“We really love Sarah’s stunning sophisticated jazz… the style is powerful, stirring yet gentle and very subtle… Sarah’s feel and experience is evident and shows in a very confident way…”
– Peter Merrett – Programming Director, PBS 106-7FM Melbourne, Australia
Sarah Jerrom is a vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in jazz and creative/experimental music. Sarah has composed and arranged choral and instrumental music for various projects, most recently including her own nine-piece chamber jazz group, “The Yeats Project”. Featuring Sarah’s compositions and orchestrations set to the poetry of W.B. Yeats, with Sarah herself on vocals, “The Yeats Project” will be released in summer 2017 as Sarah’s second full-length album and her first album to completely feature her own original music. Sarah’s debut album, “Illuminations” (2007), encompassing original compositions, jazz-inspired arrangements of contemporary songs and traditional jazz standards, has received widespread media attention and international radio airplay.
“It was the arranging which struck me when I first heard the (Yeats Project’s) music back in 2012; the poems lend themselves to beautiful, lush treatments, and Sarah uses the ensemble’s nine instruments to great effect. The result is contemporary sounding but still tuneful, an interesting mix of chamber music and improvisation; Sarah’s impressive vocals soar over top.”
– Josh Grossman – Artistic Director, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
Sarah’s headliner performances at concert venues across Ontario include Brock University’s Centre for the Arts, The Music Gallery, The Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and The Mississauga Living Arts Center. She has performed at many of Toronto’s top jazz clubs. Jazz festival performances include the 2015 Niagara Jazz Festival, the 2012 and 2009 Lakefield Jazz Festival and the 2007 Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. Sarah has performed with renowned jazz artists such as Mike Murley, Ingrid Jensen, Maggi Olin, Carnatic-fusion guitarist Prasanna as well as many other notable musicians; she has sung with Alex Samaras’ vocal group, GREX. Sarah’s awards include the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival’s 2013 Special Project Initiative for “The Yeats Project”.
“Since the wedding, we have continued to receive very positive feedback about the ceremony, and particularly your singing! A number of friends have said they were very impressed. One friend said she was “blown away” with how beautiful your voice is. Another friend said they did not want to sing during the service because they only wanted to hear your singing. Thank you for making our ceremony such a beautiful event.”
– Barbara & Robert, Toronto Wedding Ceremony July 2015
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Music in jazz voice at the University of Toronto, where she was the recipient of the Margaret E. Read Jazz Scholarship and studied with some of Canada’s most esteemed jazz musicians, including Andrew Downing, Heather Bambrick, Christine Duncan, Terry Promane, and Phil Nimmons. Sarah attended the 2008 Banff International Program for Jazz and Creative Music under the direction of Dave Douglas.
Sarah is a passionate music educator and private instructor, maintaining a private studio of voice, piano, theory and ear training students in Toronto and Niagara region. She has conducted various Toronto school choirs. She was on the vocal faculty at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in Chennai, India for the 2010 summer semester. Sarah completed Jeanie LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™ certification courses at the 2013 Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University in Virginia, USA. Sarah works as a musical/choir director at Choir Nation.