Many years before her emergence in the contemporary jazz and R&B worlds as the Singing Saxstress of Soul, Ava Lemert remembers the unique approach her father took to encouraging her musical dreams—and helping her get into her first jazz band in high school.
A mechanics instructor at L.A. Trade Technical Collect (LATTC) who taught in the Yamaha Motorcycle program, Ava's father bartered his instructor wages so that Ava could have a shiny new YAS 23 alto for her very first saxophone, straight off the dock from Japan in Long Beach. Further developing her musical skills, she became the first female drum major at South Hills High in her hometown of Covina, California leading the band in parades and rehearsals, while performing on clarinet in concert band and alto sax in Jazz Band.
The multi-talented performer's powerful and versatile saxophone and vocal skills have earned her nonstop accolades and a tremendously loyal fan base as an indie artist and live performer since she did her first solo gig in 2008. Launching her recording career with her full length debut From My Soul in 2009, Ava has also released a total of eight popular singles, including her latest, the haunting sax/vocal tune “When The Night Falls, for which she also produced her first music video. The lone cover among the compelling originals on her 2012 full length set 12welve (which, not coincidentally, has 12 cuts), the Neil Sedaka penned “Working On A Groovy Thing,” was produced by Roger Smith, longtime keyboardist for the legendary horn band Tower of Power. Ava's most recent recording is Ava L Soul, a four track EP of well chosen covers which features a unique reversal of roles on “Me and Mr. Jones,” Sade's “Your Love Is King,” “If I Can't Have You” and “Ooh Baby Baby.”
As Ava continues to perform steadily in and around her home region of Citrus Heights (near Sacramento), California—where she was recently appointed to the City of Citrus Heights History and Arts Commission—she has shown contemporary urban jazz audiences in Southern California why she's been nicknamed “Tiny Dynamite” with several electrifying performances this past year. In October, 2012, she made her debut (twice!) at the 26th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, performing as both a saxophonist and vocalist for keyboardist Brian O'Neal and as a special guest of famed guitarist Peter White during his encore funk medley. Her sold out solo debut performance at the Orange County hotspot Spaghettini Grill in July, 2013, featured bassist Darryl Williams, drummer Tony Moore and keyboardist Hans Zermuehlen; a video of this show has been aired on the popular network Elements of Jazz TV.
Though she pursued other creative endeavors (including graphic design) for a time after she graduated from USC, Ava returned to her first love, music, in the mid-2000s when she learned that Citrus Heights was starting up a community marching band. She found her old YAS 23 and joined up. From 2006-2008, she drew upon her sax and vocal talents to perform alternately with three regional ensembles: the On Air Band, a Tower of Power-styled 13-piece cover group; the 60 piece Capitol Pops Orchestra (which featured horns, woodwinds and a harpist) and Moonlight Swing, a Glen Miller WWII Tribute Band. Ava then began scoring numerous art gallery gigs, singing and playing her horn to backing tracks. While dealing with her mother's illness and ultimately her passing, she also made a key connection through contacts with the radio station KSSJ in Sacramento to play shows at local retirement communities. This diverse array of live performances ultimately inspired her to start writing and recording her own music.
“Whether I am recording an album in the studio or performing for a live audience, I love to create and move people emotionally,” says Ava. “Every song I play is very personal to me, and whenever possible I love to take the opportunity to share a little of the story behind it before I play. As exciting as it is to be onstage, I also love taking my sax into the audience and feeling closer to those I am playing for. Being able to make eye contact and know that you've touched people's hearts and lives is truly gratifying, and I am grateful for every opportunity to connect with people in this way.'
