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Sachal Vasandani Brings Christmas to JazzErie
Take Your Honey To Dinner and a Great Concert, Wednesday, Dec. 28


Sachal PosterConcert: 8:00 p.m.    Dinner from 6:00 p.m.

Hemmingway Room, Courtyard Mariott Inn
just north of I-90, west of Peach Street.

Dinner and Concert:   $40 for JazzErie Members
                                           45 General Admission
                                           25 for Students/Youth

Concert only:  $20 for JazzErie Members
                             25 General Admission
                             10 for Students/Youth

Join Us For JazzErie's Holiday Concert

Singer Sachal Vasandani will be featured, along with his touring trio, at JazzErie’s Annual Holiday Dinner and Concert at the Courtyard on Wednesday evening, Dec, 28.  The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hemmingway Room.  Vasandani has become a hot item, in fact “Red-hot…the finest young talent on the scene…(with a) stunning and moving voice” according to the N.Y Times.  Jazz Times describes him as “fully formed, among the foremost post-millenial male vocalists.”

Not Just a Pretty Face.

Sure, he has a rich voice which DownBeat describes as “clean and clear,” and an attractive presentation, but perhaps most interesting is jazz writer Nate Chinen’s assessment: “…a jazz singer with good ideas, including some about what a jazz singer can be.”  These ideas, and Vasandani’s thoughtfulness and serious musical craftsmanship, are evident in his online ASCAP Audio Portrait Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock & Sachal(go to  then click on Sachal Vasandani Hi-Fly).

Wide-Ranging Choices

Overall, he seeks an effect that is “forward thinking, disciplined, fun – all of these things wrapped up, with the voice leading the way… I like slower tempos, taking time to tell the story.  I take care in choosing material, because these (slower) tempos are challenging for me and for the musicians around me.”  He demonstrated with one of his own compositions, “Flood,” a musical essay on the impact of natural disasters in Asia, Pakistan and Japan.

Singing With the Stars

Vasandani exudes his love and appreciation for guest star Jon Hendricks on “One Mint Julip” (not a slower tempo!), one of two tracks he shares with Jon on his latest album.  He also participated actively in Hendrick’s recent 90th birthday celebration at Lincoln Center, the youngest among a who’s who of iconic vocalists.

Sachal & Jon HendricksHi-Fly

Vasandani’s will likely reprise this latest release, “Hi-Fly” (Mack Records, 2011) in hi Erie performance.  The record was produced by the estimable bassist/educator John Clayton, and features Vasandani’s working trio: pianist Jeb Patton, bassist David Wong and drummer Kendrick Scott.  Both Wong’s and Patton’s chops, along with Kendrick, are displayed on the Vasandani youtube video clip “Please Mr. Oglivy” (


Born in Chicago, Vasandani graduated from the University of Michigan and was named DownBeat’s Collegiate Vocalist of the Year in 1999.  He moved on to New York to work with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, and in 2007 made his first of three albums (“Eyes Wide Open,” Mack Records.)  He has toured across the U.S. and abroad, where he has appeared in Switzerland, Germany and Russia.

The Trio

Sachal & BandJeb Patton, Vasandani’s pianist, is a busy working musician in NYC, appearing regularly with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, his own trio and as a sideman.  He has played, among many other venues, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and the Blue Note.  Bassist David Wong is less traveled (so far) but an estimable young musician, as Vasandani’s clips illustrate.

Drummer Kendrick, 31, came up through the High School for Performing Arts in Houston, then on to Berklee with a fellowship sponsored by the IAJE and the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Scholarship fund.  Centered in NYC, he performs regularly across the country, at the Monterey Festival, with Terence Blanchard, with whom he has also recorded, James Moody, Nnenna Freelon, Genny Green and others.  Kendrick has released one album with his own group, “Oracle,” featuring guitarist Lionel Loueke and singer Gretchen Parlato.

The Menu

When reserving your dinner, you will need to indicate your meal choice.  Offered are:

  • Vegetarian:  Pasta Primivera, with mixed baby greens salad, rolls and a beverage;
  • 6 oz. Serloin, grilled, with mixed baby greens salad, fresh vegetable, roasted potato, rolls and beverage; or
  • Chicken Marsala, with mixed baby greens salad, roasted potato, rolls and beverage.

Dinner will be available at 6PM

Tickets for Dinner PLUS Concert are available in advance by calling 814-868-9582

September 3, 2013