Tomorrow, the US embassy in Antananarivo will organize a press conference with Sarah MORROW, a US trombonist, composer and lyricist.
Here are few information about Sarah MORROW that I friendly copycatted (no, I stole nothing …) on her blog :
Trombonist/ Composer/ Lyricist Sarah Morrow was born in Houston, Texas but attended junior high and high school in Pickerington, Ohio. An area rich in marching and concert band tradition, Sarah started her musical path by playing in her school bands as well as in groups at the all-city and all-state level. She attended Ohio University and graduated summa cum laude with a BS degree in Communications. Following her education, she began working at an arts center in New Jersey and it was during this time where she decided to pursue her passion for jazz.
Shortly thereafter, Sarah was discovered by the legendary Ray Charles, and became the first female instrumentalist to be a member of his orchestra. She toured with the legend for two years and left the group to join a smaller band led by Foley (ex-lead bassist of Miles Davis). She has since toured, recorded and performed with many great artists including Dee Dee Bridgewater, David Murray, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, organist Rhoda Scott, funk legend Pee Wee Ellis, the American All-Stars in Paris, the Mingus Tribute Orchestra with Mingus alumni Ted Curson and Ricky Ford and most recently with iconic New Orleans pianist/ singer/ songwriter Dr. John.
With the release of her first album “Greenlight” in 1999, Sarah launched her solo career and has gone on to win critical acclaim as a prominent soloist, bandleader, and composer /arranger around the world. Winner of the 2005 Cork Jazz Festival “Rising Star” award, Sarah continues to tour as a leader and guest artist throughout Western and Eastern Europe, USA, Africa, United Arab Emirates and Asia. She made her home in Paris, France and currently shares her time between Paris, and NYC.
As a bandleader, headlining under her own name, Sarah has performed all over the world, at top festivals and venues such as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Philips Dubai Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, JVC Festivals worldwide, Freihoffer’s Jazz Fest (Saratoga), Budapest, Brno, Newport Japan, Croatia, etc, etc!!! Her 2006 set at the Kennedy Center erupted the hall into a standing ovation just 20 minutes into her performance; this recorded concert was chosen to represent live jazz music in America in the NPR World Special “Washington DC: A City of Music”
Coming from a straight ahead background, her roots immersed in swing, blues, and soul– Sarah has used these roots to discover new directions in jazz combining urban elements while still remaining true to jazz. As trombone great, Steve Turre said, “Sarah Morrow….. is moving the instrument and the music forward”.
Sarah is an avid composer, arranger and lyricist. You can hear music of Sarah’s placed in film and tv outlets such as the 2009 Nigerian film, “Hurricane in the Rose Garden” by Pascal Atuma (Maverick).> Sarah is endorsed by the Getzen/Edwards Instrument Company and has been a prominent artist in their sales campaigns since 2000.
For sure, during that press conference which will be held at Point Liberty Andranomena, she will talk about her music, conditions of (Jazz?) artists throughout the world, especially in the US, and all this kind of stuff.
She will make a gig on Thursday at 07.00pm at the covered gymnasium of Ankorondrano, and on Saturday at 02.30pm at Ambohijatovo square (the so-called “Democracy square”)