Kristen Lee Sergeant‘s emergence on the NYC jazz scene has branded this innovative artist with a distinct musicality, an intuitive sense of vocal phrasing, fresh lyrical interpretations, and arrangements all her own – and the word is spreading nationally. Jay Edwards, WCLK-FM Atlanta’s On-Air Jazz Tones host says “Sergeant takes your breath away as an effervescent spirit whose superb vocals and phrasing inject the lyrics with new life.” The Boston Globe was called her “especially entertaining.”
Sergeant began her performance journey as a musical and dramatic stage actress, but quickly became enamored with jazz upon her arrival in New York City. She began a regular gig as a big band singer and eventually found her way to smaller ensembles. Inspired by iconic singers as Marilyn Maye, Carmen McRae, Shirley Horne and Rosemary Clooney on recordings, she’s found an approach to communicating with the audience and her band that is entirely her own.
Alongside developing her career as a jazz artist, Kristen is also a Certified Sommelier, currently serving at The Grill — the New York Times’ Restaurant of the Year for 2017. She also has a wine label, Two Notes, with Grammy Award winner Ted Nash. She likes to say that both wine and music are more intoxicating with the cultivation of great taste.