Rachel & Sara Caswell CD release. “Alive in the Singing Air”
"The Caswell Sisters are first-rate musicians who have a sound and blend all their own." ~ Fred Hersch
"The riveting performances of the Caswell Sisters, vocalist Rachel and violinist Sara, are the culmination of years of working together. Their seamless sound combined with their unique interpretation of repertoire ranging from the “Great American Songbook” to contemporary jazz, including their own compositions, is propelled by arresting improvisation."
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Rachel Caswell, vocals
Sara Caswell, violin
Alan Blackman, piano
Jeremy Allen, bass
Bryson Kern, drums
The riveting performances of the Caswell Sisters, vocalist Rachel and violinist Sara, are the
culmination of years of working together. Their seamless sound combined with their unique
interpretation of repertoire ranging from the “Great American Songbook” to contemporary jazz,
including their own compositions, is propelled by arresting improvisation.
Rachel and Sara co-lead the Caswell Sisters Quintet and have made such notable appearances
as a weeklong After-Hours engagement at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New
York City and an enthusiastically-received set on the opening night concert of the inaugural 2010
Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in St. Louis. Their debut Caswell Sisters album Alive in
the Singing Air featuring jazz pianist Fred Hersch will be released in early 2013 on Turtle Ridge
In addition to the musical partnership Rachel and Sara have shared since childhood, their
development and experience as individual artists play an equally important role in their musical
careers. Rachel often collaborates with bassist Jeremy Allen, their duo having been selected to
perform at the 2006 International Association for Jazz Education’s Annual Conference in New York.
She has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, John Blake, Jr., Ingrid Jensen, the Billy Taylor
Trio, and Curtis Fuller. Winner of the Hilton Head Jazz Society Scholarship, Rachel also placed in
the top ten of 150 contestants in the jazzconnect.com 2005 vocal competition and has won many
awards and first-place prizes as a classical cellist and jazz musician. She has given numerous jazz
vocal masterclasses/clinics at colleges and universities throughout the US and has received rave
reviews for her debut jazz CD Some Other Time.
Sara regularly performs with several ensembles, including Roseanna Vitro’s Randy Newman
Project (album nominated for a 2012 Grammy) and Jody Redhage’s Rose & the Nightingale. During
2010-11, Sara toured five continents with bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding (2011 Grammy winner
for “Best New Artist”) and has toured with violinist Mark O’Connor’s American String Celebration
and violinist Darol Anger’s Four Generations of Jazz Violin. She has performed and/or recorded with
artists such as Gene Bertoncini, Alan Ferber, Ike Sturm, Jon Gordon, Lynne Arriale, Charlie Byrd
and Skitch Henderson. A member of the New York Pops, Sara has made several appearances as a
featured soloist with them in Carnegie Hall as well as on national TV. She studied classical violin
with the legendary Josef Gingold, has won over 100 awards and first-place prizes in the jazz and
classical competition worlds, and has released two highly-acclaimed jazz CDs: First Song (Double-
Time Records) and the award-winning But Beautiful (Arbors Records). She teaches jazz violin at
Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Arts Division (College and Pre-college).
These talented siblings share much in common: both studied jazz from an early age with
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor David Baker, both attended IU
on full scholarship as Wells Scholars and graduated with High Distinction in classical Performance
and Jazz Studies, both went on to earn masters Degrees in Jazz Performance (Rachel at New England
Conservatory in Boston and Sara at Manhattan School of Music in New York), and both were invited
to participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s Summer Residency program in Aspen/Snowmass,
CO, where they worked with major jazz artists.
The Caswell Sisters have given concerts nationwide and continue to provide audiences with
electrifying performances through their unique combination of sound and artistry.