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ZAK KEITH

Professional guitarist  •  Vocalist  •  Music Instructor

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

 

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BAND OF BROTHERS, JULY 2016

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This July, the group will feature Australian Blues artist, Dan Granero, drummer James Bradley Jr. (Chuck Mangione, Crazy Town, etc), the amazing Derek January on bass and Zak Keith.

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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 winter 2015/2016, 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

 

December 08, 2016

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Reel Relish | Brig, Switzerland
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December 09, 2016

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Reel Relish | Les Caves, Charmonix, France
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December 10, 2016

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Reel Relish | Chalet Hotel le Castel, Chamonix, France
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February 17, 2017

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Mojorider | Stamoen
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April 28, 2017

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Mojorider | Gnarly B., Stockholm
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May 05, 2017

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Mojorider | Gnarly B., Stockholm
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June 02, 2017

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Mojorider | Gnarly B., Stockholm
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June 30, 2017

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Mojorider | Gnarly B., Stockholm
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July 08, 2017

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Zax Jazz | Switzerland
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July 09, 2017

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Zax Jazz | Switzerland
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July 10, 2017

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Zax Jazz | Switzerland
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July 14, 2017

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Mojorider | Gnarly B., Stockholm
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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 began performing on TV at the age of 10, playing simple classical piano pieces on a weekly children's program. At 14, he took up guitar, the forbidden instrument, and gravitated towards rock music. A self-taught guitarist, Zak moved out of home by playing in strip clubs and soon landed his first recording contract with a rock band at Warner by 17. He then paid his dues by moving on to Funk and Disco, doing R&B circuits, learning Cocktail Jazz and somehow finding time for Country music in between. By 21, he was doing a stint as a Musical Director for a youth radio program, churning out freshly-written Folk-Gospel songs for broadcast every week.

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 Far East and Australia. He has authored instructional material still in use by 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."

Among others, Zak has toured or shared the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Angélique Kidjo, 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, Calvin Bridges (a.k.a. James Mendel of Curtis Mayfield), Pete York (Spencer Davis Group), Eric Bibb and Jerry Speiser (Men At Work). He has opened the show and undertaken stage-management/sound-engineering work for: Stevie Wonder, the late Wilson Pickett, the late Michael Jackson (Bad Tour, Australia), Al Green, the late Isaac Hayes, Pink Floyd, John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes.

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. In addition to his earlier influences, Zak now borrows from African guitar, elements of Flamenco and Arabic maqams.

 

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© 2016 by ZAK KEITH