There has been a shortage of jazz male vocalists that don't nearly get as much press nor press like many of their female conunterparts in the business. Jose James, Gregory Porter and now Sachal Vasandani have been on the frontlines bringing a new voice to jazz music as well as pop and soul.
Over the last decade Sachal has been writing and performing his own music, but, he also sings music of the great American songbook in person and on record. His latest CD "Hi-Fly" on Mack Avenue features legendary NEA Jazz Master and vocalese icon Jon Hendricks with some fresh and current interpretations on classic songs.Sachal's relaxed and mellow vocal style is something new as well as innovative to the jazz scene. In this his third release, he continues to keep the jazz tradition alive, yet bringing his own flavor to the mix.
The Chicago, Illinois native is one of a handful of jazz vocalists that are merging the vocalese and modern jazz style while staying current with the latest musical styles. Sachal is a graduate of The University of Michigan and the 1999 Downbeat Magazine Collegiate Jazz Vocalist of the Year. Upon graduation Sachal worked as an investment banker on Wall Street while pursuing music at night. After years of working the club scene and gaining the buzz of major record labels, his work paid off and he released his debut disc "Eyes Wide Open."
In addition to performing as a solo artist, Sachal is also the vocal ensemble Sefira which also features Malika Zarra, Sofia Rei, Mathias Kunzil and Keita Ogawa.
This interview took place as part of this year's 2013 APAP Winter Music and Performance Conference and features pianist Gerald Clayton.
For upcoming into or tour date info please visit him online at sachalvasandani.com.