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Sarah Gromko

Compared with Sarah Vaughan, Patsy Cline, K.D. Lang, and Annie Ross by professional musicians and critics alike, Sarah Gromko’s vocals “show a deep sense of artistic maturity.” Her debut recording as a bandleader was nationally recognized as “intimate,” “eclectic,” and “undeniably killer.” The attention led to a licensing contract with Rescue Records.

Gromko’s live work focuses on original compositions and modern arrangements reminiscent of the fusion of jazz and rock in the ’60s when jazz harmony, syncopation, groove changes, and odd meters/phrasing melded into a new genre. Unlike the instrumental and synthetic direction fusion took into the 70s and 80s, she writes emotional melodies and lyrics that emphasize her wide vocal range and colors but focus the listener on the story more than the virtuosity of the songs’ individual players.

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”Sarah Gromko’s voice encompasses the range of a fine dramatic actress, in turn conversational, sultry, emotional, and angelic.” —The Victory Review

“Sarah Gromko’s husky vocals are a solid contribution…delivering an upper-echelon change of setting.” —Mark Sabbatini, All About Jazz

“[Sarah’s] music is truly inspired/inspiring. [She is] such a complete musician.” —Javier Arau: Saxophonist, Acclaimed Educator, and DownBeat magazine and ASCAP Award winner

“...some brilliant jazz numbers which in time are bound to become not only standards but also classics...Overall for a debut project this album shows a deep sense of artistic maturity not often found the first time out

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Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Location

New Orleans, LA

Willing to teach

Beginners

Credentials/Background

“Sarah has reinvented our group by challenging us to stretch our abilities rather than keep us in our ‘comfort zone.’ We learn something new at each rehearsal and she keeps it fun. She is patient but demands the best from us all, and makes the best use of our limited rehearsal time.” —Michael Economos, Singer, Actor and Member of MMC Chorale Your situation: • You are part of a band that needs a reliable, outside musical opinion with concrete ideas on how to improve. • You are a musician who wants to work on your voice. • You aren’t a singer, but you love to sing and want more confidence at it. • You are a singer who needs a coach. • You are a non-singer who wants to sing in a group of like-minded individuals. • You are part of a band that needs to perfect (or come up with) some vocal harmonies. Why me: • In vocal coaching, I use the same basic breathing and vocal techniques for all styles, and let the feels of the genres branch into different territory. • My innovative techniques as choir director and vocal coach cater to each singer’s personality to acquire the most positive result. • As a bandleader, I emphasize the group dynamic as the key to an engaging musical performance. • I use unique vernaculars and techniques for instrumentalists, singers, and non-musicians. • Even if you gig regularly, it’s important to occasionally have a critical outside ear/eye. I can come in to one rehearsal and give critical tips to give your performance that extra edge. • I am a professional singer who began her singing career in 1993 and has been a bandleader/conductor since 1998. • I trained classically, moved to Broadway, and currently focus on contemporary and jazz genres.

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Convert Augustine
Convert Augustine

2007
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