Jazz In the Bay

The best live jazz in San Francisco Bay Area

A curated calendar of the best jazz shows in SF Bay Area

Jaz Sawyer

Jaz Sawyer possesses an eclectic and refined personal style of drumming that stems from his deep roots in his Classical, Jazz, West-African and Afro-Caribbean musical training. Jaz has worked with many notable artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, George Benson, Bobby Hutcherson, Jacky Terrasson and Dee Dee Bridgewater in some of the world’s premier concert venues, including The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House. 

Jaz began playing drums at an early age in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco. His musical studies took him through the music programs at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He is now actively involved in music education in communities within New York, San Francisco Bay Area, New Orleans and Los Angeles. 

Mr. Sawyer derives maximum melody from percussion.
— The New York Times
While Sawyer has a firm grounding in the traditions of jazz, he is willing to explore into and beyond post-bop conventions. The jazz world is taking notice.
— All About Jazz