Thanks for your interest in hiring Sara & Swingtime! We can be anywhere from just Sara solo on piano up to a six-piece band. We specialize in the popular songs of the 20's and 30's - early jazz, blues and swing. Our band is danceable and fun for young and old! We pride ourselves on our professionalism and musicianship, and have many happy former clients in our past - references are available on request. We hope to make your event a night to remember!
Please note: As of mid-April 2019, Sara is unable to sing due to vocal loss. We hope this is temporary but it is unknown when it will be possible to sing again. Sara can still of course play piano for solo gigs or with the band.
Dear Sara & Swingtime, thank you so much for practically being part of our family at the birthday party of my husband. You're just awesome, beautiful and really talented. You made the evening so special and so magic. Working with you was so easy, thank you for putting up with all of our delays and changes. Also, a special thank you for letting my 3 years old playing the drum :) You guys rock! I hope to work with again sometimes soon.
Response from Sara & Swingtime:
Thank you Oxana! The best part of the party was meeting you and your beautiful family! You made us feel so welcome. We had a great time and I hope we get to work for you again!
Price Range: #-We can work within your budget! Please inquire.
Gig Length: 45 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Sara Klotz de Aguilar, Pianist and vocalist.
Sara & Swingtime , formed in 1989, specializes in the jazz, blues and swing of the 1920's - 30's. Sara has appeared at numerous vintage-styled events celebrating the period, from New York City to California, including shows at the Queen Mary, the Paramount Theater, the Ahwahnee in Yosemite, and all the major San Francisco hotels. A nationally renowned expert in the fashions of the era, Sara also writes and lectures for various historical societies around the country.
Additional Booking Notes
Usually we require an area about 8'x 8' to set up in and an electrical outlet. Although I always prefer playing an acoustic grand piano, if there is no piano on site, I can provide my digital piano. I have a sound system adequate for house parties or small clubs, but for large venues you would need to provide amplification for the piano and voice, also a mic on a boom stand at the piano, and any other needed support depending on the gig.
Past Booked Events
|March 17, 2019 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Concert|
|July 09, 2016 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|March 20, 2016||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 05, 2014||Holiday Party|
|May 25, 2014||Wedding Reception|
|January 02, 2014||Birthday Party|
|December 18, 2013||Christmas Party|
I tailor my set lists specifically for every gig, taking into consideration the size of the crowd, the kind of eventm the mood of the room, etc.
|Sara Klotz de Aguilar||Pianist. vocalist and bandleader|
Influences & Inspiration
Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Jelly Roll Morton, Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby, Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Sophie Tucker, Bessie Smith, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbeck, Cab Calloway, Blanche Calloway (yes, his sister), Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Ivie (Ivy) Anderson, Ethel Waters, Mildred Bailey, Fred Astaire, Fannie Brice, Rosemary Clooney, Etta James, Dinah Washington, Helen Forrest... discovering more every day!
We can supply our needs!