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Ava Lemert / Press

“Ava was a MAGNIFICENT addition to our special evening!! We reserved her as the saxophonist and soloist for my mother's 80th birthday celebration, and she was the perfect choice! Not only was she warm, talented, and professional, she was EXTREMELY thoughtful and accommodating with taking song requests and even let my mom sing along side her with the microphone!!! Ava's presence was magical as she delivered an evening of beautiful music and song that will be forever cherished!! Needless to say, we believe Ava to be an asset to anyone's special affair, and we will definitely keep her in mind for all of our future celebrations!! 100% 5 out of 5 star rating.”

“This girl is really talented and an old school Rand B vibe! She sings as well has great original songs. I highly recommend this show!! She is being backed by Bassist Darryl Williams and drummer Tony Moore..Great band!!”

“If I only wanted someone that could do a certain job, the problem would be easy to resolve by selection. It's hard to find truth in people. When you want someone truly compassionate..honest and thrifty, going beyond basic expectations..well I think of Ava Lemert. She is more than her resume..she is also an example to follow in her passion for life and living.”

“Great! Man, you can play that sax! Loved your voice too!”

“It was amazing. I was listening to the musicians who were sitting behind me ... They too were blown away by the huge voice coming "from that little girl". ;-))”

Angela M. - Live audience comment, Ava Lemert @Boston's Lounge

“Ava you rocked the Boston Lounge! We had a great time, and good luck on your Tour.....xxxxxxoooooo”

Michael B. - Live Performance Audience Feedback

“We had a great time Av...you were fabulous!”

M. Barker - Boston's Lounge Audience Feedback

“It was magical Ava!!!!! Outstanding! We will be back and to those reading if you haven't seen Ava perform...DO! Perfect evening!”

“Ava Lemert is performing and it's amazing as always. If you're not here, you're missing out ... Great great show --- OMG ... Ava is belting out Etta James' At Last ... What a voice!!!”

“Boston's Lounge would love to thank Ava Lemert for a wonderful show last night. We can't wait to have you back.”

“Ava Lemert did a fantastic job performing at the Boston Lounge this Saturday Night. So happy I was there for her show. She is truly a Star performer...”

Paul Munsterman - Paul's Jams

“Ava my sisters and i were blown away by your show Saturday night. It was a pleasant surprise to hear u sing also. Beautiful voice. I'm definitely a fan!”

S. Edmonson - Boston's Lounge Performance audience feedback

“To appreciate what is in store for the viewer, it is best to encapsulate the video this way. Take the sultry voice of Teena Marie, mix it with the saxophone brilliance of Candy Dulfer, the result is Ava Lemert. The video ‘When the Night Falls’ masterfully showcases the expertise and talents Ava Lemert crafts to near flawlessness. Ava Lemert is an accomplished singer, songwriter and saxophonist....”

“I had the pleasure of watching Ava perform at the Catalina jazz festival with some of the biggest names in smooth jazz. She killed it. If you live in Sacramento or just passing through on Feb 9, be sure to visit Bostons lounge.”

“Ava, I posted the link to your video on my Facebook page, and got some positive comments on it! It really is a beautiful video. It sends tingles down my spine, girl! :-)”

“Tell you Ava, I have been listening to your new CD and I really like it. "Workin' on a Groovy Thing" is a master piece. You and Roger did a great mix. I put it in the top 100 songs I have liked in my whole life. A lot of talent inside you little lady!”

“Switched up my music...grooving to some Ava Lemert. Love her vocals ... she's got a bit of that Teena Marie thing going on and she can blow that sax ... OoooWee! I'm enjoying working this labor day...”

“What a great set last night at the Woodlake Inn. You are truly an amazing singer and saxophonist. It was the first time my husband got to see you. He was blown away. I'm so glad you had CDs with you last night and thank you so much for autographing them. Looking forward to seeing you perform again soon...”

“Ava, yeah Tiny DynaMite totally fits you wow, I can't believe all that lusty, sexy music comes from one tiny lady! Dang, girl, how tall are you? Never heard some sing like that AND play a tenor sax like you and so easy on the eyes. Complete pacage, I'm a BIG fan.”

J.P. Channell - Fan comments in email

“On her way to Google Greatness: Ava Lemert closes in on 400,000 hits. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Citrus Heights, CA - August 7, 2012 Ava Lemert, owner/recording artist of independent R&B, soul label, AVA LEMERT MUSIC, INC., announced today that results are paying off for her one-woman promotional efforts on behalf of her own musical career. "I 'Google' my name from time to time to see if my efforts to promote my releases, performances and music news are making an impact and I can happily report that yes, it's working!" Ava Lemert, who is a Sacramento area independent vocalist, songwriter, is also hoping the news will help bolster her visibility with festival promoters, talent buyers, labels and others looking for a hard-working artist to expose to even more audiences world-wide.”

