Joyride with Banjoist-Singer Cynthia Sayer

Posted June 17th, 2013 at 8:40 pm (UTC+0)
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By Diaa Bekheet | Washington, DC

Cynthia Sayer Press Shot by Gary Spector.

Cynthia Sayer Press (Courtesy photo:Gary Spector.)

It’s been relatively rare to see a woman playing banjo, but Cynthia Sayer has made a name for herself on the instrument, playing not only jazz, but also a mix of  music ranging from tango to classical, Western to pop.

“When I started to play the 4-string banjo, I didn’t have a reference to banjo at all. I learned from a woman named Patty Fischer, and I had no idea that time that women players were so extremely rare,” said Sayer in an interview with VOA’s Jazz Beat.

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Sayer’s Discography

  • JOYRIDE
  • ATTRACTIONS with Bucky Pizzarelli
  • CYNTHIA
  • JAZZ AT HOME
  • STRING SWING
  • SOUVENIRS
  • FORWARD MOVES

Joyride brings together a terrific group of musicians, including two who work with rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Listen to more music and interviews here on Jazz Beat

Diaa Bekheet
Diaa Bekheet has worked for a host of media outlets, including Radio Cairo in English, ETV News, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) and the Associated Press. He joined VOA in Feb. 1989 as an International Broadcaster, hosting a variety of popular news and entertainment shows such as Newshour, Radio Ride Across America, Business Week, and Jazz Club USA. He has interviewed a number of Jazz celebrities, including the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Ramsey Lewis, Wayne Shorter, and George Benson. Diaa is currently an editor for our main English site, VOAnews.com.

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