Sabine Kühlich studied Jazz in Amsterdam and New York, is a passioned composer, and swinging interpret of the Great American Songbook. Brazilian and Cuban music influence her work as much as touring and CD-productions with the Jazz-legend Sheila Jordan – now 82 years young. Since 2006 Sabine is teacher of the Jazz Department at the Conservatory Maastricht, she lives in Germany. The „singer with a tempting voice“ won the Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2008, she played concerts in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Her „perfect timing“ (Barry Harris) and „brilliant music with wonderful lyrics“ (Sheila Jordan) can be found in several CD-productions as guest and front-woman.
Sabine was born in Eastern Germany, started to lern piano at the age of 6, had saxophone lessons from her 15th birthday on, played in bands and big bands. In her 20ies she started singing, had lessons in Jazzpiano, clarinet, saxophone, improvising. In 2011 she became again a student: in the docARTES programm in Ghent working on a doctoral degree in music – researching the voice, it’s sounds and physiology in Modern Jazz. Patti Austin describes her as „dedicated and absolutely outstanding in jazz-feel, swing and scat-singing“.
German newspapers like her emotional live-interpretations of the standard-repertoiry "...,the public was completely seduced by her tempting voice" Aachener Zeitung 7/2004). Her first CD "It could happen to you" was "magic and entertainment" (Aachener Nachrichten 9/2001).
Now she writes own songs in the swinging tradition. Sheila Jordan said "That's brilliant music and wonderful lyrics! Take care of the copyrights!" The native eastern german girl worked with the creative input of her semester in NYC at the Manhattan School of Music. Ruud van Dijk, Dean Jazzdepartment Amsterdam said: "It's an honor to represent the Conservatorium of Amsterdam in New York during the masters program". In 2006 she became a teacher at the Conservatory of Maastricht.
Her living spot in Harlem NYC between the APOLLO, where Ella won the exciting Amateur night and MINTONS PLAYHOUSE, birth-place of bebop took care for the creative flow. The compositions talk about the view on "Morningside Heights" or Paul Blairs guided "Jazzwalk" through Harlem (www.swingstreets.com). "Talking in the Big Wing Wong" - her favorite restaurant in Mott Street Chinatown (102 Mott St, New York 10013 Btwn Canal & Hester St Phone: 212-274-0696) or Happy Latin with japanese Lyrics (Yasuko Nishimoto) dokumenting th Fukumatsu Restaurant (E 212 52, New York, NY 10022 (212) 754-4840). Composition-Techniques as used by Thelonius Monk connect her song like "A little too shy" with the jazzworld of the 40ies. In the PLAYHOUSE poeple would realize "Delicious and Lovely" as harmonicly based on "Beautiful Love" - you should listen carefully for the lyrics.
Sabine: "I love to play with these fine musicians from Bavaria: professors and teachers of established Conservatories." Tine Schneider was a piano-teachner in Amsterdam - now Würzburg, Prof. Bill Elgart plays drums - an american legend who lives fortunatly in Germany. Prof. Rudi Engel plays double bass, Hubert Winter at the tenor sax (Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis 2002, Stipendiat Berklee College of Music and in his early 30ies teacher for Jazz-Saxophon at the University of Music in Nürnberg-Augsburg.
To meet the "living legends of jazz" in New York brought a virus into Sabine Kühlichs life. The Bebop-legend Barry Harris said in his class: "Yeah, that's perfect timing!" Sheila Jordan did join for some songs on the new CD - and she joines the tour too: First time in March 2006. The 77-year young Scat-Ikone was suprised about Sabine vocal version of a Charlie Parker Solo. "Wow, there are not so many singers who can sing that .... write lyrics, make it your own." And that's what she did. Really CRISP!
More facts? Sabine was born on February 1st in 1973 in Gera, Eastern Germany. Her piano lessons started in 1979, saxophone lessons in 1987, singing lessons, lessons in clarinet, improvising at the University of Würzbung and Cologne, studied in Maastricht and Amsterdam (The Netherlands), was finalist in the Leidse Jazz-Award and the Concour de la Chanson in Amsterdam. She tourt with Jazzhouseband through south east Asia in 2003. Masterprogram at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Manhattan School of Music in NY City. Concerts in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam, Ship Cruise, Teacher it the Musikfabrik and at the Conservatory of Maastricht Vocal Department, weekly gig in Aachen: TuesdayVocalSpot in Jakobshof. See Calendar!