Sarah Jerrom is a vocalist, composer, arranger and songwriter specializing in jazz and creative music who takes her inspiration from lyric-driven melodies, genre-defying instrumentation and experimental soundscapes. “The Yeats Project” (2017), her first all-original album, features W.B. Yeats’s poetry set to music and orchestrated for a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble, achieved critical praise and international airplay. Sarah’s debut album, “Illuminations” (2007), encompassing original compositions, jazz-inspired arrangements of contemporary songs and traditional jazz standards, has also received widespread media attention and international radio airplay. Sarah’s upcoming third album is a collection of original songs recorded by her contemporary jazz quartet, “Dream Logic”.
“It was the arranging which struck me when I first heard the (Yeats Project’s) music back in 2012; the poems lend themselves to beautiful, lush treatments, and Sarah uses the ensemble’s nine instruments to great effect. The result is contemporary sounding but still tuneful, an interesting mix of chamber music and improvisation; Sarah’s impressive vocals soar over top.” – Josh Grossman – Artistic Director, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
Headliner performances at concert venues across Ontario include Brock University’s Centre for the Arts, The Music Gallery, The Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and many of Toronto’s top jazz clubs. Jazz festival performances include the 2018 and 2015 Niagara Jazz Festival, the 2012 and 2009 Lakefield Jazz Festival and the 2007 Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. Sarah has performed with renowned jazz artists such as Mike Murley, Ingrid Jensen, Maggi Olin, Carnatic-fusion guitarist Prasanna as well as many other notable musicians; she has sung with Alex Samaras’ vocal group, GREX. Sarah’s awards include the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival’s 2013 Special Project Initiative for “The Yeats Project”. Her arrangement of the Irish traditional song, “She Moved Through The Fair”, was presented at the 2017 International Symposium for Jazz Composers and Arrangers at the University of South Florida. She is the winner of the 2017 Niagara Music Awards’ “World Artist” category.