Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah has always had a love for music. At the age of 6, she began violin lessons and played in youth orchestras for several years. Her focus was primarily classical for the 10 years she studied. During that time she also tried her hands at the piano, taking lessons for 3 years.
She took a break from music in college, following her other passion, theatre. She studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Costume Technology. After graduating in 2004, she moved out to San Diego, California to work for the La Jolla Playhouse and the University of California San Diego Theatre Department.
In September 2006, Sarah and a friend went to check out a Ukulele group at a pizza parlor in Encinitas, CA. Little did she realize that it was going to be such a life changing event. As Sarah put it “It was so amazing to go to this place where there were at least 40 Ukuleles, everyone was so happy, the room was filled with such joy. I just had to be a part of it.” As serendipity would have it, Frank Leong, the group leader, was starting group Ukulele lessons that October 2006. Sarah signed up and has been hooked on the uke ever since.
In 2009, Sarah met Producer Tim Coffman and started recording her own albums in 2010. The first album, ‘Have Uke Will Travel’ was well received and gave Sarah her first stepping stone. Since she has recorded two others, ‘In the Moment’, released in 2011, and ‘With Love- Sarah Maisel’ released in 2012.
Sarah currently performs as a Duo with Paul Tillery (Acoustic Bass) throughout Southern California. She has performed at several Ukulele Events including the Wine Country Ukulele Festival, the Reno Ukulele Festival, and the Tahoe Ukulele Retreat. Sarah love sharing the joy of the ukulele with everyone she meets.
Paul Tillery (acoustic bass) began playing bass in 1991. He first played in jazz bands and then ventured into punk music. In 1998, Paul began his formal music training at Mesa College in San Diego. After auditioning, Paul was admitted into the Applied Music Program and began studying with Legendary Bassist, Bob Magnusson. Paul would spend 3 years at Mesa learning music theory and sight-singing while playing in the Big Band and Jazz combos. In 2001 Paul auditioned for a scholarship and entry into the Jazz Program at SDSU. He was awarded the scholarship based entirely upon his playing ability and was granted access to the department. While at SDSU, Paul studied with well known bassist Gunnar Biggs. During Paul’s three year stay he studied: Jazz theory and composition with Rick Helzer, Jazz history with Richard Thompson, 20th century music and application with David Ward-Steinman, Latin Percussion with Kevin Delgado. Meanwhile Paul was able to secure spots in the Jazz Combos, SDSU Big Band, and SDSU Orchestra every semester he was enrolled. In December 2005, Paul was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Applied Sciences and Arts. Since 1996 Paul has been a full time member and sub for many different groups including: the San Diego Legacy Big Band (Jerry Fenwick Dir.), the Swingin’ EZ Big Band (Edward Zubov/Elliot Lawrence Dir.), the Del Bybee Big Band, and currently the Third Coast Jazz Band. To contact: Paul@sarahmaisel.com