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The story so far:

Singing along to a karaoke machine on a dare is not the way  most aspiring singers begin their career; however, this is how  jazz singer Sarah Partridge got her start.  While enjoying a  successful and busy career as an actress, Partridge went to  the Improv in Los Angeles with friends, to enjoy a night out.  A  karaoke contest began and her chums urged her to  participate,  just for fun.  Partridge, a jazz enthusiast, reluctantly agreed and eventually found an “elevators only”   version of  “Summertime.”   Her beautiful, rich voice captivated  an L.A. booker, who assumed that she was a professional  jazz  singer.  Before she could say “help” she found herself  billed as the featured vocalist in a live jazz salute.  This was  not  an easy accomplishment considering that she knew only  ten songs all the way through.  Yet, she was a smashing  success and hasn’t taken a backward step from that evening  on.

Spending most of her childhood in Boston and attending high school in  Alabama, Sarah claims that her father is responsible for her love of  jazz.  From the time she was born, the only music Sarah heard around  the house was Ella Fitzgerald, Chris Connor, Dakota Staton, Irene Kral   and of course, Sarah Vaughan.  While other kids were singing nursery  rhymes, Sarah was humming “Lush Life.”  She couldn’t have avoided  this music if she tried. 

Partridge also developed a keen interest in acting at a young age.  She  decided to enroll at the prestigious Northwestern University, where she  majored in Theater.  After receiving her degree, Partridge stayed in  Chicago and landed her first feature film role -- opposite Tom Cruise in  the smash hit, “Risky Business.”    She then headed west to L.A.,  where she acted in several film roles and became actively involved in  doing commercials and voice-overs.  She was often heard portraying  super heroes on cartoon shows.  Throughout the late eighties and  early  nineties, Partridge could be seen guest starring in many TV  series,  sitcoms and soap operas... then came that fateful night at the Improv; an old dream reawakened, she soon shifted the focus of her  life  back to music.

Currently leading a bicoastal life, Sarah has been spotted entertaining audiences at many notable east-coast haunts such as, New York’s Firebird Cafe, The Hideaway, Delmonico’s, The Jazz Standard and many others.  L.A. jazz  spots include, Catalina’s Bar & Grill, Spazio, and the Hollywood landmark, the Cinegrill.  She is consistently pegged as “pick of the week” in newspapers on both coasts.

Until his death in early June of 1997, Sarah could often be found practicing her own brand of meditation, sharing the bandstand with her pal, legendary jazz giant, Doc Cheatham.  She was a fixture at his Sunday afternoon jazz brunches at New York’s Sweet Basil Restaurant.  They also teamed at other local clubs such as Metropolis and New Jersey’s own, Trumpets.  He affectionately referred to her as “A woman of high voltage!”