Primary Instrument: Banjo
Cynthia Sayer is internationally acclaimed as one of the leading jazz banjoists, and is also known for her vocal, entertaining and multi-instrumental talents. Ms. Sayer has worked with such artists as Woody Allen, Dick Hyman, Milt Hinton, Bill Cosby, George Segal, Wynton Marsalis, Les Paul, Odetta, Marvin Hamlisch, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Davern, Dick Wellstood, Bob Wilber, Doc Cheatham, Warren Vaché, Ken Peplowski, and many others. She tours regularly and is featured in concert and at festivals worldwide.
Cynthia is a 10 year veteran of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band, on piano & vocals. She appeared in Wild Man Blues, the award-winning feature film documentary about Woody Allen and the band on tour in Europe. She was the banjoist with the New York Philharmonic performances of Rhapsody In Blue. Cynthia performed for two USA Presidents (once at the White House), in concerts at Carnegie Hall, with the New York Philharmonic, and at the Metropolitan Opera House, performing in a Twyla Tharp production for the American Ballet Theater. Cynthia co-starred in The New Spike Jones Show, as featured in People Magazine and The Wall Street Journal’s front page. Her banjo, vocal, multi-instrumental and acting talents received rave reviews. Sayer composed and produced a series of radio and TV jingles for Laser Medical Associates. She has also been a musical consultant for several feature films plus played on soundtracks including “Sophie’s Choice,” Woody Allen films Purple Rose Of Cairo Bullets Over Broadway,” Anything Else, TV's The Cosby Mysteries among others. Her television and radio credits are extensive, both in the USA and abroad. On the lighter side, she is the subject of a Trivial Pursuit game question (90's Edition), plus was the official banjoist for The New York Yankees....
Cynthia Sayer is the superstar of jazz banjo --LA BROYLE (Switzerland)
Cynthia Sayer is a rarity: a woman who plays jazz banjo with the drive and virtuosity of banjo stars from the early 20th century, the heyday of this instrument. --THE NEW YORK TIMES
Her approach is to bring it alive in a fresh, modern way. --THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (Australia)
Cynthia Sayer is a talented jazz musician who sings and plays banjo with equal expertise. Her voice carries warmth and color... and her rapidfire style is phenomenal. --JAZZTIMES
She can really play it. It's nice to see somebody with such a fresh approach. --MARIAN MCPARTLAND, LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST
Cynthia is a knowledgeable and talented musician. --WOODY ALLEN
An unbelievable inspiration. --WESERKURIER (Germany)