Beautiful and Bodacious Blues Singer SARI SCHORR Set to Perform in Multiple NY Metro Area Venues Throughout June
When the legendary Blues artist Joe Louis Walker and his band played a terrific gig at B.B. King's Blues Club in August of 2012, it was their chick/babe front singer Sari Schorr (who at the time was going by the name of Bertha Blades) who blew the roof off the club with power vocals that I described in my BroadwayWorld.com review as "a hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, with a touch of a contemporary female blues singer like Janiva Magness." (See Schorr, below, in one 2013 performance.) Now Schorr's voice will be busting out all over in June, as she is booked for performances this month throughout the metro area.
On Thursday, June 5, her new Sari Schorr Band will be at Stanhope House in Stanhope, New Jersey, where the sensual Schorr will be performing a mix of classic Blues/Rock songs and her own original compositions. The band features Arthur Neilson on guitar, Kevin Jenkins on bass, Eric Finland on keyboards, Jordan Rose on drums, and special guest Noé Socha on guitar/harmonica. The show begins at 7 pm with a $10 cover (www.stanhopehousenj.com). On Friday the 13th (7 pm), cabaret audiences will be very lucky to hear Schorr as one of the headliners in The Dana Lorge Variety Show at the Metropolitan Room (www.metropolitanroom.com). And then on Saturday June 21 (7:30 pm), Schorr will perform at Brooklyn's ShapeShifter Lab, featuring three musicians who have played with blues, rock and pop greats-Pete Levin on piano, Wilbur Mascomb on bass, and Premik Russel Tubbs on sax and other instruments (http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/portfolio/june-21-sari-schorr/)
Schorr, who was born in Queens, NY and currently resides in Brooklyn, possesses a five-octave range that she uses to belt out the blues, softly deliver a classic ballad, or scat her way through a up tempo jazz number. After the release of her 1993 album "Forever True," she placed four singles in the Top 30 of the Adult Contemporary chart, and the legendary record producer Ahmet Ertegun described Sari's voice as "one of the great ones." Schorr has been the recipient of the Gavin Report's Best New Artist Award and an ASCAP Songwriter Award. In addition to singing with Joe Louis Walker, Schorr has performed with Popa Chubby, the Les Paul Trio, Jimmy Vivino, and J. Geils, and has sung in numerous Blues festivals.
Schorr also mixes her passion for music with her interest in social causes. Her humanitarian efforts include work in Haiti and India. She also founded Matters, a non-profit organization that helps draw attention to various humanitarian causes through the arts. Schorr has performed concerts for the benefit of the United Nations, Peace & Justice Now and Orphans International. She has also devoted her talent and energy to the "Toast to Freedom" project for Amnesty International where she collaborated with Warren Haynes, the late Levon Helm, Keb Mo', Sonny Landreth, Marianne Faithful, Rosanne Cash, Donald Fagan, Eric Burdon, Kris Kristofferson and Carly Simon among other musical legends.