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    Rachel Z


    Rachel Z, a jazz pianist, keyboardist, and technologist, is one of the most influential and versatile musical forces of her generation. She trailblazed a top-level sideman career on keyboards while also recording 13 albums as a jazz leader on Sony, Savoy, Verve/GRP, OZmosis and NYC Records.Rachel Z has recorded, performed, and earned Grammys with Wayne Shorter(Highlife-responsible forsynth orchestral arrangements and piano) and Najee(co-wrote Tokyo Blue). She has toured and recorded with her own band “OZmosis” feat. Omar Hakim,Kurt Rosenwinkel,and Linley Marthe;Steps Ahead; Vertu feat. Stanley Clarke and Lenny White;Wayne Escofferey Band; George Coleman, George Garzone, Christian Mc Bride, Joe Lovano,Ron Carter, Dave Liebman, Charnette Moffett, Victor Bailey, Regina Carter,& Al Foster. She also has a trio with Mino Cinelu(perc Weather Report and Miles Davis) and James Genus(bass-Herbie Hancock)She is featured on keyboards and vocals in the Peter Gabriel Band Growing Up Love tours, recordings and Growing Up live DVD.She has a rock band Peaceboxx and an EDM project called “Nëve Fairchild” which will release a new CD soon. She has toured & recorded with the Neapolitan pop star legend Pino Daniele on 5 CDs. Toured with Savage Garden, Al DiMeola, Marcus Miller, and Neal Schon.

    Rachel Z, a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, is a Professor at the New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music Studies since 2000

    Degrees Held

    Bachelor of Arts with Honors and Distinction in Performance, New England Conservatory

    Studies with Professor Dan Freeman in Ableton 2018

    Visiting Professor in Electronic Music Production at Berklee College of Music 2018

    Professional Affiliation

    Local 802 Musicians Union

    Recent Publications

    Partial Discography:

    OZmosis featuring Rachel z,Omar Hakim ,Kurt Rosenwinkel, Linley Marthe 

    The Trio of OZ recording 2010

    Mosaic 2 Love and Soul : Terri Lyne CarringtonWayne Escofferey Live at Firehouse12

    Growing Up Live: Peter Gabriel

    Highlife: Wayne Shorter

    Vertu feat Stanley Clarke and Lenny White

    Department of Good and Evil:Rachel z ,Savoy

    Moon at the Window:Rachel Z

    Grace: Rachel Z, Chesky Records

    First Time Ever I saw Your Face Rachel Z ,Venus

    Everlasting: Rachel z 

    Room of One’s Own: Rachel z,NYC Records

    Trust the Universe:Rachel z ,Columbia,Sony Music 

    Infinite Desire:Al Di Meola

    Kiss my Axe:Al DiMeola

    Tokyo Blue: Najee

    Yin Yang:Steps Ahead

    Step Ahead Live in Europe

    Urban Renewal : Bobby Watson

    Mortal: Rachel Z , Artistshare

    I Will Possess Your Heart: Rachel Z Pony Canyon

    Trilateral Commission, Jimi Tunnell

    Hits and Misses Peter Gabriel

    Medina Pino Danieli







    Performances and Appearances


    Oct 30,2018 Berklee Performance Center EPD Department presents

    recording with OZmosis at Power Station Berklee and at OZmosis Studios

    Aug 2018 -April 2018 Tour with OZmosis 

    Omar Hakim ,Kurt Rosenwinkel, Linkey Marthe

    Visiting Faculty EPD Berklee College of Music 2018

    Sept 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival The Trio of OZ

    Sept 2018 Mezzrow Rachel Z4 Mino Cinelu, Luques Cutis, Nick Roseboro

    NJ PAC Weather Report and Beyond: Christian Mc Bride, Rachel Z, Omar Hakim, Manolo Badrena,,Joe Lovano

    Neal Schon’s Vortex Tour 2013

    Terri Lyne Carrington Band: Mosaic 2 Tour 2012-14

    Pino Daniele International tour 2010

    The Trio of OZ International Tour 2010-13

    Saratoga Jazz Festival 2020
    Hong Kong Jazz Fest 2020
    Blue Note Japan 2020
    Thailand International Jazz Conference 2020
    London Jazz Festival Nov  2019
    Malta International Jazz Fest 2019
    St Moritz Jazz Fest 2019
    Saratoga International Jazz Festival 2019
    Small’s Jazz Club 2019-2020






    Research Interests

    Women in Jazz- INEQUITY ISSUES

    Awards And Honors

    Presidential Scholarship for study New England Conservatory 2018 MM award

    Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz CD Wayne Shorter’s for Highlife(piano, synth, synth arranger, programmer)

    Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz CD Najee’s Tokyo Blue(cowriter)

    NEA Study Grant : Richie Beirach

    NEA Study Grant: Charlie Banacos




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