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Jaz Sawyer

Jaz Sawyer (with one “Z”) began playing drums at age of 2 in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco, California. His musical studies has taken him through the music programs at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Jaz possesses an eclectic and refined personal style of drumming that stems from his deep roots in his Classical, Jazz, West-African and Afro-Caribbean musical training. Jaz has worked with many notable artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, George Benson, Bobby Hutcherson, Jacky Terrasson and Dee Dee Bridgewater in some of the world’s premier concert venues, including The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House.

2014 Moment To Moment Cava Menzies & Nick Philips 2013 The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis Wynton Marsalis 2013 Basin Street Records JazzFest Sampler Various Artists 2013 Fi Yi Yi EP Fi Yi Yi & The Mandingo Warriors 2013 Popular Science M'Lumbo 2013 Vast Is The Sky CAVALISA 2012 Bay Area Sessions Vol. 3 Jaz Sawyer 2012 Break Beats Volume II Jaz Sawyer 2012 Tipp Topp Rocket 2012 Tuning In To Tomorrow M'Lumbo 2011 A Love Letter To New Orleans Irvin Mayfield 2011 Altogether New Thing M'Lumbo 2011 Beat Heavy B.F.L. 2011 Break Beats Volume I Jaz Sawyer 2011 Celestial Ghetto M'Lumbo 2011 Inner State Alex Pinto 2011 Justdavid David Cash 2011 My One And Only Love Valeria Troutt Feat. Labyrinth Lounge 2011 Selections From Swinging Into The 21st Wynton Marsalis 2011 Swinging Into The 21st - Boxed Set Wynton Marsalis 2011 The "Bay Area All-stars" Live @ Yoshi's Jaz Sawyer 2011 Trio Travis Shook 2010 Bay Area Sessions Vol. 2 Jaz Sawyer 2010 Live At Stanford Jazz Workshop Horacescope 2010 Live At Yoshi's Samora & Elena Pinderhughes 2010 Peace Prayer Lukas Vesely 2010 The 3RIO Collection: Trio Dayz Jaz Sawyer 2010 Through The Years: 1956-2007 - Box Set Abbey Lincoln 2010 Volume 3: Live At The Fillmore 8 Legged Monster 2009 Awake Travis Shook 2009 Side To Side B.F.L. 2009 Volume 2 8 Legged Monster 2008 All For Max: Percussion Suite J. Sawyer, N. Waits, M. Chapa & E. McPherson 2008 Bay Area Sessions Vol. 1 Jaz Sawyer 2008 Jam Session, Vol. 27 Charles Pillow, Tim Ries & Danny Walsh 2008 Love Songs, Ballads & Standards Irvin Mayfield & Ellis Marsalis 2008 Solo Jaz Jaz Sawyer 2008 The Angel Wars: Special Edition M'Lumbo 2007 Standard Delivery Veronica Nunn 2005 First Pitch Swinging Danny Grewen 2005 Three Piece Puzzle Jneiro Jarel 2005 Travis Shook Plays Kurt Weill Travis Shook 2004 Infidelity: Music from the LifeTime Original TV Movie Irvin Mayfield 2004 Itz Time Jaz Sawyer 2003 Half Past Autumn Suite Irvin Mayfield & Gordon Parks 2003 It’s Me Abbey Lincoln 2003 We Are Not Separate Milton Marsh 2002 WWOZ Can't Stop the Music Vol. 18 Various Artists 2001 Greenlight Sarah Morrow 2001 How Passion Falls Irvin Mayfield 2001 Jazz New Generation - French Touch 2001 Various Artists 2000 20/20: Live At The Blue Note Jaz Sawyer & Irvin Mayfield 2000 American Lullaby Veronica Nunn 2000 Over The Years Abbey Lincoln 2000 Swingin' at The Blue Note Various Artists 2000 The Anthology George Benson 1999 Irvin Mayfield Irvin Mayfield 1999 Live At The Blue Note Irvin Mayfield Sextet 1999 Sweet Release & Ghost Story Wynton Marsalis 1999 Transition LeaAnn Ledgerwood 1999 What It Is Jacky Terrasson 1998 Live At The Village Vanguard Wessell Anderson 1998 Sophisticate Marcus Shelby 1998 Standing Together George Benson 1997 Un Faux Pas! Marcus Shelby

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