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"This Downbeat darling is just the right tonic for jaded jazz ears." - Midwest Record

"Wonderfully vintage, yet profoundly new and exciting." - Musical Memoirs

A weekly feature on California's #1 jazz radio station, singer Maria Schafer's mesmerizing voice and winsome, genuine style have captivated jazz lovers over the airwaves and on the world stage. As a rising star chanteuse and bandleader her songbook is seasoned with fresh, well-crafted arrangements of jazz chestnuts, catchy, heartfelt originals, and dancing grooves influenced by folk and Latin realms. With each concert crafting an alchemic connection both onstage and with audiences, Ms. Schafer's earnest phrasing and sage lyrical interpretations create a lasting impression on both the heart and ear. 

Maria has performed at festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival, and appeared on performing arts center stages across the USA and Canada, Riga Jazz Stage in Latvia, and Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Blue Note Tokyo, and Blue Note Nagoya in Japan. Her two full-length albums feature folk-tinged jazz originals and new-fashioned standards and are played regularly on radio stations across North America including KKJZ (Los Angeles), KNKX (Washington), KCSU (Colorado), WDCB (Chicago), and CBC Radio in Canada.

"Schafer's awareness of when to embellish and when to pull on the reins stands out among the current crop of jazz singers all-too eager to show off their chops at the expense of communicating actual emotion." - Jefferson Public Radio

"...leaves you wondering what she can't do."  - The New York City Jazz Record

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Live at Campus Jax, Newport Beach

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with The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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With her 8-piece group "Lady Sings, Trumpet Swings!" at Feinstein's at Vitello's


In Marigny Studios (NOLA) recording album "To Know Love"

Performing at Laguna Beach's Pageant of the Arts

Performing for Great Day Washington with The James Kob Experience

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