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Sharel Cassity

Saxophonist, Woodwindist, Composer & Educator Sharel Cassity (pron. Shah-Relle) is a musician on the New York, Chicago, and international jazz scenes. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past 11 consecutive years, Sharel has appeared on the Today Show, earned her MA from The Juilliard School under full scholarship, won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award & has been inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Cassity has shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; as well as mainstream artists Aretha Franklin, Natalie Merchant, Vanessa Williams & Trisha Yearwood. She has released five albums as a bandleader and appeared on over 30 as a sideman, toured 24 countries and performed at leading venues like the Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival & the North Sea Jazz Festival. Relocated to the Chicago area with her husband and son, Cassity is currently a professor of saxophone and piano at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL; Columbia College and DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Sharel is a proud Vandoren Performing Artist.

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Sharel is a Vandoren performing artist and plays Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures exclusively.


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”[Cassity] plays alto and soprano with a seriously soulful tone that’s impressive enough to stop a roomful of seasoned jazz fans in their tracks” —Ken Micallef, Downbeat Magazine

“With any luck, Evolve will establish her [Sharel] as a household name among jazz audiences.” — Michael J. West, Jazz Times

“Sharel Cassity has the potential to be one of the leaders of this genreʼs next
 generation” —J. Hunter, All About Jazz

Sharel Cassity is another no-nonsense lady of the horn...her solos have an insurgent
quality..and her deep blue alto wanes with melancholy”—Eric Fine, Downbeat Magazine

“Itʼs Cassityʼs amazing alto that takes canter stage

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Chicago

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

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Clinic/Workshop Information

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Wayne Shorter
saxophone
John Coltrane
saxophone
Kenny Garrett
saxophone, alto
Roy Hargrove
trumpet
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Maceo Parker
saxophone, alto
Joshua Redman
saxophone
Lester Young
saxophone

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Give It All You Got

Posi-Tone Records
2021

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Fearless

Relsha Music
2020

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Evolve

Relsha Music
2018

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Manhattan Romance

Venus Records
2014

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Relentless

Jazz Legacy Productions
2009

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Over the Rainbow

From: Manhattan Romance
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