Don't Tempt Me (CD)

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Sarah McKenzie

A once-in-a-generation artist, whose debut album has left the big names of Australian music awestruck. A classic collection of blues, jazz and pop standards.

Sarah McKenzie - pianist, vocalist and composer - is one of Australia's up-and-coming jazz musicians. Since graduating from WAAPA completing a Bachelor of Jazz (Composition), Sarah has won the Jack Bendat Scholarship, the Hawaiian Award for “Most Outstanding Jazz Graduate” and the Perth Jazz Societies Award for the “Most Outstanding Group of the Year for 2008”.

A recipient of the National Songwriters Competition (ACMF 2002) Sarah also won the prestigious James Morrison Scholarship (Vocal), with a prize valued at $5000. Sarah had been a finalist in the scholarship for the last 6 years and was the only finalist to be nominated in both vocal and instrumental sections.

Sarah has performed at some of Australia’s highest profile jazz festivals and events including the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz festival, Riverboats food and wine festival and the Melbourne Women in Jazz Festival. Such opportunities have put Sarah alongside greats such as James Morrison, Graeme Lyall, Joe Chindamo, Mat Jodrell and Jamie Oehlers. Sarah made her television debut performing with David Campbell at the L’Oreal Paris AFI awards and sang backing vocals for Michael Buble on the multi-platinum artist’s “Call Me Irresponsible” tour.

‘Sarah McKenzie is a musical marvel. She sings with the kind of phrasing that only a true jazz singer can come up with, while her groove of the piano is the stuff that makes people want to play jazz. Don't miss a chance to hear this lady perform live!’ – James Morrison

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1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
2. Love Me Or Leave Me
3. I Won't Dance
4. Love Me Tender
5. Bye Bye Blackbird
6. Don't Tempt Me
7. Dindi
8. I've Got The Blues Tonight
9. Summertime
10. St James Infirmary Blues

Sarah McKenzie vocals & piano
Eamon McNelis trumpet
Carlo Barbaro tenor saxophone
Andrew Murray trombone
Hugh Stuckey guitar
Alex Boneham double bass
Craig Simon drums

Guest artists:
James Morrison [6] trumpet solo
Julien Wilson [7] tenor saxophone solo
Phil Binotto [3], [6], [7] percussion

All tracks arranged by Sarah McKenzie.

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