RACHEL Z

Post-Fusion Contemporary / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Post Bop • United States
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Manhattan-born and raised Rachel Nicolazzo (aka Rachel Z) had music practically ingrained in her genetic code. Groomed to follow in her mother's operatic footsteps, she began voice lessons at two, started classical piano lessons at seven and attended the opera by age nine. "My first dollhouse was a Metropolitan Opera House complete with the stage and dolls which were the performers," she recalls. "Then I heard Miles Smiles when I was 15, started rebelling against the classical by improvising, and played with a band that covered Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan songs."

Listening to Herbie Hancock's harmonies over Wayne Shorter’s compositions helped her bridge the gap from her classical training to jazz."The way my jazz chops developed was twofold. I developed acoustic straight ahead and electronic fusion playing equally over time," she says. After launching a quintet called Nardis, she studied with Joanne Brackeen and Richie Beirach.

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RACHEL Z Trust the Universe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trust the Universe
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1993
RACHEL Z Room of One's Own album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Room of One's Own
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1996
RACHEL Z Love Is the Power album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Is the Power
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1998
RACHEL Z On the Milky Way Express album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On the Milky Way Express
Post Bop 2000
RACHEL Z Moon At The Window: Jazz Impressions Of Joni album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moon At The Window: Jazz Impressions Of Joni
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2002
RACHEL Z First Time Ever I Saw Your Face album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2003
RACHEL Z Everlasting album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Everlasting
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2004
RACHEL Z Grace album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Grace
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2005

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