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ZoŽ Gilby - Chanteuse
Jazz has always been a part of Zoe's life. The
passion passed on to her from her father, Mike Gilby who worked professionally
as a jazz trumpet player and arranger for over 40 years. His influence has
played a huge part and continues to do so. She has just finished recording a
debut album "Now That I am Real" The title reflects a particular stage in her
life and her music at the moment. The album is now on release receiving great
Influences include: Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holliday, Nancy Wilson, Mike Gilby, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carmen McRae, Roberta Gambarini, Chet Baker, Julie London, Anita Wardell, Roseanna Vitro, Mel Torme, Jill Scott, Carol Kidd, Chris McNulty, Ruby Carter, Cassandra Wilson, Anita O'Day, Minnie Ripperton, Marlena Shaw, Tina May and many many more
Chanteuse - female singer of popular songs - from chanter sing
ZoŽ Gilby for Jazz or
Festivals, Theatre or Club Events, and Vocal Workshops - Jazz
Established Venue Dates are as follows:-
ZoŽ Gilby Biography
On leaving school she studied drama and dance but realising her talent and
desire to be a singer, ZoŽ then studied music at Newcastle College for two
Listening to the greats of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae from an early age gave ZoŽ the building ground to becoming the vocalist she is today. Working for the next few years with the young local jazz musicians, ZoŽ built up a repertoire of over 100 standards and performed in local restaurants, bars, functions and in several local festivals including the Newcastle Jazz Festival.
Thanks to close family friend trombone player Mike Carton, ZoŽ was booked to be a featured vocalist with a six piece band in the 2006 Cork Jazz Festival. As well as performing twice a day at the festival ZoŽ had a sit in with Northern Irish saxophonist legend Gay McIntyre and his quartet. After only singing one song ďLove For SaleĒ Gay invited ZoŽ to be the vocalist with his quartet at the 2007 Derry Jazz Festival.
Another important meeting occurred that weekend with the drummer from Gay McIntyreís quartet. That was with the arranger Tony Faulkner. Tony was also blown away with ZoŽís performance. They kept in contact and Tony helped ZoŽ plan her debut album. Due her fathers ill health Tony took on the role of arranger for the album. Four months later she was in the recording studio for the very first time and recorded the whole 12 track album, live, in just two days! From that weekend ZoŽ made good friends with saxophonist giant Russell van den Berg.
The 2007 Derry Jazz Festival was a huge success and ZoŽ had the wonderful opportunity to meet and perform twice with guitarist great Louis Stewart. On stage with Gay McIntyre and Louis Stewart was so natural for ZoŽ that Louis even requested a duet with her.
ZoŽ is now currently promoting her debut album ďNow That I am RealĒ
ďI wanted a powerful, honest title for this album and I found inspiration from the Charles Mingus biography Myself When I am Real written by Gene SantoroĒ
ďIt reflects a particular stage in my life and my music at the momentĒ
This excellent album is now available by mail £12.50 inc postage - . Her album has received radio play from Spain, Australia, U.S.A, Belgium, France and from BBC Radio Ulster in Northern Ireland. In January 2008 Courtney Pine plays track ďWest Coast BluesĒ for his BBC Radio 2 Jazz Crusade Unsigned. ZoŽ continues to further her career after a successful performance at Ronnie Scottís Jazz Club in London.
CD Recording: Now That I Am Real
I wanted a powerful, honest title for this album and I found inspiration from the Charles Mingus biography, 'Myself When I am Real' written by Gene Santoro. It reflects where I am right now with myself and music. The journey in music always feels like it's a new beginning for me. Now that I am truly spreading my wings.
ďI would like to thank:-
My father Mike Gilby. His influence has sparked this fire and the passion he has passed on will keep it burning.
Tony Faulkner for believing in me and putting the magic into this album.
Mike Carton for his support, encouragement and for flying over from New York to take part in this recording.
The musicians who gave their all on this album.
My mother, Hilary, for her unconditional love.
Special thanks to June and Bill."
Vocals: ZoŽ Gilby Piano: Graham Hearne Bass: Russell Pearson Drums/Arrangements: Tony Faulkner Percussion: Ernie Jackson Saxophone: Russell van den Berg Trombone: Mike Carton & Andy Hillier Trumpet/Flugel: Graham Hardy. Recorded at Wildtrax Jan 2007 by Frank Gibbon Mixed at Wildtrax Studio by Frank Gibbon and Tony Faulkner. Photographs by Ian Lewis Photography. Album design by Armadillo Creative.
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On an album filled with high points Wes Montgomery's "West Coast Blues" stands out. A duet between Gilby and bassist Russell Pearson, the singer's syncopation approaches scat while Pearson delivers one of his best performances of the set.
Gilby's chameleonic ability to adapt her voice to a song's requirements makes Now That I Am Real a surprising debut. It's clear that she's already found her own voice, bringing a unique perspective to the material that distinguishes her from classic singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday, as well as her contemporary peers.
"I love the Album!" "Well phrased and beautifully sung" "A swinging band and an album I'll be proud to play to anyone" "Gilby possesses a mezzo-soprano voice with a wide vocal range, warm timbre and clear diction, which she uses skilfully to unveil her moods throughout the album"
"Gilby's chameleonic ability to adapt her voice to a song's requirements makes Now That I Am Real a surprising debut. It's clear that she's already found her own voice" - Fionna Duncan
"An artist, who has talent, skills and a beautiful voice" "It is very clear that she puts something of herself in every song" Mod Radio MADRID
ďModern, matureÖ.swings like a bellĒ - Carol Kidd MBE
ďDeserves wider recognition and
a major record dealĒ ďAn excellent CDĒ Courtney Pine BBC Radio 2
"Gilby possesses a mezzo-soprano voice with a wide vocal range, warm timbre and clear diction, which she uses skilfully to unveil her moods throughout the album" "Gilby's chameleonic ability to adapt her voice to a song's requirements makes Now That I Am Real a surprising debut. It's clear that she's already found her own voice" All About Jazz Review USA
Bring some extra cash to Zoe's gigs to buy your Autographed Memento CD of Zoe's Performance
Gilby tours as a Solo Artist and will work happily with House Bands
She can also provide arrangements for local Big Bands if this is a more appealing format
One day workshop lasting 3 hours, would consist of:-
∑ physical breathing and vocal exercises'
∑ up and medium tempo grooves
∑ traditional and contemporary vocal styles
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