New West Guitar Group has developed a widespread reputation as one of the premier guitar ensembles today. Featuring guitarists Perry Smith, John Storie, and Will Brahm, they perform recognizable covers, jazz standards and exciting originals. Their signature sound comes from combining acoustic and electric guitars in an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty, and virtuosity. Graduates of USC’s Thornton School of Music, the New West Guitar Group is regularly featured on NPR and jazz radio stations.
Graced with an impeccable voice and hailed by the LA Times as an artist that “may well turn out to be the next important jazz singer,” Sara Gazarek has been one of the leading lights of an impressive generation of jazz vocalists since her emergence at age 20. Her subsequent career has been the picture of success – highlighted by five acclaimed albums, an ardent fanbase, enthusiastic reviews, and collaborations with jazz luminaries. Her most recent release Thirsty Ghost received two GRAMMY nominations - Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for “Jolene.”