Cynthia Sayer & Her Joyride Band- China Tour 2015
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Multi award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is acclaimed by musicians, critics, and fans alike as one of the top 4-string jazz banjoists in the world today. Praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by the New York Times, Cynthia enchants audiences with her electrifying, swing-based performances and captivating stage presence wherever she appears.
Festival appearances in the USA include headlining at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival, the 2018 Newport jazz Festival, and the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Multiple international jazz festivals have honored Cynthia as "Festival Favorite" and readers polls have named her “Favorite Living Banjo Player,” “First-Choice Headliner,” and “Best Banjo Player” and she is an inductee into The American Banjo Hall of Fame. Cynthia has appeared as a guest and performer on CBS, FOX & ABC network television shows, including Good Morning America and The Morning Show, as well as on NPR's Piano Jazz, BBC Radio, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, DownBeat, Fretboard Journal, International Musician, People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and countless other local, trade, and foreign media outlets.
Sayer first rose to international prominence as a founding member of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band, all the while exploring her wider musical interests and playing with such legendary jazz, popular, and roots music artists as Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Les Paul, Marvin Hamlisch, Wynton Marsalis, Andy Statman, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) ), Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Charlie Giordano (with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), as well as leading jazz contemporaries such as Wycliffe Gordon, Vince Giordano, Bria Skonberg, Anat Cohen, Scott Robinson, and many others.
“Cynthia Sayer is a rarity; a woman who plays banjo with drive and virtuosity.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Some of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest 2017’s best moments...Cynthia Sayer and her Joyride Quartet was a fresh breeze. Power banjo, very cool.” — OFFBEAT MAGAZINE (New Orleans)
"Cynthia Sayer almost made the applause meter explode ... Her swingy playing catches you from the start, and her sense of showmanship is present at every second." — LA DÉPECHE (France)
"A dazzling evening, a capacity crowd... Nobody wanted it to end." — GUARDIAN NEWS (England)
"The highest point of the festival was the New Yorker Cynthia Sayer." — GOETTINGER TAGESBLATT (Germany)
"Pioneering musician introduces hot jazz to China...The audience gushed about how much they enjoyed her show." — GLOBAL TIMES (China)
"The American banjoist Cynthia Sayer was one of the great attractions of the festival." — DE STEM (Holland)