“A wonderful UK singer who really has a very individual sound and a great choice of repertoire as well… I’ve been playing her on the show a lot, (I) really love her versions of standards and her original tunes as well. The music she has been creating with Nostalgia 77 over the past few years is some of my favourite British vocal jazz of recent times” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“Just phenomenal…Emotional/vocal strength, energy, joy and a dream-band” Sebastian Scotney, The London Jazz News
Sara Mitra is a singer, songwriter and bandleader. Her new music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and country blues. The second album ‘Losing You’ will be released on limited edition vinyl LP and digital formats in May 2015. Her current single ‘Baltimore Oriole/In The Pines/The Secret Sorrow of A Travelling Man’ is available to download via Impossible Ark Records, iTunes, Amazon.
“Wisely wry…a refreshing mix of the real and romantic.” Jazzwise Magazine
“Her skill as a songwriter and honesty as a performer shine through” Mercury Prize Recommends
“Especially talented” The Daily Telegraph
“Fresh sounding and free from cliche… Sara is left to her own special devices and nails a good melody everytime.” Blues and Soul Magazine
“Mitra has a really fresh-sounding voice: a great night” The Sunday Times
“I love her voice, I love her Englishness.” Gilles Peterson
A Time Out ‘Critics Choice’ live act, Mitra’s original songs hold their own within a strong set of well-known standards and fresh reworkings of traditional numbers. The new triple-A side single ‘Baltimore Oriole / In The Pines / The Secret Sorrow Of A Travelling Man’ (produced by Ben ‘Nostalgia 77’ Lamdin) gives audiences a chance to hear select tracks from Mitra’s forthcoming second album ‘Losing You’. Recorded using vintage tape technology, the 7tet’s reworking of the classic standard ‘Baltimore Oriole’ is already garnering airplay across the jazz/soul/alternative network, with music featured on Jamie Cullum for BBC Radio 2, Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show and Dom Servini’s award-winning Wah Wah 45’s monthly broadcast.
Mitra’s debut album ‘April Song’, a collection of original songs, folk tunes and jazz standards, was also produced by Ben Lamdin and released on independent jazz label Impossible Ark. ‘April Song’ was launched at The Vortex Jazz Club, London and went on to garner considerable critical acclaim ,with tracks receiving UK airplay across Jazz FM, BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 6Music.
Sara Mitra has sung across the UK and Europe as a soloist and bandleader, including dates across Estonia, Spain, Italy, Glastonbury Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Jazz Cafe, a live Maida Vale session for Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show, and an international live broadcast for FIP Radio Paris.