazzology
    2007
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    Cynthia Sayer: Cynthia - The Reissue Recordings

    New York Jazz
    2005
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    String Swing

    Jazzology
    2000
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    Jazz At Home

    Jazzology
    1997
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    Forward Moves

    Jazzology
    1992

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Featured recording “Joyride”

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Joyride

Plunk Records (2013)
”Cynthia Sayer is a rarity: a woman who plays jazz banjo with drive and virtuosity —THE NEW YORK TIMES

“She takes us into places where you'd never expect the banjo to be admitted and makes herself completely at home.” —DICK HYMAN

“Breaking the mold is New Jersey-born Cynthia Sayer who plays hot, swinging jazz on the plectrum banjo and performed with Woody Allen's band.” —PBS ARTS

“Cynthia Sayer almost made the applause meter explode….Her swingy playing catches you from the start, and her sense of showmanship is always present.” —LA DÉPÊCHE (France)

“A dazzling evening, a capacity crowd…...

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