NYC based trombonist Sara Jacovino is an ambitious young composer and arranger who cut her teeth in the renowned One O'Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas. Hailed by the likes of David Baker as having a completely unique compositional and performing voice, Sara has drawn the recognition of many seasoned professionals nationwide.
In the fall of 2008, Sara made the move to NYC where she joined the BMI jazz composer's workshop led by Jim McNeely. In June of 2009, Sara was awarded the BMI Foundation's Charlie Parker Composition Award/Manny Album Commission after her first season in the workshop. That same year Sara received the Airmen of Note's Sammy Nestico Award and was also awarded Downbeat Magazine's Student Music Award for jazz arranging. Similarly in 2008, Sara’s received two Downbeat composition awards, including best Original Song and best Extended Composition. Her trombone playing earned invitations to the prestigious Better Carter Jazz Ahead and Ravinia Steans Institute residencies, while being awarded the Kai Winding jazz ensemble prize and selected as a finalist in the International Trombone Association’s J.J. Johnson solo jazz trombone competition.
Throughout her time in NYC, Sara has performed along side many jazz and pop greats such as: Adele, Aretha Franklin, Frank Ocean, Johnny Mandel, Michael Feinstein, Claudio Roditi, Steve Davis, Rufus Reid, Wayne Bergeron, Rich Perry, Lou Marini, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Carmen Bradford, Diane Schuur, Marlena Shaw, Snarky Puppy, Lee Konitz, and Robin Eubanks among others. Sara has established herself as very active sub in the Broadway scene and held the jazz trombone chair in the 2016 Maurice Hines musical Tappin’ Thru Life and the tenor/bass trombone chair in the 2018 production of Elf, The Musical at Madison Square Garden.
Sara can be heard performing as a member of several well respected NYC institutions including: The Birdland Big Band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, David Berger and the Sultans of Swing,Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones, The Manhattan Bridges Orchestra as well as countless composers orchestras. She is a sought after session musician as both a lead/section trombonist and soloist, credits including among others, The Macy's 4th of July Firework Show and the The Met Gala. Sara's playing can be heard as a member of the Grammy Winning Jazz fusion ensemble Snarky Puppy on albums including: "Bring Us the Bright," "The Only Constant," "The World is Getting Smaller" and "Real to Reel."
Her writing and playing is often featured by the Birdland Big Band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, and can be heard on numerous albums by the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band including: "Lab 2008," "Lab 2007," "Lab 2006" and "Live at Blues Alley, and by the award winning UTubes Jazz ensemble. She is sought after for commissioned works of music in various styles and ensemble configurations. Sara was a featured artist and commissioned composer at the International Women in Brass Conference in Toronto, Canada. Sara earned both a BMus and MMus degree from UNT while studying composition with Neil Slater and Paris Rutherford and trombone with Steve Wiest and Tony Baker.
In addition to performing and composing, Sara enjoys digging in her garden and collecting day lilies.