SARAH JANE CION
A 1990 graduate of New England Conservatory with honors and distinction, Sarah Jane Cion is one of the most talented young new American pianists to arrive in years. She has already toured internationally across Germany, Israel, Portugal, Japan and America. She was the winner of the 17th annual Great American Jazz Piano Competition judged by greats like Kenny Barron, Benny Green, Horace Silver and Ellis Marsalis Jr in 1999. In addition, her stylish playing and personality makes her a talent to watch.
Cion was already playing ragtime on the piano at the age of seven and studied classical until she was 14. Cion was a Boston Jazz Society Award recipient in 1988 and has received three consecutive National Endowment for the Arts study grants. She was a finalist in the 1997 John Lennon Song Writing contest. In 1999, Cion won the renowned Great American Jazz Piano Competition judged by luminaries like Kenny Barron, Benny Green, Horace Silver and Ellis Marsalis Jr. In 1999, she also participated in the prestigious Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.
Sarah Jane Cion has been featured on the nationally syndicated NPR radio show Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Cion has also toured Germany, Japan, Portugal and Israel. Among the artists she has performed with include Clark Terry, Don Braden, Santi Debriano, Ron McClure, Dave Liebman and Lonnie Plaxico.
Cion made her Naxos Jazz début in 2000 with Moon Song, winning critical raves across the world and, in particular, was a major hit in Japan. She is managed by Steve Getz, son of jazz tenor great Stan.