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
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. She released her second album, New Year, in the fall of 2018, which earned a positive review from DownBeat.
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, Herbst Theater and the nationally recognized SFJAZZ.
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 classical music, creating an utterly personal sound that’s melodically verdant, harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically compelling.
Created from of a chance meeting at a jazz club in Prague 2014 & scheduled for release in the fall of 2018, Anne Sajdera’s newest project with special guest saxophone legend Bob Mintzer, also features two award-winning young composer/instrumentalists from Prague: Miroslav Hloucal (trumpet) & Jan Fečo (alto sax), as well as some of the finest musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. The ensemble performs original compositions, driving arrangements of traditional Roma melodies, as well as music of modern jazz masters like Herbie Hancock & Kenny Kirkland - at times lyrical, at times angular, yet always filled with the beauty of rhythm, this ensemble reveals a skillful and inspiring sound that reaches musically across two continents and several cultures. Click the picture to purchase.
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.