Helen Sachs

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Born: December 17, 1934    Primary Instrument: Vocalist


Born in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Helen Sachs began to study classical piano at the age of 6. She started to perform as a vocalist with her own jazz trio during High School. Inspired by singers in the forties, such as jazz vocalists Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, but also posinger Rosemary Clooney, and above all Frank Sinatra and Mel Tormé, Helen Sachs soon began making some choices and, many of those songs she chose she still sings in her current program. Today, her repertoire exhibits a great deal of influence by the modern Brazilian composers/song-writers A.C. Jobim, Edu Lobo, Ivan Lins and by the great jazz musicians/composers, such as Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Benny Golson, Miles Davis and others....
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There have been many press comments from 1969 til recently in Europe and in the USA. I haven't saved any of them.

In 1994 and 1995 I received Certificates Of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education from the IAJE (International Assoc. of Jazz Educators).

As A Side Musician

My Very Good Friends
Helen Sachs
VIVA Recprds SM 064-004 Germany
Tracks: Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen; Sweet Georgia Brown.
Personnel: Gerhard Vohwinkel: tp, leader; Helen Sachs: vocals; Stefan v. Dobrzynski: ts, cl: Hepps Herbertz: tp, voc; Dr. Rainer Sander: cl, as; Fritz Stewens: tb; Achim Scherz: p; Heli Woersching: b; Cornelius Griebel: bj, g; Jochen Mayer: d.

As A Side Musician

The Joe Pentzlin Trio
Helen Sachs
Joe Pentzlin, recorded by AKG Munich/Germany
Tracks: Our Love Is Here To Stay; Willow Weep For Me; On Green Dolphin Street.
Personnel: Joe Pentzlin: p; Helen Sachs: vocals; Gerd Ruesing: b; Dr. Roland Mueller-Suur, d.

As a Leader

How My Heart Sings - Helen Sachs, Lex Jasper
mediafOn records, Solingen/Germany
Tracks: Waltz For Debbie; Lush Life; You're Everything; His Eyes, Her Eyes; A Child Is Born; Soon It's Gonna Rain; The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye; This Masquerade; Send In The Clowns; Peace; I Will Say Goodbye.
Personnel: Helen Sachs: vocals; Lex Jasper: p; Rob Langereis: b; Peter Ypma: d.

As A Side Musician

Bratislava Jazz Days 1979
Helen Sachs
OPUS Stereo 9115 1135-36
Tracks: Peace.
Personnel: Helen Sachs: vocals; Ladislav Gerhardt: p; Karel Ondreicka: g; Josef Brisuda: b; Peter Kozma: d.

As A Side Musician

salut! - Green And Orange
Helen Sachs
Georg Loeffler Musikverlag, Munich/Germany
Tracks: Nuages; Meditation; I'll Remember April; Moonglow; .
Personnel: Helen Sachs: vocals; Ruediger Wilke: as; Gerold Heitbaum: g, b; Ziroli Winterstein: g; Reinhard Gloeder: b.

As a Leader

The Real Thing - A Tribute To My Friends
own production; recorded at TOPAZ Studio, Koeln/Germany
Tracks: Speak Low; Night Flight (Chan's Song); Born To Be Blue; I Wish I Knew/I Fall In Love Too Easily; I Remember You; Inutîl Paisagem (If You Never Come To Me); Morning/Antonio's Song; Emily; The Two Lonely People; Triste; The Real Thing; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Começar De Novo (The Island); A Felicidade; In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning.
Personnel: Helen Sachs: vocals, prod; Dr. James Helder: as, fl; Heinz Kretzschmar: cl, ts; Uwe Haselhorst: ss, ts; Bernd Lechtenfeld: tb; Thomas Lorenz: vib; Paulo Noronha: g; Ralf Butscher: p; Hans- Guenther Adam: p, bped; Ralph Kleine-Tebbe: b; Rolf Drese: d, prod.

As A Side Musician

Swing Night, live in "Rheinlaender", Cologne Jazz Orchestra, Koeln/Germany
Helen Sachs
Production CJO, Koeln/Germany
Tracks: Alone Together; Moonglow; All Of Me; Tangerine; Almost Like Being In Love; Angel Eyes.
Personnel: Helen Sachs: vocals; 16 members of the Cologne Jazz Orchestra.

As A Side Musician

Crossings - Through Jenny's Eyes
Helen Sachs
recorded live in the 'Alte Schmiede', Duesseldorf/Germany, produced by Dr. Allan Kaplan, NMSU, Las Cruces/U.S.A.
Tracks: Tangerine; I Can't Get Started; Bluesette; Body And Soul; Darn That Dream; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Straighten Up And Fly Right.
Personnel: Dr. Allan Kaplan: tb; Helen Sachs: vocals; Curt Warren: g; Ralf Butscher: p; Andy Scheel: b; Rolf Drese: d.

As a Leader

Helen Sachs - The Combo Years 1985-1995
production Rolf Drese; recorded at several locations in Germany with Ralf Butscher Trio; H.-G. Adam Duo; The Duisburg University Jazz Faculty Ensemble
Tracks: Like Someone In Love; Both Sides Now; Angel Eyes; Antonio's Song; A Time For Love; Baubles, Bangles And Beads; I Fall In Love Too Easily; I Get A Kick Out Of You; Nardis; Morning; I Wish I Knew; Soon; My Shining Hour; How Long Has This Been Going On; Darn That Dream; Lazy Afternoon; The Song Is You.
Personnel: Helen Sachs: vocals; Rolf Drese: d, prod; Mel Lewis: d; Jeff Hamilton: d; Ralf Kleine- Tebbe: b; Reinhard Gloeder: b; Ralf Butscher: p; Hans-Guenther Adam: p, bped; Dr. Peter Ortmann: p; Remy Filipovitch: ts; Bernd Lechtenfeld: tb.

As a Leader

Helen Sachs & The Ralf Butscher Trio - Live in Wuppertal 2005
own production; recorded by Dr. Ruediger Strohm in 'Haus der Jugend', Wuppertal Barmen/ Germany
Tracks: Alone Together; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; I Wish I Knew; Like someone In Love; Corcovado; Whisper Not; Beautiful Love, Instrum.; Born To Be Blue; Invitation; I Love You.
Personnel: Helen Sachs: vocals; Ralf Butscher: p; Paul Urlich: b; Axel Fischbacher: b; Rolf Drese: d.

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Las Cruces, NM

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

I have taught Jazzvocals at Duisburg University, Duisburg/Germany from 1974 - 1988 and have administered private lessons to students. I had my last students in 2006. Momentarily I have no ambition to resume teaching.

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