With a warm and sensuous vocal talent (SmoothJazz.com), charmingly straightforward delivery, spot-on pitch, and nuanced rhythmic sensibilities, young jazz singer Maria Schafer carries forward the vibrant jazz tradition with a musical aesthetic born in the Great American Songbook.
Her modern originals show influences from the romanticism of American folk music, the harmonic language and groove of neo-soul, and the adventurous curiosity of modern jazz and world music.
Having performed for tens of thousands of music lovers across the United States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, and Japan, Schafer’s honey-sweet tone, genuine articulation, and elegance on the stage speak well to all audiences, whether she’s in front of a spectacular big band in an international concert hall or warmly nestled among her quartet in a Los Angeles jazz club.
Now, after spending 2 years mesmerizing fans worldwide as the touring vocalist with the swing era big band The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Schafer returns to her small group roots with her debut solo album, To Know Love… out with Marsch Music in early 2018. A studio date blending West Coast guitarist Shane Savala and New Orleans musicians Joe Butts, Kyle Sharamitaro and Brad Black, the album is “an immensely polished collection of classic jazz standards with infinite subtleties of tonal shading” (Hill Rag).
Maria has won outstanding Soloist Awards at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Reno Jazz Festival