video title: National Anthem Tenor Sax by Ava Lemert NBA Kings v Hornets
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video source: avalemert
uploaded on YouTube Nov 30, 2009

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duration: 1:27 minutes

National Anthem Sax Solo by Ava Lemert "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on Feb. 4, 2012

Ava Lemert plays a solo of "The Star Spangled Banner" on tenor sax at Arco Arena in this video. She had the honor of playing the National Anthem before a game between the Kings and the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 29, 2009. Her performance is legendary and the rendition is true to the original melody. While it's typical for the song to be performed with a contemporary feel, her version combines eras and genres. Jazz, although often overlooked by the mainstream, has been a core foundation of American culture for the past century and in this performance she delivers a modern sound to a traditional style.

The challenge of the song is in its wide dynamics. Ava has a way of shifting from a relaxed to vibrant sound effortlessly. She is a seasoned musician who also makes eclectic soulful vocal recordings. On her website she explains she is a mother, graphic designer and elementary school teacher. She likes to write a wide range of music that includes soul, bossa nova, surf rock, heavy metal, blues and instrumentals.

Ava sang the National Anthem on KCRA Channel 3 at Cal Expo during the 2000 State Fair. She has also performed on "Good Day Sacramento" and has been performing live regularly since 2008. Her first CD From My Soul was released in 2009, which she followed with a series of singles. Her CD "12welve" is scheduled for release on April 3, 2012.

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