Dr. Jaz Sawyer

Critically acclaimed jazz drummer and recording artist. KPFA radio show host

“Explosive, yet tactically precise…” – Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans

Jaz Sawyer (with one “Z”) began playing drums at an early age in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Several of Jaz’s early mentors and teachers include Eddie Marshall, John Santos, Ed Kelly, Mondre Moffatt, and Raymond Froehlich (SF Symphony). Jaz’s musical studies have taken him through music programs at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, San Franscico Conservatory of Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Michael Carvin School of Drumming, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Dr. Sawyer possesses an eclectic and refined personal style of drumming that stems from his deep roots with musical training in classical, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean styles. Jaz has worked with many notable artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, George Benson, Bobby Hutcherson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Weston, Phil Lesh & Friends, Herb Alpert, and M’Lumbo, in the world’s premier concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House, The Concertgebouw, and Lincoln Center.