New Year's Eve Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
6 3 4 – 5 7 8 9Wilson Pickett
A Blossom FellNat King Cole
A Different CornerGeorge Michael
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart MakesCinderella/Disney
All Around the WorldLisa Stansfield
Am I The Same GirlSwing Out Sister
And I Love Herthe Beatles
Annette's SongAva Lemert
At LastEtta James
Autumn LeavesSarah Vaughan
Ava's BossaAva Lemert
Blue ChristmasElvis Presley
Blue MondayFats Domino
Blue MoonMel Torme
Blue SkiesRod Stewart
Canadian SunsetAndy Williams/Earl Bostic
Can't Buy Me Lovethe Beatles
Can't Take My Eyes Off of YouFrankie Valli/Laryn Hill
Chain of FoolsAretha Franklin
Christmas Time is HereVince Guaraldi
Come Go With MeDel Vikings
Cry Me A RiverJulie London
Do You Wanna Dance?Bette Midler
Don't Leave me This WayThelma Houston
Don't Worry BabyBeach Boys
Embraceable YouSarah Vaughan
EuropaSantana, Gato Barbieri
Fallen (Pretty Woman)Lauren Wood
Far Away PlacesAva Lemert (instrumental)
FinallyCe Ce Peniston
Flow OnAva Lemert
For Sentimental ReasonsNat King Cole
For the Love of YouIsleys/Candy Dulfer
G BopKenny G (instrumental)
Georgia on my MindRay Charles
Girl from IpanemaStan Getz/Amy Winehouse
Give a Little MoreMaroon 5
Giving Him Something He Can FeelEn Vogue
Glory of LoveBette Midler
Goodnight, My LoveJesse Belvin
Got My Mojo WorkingMuddy Waters
Harbor Lightsthe Platters
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY Little ChristmasJudy Garland
Honeysuckle RoseFats Waller
I Hear You KnockingFats Domino
I Need Your Loving EverydayDon Gardiner
I Only Have Eyes for YouInstrumental/the Flamingos
I Put a Spell on YouNina Simone
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clausthe Jackson 5
I think It's LoveAva Lemert
I Will SurviveGloria Gaynor
If I Ain't Got YouAlicia Keys
Ill Be Home For ChristmasBing Crosby
Impress MeAva Lemert
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the YearAndy Williams
It's Your ThingIsley Brothers
I've Got to Use My ImaginationGladys Knight and the Pips
Junior's JamAva Lemert
Just My ImaginationThe Temptations
Just One LookInstrumental/Linda Ronstadt
Just the Two of UsGrover Washington Jr.
Kansas CityWilbert Harrison
La Vie En RoseLouis Armstrong
Lady in RedChris DeBurgh
Last DateBoots Randolph
Let It SnowLena Horne
Let There Be Peace on EarthGladys Knight
Let's Do It AgainStaples Singers
Let's Fall In LoveDiana Krall
Let's Get It OnMarvin Gaye
Let's Stay TogetherAl Green
Lonely TeardropsJackie Wilson
Long and Winding Roadthe Beatles
Look in My EyesChantels
Look Of LoveDusty Springfield
L-O-V-ENat King Cole/Joss Stone
Love Me TenderElvis Presley/Nora Jones
Lover ManBillie Holiday
Make You Feel My LoveAdele
Mama He Treats Your Daughter MeanRuth Brown
Marry YouBruno Mars
Mercy Mercy MercyKing Curtis/Dana Owens
Merry Christmas BabyChuck Berry
Midnight Train to GeorgiaGladys Knight and the Pips
Misty BlueDorothy Moore
My Love Does it GoodPaul McCartney
Neither One of UsGladys Knight and the Pips
No StringsMayer Hawthorne
Non DimenticarInstrumental/Dean Martin
Nothing Looks the Same in the LightGeorge Michael
Now or NeverElvis Presley
O Holy Nighttraditional
O Sole MioLuciano Pavarotti
Our Day Will ComeInstrumental/Ruby and the Romantics
Our Love is Here to StayElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Over the RainbowMelody Gardot version
Please Come Home For ChristmasThe Eagles
Rescue MeFontella Bass
Ribbon in the SkyStevie Wonder
Rip It UpLittle Richard
Route 66Nat King Cole
Rudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerGene Autry
Run Run RudolphChuck Berry
Santa Claus is Coming to TownTraditional
Sarah SmileHall and Oates
Satin DollDuke Ellington
Sax del FuegoAva Lemert
Sea CruiseFrankie Ford
Sentimental JourneyLes Brown Doris Day
Silver BellsBing Crosby
Since I Fell For YouLenny Welch
Sit Right Down & Write Myself A LetterFats Waller
Slow MovesAva Lemert
Soft and SilkyAva Lemert
Some Kind of WonderfulJoss Stone
Someone to Watch Over MeSarah Vaughan
Son of a PreachermanDusty Springfield
Stand By MeBen E. King, Seal
Strangers in the NightFrank Sinatra
Tell Me Something GoodChaka Khan
Tennessee WaltzPatti Page
That 70's GirlAva Lemert
The Christmas SongNat King Cole
The Christmas WaltzAndy Williams
The Man I LoveBillie Holiday