“Thank you soon much Ava.. It was beautiful and you did an amazing job!! Now I know why I choose you.. I was meant to.:) She loved it.. And that was the most important thing! Oh btw.. Trust me when i say...You gotta fan! ;)”

“INCREDIBLE!!! She is just incredible! Everyone enjoyed her music! She was the buzz of the wedding! She is a beautiful person with awesome talent! I will recommend her to anyone who is looking for a musician! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for making our wedding perfect!!!”

“Ava Lemert’s newest collection,’ Twelve’ is the ‘one’ Combine Candy Dulfer and Teena Marie and the natural progression becomes, Ava Lemert. Known by many as ‘The singing sax tress of Sacramento,’ the music from Ava Lemert’s newest collection, ‘Twelve,’ is one sultry, sexy-saxy mix of fusion jazz and r&b music....”

“I’d listened to Ava’s soulful saxophone work on her REVERBNATION page some time back & was quite suitably impressed with her energetic & (often) humorous approach to playing… on this new self-released CD (12welve), though, she’s downright KILLAH’… her one-sheet notes that it’s a “crossover” move into R&B turf, & she proves her merit well on tunes like “Workin’ On A Groovy Thing (read more...)”

“Ava was tremendous. She made my special Birthday even more special. Thank You Ava!”

“Ava Lemert is such a star-and won the hearts of all of our residents. She brought just the right mix of songs, and was here early to set up. She interacted with every resident, and left with a brand new fan base in all of us!”

“On a scale of 1-5, I rate Ava Lemert a 10+!! What a wonderful and talented lady! I loved her performance. The music playlist was a perfect mix of instrumentals and vocals. The tunes written by her are beautiful. The PA system sounds great and was at the perfect volume. I appreciated her flexibility and support in helping coordinate her performance time with another performer that started before her. I am known amongst my friends as a critic and I have nothing but great things to say about Ava - I love her sound!!”

“I was introduced to Ava a few years ago as a saxophonist. Just before her first CD was released I realized she could also really sing. A good and rare combination from a real talent and devoted artist who is here to stay.”

“It’s amazing how Ava can get inside a line and lyric, and make it swing. Her voice is a special blend of sweet jazz ballads with R&B to spare; she brings passion back to music. The simple style of Ava's laid back ballads will cause you to listen to her track over and over again, you'll always hear something new. Her passion as a multi-instrumentalist/ songwriter shows her wealth of experience. Ava's been a Special Guest on CoffeeTalk Jazz Radio, part of our all-star line-up. CoffeeTalk Jazz Broadcast and airs "live" weekly to over 325 Market across the United States and we’re captured 17 Countries. Some of my guests have been "Awarding Winning Guitarist Peter White" Singer Phil Perry, George Duke; Erin Dickens founding member of the Manhattans, Michael Lington, Latin Grammy Winner Arturo Sandoval, Urban Soulful Saxophonist Eric Darius, 2010 American Smooth Jazz Award Winner Trumpeter Cindy Bradley and Emmy and Grammy Nominated Trumpeter Greg Adams Trumpeter and many more notables.”

“Ava is a hot, sizzling, off-the-hook sax artist and a soulful songstress. She entertains and keeps the audience wanting more...always with that special style and smile that is all her own. She is a competent business woman...accomplished in the business of making a show a success and is a rising star in all forms of social media...BTW...she is just a wonderful person too! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her and I look forward to doing many more shows with her ”

“Hi Ava, Just want to thank you again - it's always a pleasure having you. I'm scheduling the 2nd half of the year and wondering if you wanted any of these dates. Thought I'd check with you before I send it out to the other musicians (because you're my favorite)!!”

Kathy C - Performance Testimonial

““Ava is a highly talented entertainer and recording artist! She is a wonder singer, songwriter and sax player and a terrific recording artist. She is truly one of the "up & comers" in our industry. I would highly recommend Ava for your next upcoming event!””

"A real artist that is a true triple double threat singer/songwriter, musician/producer, alto/tenor saxophonist. Ava continues to make timeless music that is produced and performed from the Soul. This genuine performer should be on stage at your next venue! BSmooth Soul Survivor Show"

“AVA! BRILLIANT! WOW! Your sax was as incredible as your vocal, and arrangement. I'm not just saying this, but this was an experience! You are what the "Love Session" at "Cocktail" is all about. I'd like to hear more. We'd love to air more of your work.”

