Sara Leib

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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 21, 1981    

Nearly all of the dozen songs on Sara Leib’s remarkable Secret Love”from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “It Might As Well Be Spring” to Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”” qualify as standards, yet the Los Angeles jazz singer does quite un-standard, wonderfully refreshing things with every number she wraps her glowing, frequently cheery mezzo- soprano tones around. While transforming the tunes with amazing new twists of time and tempo, Leib uncannily cuts to the emotional cores of the composers’ original lyrics.

Leib “reinterprets the template of the standard into something that seasoned jazz enthusiasts and crossover fans from the Norah Jones camp will both be blown away by,” Jamie Rattner wrote in Performer magazine of the singer’s acclaimed self-released debut CD, 2003’s It’s Not the Moon....
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”There's mature warmth not usually found among the youth in jazz today that's deeply woven into the vocals of Sara Leib” - The New Face Of Jazz, by Cicily Janus. Billboard Books, 2010

“Colorful and excitingly refreshing.” - Zach Behrens, The

“one of those touch of genius phenomenons...reinterprets the template of the standard into something that seasoned jazz enthusiasts and crossover fans from the Norah Jones camp will both be blown away by...” - Jamie Rattner, Performer Magazine

“She's got a beautiful, natural voice, and she improvises with aplomb, scatting with ease.” - Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

“Leib displays an attractive voice and inventive phrasing...Sara Leib has great potential for the future and It's Not the Moon is an important first step” - Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

“Sara Leib offers a fresh approach to jazz vocal classicism...” - Larry Katz, Boston Herald View

“Sara Leib shows great promise and talent...Scatting is not for the faint of heart, and Leib handles it particularly well in a risky instrumental style that belies her tender age” - Lou Lanza,

“an inventive scat singer with a lot of potential.”

“You really don't want to miss this artist while she's in town. “ - Gary Van Dyk, Cape Times, Cape Town, South Africa

“Sara Leib is a young, evolving talent and with the future of jazz in her hands...the tomorrows of jazz will be secure.” - Bob Agnew, LA Jazz Scene

“...worth seeking out. Leib has a terrific voice, her improvising is inspired, and the Boston-based trio that backs her is top- notch.” - Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

“The New Voice of Jazz...” - David Lepe, Siglo 21 Newspaper, Guatemala View

“...a real bundle of dynamite.” - Gary Van Dyk, Cape Argus, Cape Town, South Africa

“One of the more sweet voices of current music.” - Mario Cordero, La Hora, Guatemala

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Los Angeles, CA

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Leib has taught at the University of Southern California, the Musicians Institute, and the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music. Sara has given workshops worldwide, and runs the website Http://

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Sara has given workshops worldwide, and runs the website Http:// Workshops/Clinics can be tailored to an institution's needs, or may choose from the following: Singing Healthfully – (All levels, especially beginners) How to take a proper singing breath. Breath support and breath control. Study and exercise habits. Vocal warmups for specific voice techniques/problems. Where to take a breath. Vocal Riffs/Runs/Melismata (Intermediate and Advanced students) The blues scale and its permutations. Overuse of riffs–when is riffing appropriate and when is it overkill? Learning some typical riffs/runs. Transcribing riffs/runs. How to practice singing riffs/runs accurately. How to create your own riffs and runs. Singing Necessities for the Working Songwriter How to take a singing breath What *IS* the diaphragm and how it helps with breath control. How to find the “sweet spot” in your voice and expand it. How to find the best key for your song. Developing a strong “mix” range, and blending the chest and head voices. Jazz Improvisation (Beginning and intermediate students) 3rds and 7ths, writing guide tone lines. Singing guide tone lines Recognizing and following basic jazz forms. The 11-7 V7 I Maj7 chord progression. Creating and singing musical motifs and rhythmic patterns. “Trading” jazz phrases. Jazz Improvisation (Intermediate and Advanced students) 7th chords. Learning extensions and appropriate use of them. Blues, rhythm changes, and following jazz forms. 11-7 V7 I maj7 licks. Creating musical motifs. “Trading” jazz phrases. How To Lead a Jazz Band (Beginning and Intermediate students) Swing feel – what is it, how to feel it, execute it, and write it. Writing charts. Introductions and cutoffs. How to count off a song. Blues, rhythm changes, and following jazz forms

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