Saxophonist and Jazz Legacy Productions recording artist Sharel Cassity tours the world performing straight- ahead jazz to the delight of fans and critics. As a leader, Cassity has enchanted Manhattan’s notoriously discriminating audiences at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Blue Note, and the West Village bop stop Smalls. Her recent CD “Relentless” reached #21 on the jazzweek charts and received a 4 star rating in Downbeat.
Cassity’s experience as a sideman ranges from the big bands of Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Diva and the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars to the small groups of Harry Whitaker, Ingrid Jensen, Mark Whitfield and John Lee. A talented woodwind specialist, Cassity is often called to perform on clarinet, flute, alto flute and piccolo as well as soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones when necessary. Her versatility has secured her concerts at venues including the Playboy Jazz Festival, Costa Rica Jazz Festival, Hanover Jazz Festival, Avery Fischer Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Blue Note and Lincoln Center.
After completing her Bachelor of Music at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, Cassity attended the Juilliard Jazz program on full scholarship and attained her Master of Music in 2007. While at Juilliard Sharel was the recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and Downbeat Student Music Awards as well as participated in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and IAJE’s Sisters in Jazz. Since graduating Sharel has appeared in Downbeat, Jazz Times and has graced the cover of Saxophone Journal.
Currently based in New York City, Sharel Cassity was raised in Yukon, Oklahoma. A committed educator, Cassity’s private studio is in it’s tenth year and she is a faculty member of the New York Pops Salute to Music program.