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Cynthia Sayer

Contemporary, edgy, and soulful, Cynthia Sayer breaks all the banjo player stereotypes as she single-handedly brings the 4-string banjo to the forefront of jazz. Celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today and praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by the New York Times, Cynthia is a founding member of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band with whom she played and toured for over 10 years. Her solo career has taken her well beyond these New Orleans roots as a dynamic performer, instrumentalist and vocalist, and whose eclectic, swing-based shows embody the rarely heard range and versatility of the 4-string jazz banjo. Sayer receives standing ovations at nearly every concert she performs.

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”Cynthia Sayer is a rarity: a woman who plays jazz banjo with drive and virtuosity —THE NEW YORK TIMES

“She takes us into places where you'd never expect the banjo to be admitted and makes herself completely at home.” —DICK HYMAN

“Breaking the mold is New Jersey-born Cynthia Sayer who plays hot, swinging jazz on the plectrum banjo and performed with Woody Allen's band.” —PBS ARTS

“Cynthia Sayer almost made the applause meter explode….Her swingy playing catches you from the start, and her sense of showmanship is always present.” —LA DÉPÊCHE (France)

“A dazzling evening, a capacity crowd…

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