Jaz Sawyer is an accomplished drummer and Educator born and raised in San Francisco. Jaz earned a BFA (The New School), an MPA degree (Metropolitan College of New York), and a Doctorate of Education (Northcentral University). Sawyer has worked with many notable artists, and can be heard on over 80 + recordings both as a leader and sideman.
Jaz is the son of the late former KPFA board member, programmer and longtime advocate Lewis Sawyer Jr. Jaz is deeply rooted in KPFA, not only has he performed with his band for KPFA events and the studio, but he also obtained his board-op certificate and got some of his early radio experience assisting his dad co-producing and guest hosting throughout the years.
In 2011, Lewis’s inception of forming a collective was realized, and along with Jaz and Chuck Schurich the Experience Collective was born and ran until 2017. Jaz returns to KPFA and is proud to continue on the legacy.