Sandra Booker is regarded as one of the best voices on the modern jazz scene.
She has performed with Lalo Schifrin, Wynton Marsalis & The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Billy Higgins, the WDR Big Band, Harry Connick, Jr., Ernie Watts, Patrice Rushen, Steve Tyrell, Nicola Sabato, Dado Moroni, Kirk Lightsey and Karen Briggs among others.
Highly respected for her virtuosic scat ability, impeccable timing, crystalline tone and irrepressible musicality, she continues to push the musical envelope to create a style and sound that is her own. Her deep Southern roots and razor-sharp musical intuition are ever present in her interpretations of standards, covers and original compositions.
She combines aspects of different genres to blend old styles into new ones such as urban country, French neo-soul or contemporary gospel/hip-hop. The fusing of styles ranging from blues, R&B to Brazilian and classical music into her compositions and performances, Booker is changing the sound of music as she hears it.
At age 14, she attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Her voice has appeared in major radio and television advertising campaigns including Coca-Cola and Ralph Lauren. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Los Angeles, California (UCLA) in ethnomusicology with an emphasis in jazz studies. She has conducted vocal workshops and master classes at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, LAUSD, and the Civica Scuole di Musica (Sondrio, Italy).
The follow-up to her 1994 debut CD, Very Early, was a musical love letter commemorating marriage equality. When Love Happens: The Loving Day Concert was released in June 2010 celebrating Loving Day and the legalization of interracial marriage in all 50 states of America.
She is the founder of Jazz Musicians Against Cancer, established in 2016 to provide music as therapy for cancer patients and their caretakers.
“She offers precise pitch, unerring swing and a sophisticated sense of style.”
-David Frankiln, JazzTimes Magazine
“She gives voice to the darkness and makes the night a hip and wonderful thing.”
-Dr. Derrick Finch, pianist