Distinguished Lecture Series: Cynthia Sayer “The Unexpected Journey of Jazz
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The Unexpected Journey of Jazz Banjo
Debuted at Lincoln Center, a presentation with live performance that delves into the banjo’s controversial social and musical history, including its impact on Black Americans and women, and why the instrument’s venerable role in jazz has been overlooked.
About Cynthia Sayer
Praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by The New York Times, instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is renowned for bringing the swinging sounds of banjo to concert and festival audiences worldwide. A 2023 Steve Martin Banjo Prize winner and an American Banjo Hall of Famer, Sayer is a pioneering artist who pays tribute to America’s musical heritage through her virtuoso playing, relatable vocals, and informative, entertaining anecdotes. Sayer is a multi-instrumentalist heard on feature film and TV soundtracks and has appeared on numerous national TV and radio shows, performed at The White House, played with The New York Philharmonic and The New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and is a longtime founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band. She is also an avid educator with a long track record of workshops, lecture/demos, and educational programming for all ages.