Sarah Hayes Resume
| Sarah Hayes,Vocalist and Bandleader, has been at the forefront of New York's music scene for the last 12 years- Performing Jazz and Swinging Standards with numerous bands and orchestras, lighting up New York's finest Jazz Clubs with her vibrant voice, enormous repertoire and sunny personality.
Sarah is wowing audiences around the country and internationally, with rave reviews from performing on board the beautiful Crystal Serenity World Cruise 2014/2015...Or performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, concerts with Steve Rossi (Allen & Rossi), repeat singing engagements for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, touring the country with The Artie Shaw Orchestra, (A position once held by Billie Holiday), weekly engagements in NYC with dear friend, Grammy & Hall of Famer- Tony Middleton of "The Willows" or international performances with the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra. Sarah brings the party to the party!
Sarah's singing career started at the tender age of 5 when she belted out her own rendition of a bluesy tune, "Oh John the Rabbit" complete with backup singers. “When I heard the applause, I was hooked,” she says today of that childhood performance in her hometown of Monticello, FL.
Her passion for singing and performing landed her as Marilyn Monroe in the Universal Studio's Hollywood Legend's show. At Universal and Disney's MGM Studios, both in Orlando, she also sang as Carmen Miranda with her Latin Big Band and Disney's Hoop Dee Doo Revue Show.
While in Orlando, Sarah performed with a 1920s -style big band, The Coconut Manor Orchestra which featured Dick Hyman.“When I sang with the band, I realized that was really my passion,” she recalls. That moment of epiphany prompted her to start her own 1920s -1930s band, "Sarah Hayes & The Prohibition Playboys".
At that time the swing music was making a big comeback, so Sarah put together yet another swing band focusing on tunes from the 1930s and 1940s. "Red Hot Kitty & The Alley Cats", her retro Swing band traveled around the country, playing music halls, casinos and resorts.
Sarah spent three wonderful summers at Michigan's Landmark, Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. There, she performed nightly with the hotel's orchestra, building her repertoire. After spending one summer singing with the Tom Haberman Orchestra at the Nevele Grand Hotel and Resort in New York, Sarah decided to make NYC her home. “I fell into the jazz scene right away, and was lucky to work with some amazing and legendary artists,” she says.
Sarah has had the distinction of working with some of New York's finest musicians including dear friend, the late Benny Powell, Les Paul, Tommy C. James, Dick Hyman, John Colianni, Jay Leonhart, Joe Cohn, Lee Musiker, Jack Wilkins, Wes”Warmdaddy Anderson”, Lew Tabackin, Christian McBride, Bob Kaye, Tadataka Unno and Bobby Porcelli among numerous others. Sarah performs regularly with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Bensen-Scott Big Band, her own septet, Swing Society, as well as her smaller trio and quartet and most recently, The Duke Ellington Orchestra.
“Sarah's song stylings exude personality, she has charisma to spare. And with her innocent and unintentional naivetÃ©, she wins the hearts of all who experience her performance". - Michael Andrew, Bandleader, Broadway Producer, The Nutty Professor
“Sarah has a vibrant and exciting voice~ a beautiful tone, she's a throwback to the 1940s. Her penchant for comedic interplay livens up the dullest occasions. But when she sings the occasional ballad, she leaves the listener mesmerized". – Charles Carlini, New York music producer, In Touch Entertainment
When not traveling, Sarah can be seen weekly in New York's finest jazz clubs...
Updated: June 9, 2015
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