Co-produced by Ray Obiedo and released by Bijuri Records in 2012, Azul highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. The project received a place on one of JAZZIZ Magazine's 2012 Top Ten Critic's Polls, Latin Jazz Corner's Great Latin Jazz Albums from 2012 and features the legendary percussionist Airto Moreira, among others. Click the picture to purchase.
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, pianist/composer Anne Sajdera received a B.Mu. in Composition. She performs regularly in the Bay Area - as leader of her own ensembles and performing with other artists such as Alexa Weber Morales, Sandy Cressman and Terrence Brewer. Her first album, Azul, was released by her own label (Bijuri Records) in 2012, receiving critical acclaim.
Ms. Sajdera has performed in many of the Bay Area's most frequented performance venues including the San Jose Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, The California Jazz Conservatory and the nationally recognized SFJAZZ.
Ms. Sajdera maintains an active private piano studio in Oakland.
About Azul etc.…
"…a jazz samba album that shows the creative breadth & beauty of a San Francisco Charmer." - Mark Myers, JazzWax
"…it's a wonderful experience listening to her precise execution and wonderful technique" - Robert Carraher, The Dirty Lowdown
"An absolutely stunning release. 5 stars" - Critical Jazz
"Killer stuff jazzbos should not miss." - Midwest Record
As a pianist, composer, bandleader and accompanist, Anne Sajdera is a creative force whose music encompasses an unusually far-flung array of traditions. With musical roots spanning the globe, she melds American and Brazilian jazz to her training in European and Hindustani classical music, creating an utterly personal sound that’s melodically verdant, harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically compelling. Click here to listen.
Ms. Sajdera's most recent project, is a flexible 6- to 12-piece jazz chamber group that explores the textures and colors of contemporary American and Brazilian jazz, using the entire palette an orchestra can offer.
A regular Bay Area presence since 2001, the trio depicts the unique flexibility of the piano trio format with virtuostic arrangements of Brazilian and American repertoire as well as original compositions.