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Live at the Paradise Lounge

by Sarah Brindell

"...splendid, warm and sophisticated vocals of the lovely Sarah sending acid jazz mixed with an old school R&B vibe..." -What's Up Magazine
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"If anything is going to put us in the right groove, it's this newly minted diva of funk, pop, and jazz....Brindell has been soothing our soul of late." -Boston Globe

Metronome Magazine, Feb. 2005, by Brian Owens:

Readying for her trip on Tuesday, the fourth day of our new year, to visit her uncle in Zurich, Switzerland, Sarah Brindell spoke to me via phone from that purple house on a hill in San Francisco where she grew up; that purple house now famous to fans who read the bio on her Web site at, as well as in flyers and press kits. Family life in that purple house, described as loving and slightly eccentric, became the descriptive birth place of another entertainer in a long line of musicians, composers and published writers.
Sarah, in addition to fronting her band with sweet vocal sensibilities and hands poised to dance across her Nord Electro Keyboard (specializing in vintage sounds like the clavinet or the Wurlitzer and Hammond), also teaches songwriting and arranging at Berklee
College of Music in Boston. "I just made up a songwriting class for Berklee's online extension school, which caters to anybody that wants to take online classes around the world. I'm starting to do that more so that I can basically use the online classes to catapult me into touring more often. Then I can just live off the laptop, which is the ultimate goal, I think," said Sarah Brindell.
Sarah went to the New School in New York, and moved up to Boston when she was
offered a teaching position at Berklee about 3 years ago; while in New York, Sarah lived about 2 blocks away from the World Trade Center for almost 6 years, and left September 1st of 2001 (very lucky!). "I'm really happy to be in Boston at the moment, and I'm planning a tour of the Northeast with a couple of friends, going out as a three woman bill that focuses on our respective solo talents. I've been mostly touring solo and playing local with the band. I found that taking the band down to New York involves spending a lot of money. Plus, solo touring is actually kind of empowering and fun as well, so I've been doing a lot of that."
Brindell's current band lineup is comprised of a serendipitous grouping, with Mike Null on guitar, Aaron Bellamy on bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli on drums. Serendipity seems an apt moniker since it's a term Sarah has heard throughout her life (her mother even nicknamed her Serendipity as a child).
The gathering of Sarah's band took place over a few years after her arrival in Boston and at Berklee. When she forced it, looking for band members to fill upcoming gigs, she was sometimes hard-pressed, but she would see the current members of her band at various venues, by chance. She heard Mauricio while passing by a Berklee drum recital, getting and forgetting his contact information, and then having a student bring the two of them together again; months later she found the contact information she had misplaced and saw that it was for the same person. Brindell came into contact with Mike Null at a cafe, and was stricken by his ability to create colors with the guitar, as well as textures. She saw Aaron Bellamy play with his own band a few years ago, thought he was amazing, didn't see him for about 2 and a half years, but clicked at a gig and the two have been playing together ever since.
Brindell and her band recently recorded a live album during two sold out sets at the Paradise Lounge in Boston, Massachusetts, close to a year and one month after the debut of her first studio album, Piece of Mind. Two Thousand Three's Piece of Mind contains cameo appearances by her mother, Jill Brindel (San Francisco Symphony) on cello, her father, Bill Klingelhoffer (San Francisco Opera, Ballet Orchestras) on French horn, and her aunt Mary Stolper (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) on flute. The new live album is coming out during the winter of 2005, most likely in March.
The live concept as a second album is in direct contrast to 2003's Piece of Mind. That latter first album, as described by Sarah, is more of a "sit down by a candlelight dinner and drink some wine and listen to the album kind of album. It has much more of a chill, kind of laid back vibe." With her forthcoming album, Sarah captured the live energy that she and her band create at shows. "These guys are so good and I really want people to hear them in a live setting, so I got them to show off their stuff and we created more of a dance feel, and an upbeat energetic kind of album," Sarah related.
A couple of the songs from Piece of Mind were reworked to produce the upbeat energy, such as "Purple Lullaby" and "Sweet Candlelight." "Additionally, there are new songs that I really wanted to get recorded, but at this point I was creatively in a place where I wanted to do a live album and catch that spark that happens between audience members and artists. There's really nothing like that, and I really wanted to capture that feeling."
Sarah's audience encompasses a wide mix of fans: people looking for something that's a little different, a little alternative to the normal Jazz/Pop that you can typically hear on the radio. "Maybe they are looking for some more harmonic changes or something that's not so tightly categorized. Obviously everything can be placed in a category, but I think it crosses a few genres. My music definitely has Jazz sensibilities, so in that respect, it definitely caters to older people as well as younger people. Some of it is a little racy, so it does get sexy, but it's sexy in a metaphorical rather than a blatant way. At shows, I've had people bring their parents and the parents loved it just as much as the kids. You don't see that kind of widespread acceptance at a lot of shows. The lyrics are poetic and there is a certain swelling complexity to the music, although recently I've been getting into the idea of simplicity. My more recent music has leaned toward the R&B vibe, much more than the older stuff did," stated Sarah.
Sarah Brindell's music does have a very eclectic feel to it, reminiscent of the striding distinctions that set Rikki Lee Jones apart from her peers, and can also be found in the music of the kings of Jazz crossover, Steely
Dan. Sarah elaborates, "We definitely honed more of our own sound, and that was the general consensus of people that have known my stuff for a while and came to the live show for the recording on December 5th. They said, 'Wow, you guys have really developed your own thing." So, people who love the fast drum beats can get
into this because they can watch Mauricio, who's this amazing Brazilian drummer, just go off with all of his crazy mathematical rhythms. Then the funk people really like it because Aaron... this little guy who dances around while he plays, and he's just the funk master. Then, those people who love blues, really love Mike Null because he has this B.B. King meets David Gilmour kind of vibe.
In Boston there's a certain widespread acceptance and love of all things Folk and Indie Rock, the only two musical genres that Sarah and her band don't strike upon, and she's had an uphill battle to find places to draw and grow her audience. Even the straight ahead Jazz clubs were hard-pressed to fit here in. If she wanted to played those clubs, she needed to tone down and be quiet, but if she played rock clubs, like the Middle East, she was looked at as a little too cocktail lounge. Ultimately, Sarah's feeling is that she does best in theatres, where people buy tickets and sit down to really drink the music in. It's a tough goal to attain, but she seems to be on her way.
As for the push to garner record company attention, it hasn't been Brindell's top priority. Sarah feels that she's standing on the cusp of such a strange time in the music industry, and that because of downloadable music, the grasp and strength of record companies might be waning. Developing her own audience independently is definitely at the forefront of her current and future plans. Eventually, if record companies take notice, then that's great. "I really want to be the kind of band and solo artist that generates their own audience to a point where the record companies come and say, 'do your thing, it's
obviously working.' I'm very wary of anything else," stated Brindell.
The outstanding and most eclectic element of Sarah's musical style is her incorporation and deft usage of keyboard sounds, using a Fender Rhodes electric piano and Wurlitzer to record Piece of Mind, and recreating those sounds on stage with her Nord Electro. She related her affinity for the Rhodes and other vintage sounds came from listening to Donny Hathaway, Herbie Hancock, and especially Stevie Wonder, whom she had a chance to meet when she
was eighteen. Piece of Mind definitely shines through with the kind of soulful vibe and extraordinary creation that Stevie Wonder captured in the 70s, and I'm betting that her live album will show Sarah's ability to capture an audience and a moment of time, as well as her wide spectrum of musical diversity.
You can check out Sarah Brindell and her band on Thursday, January 20th, at The Fireplace, 1634 Beacon Street; Washington St., in Brookline., and at Johnny D's Uptown Lounge in Somerville, in Davis Square, on Tuesday, January 25th. The Johnny D's show is a benefit for Doctors Without Borders, a group providing assistance to people in South Asia affected by the Tsunami.
Check back to Sarah's Web site at for future show dates, sound clips, and pictures of Sarah and her band, as well as to read all about the purple house on the hill.



