“Wisely wry…a refreshing mix of the real and romantic.” Jazzwise Magazine
“Her skill as a songwriter and honesty as a performer shine through on April Song.” 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
“When I heard the album, I immediately became a fan of her voice… Absolutely brilliant.” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“Sara Mitra has a Rolls Royce of a band and drives it with impeccable style.” Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News
“Mitra has a really fresh-sounding voice: a great night full of classics.” The Sunday Times
“I love her voice, I love her Englishness.” Gilles Peterson
Sara Mitra is a jazz singer, songwriter and bandleader. Born and raised in England of Irish and Indian descent, her contribution to the UK jazz world has received rare praise from audiences, critics and fellow musicians. A mother to two young daughters with jazz drummer Tim Giles, Mitra is one of the new musical voices of 21st Century Britain, her deftly crafted lyrics reflecting the changing face of ethnicity, spirituality, love and parenthood within our modern era.
Mitra’s debut album ‘April Song’ is a collection of original songs, folk tunes and jazz standards, produced by Ben Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77). Featuring performances from BBC Jazz Award winners James Allsopp and her husband Tim Giles, plus string arrangements from composer Riaan Vosloo, ‘April Song’ was launched at The Vortex Jazz Club, London. Her debut has garnered considerable critical acclaim since its release, with tracks played across Jazz FM, BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 6Music. One particular champion has been Jamie Cullum, with ‘April Song’ named as one of his Albums of the Year 2010, leading to Mitra’s live Maida Vale session for Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show, with tracks from the session broadcast across the BBC network internationally.
A regular performer at The Vortex and other London jazz venues, Sara Mitra has sung across the UK and Europe as a soloist and bandleader, including dates at Glastonbury Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Jazz Cafe, and an international live broadcast for FIP Radio Paris.