"Hi, Ava: You were a class act! We knew you'd be great, but you far exceeded our expectations. Everyone raved about your performance, which was exceptional. I am deeply regretful to have been given misinformation by one of the managers...which led to your having to play outside on the patio in the cold weather. You were a good sport! Regardless of all the obstacles, you were wonderful. My Mom enjoyed everything and raved about your performance. Bravo!"

M. Shoots - Performance Testimonial

"From Another Time" arrived the next day and I'm so impressed (yet not surprised) with the heart and soul you put into this CD Ava. It's one thing for an artist to love what they do and do it well but to cause the listener to feel that love and do THAT well, is a gift and hard work. The entire effort is wonderful. Continued blessings to you Hon - you're deserving! Hmmm, wonder how much my personalized/ autographed CDs from you are going to be worth one day (although I'd never sell!) HUGS!"

"Hey Ava, listened to the first 8 songs on the way to work...OMG, I love this CD. Your version of Summertime and Blue Moon are spot on perfect. Stormy Weather, perfect. I can't wait to listen to the rest of it on my way home!"

"I LOVE Your Latest CD Ava! It's Absolutely Beautiful In Every Way!!! Can't Say Enough About It. I Love Every Track On It. Thank You! ( :"

"Ava, Thank you for performing for our residents and providing them with much joy and happiness. You are truly blessed with talent and my residents look forward to each visit from you. We love having you entertain and I want you on my calendar for next year so please call me so we can get some dates reserved."

Tom Gray, Activity Director, Sierra Pointe Retirement Community - Performance Testimonial

“The entire experience was wonderful! I can't stress enough how happy we were, as well as the guests and the person hosting the party - since this was a surprise to him. He asked Ava for a business card so he can book her for future events. Her sax playing and singing are heavenly, truly. She was very accomodating with her music selection, and in the end, we were able to leave it up to her judgement as to what to perform, and she really proved she could please a crowd. We would not hesitate to hire her services for another function. She is a very warm and friendly person, someone you feel you have known all your life.”

“Hi Ava, It was a a fantastic performance! All guests were amazed of your performance. They're asking where I found you. Anyway I distributed your business card. Thank you very much! I hope to see you again on my 25th anniversary. Zeny and Rudy ”

Zeny Almanzor - Live performance feedback (wedding reception 11/20/2010)

“Stunning professional entertainer and amazing person. After working an auction event in which Ava was playing for two years I had to meet her. She is small in stature but lights up and commands a room. Her passion for music is so evident and her talent jumped out of my Ipod on a beautiful Saturday morning. I called to tell her that she made my day with her music. You and I need Ava Lemert in our lives to fill those moments with life, passion, talent and music. I would work any event with her and know that her "Smokey" Sax can make any event special. ”

Jerome Nelson, Auctioneer, Gold is Gold Auction Services - Performance Testimonal on Linked In

“Ava, Thank you so very much for performing last Saturday - you were terrific and I had many customers say how they enjoyed you so very much! I thank Joan Marie for hiring you!! You are always welcome to play here. And of course if anyone is ever looking for music I'll pass your info along. If I don't see you before the holidays hope yours are wonderful! Take care, Artistic Edge Gallery & Framing ”

“I am a MultiMedia/MultiSensory Artist and I was thrilled to have Ava at my Second Saturday Art Show at the Artistic Edge. She brought an additional uplifting and great energy which complimented my show perfectly. My Art is sensual and beautiful and Ava stayed right there - keeping everything with a 'saxy' vibe!!! I also loved her previewing some of her new CD of Standards. Looking forward to having her again for my next show! Thanks again Ava! Blessings, Joan Marie”

“To Whom It May Concern: I just wanted to express how much I enjoyed Ava’s performance at Artistic Edge last Saturday. Her music selections, voice and Sax playing were phenomenal…’what a voice’…I don’t know how else to put it…I need to keep an eye on her web site, so I can go listen to her at various venues. Thank you God, for gifting Ava with such a beautiful voice and musical talent.”

Sarah Lewis - Live performance recommendation

"You're very talented and just the kind of sound I like! You have a very powerful, yet soothing voice reminiscent of Judy Garland's era (which I just love) when talent was natural. Not enhanced by technology. You would definitely create a romantic atmosphere at Lounge on 20 and probably the only reason I'd return. :-). A nice, welcomed change. Loud music does not, in any way, equal good music. It was too loud to hear anyone or anything BUT the music. Wherever you decide to book a show, they are only going to benefit from YOU! I hope they book you soon, Ava, I'd love to see a performance!"

