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Sarah Partridge

Sarah Partridge grew up in Boston and Birmingham, Alabama, listening to jazz vocalists around the house, soaking up her father’s albums of Ella Fitzgerald, Chris Connor, Dakota Staton, Irene Kral, and Sarah Vaughan. But she was drawn to acting, and ended up majoring in theater at Northwestern University. After graduating in 1982, she worked around Chicago, and landed her first feature role in Tom Cruise’s star-making 1983 hit Risky Business.

Relocating to Los Angeles in 1984, she worked steadily in film and television and carved out a niche doing voice-overs (often portraying cartoon superheroes). Out with friends one night at the Improv, she accepted their dare to take a turn at karaoke and delivered a stunning rendition of “Summertime.” The impromptu performance caught the ear of a booker, who promptly hired her to sing in a concert with the top tier of L.A. jazz musicians. It was a successful gig that rekindled a long-buried dream.

“It was a fluke,” she says. “But as an actress I loved to sing. I was just never a Broadway belter. My dad was a huge fan of female vocalists and I grew up knowing the artists and the songs, but I never considered that I would do this professionally. I didn’t go to music school or take vocal classes. But there was that moment singing ‘Summertime’ when my friends looked at me afterwards, and said, how do you know how to do that?”

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”Partridge's voice suggests Anita O'Day with her bedrock swing propelling scat improvisations.” New York Times

“Sarah's jazz vocal work is dazzling!” Improvijazznation

“Her voice is super flexible, and her Brazilian chops are a subtle strength” Jazz Weekly

“ Ms. Partridge consistently stretches both herself and the music. It would not be surprising if a few of her songs became standards in the future.” LA Jazz Scene

Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Location

Newark

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Vocal Instructor at Vanguard Music Studio. Denville, NJ 2014-present. 1/2 hour-$35. One hour: $65 973-453-6775 Private instruction at Sarah's Home. All Levels. Same prices. Hours flexible. 917-848-2836 Beginners-Advanced

Dakota Staton
voice / vocals
Chris Connor
voice / vocals
Ella Fitzgerald
voice / vocals
Irene Kral
voice / vocals
Sarah Vaughan
voice / vocals

Albums

Bright Lights &...

Origin Records
2017

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I Never Thought I’d...

Origin Records
2015

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Perspective

Self Produced
2010

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You Are There: Songs...

Nagel Heyer Records
2006

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Blame It On My Youth

Nagel Heyer Records
2003

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Dancing In My Mind

From: You Are There: Songs For My...
By Sarah Partridge

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