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Sharel Cassity

Born: February 10    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Sharel Cassity

New York City saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader, woodwindist & recording artist Sharel Cassity tours the world performing straight- ahead jazz and original music to the delight of fans and critics. Appearing in Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Poll category for “Rising Star, Alto Saxophone” from 2010- 2013, this Oklahoma City native is quickly making waves on the New York jazz scene. As a leader, Cassity has enchanted Manhattan's notoriously discriminating audiences at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Blue Note, NBC's Rainbow Room, and the West Village bop stop Smalls. She has also delighted crowds at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Winter Jazzfest, Burghausen Festival, the Lake George Jazz Festival and The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian to name a few...
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Awards:


2010-2013 Rising Star Alto Saxophone—Downbeat Critics Poll
2012 Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Legacy Tribute Award
2008 Ravinia Steans Institute Residency
2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award
2007 Downbeat Student Music Award, Composition
2007 Downbeat Student Music Award, Jazz Combo
2006 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency
2006 IAJE Sisters in Jazz
“Sharel Cassity has the potential to be one of the leaders of this genreʼs next
 generation” —J. Hunter, All About Jazz

Sharel Cassity is another no-nonsense lady of the horn...her solos have an insurgent
quality..and her deep blue alto wanes with melancholy”—Eric Fine, Downbeat Magazine

“Itʼs Cassityʼs amazing alto that takes canter stage. Sheʼs got Parkerʼs vocabulary down
pat with a sweet and sassy style. —Ted Gioa, “Ten Future Jazz Stars to Watch”

“For Sharel…the sky's the limit”—Jimmy Heath

”...This altoist's flights are positively Bird-like.” —Jazziz Magazine

“Beautiful sense of economy in her note choices, and a highly personal tone” —Benny Green

“Sharel Cassity has the potential to be one of the leaders of this genreʼs next generation” —J. Hunter, All About Jazz

Sharel Cassity is another no-nonsense lady of the horn...her solos have an insurgent quality..and her deep blue alto wanes with melancholy” —Eric Fine, Downbeat Magazine

“Itʼs Cassityʼs amazing alto that takes canter stage. Sheʼs got Parkerʼs vocabulary down pat with a sweet and sassy style. —Ted Gioa, “Ten Future Jazz Stars to Watch”


Colleen Clark, Introducing Colleen Clark 2013
Mauricio DeSouza, Different Directions 2013
Joe Chambers, Moving Pictures Jazz Orchestra, Savant 2012
Winard Harper & Jeli Posse, Coexist, JLP 2012
Andrew Swift, Swift Kick, D Clef 2012
Yoatm Silberstien, Brasil, JLP 2011
Roy Assaf, Respect Vol.1, JLP 2011
Johnny Mandel, The Man and His Music, Arbors Records 2010
Michael Dease, Grace, JLP 2010
Matt Garrison, Familiar Places, D Clef, 2010
Sharel Cassity, Relentless, JLP 2009
Fat Cat Big Band, Face, Smalls Records 2009
Fat Cat Big Band, Angels Praying, Smalls Records, 2009
Fat Cat Big Band, Meditations, Smalls Records, 2009
Jason Hainsworth Jazz Orchestra, Kaleidoscope, D Clef 2009
Sharel Cassity, Just for You, DW Records 2008
The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz@ Lincoln Center 2008
Adam Birnbaum, Travels, Smalls Records 2008
Clarity, Michael Dease, Bluesback 2007
Above and Beyond, Juilliard Jazz, 2006

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Primary Instrument:
Saxophone

Location:
New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Beginners

Credentials/Background:
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Clinic/Workshop Information:
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Sharel is a Vandoren performing artist and plays Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures exclusively. Sharel endorses R.S. Berkeley Virtuoso saxophones.

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