Heather Keizur is a jazz vocalist who sings in both English and French. She is emerging as one of the most unique and gifted singers in the Northwest Jazz scene. Redd Williams, Jazz Poet, Jazz Society of Oregon, said"...a sensuous mesmerizing voice that is soft and enormosly thoughtful".
Born in San Jose, California, Heather grew up in British Columbia, Canada. Very early on she developed a love of performing as a vocalist and a love of the French language. When asked why the French songs, Heather says, "not only do the French songs have exquisite sound to them lyrically, but these beautiful songs are passionate in a way that compels me to sing them".
Heather first performed as a solo vocalist at the age of eleven singing for her school's talent contest. Through out her high school years she sang in the school concert band, for weddings and other special occasions. At 17 singing jazz became her passion when she became the vocalist in a local jazz band.
Over the years, Heather has sung with a variety of jazz bands, pop music duos and in churches. She earned an Honors degree in French at Portland State University on 1992.
Some of her greatest influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and the legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf.
When asked what draws her to songs, Heather says, "Passion". "In order for me to be drawn to a song, it needs to have a certain element of passion to it. That way when I sing, I can feel it and pass the story of the song on to those who are listening to it."
Heather recorded her first full-length CD in August of 2010. J'ai Deux Armours. The CD release celebration in November was totally sold out! Her beautiful voice is joined on this romantic album by several world-class artists: Steve Christofferson on piano and melodica, David K. Mathews on piano, Michael Zisman on bass and mandolin, Akira Tana on drums, Joe Cohen on sax, Jeremy Cohen on violin, Philip Santos on violin, Keith Lawrence on viola, and Joseph Hebert on cello.
Heather has performed with some of the Northwest's premier jazz musicians including Tom Grant, Steve Christofferson, Vince Frates, Dave Captein, Dennis Caiazza and Alan Tarpinian, as well as Bay Area pianist, David K. Mathews who is currently touring with Santana.
Tom Grant, with whom she recorded her first demo CD with Dave Captein in 2008, describes Heather this way, "whether singing in English or French, this dazzling vocalist projects the inner beauty of herself and the song she sings, straight to the heart of the listener".
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