Acclaimed Australian jazz musician Sarah McKenzie to headline Coe Marquis Series concert

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2016-08-26 11:07:24 - General

Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

This year's Coe College Marquis Series opens with Australian pianist-singer Sarah McKenzie, one of the greatest musical discoveries in recent years. With a background of performing on jazz music's most iconic stages, McKenzie and her quartet will be in concert on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Cox Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.

McKenzie earned a bachelor's degree in jazz at Perth's West Academy of Performing Arts and recorded two critically acclaimed albums for ABC records – "Don't Tempt Me" (2010) and "Close Your Eyes" (2012), winner of Best Jazz Album ARIA award. She then took part in the Umbria Jazz Festival competition and was awarded a rare full scholarship to attend the iconic Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Upon graduation she was immediately snapped up by Impulse! Records, releasing her debut album "We Could Be Lovers" for the iconic label. The Australian version of "We Could Be Lovers" was awarded with the prestigious Bell Award as Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 2015. With her full-bodied touch on the piano and her delicate yet soaring vocal finesse, McKenzie has performed on jazz music's most iconic stages, including Monterey, Marcia and Dizzy's in New York, as well as the top clubs in Europe.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, go to or call 319-399-8600.