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Sarah James

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the NY metro area, Ms. James came from a family with musical influences from her grandfather, who came from County Cork, Ireland, and played traditional Irish music on accordian and parents who were big jazz fans with an extensive record collection of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Huddie Leadbetter, Lightnin' Hopkins and Frank Sinatra recordings. Piano lessons started at 10 and as a child listening to William B. Williams and his “Make Believe Ballroom” on radio, and DJ's such as Allison Steele, “The Nightbird” and Jonathan Schwartz, the music of the big bands and the Great American Songbook informed her sensibility. As a teenager, she went to the famous Woodstock music festival and heard Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, The Band “LIVE “ AND in their hey day and heard Jim Morrison and The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, George Adams, Don Van Vliet and The Magic Band, Shirley Horn, Carmen Mc Crae, Sonny Rollins, Jaki Bayard and others, all in their prime performance mode at the Fillmore East and West and other venues on the east and west coasts. After traveling and performing around in the USA in the early 70's singing and playing alto saxophone in bands and doing solo guitar gigs, she moved to the northwest to Eugene, Oregon

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