Prolific songwriter, singer, producer, tenor saxophonist, Ava Lemert was born in Covina, California, a suburb in Los Angeles, County. Before she started preschool, Ava was wacking on toy drums, making up songs and singing them onto her sister's cassette tapes. Eventually, Ava was her High School's first underclassman —as well as the first female— Drum Major. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Ava struck out into the workforce.
Music wasn't a part of her busy life until 2005 when as a mother of a 3 year old son, she re-learned how to read sheet music so she could play her dusty saxophone again in a community band. From there, she got the fever to perform and write again, and now, Ava is breaking new ground for herself in music, and for the first time, in 2017, Ava's original music received Grammy consideration in three categories. “Whether I am recording an album in the studio or performing for a live audience, I love to create and move people emotionally,” says Ava. “Every song I play is very personal to me, and whenever possible I love to take the opportunity to share a little of the story behind it before I play. As exciting as it is to be onstage, I also love taking my sax into the audience and feeling closer to those I am playing for. Being able to make eye contact and know that you’ve touched people’s hearts and lives is truly gratifying, and I am grateful for every opportunity to connect with people in this way.’
− 2017: Considered for 3 GRAMMY Awards: Best Contemporary Instrumental Album- “Neo-Exotica” Best Instrumental
Composition- “Jungle Funk Ava Lemert” Contemporary Christian/Gospel Song- “Every Day is a Present”
− 2017: Nominated to the Board of Directors, International Association of Women in Music
− 2017Appeared on FOX40 Morning News TV as a Musical Guest
− 2015: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMY Voting Member)
− 2015: Full Member, Alliance for Women Film Composers
− 2015: Top 10 A-List - Best Local Bands (314 entries) of Greater Sacramento
− 2015: Full member of Association For Wedding Professionals International - Sacramento
− 2015: Three SAMMY Award Nominations – Best Jazz Artist, Performer, R&B/Soul Artist
− 2014: Spotlight Artist of the Week, Elements of Jazz TV- Episode #5 featured 1st segment on Ava, Time-Warner Los
− Female Artist to Watch in 2014- Winter 13/14 issue of Jazz in M.E.E. Magazine
− 2013-2014: City of Citrus Heights History and Arts Commissioner- Appointed unanimously by City Council.
− 2013: Judge for West Coast Songwriters' Competition, Sacramento
− 2013: 5th Annual H.O.P.E. Awards- Nomination "Best Jazz Artist"
− 2012: Best of GigMasters Award- Perfect 5-Star Rating & 100% client satisfaction for every booking!
− 2012: 13th Annual Sounds of Soul Awards - Nominated in THREE Categories: "Best Jazz Performer", "Best CD and "Best
− 2012: 4th Annual H.O.P.E. Awards- Nomination "Best Jazz Artist"
− Performed vocals and sax with Peter White during his encore at the 25th JazzTrax Festival on Catalina Island
− 2012: SAMMY Awards Nominee & Finalist - "Best R&B/Soul"
− 2012: Inaugural Artists in Music Awards, Hollywood Key Club - "Best Jazz Artist" Nominee & Finalist (National, only
Sacramento artist nominated across 18 categories, over 100 nominees)
Tenor sax: 2006 Legend New York Custom Black Nickel
Microphones: live vocals- Sennheiser e845
wireless sax - Shure 89a
studio: (2) Sterling Audio ST-59 large diaphragm condensers
Reeds: Rico plasticover
Ligature: Rovner dark
mouthpiece: Rico Metallite 9M
Soulful, jazzy, saxy, funky, fresh blend of powerful
vocal and saxophones by Ms. Lemert. Seductive, addictive
real instruments, music made the way it used to be but
with a contemporary soul and vibe. Some fast funk, some
smooth sexy, for sax lovers!
There is something on here for everyone who visits these
pages, and if you check out the sound samples on CD Baby
then I think you'll agree that this is a worthwhile
purchase to kick off your soulful squandering in 2010! B.
Such energy, zest, drive, and skill on the sax make this
young lady one to watch. The album simply drips with
enthusiasm, clearly from her soul, and it’s plain to see
(or hear) that she wants you to know she was having a
party in the studio throughout the entire time that she
was laying down the tracks for this collection of really
well-produced R&B-laced smooth nuggets