Jazz singer Sachal Vasandani will perform April 30 to May 3 in the Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. Courtesy photo


Jazz singer Sachal Vasandani to play four nights

By From page A15 | April 25, 2014

Sachal Vasandani is a Chicago-born jazz vocalist who attracted attention when he was named Down Beat magazine’s Collegiate Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 1999. He has worked with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

His 2006 debut recording, “Eyes Wide Open,” led to tours and opening for artists such as jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and pop singer Joan Osborne. Vasandani’s second album, 2009’s “We Move,” was chosen as a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

In a 2009 review in The New York Times, Nate Chinen called Vasandani “a jazz singer with good ideas, including some about what a jazz singer can be.” Vasandani’s well-received third album “Hi Fly,” released in 2011, consolidated his position as one of the leading young male vocalists in the field.

Vasandani will be performing for four nights in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre (in the cabaret configuration), April 30 through May 3, all at 8 p.m. (Some performances are sold out.) Tickets are $42 general, $19 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.

Jeff Hudson

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