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Rachel and Sara Caswell

David Brent Johnson interviews The Caswell Sisters, vocalist Rachel and violinist Sara, who have shared a musical partnership since childhood.

Sara (left) and Rachel Caswell, touching heads, looking at the camera

Photo: John Abbott

Sara (l) and Rachel Caswell

It was a wonderful experience growing up in [a musical] environment . . . having music constantly—either being practiced, studied, researched, or just playing in the background. It was just something that was always part of our environment. So whether you’re consciously listening to it, or just are aware that it’s there, you’re soaking it in, and soaking it up. —Sara Caswell

Rachel and Sara Caswell co-lead the Caswell Sisters Quintet and have made such appearances as a weeklong engagement at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Rachel has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra among others, and has given numerous jazz vocal master classes throughout the U.S.

Sara regularly performs with several ensembles, including Roseanna Vitro’s Randy Newman Project, and she toured five continents with bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding.

Both siblings studied jazz from an early age with David Baker.

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