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.