"This Downbeat darling is just the right tonic for jaded jazz ears." - Midwest Record
"Wonderfully vintage, yet profoundly new and exciting." - Musical Memoirs
Featured weekly on SoCal's #1 jazz station, KJazz 88.1, 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 songstress and bandleader with fresh, well-crafted arrangements of jazz chestnuts and on-the-nose originals, her quintet displays a playful chemistry with a hard-swinging rhythm section to keep your fingers snapping and toes tapping all night.
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 featuring new-fashioned standards and originals can be heard on stations across the country including KKJZ (Los Angeles), KNKX (Washington), KCSU (Colorado), WDCB (Chicago), and CBC Radio in Canada.
Live at Campus Jax, Newport Beach
with The Glenn Miller Orchestra
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
"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