Sarah Jerrom

Sarah Jerrom

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandJazz

Sarah Jerrom is a Toronto-based vocalist, composer, and arranger whose music reflects a mix of eclectic and diverse influences. She is involved as a leader and collaborator in several improvising projects that include jazz, folk, roots, Irish, and creative music.

Biography

Sarah Jerrom is a Toronto-based vocalist, composer, lyricist, and arranger whose music reflects a mix of eclectic and diverse influences. She is involved as a leader and collaborator in several improvising projects that include jazz, creative/contemporary music, folk, roots, and Irish music. As a composer, Sarah has written pieces for her own nine-piece chamber jazz group “The Yeats Project” which features music set to the poetry of W.B. Yeats. She has also written pieces for smaller jazz ensembles, including the title track of her 2007 debut album, “Illuminations”, which has generated considerable attention for its originality and musicianship. Encompassing original compositions, jazz-inspired arrangements of contemporary songs and traditional jazz standards, “Illuminations” continues to receive widespread media attention and radio airplay locally, nationally, and internationally.

Sarah has had the privilege of performing alongside jazz greats such as Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Maggi Olin, and GP Prasanna. Some of Sarah’s notable performances as a headliner include well-known Toronto jazz clubs “Chalkers Pub”, “Lula Lounge”, “Cherry Street Restaurant”, and the legendary “Montreal Bistro & Jazz Club”. Performances at concert venues across Ontario include the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, The Mississauga Living Arts Center, and The Dofasco Center for the Arts. Sarah has also headlined at the 2012 and 2009 Lakefield Jazz Festival and the 2007 Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival club venue, “The Central”. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s jazz performance program, Sarah has studied with some of Canada’s most in-demand musicians, including Andrew Downing, Heather Bambrick, Lisa Martinelli, Christine Duncan, Terry Promane, and Phil Nimmons. Sarah attended the 2008 Banff International Program for Jazz and Creative Music under the direction of Dave Douglas.

Sarah has worked as a music educator in post-secondary, secondary, and primary levels as well as teaching private lessons. She has conducted several jazz and concert choirs in the Greater Toronto Area. Her vocal jazz choir arrangements have been performed nationwide. Sarah was on the vocal faculty at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in Chennai, India for the 2010 summer semester.

Lyrics

The Stolen Child

Written By: W.B. Yeats

The Stolen Child (Original Text)
by W.B. Yeats

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we've hid our faery vats,
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim grey sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances,
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And is anxious in its sleep.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he's going,
The solemn-eyed:
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal-chest.

To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And is anxious in its sleep.

For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
From a world more full of weeping than he can understand.

Stream And Sun At Glendalough

Written By: W.B. Yeats

Stream and Sun at Glendalough
by W.B. Yeats

Through intricate motions ran
Stream and gliding sun
And all my heart seemed gay:
Some stupid thing that I had done
Made my attention stray.

Repentance keeps my heart impure;
But what am I that dare
Fancy that I can
Better conduct myself or have more
Sense than a common man?

What motion of the sun or stream
Or eyelid shot the gleam
That pierced my body through?
What made me live like these that seem
Self-born, born anew?

Discography

Illuminations
Independent
2007
Tracks: Skylark; Dusty Nugget; Illumination; Lush Life; Do It the Hard Way; Stompin' at the Savoy; Angel Eyes; Wild Garden; Oh Lonesome Me; Heather on the Hill.
Personnel: Sarah Jerrom: vocals. Stu Harrison: piano. Jamie Reynolds: piano. Harley Card: guitar. Mark McIntyre: bass. David MacDougall: drums. Mike Murley: tenor saxophone. Alison Young: alto saxophone. Rebecca Hennessy: trumpet/fluegel. Joel Green: trombone. Liana Berube: violin. Phoebe Tsang: violin. Anthony Rapoport: viola. Rafael Hoekman: cello.

Songs of Life
University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Ensemble
ARBORDISC Recordings
2004
Tracks: Fascinating Rhythm; All Blues; 500 Miles High; Morning; Way of the World; Song of Life; I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You; Stolen Moments; Giant Steps; Ballad of the Sad Young Men.
Personnel: Sarah Jerrom, Katherine Bates, Anna Mastin, Corrinne Prevost, Carla Klassen, Kari van der Kloot, Ianjai Mounsey, David Ioannou, Brian Chetwynd, Mark Pellizzer, John McMillan: vocals. Chris Donnelly: piano. Mark Pellizzer: guitar. Mike Smith, Dan Churchill: bass. Ethan Ardelli, Phil Takaoka: drums.