Zoe Schwarz

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: November 21, 1963    

Zoe Schwarz

Jun3 2011 Rob and Zoe have been writing, recording and playing together for eight years and in this time they have honed in on what suits them best. It has become very apparent from audience responses, that what sets them apart is their lean towards the bluesy side of jazz. Zoe’s expressive singing and Rob’s distinct and natural leaning towards blues inflections.

Rob says about the ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION project, “I think there is a big vacancy in the jazz world for the bluesy side of jazz we play, it appeals to a much wider audience, but retains all the jazz qualities that we love. We’ll be playing material by the likes of Ray Charles, Nina Simone, those sultry ‘Billie Holiday ballads’ Zoe is making such a great name for, and an occasional blues by greats such as Koko Taylor and Willie Dixon, and of course one or two of our own”....
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“Schwarz has a gritty and interesting approach to her music. The jazzier you are the more you will warm to this and Schwarz is certainly a singer to look out for as she tours the country.” by Bruce Crowther, JAZZ JOURNAL Intl

“This eagerly awaited follow up to what was one of my favourite vocal CDs of 2004, Dancing For Miles … one of the most outstanding voices on the current circuit.” by Nick Lea Jazz Views (Devil Or Dove)

“ Zoë Schwarz has a great and very interesting voice: kind of Julie London crossed with June Christy in the lower register but then there is the startling upper register that is completely her own.” by Jack Kenny Jazz Views

“…excellence of phrasing and timing … the covers reflect her strengths … ‘More Than You Know’ and ‘Some Of My Best Friends Are The Blues’ are performed with such style and panache that one could almost imagine that she wrote them herself. by Hugh Gregory Jazz Review

“The real meat of this recording is to be found in the nine originals. The two Billie Holiday-inspired tunes ‘Let’s Explain’ and ‘Give Him Up Girl’ both pack powerful emotional punches (who says no one’s writing good lyrics these days) ……” by Peter Quinn Jazzwise ‘Devil or Dove’ April 2005 with Zoë Schwarz

“Zoe Schwarz is a fine singer with a great jazz feel …. a singer with an individual style and a polished performance”. by Don Mather Jazz CD Reviews March 2005

“…Schwarz has a pleasant voice with a shade of huskiness, and a deft and knowing delivery… she mixes her own songs with a tasteful selection of both standards and more contemporary fare from the likes of Krall and Winstone.” by Kenny Mathieson, Jazzwise

“Heavens, the country is awash with talented and attractive young singers who not only sing standards like old pros but can write their own songs too.” by Peter Bacon, The Birmingham Post

“At times the voice of Zoë Schwarz recalls the laidback coffee-shop-friendly melancholy of Norah Jones. At others, especially on the more up-tempo numbers, it recalls the jazzier pep of Diana Krall (one of whose songs, “A Charmed Life”, is included).” by Chris Parker, Jazz Review

“…for my money she has hit the jackpot with this collection. ….‘A Charmed Life’ ….. imbuing the song with a level of optimism and exuberance that is truly exhilarating…” Nick Lee ��” Jazz Views,

“Several of the original songs, notably ‘You’re Not Alone’, are strikingly good ….Zoë’s voice is powerful and accurate” by Ron Simpson, Jazz Rag

“Schwarz’ 2nd album mainly comprises her own material & is quirky & personal” Roger Thomas ‘rounds up the best of the latest jazz releases’, BBC Music Mag’

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