Capital District Jazz is proud to bring an exciting international personality to July’s Jazz at the Spring concert series: flutist Sarpay Özçağatay (pronounced Ohs-Cha-Tie). Sarpay “SharpEye” Özçağatay grew up in Ankara, Turkey and recently joined the faculty of Berklee School of Music in Boston. Özçağatay believes the flute is as much a lead instrument in jazz as the saxophone or trumpet, and with his gorgeous tone, stunning virtuosity and impressive improvisational skills we believe it too. Özçağatay has had the opportunity to play with many jazz luminaries such as Ron Carter, Kevin Eubanks, Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby and Steve Turre. In 2013, Özçağatay’s debut recording Unexpectable, was released to critical acclaim among leading jazz critics, and he recently published a series of flute method books for jazz and classical players titled UNLOCK (Vol.I, II & III). He serves as jazz chair of the National Flute Association and has a large online following. In short, Sarpay Özçağatay, with his technical prowess and improvisational creativity, is a 21-century artist poised to take jazz flute to new levels of musical and technical achievement.
Özçağatay’s acoustic performance is tailor made for the intimate stage at Saratoga’s Spring Street Gallery. Sarpay uses the universal language of jazz, a style of music, which from its start has crossed cultural and geographic borders resonating with millions of people worldwide to share his personal journey. Supporting this cultural exchange are veteran performers John Mengon (bass) and Mark Kleinhaut (guitar).