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A sassy, jazz sound

The Steppin’ Out Jazz Band is getting ready to pay tribute to yet another jazz legend tomorrow, for all you jazz lovers in Nicosia.

This time the band will celebrate singer Sarah Vaughan. The American jazz singer is said to have had one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century. Nicknamed Sassy and The Divine One, Vaughan was a four-time Grammy Award winner. Her interpretations of popular songs helped canonise what is now known as the Great American Songbook.

Reminding us of the sassy personality and sound of Vaughan will be Alice Ayvazian on vocals, Konstantinos Efraimidis on clarinet, Dimitris Miaris on piano and Greg Makamian on double bass.

Ayvazian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music. During her time in America she participated as lead and backing vocalist in numerous studio recording projects. She has also performed at various venues, concerts and special events in Cyprus and has conducted vocal workshops for choirs and educational institutions.

Efraimidis, from Greece, is a classically trained clarinetist who received his diploma from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. Since moving to Cyprus, he has become an active member of the local music scene.

Miaris had his first connection with jazz through the Jazz Futures workshops in Nicosia when he was 16. Since then, he has attended a number of workshops in Cyprus and in Italy and has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Piano from the Ionian University’s Jazz Department.

Makamian has performed alongside a number of great musicians and has also performed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Charis Ioannou group, presenting the music of Charlie Parker in a show called ‘Bird with Strings’.

The Steppin’ Out Jazz Band
Performance by the band to pay tribute to Sarah Vaughan. February 23. Sarah’s Jazz Club, Xanthis Xenierou 35, Nicoisa. 9.30pm. €5/10. Tel: 95-147711

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