"Wonderfully vintage yet profoundly new
and exciting. Intimate, journey-bound jazz from a silken voice."
With her charming smile and dazzling, velveteen voice and keen sense of pitch, Maria Schafer has performed all over the world as a jazz vocalist while firmly establishing a home base in Los Angeles. She enjoys a full schedule of recording session work (film, world, pop, country, jazz, and choral music), teaching, touring, and performing as an in-demand and astute musician in LA.
Maria started studying music three years into college and received classical training at Mt. San Antonio College with Melissa McIntosh Landis and cut her teeth in the top choral and jazz ensembles under Bruce Rogers and Bill McIntosh, touring to Australia and winning Downbeat Student Awards and Outstanding Soloist awards at the Reno Jazz Festival.
Further university studies brought to her to CSULB, where she studied with the renowned Christine Guter and her Downbeat-winning Pacific Standard Time vocal jazz ensemble, garnering an Outstanding Soloist award at the Monterey Next Generation Festival, a special grant from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation in order to attend the Riga Jazz competition in Riga, Latvia, and locally was the Vocalist winner of the San Gabriel 7 scholarship competition. She graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Studies - Vocal Performance.
After joining the music scene full-time, Ms. Schafer spent two years touring as the female vocalist with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, logging about 250 concerts per year and performing in renowned venues like the Chan Centre in Vancouver, BC and Montreal Symphony House in Montreal, QC, Canada; Tobin Center in San Antonio, TX, Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, and Yoshi's in Oakland, CA; along with honoured venues across Japan including Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo and the Blue Note Nagoya and Blue Note Tokyo jazz clubs.
Recorded on a 11-day break from touring, her debut album solo album, “To Know Love...”, regularly plays on jazz radio stations across the US and Canada and is sold at Tower Records outlets in Japan. A self-produced small group presentation of Schafer's arrangements feature stunningly intimate duo and trios in contrast to hard-swinging quartet tunes including features for trumpet player Brad Black. Her second full-length album, "No Broken Hearts", is a mixture of modernly-arranged jazz standards and original songwriting influenced by Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Gilad Hekselman, Nana Caymmi and more.
Hear her on recordings with: The James Kob Experience, BiiJ?, and Eric Hirschorn
Albums: To Know Love (2018), Christmas in the City (2018), No Broken Hearts (2019)