Zoë Gilby is a jazz vocalist and songwriter who has been making a real impression on today's jazz scene. She performs a repertoire starting with her compelling original compositions, written with double bassist husband Andy Champion and performed by her highly accomplished band, guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Richard Brown. Her stockpile of music reaches a wide range of more contemporary material from composers such as Pink Floyd and Kate Bush. Also included are some superb interpretations of “The Great American Songbook”.
Her influences include Carmen McRae, Sheila Jordan, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell.
Twice she has received touring support from Jazz Services and has performed with some of the UK's top jazz musicians, including Jim Mullen Organ Trio, Dave Newton, Alan Barnes and Tony Faulkner. Touring the UK and internationally with her exceptional quartet, she has performed at prominent jazz festivals and venues.
In March 2014 her quartet were selected by a panel of experts for Jazz North’s Northern Line Scheme.
In December 2013 “Twelve Stories” was released, a powerful collection of songs with a strong narrative, delivered with a commanding mix of musical sophistication and dramatic edge. The original material is an engaging repertoire of story telling and atmosphere. The contemporary covers are an adventurous blend and the sensitive treatment to a couple of jazz standards completes this particular “story-book”.
In Spring 2010, Zoë recorded “Looking Glass” on the jazzaction label, featuring her quintet. The composers range from Ellington to Tom Waits, with the beginning of Zoe’s original material. This is “The Great American Songbook” and beyond.
Zoë’s interest in singing and jazz took shape at an early age. Zoë’s father, Mike Gilby, worked professionally as a jazz trumpet player and arranger for over 40 years. She studied music for two years at Newcastle College and later developed her sound at Fionna Duncan’s Vocal Jazz Workshop in Glasgow. In Jan 2007, Zoë recorded her debut album ‘Now That I am Real‘ with arrangements by the renowned drummer Tony Faulkner.
“A mix of intelligent original songs and innovative arrangements of tunes by both jazz and pop composers. It’s the quality of the original songs that make this jazz vocal album stand out from the pack.”
The Jazz Mann, reviewing Twelve Stories