to write a review

Mike Alber

Yet another example of her amazing talent.
The music alone combined with the musicianship of Sarah and the band were enough to make this album a listening pleasure. But adding the soulful, earthy vocals made me want to listen over and over and over once again.

INsite Magazine

Live disc lives up to expectations
How many artists can I listen to in a year? I mean, night after night after God forsaken night I spend my time with circular plastic dreams that magically appear in my mailbox. I love local music and the independent spirit that permeates Boston’s music scene, but hate the fact that way too many guys and gals who can’t hold a note pick up a guitar and expect you to swoon.

Harassment from Rachel Koppelman of Powderfinger promotions raised my expectations somewhat. So, rather than call the police, I sampled Sarah Brindell’s newest release Live at the Paradise Lounge. In spite of the hype from her publicity company, I had been ready to listen to what would soon become my newest beer coaster. Then, I heard the under-produced brilliance this stunning effort. On December 5th, 2004 the disc was recorded in front of two sold out shows. Live is a spine tingling, genre bending joyride that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Her mix of folk, jazz, and pop shows a stunning array of talent. This is one of those rare artists who can perform any style and sound completely at ease. Instead of becoming a nice place for me to rest my Guinness, I expect Brindell’s music to be the toast of the town in no time.

What's Up Magazine

The music is at the same time very chill but equally energizing and engrossing.
Eleven tracks of splendid, warm and sophisticated vocals of the lovely Sarah Brindell in the vein of Erykah Badu or Jill Scott effortlessly roll through my cd player sending acid jazz mixed with an old school R&B vibe through the speakers. "Live at the Paradise" is Sarah's follow up to her critically acclaimed "Piece of Mind" cd and matches it in both spirit and quality. The tracks are from a capacity crowd performance December 4th, 2004 at the Paradise Lounge in Brighton, one of the top venues in the city. The music is at the same time very chill but equally energizing and engrossing. And on top of it all, when Sarah isn't rocking out beautifully on the piano at various clubs throughout the country, she can be seen teaching at Berklee as a songwriting and arrangement teacher.

Kenwood Dennard

Ass Kicking
One of the most gentle and loving ASS KICKINGS I'VE HEARD!

Metronome Magazine

No female singer-songwriter-musician is making as many musical waves in Boston as the multi-talented Sarah Brindell. She's a naturally gifted vocalist and equally talented piano player that can easily hold a candle to the likes of her contemporaries Norah Jones and others. On this, her second fu ll length CD, Sarah is captured live at Boston's famed Paradise Lounge with her outrageous band in top form. Jazzy, sensual and oozing with an electric vibrancy, Sarah and her band treat the receptive Paradise audience to a lesson in dynamics, rhythm and pop sensibilities.

Whether she's whispering funk, belting it out or climbing the vocal ladder, Sarah is in passionate control with a range that's simply astounding. She strikes deep in to the listener's psyche and makes you feel every nuance of her vocals. Meanwhile, her band keeps the soaring Brindell firmly grounded with superb drumming, thumping bass lines and sizzling solo guitar work. This band is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Original, inventive and bustling with new dawn creativity, Sarah also displays a penchant for writing great songs. Shaking up a mixed bag of jazz, blues, funk and pop, Sarah knows the meaning of a good hook and delivers song after song. With talent this obvious and right breaks, Sarah could very well become one of the music businesses real success stories. Outstanding!