Born in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Helen Sachs began to study classical piano at the age of 6. She started to perform as a vocalist with her own jazz trio during High School. Inspired by singers in the forties, such as jazz vocalists Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, but also posinger Rosemary Clooney, and above all Frank Sinatra and Mel Tormé, Helen Sachs soon began making some choices and, many of those songs she chose she still sings in her current program. Today, her repertoire exhibits a great deal of influence by the modern Brazilian composers/song-writers A.C. Jobim, Edu Lobo, Ivan Lins and by the great jazz musicians/composers, such as Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Benny Golson, Miles Davis and others.
There have been many press comments from 1969 til recently in Europe and in the USA.
I haven't saved any of them.
In 1994 and 1995 I received Certificates Of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education from
the IAJE (International Assoc. of Jazz Educators).
Las Cruces, NM
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
I have taught Jazzvocals at Duisburg University, Duisburg/Germany from 1974 - 1988 and have
administered private lessons to students. I had my last students in 2006. Momentarily I have no
ambition to resume teaching.