Saxophonist Sarah Manning's New ArtistShare Release: Live At Yoshi's: Two Rooms Same Door


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On November 21st, 2005, West Coast based alto saxophonist and composer Sarah Manning recorded her second album live on the renowned stage at Yoshi's Jazz House. Newly released on the innovative web label ArtistShare, it is only available at http://www.sarahmanningmusic.com.

A couple hundred people attended the two shows that night at Yoshi's, the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times ran stories, and the Oakland Tribune highlighted the young player in a “Best of the Bay Area This Week" column. Featuring pianist Randy Porter, bassist John Wiitala and drummer Akira Tana, her quartet tackled seven new originals put together for her Yoshi's debut.

But when she dragged herself out of bed early on November 22nd, it wasn't to listen back to the performance or breathe a sigh of relief over a cup of tea. Instead, she headed out the door to her secretarial job, burying her excitement from the show under a pile of someone else's mail.

Frustrated with the stark contrast between the milestones of her musical career and the realities of earning a living, Sarah Manning brings her determination to support herself solely from her music directly to the public in her newest ArtistShare project. The Live at Yoshi's: Two Rooms Same Door Tour focuses on Manning's quest to leave the day job behind and celebrate the release of her new album with her very first tour--to NYC and New England, slated for late fall. Through a regular “Tea with Sarah Manning" audio broadcast on Elflion Radio, sheet music, audio clips, extensive photo galleries and provocative essays, participants can become co-conspirators in her bold plotting. A broad array of Participant Offers includes a seminar for students, a limited edition collector's DVD of the performance and even an opportunity to be “The Muse" for a new composition.

Originally from New England, Manning relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002. Since her arrival on the West Coast, she has produced two albums as a composer and bandleader and performed at top venues from Yoshi's in Oakland to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Her first release, House on Eddy Street (2004)", is a critically-acclaimed album of her compositions with the same quartet as her new ArtistShare release. In April 2005's JazzTimes, David Franklin observed, “Sounding like no one but herself, she possesses a well-focused, slightly edgy tone that suits equally her firmly swinging, uptempo postbop excursions and her highly melodic slow-tempo explorations."

According to Nat Hentoff, “Manning plays--and writes--in what is unmistakably her own voice." With her new ArtistShare album, Live at Yoshi's: Two Rooms Same Door, Manning illuminates that voice as a young saxophonist and composer, in the best company an artist can have - her fans. Visit Sarah 's website to purchase the album and become a participant!

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