“Amazing tone, so much like your voice in phrasing and expression, a true lesson in seeing you perform. So many don't get it that saxophone is about expression, inhabiting the music with your libido and vision, as you do.”

Clarissa - YouTube

“Hola and greetings from DC Ava ! Was just listening to music here at my keyboard after a late lunch. And I wanted to stop for a moment to compliment you. I can't begin to imagine the pressure to get it just right here. But you did my dear, you nailed it ! Keep the music playing Ava, ~Miguel ”

Miguel O. - Fan comment

“My new favorite CD is "From My Soul" I was skeptical at first, I thought maybe there'd be "a" song I'd like and then some that I'd skip but NO. Each song just hits you they're all different and that keeps me listening. I think the CD has been in my car for 5 days now non-stop on my commutes, I can't really pick a favorite but I'd have to go with "Rhodelea" - I can't believe the saxophonist and the singer are both Ava?? That is different right there. I mean there are a handful of female sax players who also sing but they're mostly sax, the singing is an obvious side-line. Not so here, I can't decide what I like best, Ava's unique and soulful voice or her sax playing. I'm a new fan, I can't wait to hear what she comes up with next. I can't believe she isn't on a label. Maybe that's why Ava's music sounds so personal and connected with me, it's really a great title, too. Go Ava!”

“With so many talents in one package it is extremely hard to compare Ava Lemert to any other musician out there on the music scene today. While her vocals can be compared to Gladys Knight or Mary J Blige, it is quite hard to categorize her talents. The sounds of Jazz, R&B, Soul, and Funk all melt into one amazing CD. From My Soul is exactly that, from Ava’s soul. With songs of love, passion, heartache, dance and jazzy tunes your enjoyment will last the whole CD through. Ava’s sultry voice and the sensual tunes from her saxophone and impressive musical collaborators make From My Soul pleasurable, enjoyable, and extremely worth the purchase of this amazing CD.”

"Last Saturday night I had taken a friend and her 4 year old daughter to hear Ava sing and play. While my friend and I enjoyed the music, her daughter thought the music was too loud. When Ava had finished playing I went up to say hi to her. Ava asked my friend's daughter if she liked the music, being a 4 year old girl she told Ava that the music was too loud. Ava proceeds to quietly sing a song from Cinderella just for her. This isn't the end, I emailed Ava last night and asked her if I could purchase a copy of the song for her. Today she [Ava] recorded the song and emailed it to me for to give to her. Anyone that nice and talented should get a chance to be on the weekend show..."

H.B. Kake - Letter to a local TV show from a fan

“A nice thing happened while I was there today, a friend of mine has a daughter who is learning how to play the Sax, So super cool me :~) Not ! ~ get's my phone out and showed her your picture~etc, and she was over the moon. So she is going tell her daughter all about you and to listen to your music!”

John Boyle - Fan Testimonial

“Ava! this music you have going on is all that. I had no clue it was like that!!!!! Keep it up lady. I'm gonna spread the word on what you be doin'”

“I just listened to your song "You Know You Got It" and may I say that is the nicest song I have heard in a very long time. You have a very beautiful and soothing voice, definitely something I would sit and listen to by myself with a nice glass of wine or share with someone special. You are someone with a very special talent. Thank you for making my night, and making me smile,take care. ;)”

Annette Melvin - Fan Testimonial

“Almost all the music on From my Soul can be classified as smooth jazz with touches of funk. Ava singing style can be sexy on songs like You know you got it, Kiss you and Nothing looks the same in the night and soulful on songs like Won't be your plaything. You got something coming to you and Won't be your plaything are the only two tracks where Ava does not play the sax. Ava shows she can really play on I wanna funk it up and That 70's girl, funky tracks reminiscent of Candy Dulfer. Ava plays both alto and tenor sax, creating some wonderful harmonies. On Soft and Silky, one may also appreciate Ava's nice tone and phrasing on sax. Rhodelea is one of the two instrumental tracks on this album, the first one I had the opportunity to listen to and still one of my favorites. The reason for that is maybe my personal preference for instrumental music, but another reason maybe that Rhodelea was recorded with real instruments, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and of course Ava playing sax.”

“Ava is honest and true to her music and fans. Her originality is refreshing and entertaining as her songs take you on a musical journey into the realm of thought, emotion and sensation. She puts her heart and soul into every note that she sings and plays on her sax. Ava Lemert is an artist with a future in music. You can count on hearing more from Ava.”

