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Free: GAEA SCHELL
May 21, 2014
Yoshi's Local Talent Series: FREE live music in The Lounge 6:30 to 10pm!
"A hard-swinging, inventive pianist" "She prefers to describe herself as a jazz pianist who also sings, but the truth is that Schell handles both those hyphenates with plenty of style, imagination and grace" - Don Heckman (The International Review of Music)
Described as “one of the West Coast’s best kept secrets”, Schell pulls in the listener with a minimalist approach that shines with interpretive sensibility rather than pure musicality. Known among her peers for swinging every single note, subtle phrasing, and unique, lyrical writing, this West Coast-based pianist/ vocalist is a native of Alberta, Canada where she grew up playing music from an early age.
Gaea is a graduate of acclaimed McGill University in Montreal and spent time in New York as a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant studying with pianist/composer Richie Beirach. Accomplished and versatile, she - as drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath says, "plays the heck out of the piano with them small hands".
Gaea Schell has three acclaimed CDs out, is a sideperson on multiple recordings, and has played with many notable names (Bob Sheppard, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Bobby Watson, Clare Fischer Big Band, Ingrid Jensen and Stacy Rowles to name a few) in addition to often leading her own trio at venues regionally and internationally including Steamers in Fullerton, Vibrato Grill & Jazz in Bel Air, Plaza Bistro in Sonoma, Disney and Holland America cruise lines, and Knickerbocker in New York City.
Gaea recently headlined twice at the San Jose Jazz festival.