New York based, German artist Sara Decker is a contemporary jazz vocalist and composer, specializing in merging pop styles with improvisational jazz artistry. Known for her subtle tone, impressive range and heartfelt story-telling, she recently won the 2nd prize at the distinguished Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition 2017 and the European Jazz Award Italy (2015). She is just releasing her sophomore album “Long distance” as well as performing in prestigious jazz venues and festivals across Europe and the United States. (Rockwood Music Hall, NYC; Flatiron Room, NYC; Jimmy Glass, Spain; B-Flat, Germany; Jazzit, Austria; Loong swingt, Belgium; Women in Jazz, Germany; Festival Transeuropéennes, France; Montreux jazz festival, Switserland; and others).
In the Summer of 2016, Sara recorded a new live album at the ‘Tuscia in Jazz’ Festival in Italy. “Sara Decker Group Live in Italy” will be released on the renowned Eunote Label in July 2018 which also released other notable Jazz names as Dave Liebman, Eddie Gomez, Tony Monaco, Flavio Boltro, Ray Mantilla, Shawnn Monteiro and Dado Moroni.
Sara was recently awarded with the second prize of the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition 2017.
Besides her own work as a bandleader, composer and singer, Sara is an in-demand side-person and collaborator, featured as a lead and backing vocalist in a variety of musical projects. She’s performing regularly with her bass/vocal duo project, joined by New York City jazz prodigy Daryl Johns, the Soul/ Jazz band ‘Oneword’, as well as with her Latin jazz trio ‘Yo Toco’ (David Mingullion on guitar and Jeroen Truyen on percussion).
Other collaborations include work as lead vocalist in big bands (Jazzotic, Sparkassen Big Band and Bigbandits) and large Brazilian music ensembles (Mistura de Cores/ Latin band MSM). As a composer, she’s arranged for her own musical settings and other bands, as well as for the large MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra.
DEBUT ALBUM ‘LONG DISTANCE’ 2017:
The album was recorded in the fall of 2016 in New York City with her New York City based band. The musicians are all currently coming up in the New York Jazz scene. The pianist on this album is talented young Julius Rodrigues who is featured in the title song with a solo. Other tracks feature solos by Swedish trumpet player Oskar Stenmark and vocals bySoul/ Jazz singer Schadrack Pierre.
The album was recorded in the fall of 2016 in New York City with her New York City based band. The musicians are all currently coming up in the New York Jazz scene. The pianist on this album is talented young Julius Rodrigues who is featured in the title song with a solo. Other tracks feature solos by Swedish trumpet player Oskar Stenmark and vocals bySoul/ Jazz singer Schadrack Pierre. In Europe she presents the music with her band existing of Joos Vanduren on sax, Leonard Steigerwald on piano, Mateusz Malcharek on bass and Jeroen Truyen on drums.
In 2014, she was awarded with the distinguished Fulbright Scholarship in order to pursue her Master of Music degree in jazz voice at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. She studied with GRAMMY awarded vocalists and musicians such as Gretchen Parlato, Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry (voice instructors), Jim McNeely, Dave Liebman and Phil Markowitz (composition), as well as in masterclasses with jazz greats Christian McBride, Maria Schneider and Kurt Elling.
Her time in New York resulted in the formation of the ‘Sara Decker Group,’ a band consisting of six accomplished, international musicians such as Giorgi Mikadze, awarded pianist and Oskar Stenmark on flugelhorn. This group performs Sara’s original compositions and arrangements - and in 2014, they recorded her EP, “Clouds and Birds” at MSM studios. They have since presented her music throughout Europe.
After her return to Europe in 2015, the Sara Decker Group won the famed European Jazz Award Italy (2015), a competition judged by jazz greats Aaron Goldberg, Peter Bernstein and Reuben Rogers.