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ZAK KEITH

Professional guitarist  •  Vocalist  •  Music Instructor

From Jazz to Blues, Soul, Funk, Country, Rock and World Music...

From Nashville USA to Bangkok city to the guest appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival with the Van Morison band ... anywhere from small venues to outdoor stages in the snowy Alps to major events attended by President Obama and other heads of state...

 

Upcoming shows

Zak's Jazz, 2018

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This year, the majority of concerts will feature Zak as a solo artist, as well as collaborations with other artists from Nashville, Atlanta, Stockholm, London and Berlin.

Latest news

New collaboration with Ilhem Khodja

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Ilhem KhodjaZak will be teaming up with the Berlin-based French artist, Ilhem Khodja, for performances in the winter season, appearng as anything from a duo to quartet. The internationally active Jazz singer is known for her soulful vocals with a tint of near-orient influences from her colorful eclectic heritage.

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SHOWS

 

August 03, 2019

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Mojorider | Stampen | Sweden
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August 10, 2019

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Za-Gui-Di | Zermatt | CH
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August 30, 2019

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AfterWork Soul | Stampen | Sweden
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September 07, 2019

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Zermatt Classical Music Festival Guest Performance | Monte Rosa | CH
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September 09, 2019

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Zermatt Classical Music Festival Guest Performance | Zermatterhof | CH
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September 12, 2019

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Zermatt Classical Music Festival Guest Performance | Cervo | CH
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September 13, 2019

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Jah Brothers | Papperla Pub | CH
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September 14, 2019

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Jah Brothers | Papperla Pub | CH
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September 14, 2019

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Zermatt Classical Music Festival Guest Performance | Zermatterhof | CH
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October 09, 2019

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Grand Opening with Dymaxion Positive | Helsinki NBF | FI
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October 25, 2019

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Dan Granero Band guest performance | Bellinzona | CH
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October 26, 2019

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Dan Granero Band guest performance | Chiasso | CH
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December 31, 2019

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | TBA | CH
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January 09, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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January 16, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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January 23, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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January 30, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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February 13, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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February 14, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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February 20, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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February 27, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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March 12, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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March 19, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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March 26, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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April 09, 2020

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Zak Keith solo Jazz | Monte Rosa | CH
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SOUND CLIPS & VIDS

 
 

Videos filmed by audiences around the world

Stampen's After-work Session, April 2017

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Zak Keith — multi-genre musician

 
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Zak is internationally active as a free-lance musician and currently collaborates with various artists and bands. He is available for live performances, studio work, clinics, coaching, music arrangement, etc. Zak has good sightreading abilities and extensive experience in Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Country, Bluegrass and World Music, such as African, Kurdish and Raï.

“Got soul!”

“Part funk, part jazz, part blues, or purely any of them”

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Zak has toured or shared the stage with, among others, Tommy Emmanuel, Angélique Kidjo, the Van Morisson band, Bernard Purdie (world's most-recorded drummer), the late Master Henry Gibson (world's most-recorded percussionist), Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Julius E. Green (Platters), members of the legendary group, Chic, Paul Booth (Steve Winwood), Calvin Bridges (a.k.a. James Mendel of Curtis Mayfield), Pete York (Spencer Davis Group), Grammy nominated Eric Bibb and Jerry Speiser (Men At Work). He has opened the show and/or undertaken stage-management/sound-engineering work for: Stevie Wonder, the late Wilson Pickett, the late Michael Jackson, Al Green, the late Isaac Hayes, Pink Floyd, John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes.

Zak began performing at age 10, playing classical piano pieces on a weekly children's television show. At 14, he took up Rock guitar and, by 17, landed his first recording contract with Warner. He paid his dues by moving on to Funk and Disco, playing R&B circuits, and Jazz and Country music. At 21, he was doing a stint as a Musical Director for a youth radio program, churning out freshly written Folk-Gospel songs for weekly premiere broadcasts.

Zak's versatility has enabled him to work as a recording sessionist and instructor at music colleges, and has brought him on tours throughout Scandinavia, Europe, the US, Australia and the Far East. He has authored instructional material still in use by music schools today. Music legends of our time have labeled him “part funk, part jazz, part blues, or purely any of them” and “always playing from the heart.”

Forays into World Music genres have led to festival and TV appearances in the Middle East, and multiple live recordings and performances with Algerian artist Khaled Habib, Kurdish artist Zakaria and the “Queen of African music,” Angélique Kidjo.

 

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© 2016 by ZAK KEITH