Sachal Vasandani July 2013
“There’s always space in your heart for love”
In 2014, it’s refreshing to know that Jazz still lives. Many people can name the male jazz singing greats from the past—Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Billy Eckstine, Frank Sinatra, or Tony Bennett. Others can name those from the past who sang the American standards including Bing Crosby, Mel Torme, Steve Lawrence, and Johnny Mathis to mention a few. Thankfully, a contemporary voice in today’s jazz and standards music world, Sachal Vasandani, reflects the influences of his predecessors. Although Mr. Vasandani pays homage to the past in his vocal styling, he simultaneously imprints the music he sings, writes, and composes with his own distinctive cadence and phraseology.
During the summer of 2013, Sachal Vasandani participated as an instructor and performer during the Centrum Jazz Port Townsend Festival. The annual event celebrating the arts in Port Townsend, Washington is more than MainStage performances, but a well designed celebration of the arts through education, multigenerational and diverse activities and events, which occur throughout the year.
Various workshops covering different art genres provide “…artists and creative thinkers from around the world, students of all ages and backgrounds, and audiences seeking extraordinary cultural enrichment” common ground (Centrum.org, 2013). The concerts, workshops, and artist residencies take place at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington (http://www.parks.wa.gov/511/Fort-Worden).
Mr. Vasandani lent his talent not only to teach during Jazz Port Townsend, but he also performed on the mainstage as well as in an intimate setting at the Manresa Castle in Port Townsend, established in 1892 as a private home of a local businessman (www.manresacastle.com). fromacloud had the pleasure of interviewing Sachal Vasandani in between sets at the Castle.
Credit – Music courtesy of Sachal Vasandani