Berklee Summer in the CitySarah McKenzie
Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
100 Summer Street
The award winning pianist, vocalist, and composer Sarah McKenzie is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with an impeccable musical pedigree, having been mentored by legends like Graeme Lyall, Jamie Oehlers, James Morrison, and most recently JoAnne Brackeen, the first and only female member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In 2010 McKenzie won the James Morrison Scholarship in the vocal category and was the only finalist to be nominated in both vocal and instrumental sections. McKenzie also sang backing vocals for Michael Bublé on the multi-platinum artist’s "Call Me Irresponsible" Tour and was the opening act for trumpeter and five-time Grammy nominee Chris Botti in 2011. The dean of admissions at Berklee College of Music saw her perform on the Giardani Carduci stage at the Umbria Jazz Festival and offered her a full tuition scholarship—an opportunity she accepted. McKenzie was also invited to perform at the Umbria Jazz Winter festival in 2012 and the Umbria Jazz festival in Perugia in 2013, where notable Australians Joe Chindamo and James Morrison have also performed.
"Already in full possession of an individualistic voice is the young singer-pianist Sarah McKenzie, " wrote DownBeat Magazine in 2013.