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ZoŽ Gilby - Chanteuse
Lady of Jazz & Blues
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Zoe Gilby  

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 reviews.
Meanwhile you can get your mouths watering by hitting her Myspace and listening to samples!

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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

For Booking Enquiries on ZoŽ Gilby for Jazz or Blues Festivals, Theatre or Club Events, and Vocal Workshops - Jazz
Contact E-mail or Phone 01844 353117







Established Venue Dates are as follows:-

16 May 2009 12:00
The Gala Theatre Durham
19 May 2009 20:00
Harrogate Jazz Club Harrogate
3 Jun 2009 20:00
Ashington Jazz Club Ashington
6 Jun 2009 12:00
The Gala Theatre Durham
6 Jun 2009 19:30
St Maryís College Durham
7 Jun 2009 11:00
The Boardwalk - Whitley Bay Festival Whitley Bay
12 Jun 2009 20:00
The Boardwalk Whitley Bay
9 Jul 2009 20:00
Milestones @ The Georgian Theatre Stockton
18 Jul 2009 12:00
The Gala Theatre Durham
24 Jul 2009 20:00
The Queens Hall Hexham
2 Aug 2009 12:00
Stockton Riverside Jazz Festival Stockton
7 Aug 2009 18:30
Burton Agnes Jazz Festival Driffield, East Yorkshire
15 Aug 2009 12:00
The Gala Theatre Durham
19 Sep 2009 12:00
The Gala Theatre Durham
11 Oct 2009 12:00
Marsden Jazz Festival - Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion Voice and Bass Duo Marsden
13 Nov 2009 20:00
Saltburn Jazz Club Saltburn-by-the-Sea
14 Nov 2009 20:30
Zeffirellis Ambleside
9 Apr 2010 20:00
The Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival Isle of Wight

ZoŽ Gilby Biography
ZoŽ Gilby grew up in the North East of England in a household bursting with jazz. Her father Mike Gilby enjoyed a successful career spanning 40years as a jazz trumpet player and arranger. It was not uncommon to see a young toddler ZoŽ at her fatherís concerts. He still remains her number one influence. The jazz bug was passed on through the blood.

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 years.

Her professional career started by being the lead vocalist in a social club band. Touring around the North East for 18 months but it was her 21st birthday present that changed her life forever. The Fionna Duncan Vocal Jazz Workshop in Glasgow was the weekend ZoŽ will never forget
ďFionna and the other tutors gave me the key to the door that I wanted to openĒ

After performing as part of the Glasgow Jazz Festival ZoŽ returned to Newcastle inspired and emotional from her experience. She left the north east social club scene and embarked on her journey with jazz.


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."

Download CD Details
Track Details
1. Ode to Billy Joe : B.Gentry
2. In The Heat Of The Night : Q.Jones, M.Bergman, A.Bergman
3. West Coast Blues : W.Montgomery
4. Love For Sale : C.Porter
5. My Heart Belongs To Daddy : C.Porter
6. How Long Has This Been Going On : G.Gershwin, I.Gershwin
7. Squeeze Me : D.Ellington, L.Gaines
8. I Got It Bad : D.Ellington, Webster
9. Sunday : N.Miller, C.Conn, J.Stein
10. Autumn Serenade : S.Gallop, P.DeRose
11. The Lady Is A Tramp : Rodgers, Hart
12. If I Only Had A Brain : A.Arden, E.Y.Harburg

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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AllAboutJazz Revue - By Antonio J. del Palacio
ZoŽ Gilby is a young vocalist making her recording debut with Now that I am real. Following her father's footsteps into jazz--British trumpeter/arranger Mike Gilby--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 collaborates with drummer/arranger/conductor Tony Faulkner, a veteran of the British jazz scene. A self-declared Ellingtonian, Faulkner has composed and arranged over a hundred tunes recorded for the BBC's Jazz Club program, where he's conducted his own or the BBC's Orchestra. He's played with significant jazz artists including Thad Jones, Nat Adderley, Art Farmer and Al Cohn.  Gilby's voice and style are distinctive on this setlist consisting largely of standards, with many of them rarely performed by other jazz vocalese divas. Faulkner's clever arrangements bring a fresh and original slant to the material, as well as encouraging strong performances from the musicians, pushing the envelope and making this more than simply a lovely debut.
The disc begins with Bobbie Gentry's classic country hit "Ode to Billy Joe," a tune previously given the jazz treatment by Patricia Barber on Modern Cool (Premonition, 1994) and Oscar Peterson on Motions & Emotions (Verve, 1990). It opens with a vigorous and hard-bopping rhythmic statement by the horns, providing the basis for a tempo that's followed contrapuntally by the drums and percussion. Gilby swings the lyrics and beat with an almost harsh tone, while saxophonist Russell van der Berg responds, adding a spicy dissonant touch.
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

ďA sparkling debut by an exuberant singer whose lively personality comes across on every track of this fine CDĒ
ďThe emotional range of ZoŽís vocals is nicely complemented by a lively eight-piece bandĒ
ďSheer enjoyment throughoutĒ  Jazz UK Magazine

 "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

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ZoŽ Gilby tours as a Solo Artist and will work happily with House Bands
A Trio, Quartet, or Quintet can be formed where necessary using a combination of Quality Artists subject to availability such as :-
Dan Banks Quartet
Tim Collinson Quartet
Graeme Culham Jazz Quintet

She can also provide arrangements for local Big Bands if this is a more appealing format

Vocal Workshops:
ZoŽ is also keen to impart her skills to fellow Vocalists and Students of Jazz Vocal and can hold Workshop/Master Class projects in Colleges, Theatres, Studios and other suitable venues.  These can be linked up with assemblies at any of her evening Concert Venues.

  • Details:
    Vocal Jazz Workshops provides a platform for singers, where seasoned professionals and total beginners alike can learn, grow and flourish together in a uniquely inspiring and supportive environment.
    One day workshop lasting 3 hours, would consist of:-
             physical breathing and vocal exercises'
             up and medium tempo grooves
             traditional and contemporary vocal styles
    .         Improvisation

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