The Most Beautiful Girl in the WorldPrince
The WalkMayer Hawthorne
This ChristmasDonny Hathaway
This MasqueradeGeorge Benson
'Til There Was YouThe Music Man
Too FunkyGeorge Michael
Unchained MelodyRighteous Brothers
UnforgettableNat King Cole
Walk on ByDionne Warwick
Watermelon ManMongo Santamaria
What a Diff'rence a Day MadeDinah Washington
What a Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong
When I Fall in LoveNat King Cole
White ChristmasBing Crosby
Who's Makin' LoveSam and Dave
Will You Still Love Me TomorrowAmy Winehouse
Winter WonderlandElla Fitzgerald
Won't Be Your PlaythingAva Lemert
Workin' on a Groovy ThingPatti Drew
Would I lie to you?Eurythmics
You Know You Got ItAva Lemert
You Send MeSam Cooke
Your Love is KingSade
One Man Band
$200 - $2000
Lisa Stansfield, Teena Marie, Alicia Keys, Tina Turner, Sarah Vaughan, David Sanborn, Stan Getz, King Curtis, Gato Barbieri, Dusty Springfield
Anniversary Party in Rocklin, CA on 06/08/2013
"Ava was a MAGNIFICENT addition to our special evening!! We reserved her as the saxophonst 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 anyones special affair, and we will definitely keep her in mind for all of our future celebrations!! "
- Heather M.
Christmas Party in Roseville, CA on 12/14/2012
"Ava one of my favorite parts about our Annual Office party. She is our tradition each year and will continue to be."
- Robin J.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Sacramento, CA on 09/17/2011
"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!! "
- Jacqueline P.
Anniversary Party in Citrus Heights, CA on 09/22/2012
"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. 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'~I can't wait to see her perform again!"
- Cristine I.
Wedding Reception in Sacramento, CA on 06/30/2012
"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!!! "
- Annie W.
Convention in Sacramento, CA on 05/14/2012
"Ava did an excellent job with the National Anthem at our event. "
- Jean J.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Sacramento, CA on 01/07/2012
"Ava was tremendous. She made my special Birthday even more special. Thank You Ava"
- Donna E.
New Year's Eve Party in Woodland, CA on 12/31/2011
"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!"
- Laura W.
Christmas Party in Roseville, CA on 12/17/2010
"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. "
- Denise M.
Ava Lemert’s Response:
"Thank you so much, Denise! If I can ever be of service to you please let me know. I had a wonderful time! I am so glad you found me here, please, let's stay in touch! ~ your new musical friend, Ava"
Wedding Reception in Lincoln, CA on 11/20/2010
"Ava Lemert did a fantastic performance,vocal and sax. My guests were
surprised of her astonishing performance. I highly recommended her to everyone. "
- Zeny A.
Ava Lemert’s Response:
"Hi, Zeny: what a joy to be a part of your special day and an honor. I hope to see you at a performance soon! Thank you so much for trusting me. :-)"
Birthday Party (Adults) in Sacramento, CA on 04/24/2010
"Ava was completely professional and accomodating. She had to perform in a noisy restaurant, but perform she did! She was totally awesome. All of the guests at the party loved her music, and admired her for playing in noisy surroundings. She is a great musician and has a wonderful personality. I plan on seeing Ava play at one of her future engagements. Thank you GigMasters for finding Ava for me!
- Cindy Y.
Ava Lemert’s Response:
"It was an honor to be a part of the celebration! I appreciate your feedback, Cindy and kind words. I do hope to see you soon and get a chance to do more for you in the future!
All my best to you and yours,
In addition to Citrus Heights, Ava Lemert will also travel to Sacramento, Antelope, Fair Oaks, North Highlands, Carmichael, Orangevale, Roseville, Elverta, Rancho Cordova, Granite Bay, Represa, Rio Linda, Rocklin, Folsom, East Nicolaus, Loomis, El Dorado Hills, Penryn, Pleasant Grove, Broderick, Lincoln, West Sacramento, Newcastle, Nicolaus, Rescue, Pilot Hill, Rancho Murieta, Auburn, Shingle Springs, Elk Grove
and many other locations in and around the Citrus Heights area.
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