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?”
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
Voice / vocals
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
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