“silky smooth vocals & wonderful sax ooze quality. "soft & silky" is a fave as is "that 70s girl", "Rhodelea" hits the spot & "you know you got it" is a perfect track to start the album. I recommend this cd to all lovers of quality soul & smooth jazz & look forward to hearing Ava's future projects”

“I listened to Ava's CD today on my way to work. All I have got to say is this, "GIVE THIS BEAUTIFUL TALENTED LADY A MUSIC CONTRACT". Andi Howard of Concord Peak Records, Are You Listening Out There? I definitely enjoyed all of the music on the CD. Take Care.”

Scott Mackie - CD Review

“Her vocals are mesmerizing and her sax playing is from the gut and soul...#3 Rhodelea is my Favorite. I dare anyone to not be enchanted by this song. You will not be disappointed... This is the first review That I have ever made on Amazon. This is how much I love this CD Check it out.”

"...she makes it obvious that she knows her way around a good groove with her sax, and “Nothing Looks the Same in the Night,” with her whispery, suggestive vocals (and the lady has nice pipes, by the way), is simply made to be played in the thick ambience of a romantic evening..."

“This is a wonderful and great release... Her eclectic style of Rythmn and Blues coupled with Jazz have really provided some great sounds...deeply from her heart and soul just as the title says "From My Soul". Truly American music form our deep roots of Jazz and R&B.”

“...blows away the cobwebs from 2009 with her zingy sax prowess and funky vocals...There is something on here for everyone who visits these pages,... I think you'll agree that this is a worthwhile purchase...”

“If you dig soul jazz, if the saxophone makes you shake, if you swoon to a chanteuse, Ava Lemert is the indie musician to catch.”

“Over a year in the making, Ava Lemert's debut soul jazz CD, "From My Soul" has something for everyone. From the house-quaking funk anthem "I Wanna Funk It Up" to the very sensual saxophone sound of "Soft and Silky" you will want to listen often, and with someone you love.”

"Ava I just love your music. your music just has that wonderful approach to allow one to just sink away into a wonderful enjoyment. I know my wife will like it as well. Thank you for sharing it with us."

Joe Golden - Facebook

“Hi Ava: You were great! You had everyone wanting to play with you. Keep coming. There's got to be something good in store for ya.”

Brenda Taylor (proprietor) - Po' Boyz Bar & Grill

“She was the hit of the jam at Po'Boyz last night. She even played with the host band twice! I know she's too modest to brag on herself but she did get invited back up for the closing set with Kenny Blue Ray. Yeah..she cover the nervousness real good! Great job Ava! Come back when I host next month.”

Cody Jackson - Facebook

“Hello, Ava!! I have just watched you sing/play sax and my God you´re good! I LOVED wonderful world, sung with great conviction and honesty. Great voice, Ava very soulful! AND YOU PLAY SAX!!! (AND WELL!!)”

Kevin Wagg - Facebook feedback

“Hi Ava, I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself on Friday. Jean and the rest of the staff loved your music and spoke highly of you.”

Tami Louis (proprietor) - Z-Spot Cafe & Grill

“Hi ava, i just watched you sing " if i ain't got you " on facebook here in london on billy griffins recomendation and wow you just blew me away you truly put a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat thank you so much, ava god bless you x”

Kelvin Page - Facebook

“I remember having a really lousy day when this was posted... When I watched your video, I can't explain the happiness I got out of it. You're such a talented, bubbly person and I admire the openness you have with your fans. Thanks for making that day much brighter for me :)”

“...very impressed with Ava's sweet voice, magnificent. I would definitely recommend Ava to anyone who is interested in hiring a talented and professional singer in the Folsom/Sacramento area. She is also obviously a very caring and kind person. You can't go wrong, hire her.”

“Ava, YOU were Awesome, everyone is STILL talking about it! They loved your gift. We all can't wait to see you again. Your song choice was perfect for our 'low key' evening. Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT! Thank you for your kind words, lovely music and beautiful presence...we had so many things go wrong that day, but you being there made it right, for us~”

“Wish we could see you at the House of Blues @AvaLemert - that Junior track is very "Raunchy" as in, big strong edgy tone like Junior Walker. Amazed at all the different colors you can produce with that horn.”

R. Strathdee - Twitter

“Ava one of my favorite parts about our Annual Office party. She is our tradition each year and will continue to be.”

“Ava is the definition of classy, so smooth and professional, yet completely down to earth. On a scale of 1-5 she is definitely a '10'! We had two opportunities to see Ava perform before our party. She is AMAZING! She can sing, she can play and she can keep a crowd enthralled! She made our special day... enchanting. Can't wait to see her perform again!”