A strikingly original artist with limitless potential, Sara Gazarek seamlessly combines the intimacy of singer/songwriter stylings with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz. She and her trio appear at The Shedd on the heals of the release of her remarkable second recording, Return To You (2007).
"Nothing shines brighter than a rising star and vocalist Sara Gazarek delivers a sensational follow-up to her widely hailed 2005 debut that focused on Great American Songbook standards." -- allmusic.com
"Somewhere near the midpoint of Norah Jones and Diana Krall sits Sara Gazarek. Chronologically she is, at age 25, closer to Jones, and echoes her sweet, folk-influenced temperament. But the suggestion of Krall’s rich, disciplined jazz wisdom seems layered atop the Jonesian languor. And there’s something more to Gazarek, a charming peculiarity unique to her. It’s as if she’s just heard a really good joke and is still basking in rays of warm humor..." -- JazzTimes
"Produced by John Clayton, Jr. and skillfully executed by Gazarek’s band (pianist Josh Nelson, Erik Kertes on bass and guitar, Matt Slocum on drums), Return to You is at times intimate, delicate, and lilting, while at others sufficiently sassy and swinging. It is this blend that makes Gazarek’s work so appealing; she and her musical company deliver the proper emotions to give each song life and captivate the listener." -- PopMatters
"A beautiful phrased and warmly expressive performance of jazz and pop standards”
-- Seattle Times
“She may well turn out to be the next important jazz singer." -- Los Angeles Times