Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Ghose, Sai (Saelen)
Ghose, Sai (Saelen), pianist, educator, composer; b. Baltimore, MD, 9 March 1964. His parents are Hirendra Mohon Ghose (Patna, India) and Gail Robinson Ghose (Longmeadow, MA). He has two siblings Lyra Ayn Ghose and Lynken Ghose. Sai lived in Baltimore for his first few years, but moved to Shaker Heights, OH at five years old and lived there until college. After a brief stint studying piano at age 6, Sai switched to drums at 9 years old and played in junior high and high school bands and jazz bands. He attended Indiana University (1982-86) with the intent of studying percussion but ended up with a degree in Telecommunications and also switched to piano. His first "jazz lesson" was with the custodian at his freshman dormitory. His senior year he took a few lessons with Luke Gillespie, the resident pianist in David Baker's Jazz Ensemble. After college Sai moved to the Boston area where he now lives with his wife Laurel Bailey Ghose and his two sons, Brayden Bailey Ghose and Avery Jager Ghose.
In 1988 Sai attended Lesley College and received his MEd. in 1999. He then began teaching third grade. He also took piano lessons from as many different people as he could including Norman Simmons and Larry Goldings. Sai's music career began to blossom when he left teaching in 1997 and began to play and teach music full time. This was also the year he met his then to be wife Laurel. The next year he was signed by Summit Records in Tempe, AZ.
Sai credits his extensive study with Jerry Bergonzi, the renowned saxophonist and educator for his growth as a musician. He began studying with Bergonzi in 1998 and still takes a few lessons a year. His teachings also helped shaped Sai's own teaching methods. Sai has been teaching privately since 1998 and began teaching at the Concord Community Music School in 2001.
India Looking West (1999); Fingers and Toes (2001)
Sai's music is also in a film by Doug Martin entitled "The Brief Encounter."