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Newton, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2003 | INDIE

Newton, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2003
Solo Jazz Adult Contemporary


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"Exuberant ZOLA at Scullers Jazz Club"

~by Beverley Creasey
"She has those delicate, ethereal high notes which quiver with emotion, like Dolly Parton’s breathy coloratura. She writes her own material, as well---in almost every musical style: blues, country & western, romantic ballads, even an anthem for South Africa (where she’s from). She has only one name and it’s Zola!
Zola does it all and she has a new CD, “HERE WITH YOU”, produced by wunderkind Doug Hammer, whose arrangements (for his kickin’ band) are shimmering. We all know Hammer can ignite a piano but who knew he could make orchestral magic, too.
Zola composes long, languorous songs. like the four and a half minute appropriately titled “Long Long Time” which has a lovely duet for Hammer and Trent Austin on trumpet — and snappy, tongue in check send-ups like “Cocoa Bean Blues”( “I get mean if I’m deprived of my cocoa bean.”) with Hammer jazzing it up in stride. Her slow, sexy, bluesy “Worth Your While” has a sassy, sultry trumpet solo for Austin which could heat up the Arctic — and her “In Another Lifetime” will have you thinking of Olivia Newton John’s “I Honestly Love You” — except Zola’s song is sweeter.
Her songs have a startling immediacy like her plaintive, “come hither” [I need to be with you) “Right Now” which features Austin’s silky trumpet and Steve Chaggaris’s whispering beat on drums. She has fun (and gets down) with her funky “Pin Stripe Blues” and pays tribute to both her mother and her homeland with the hypnotic Mother Africa.”
The standout song (which everyone should be covering) is the bittersweet “Blue Rain.” co-authored with Jon Seiff. They capture the wistful melancholy of an unforgettable lost love with literate rhymes and soft, echoing raindrops supplied by David Landoni on bass. Dreamy vocals, gorgeous orchestrations: Don’t miss them next time Zola and Hammer come to Scullers for a party. "

"ZOLA here with you"

By - John Amodeo

"On her debut solo recording, Here With You, Zola brings her warm, voluptuous voice to a collection of her own songs. .....her sultry vocals bring depth, texture and subtlety to every song, suggesting fascinating backstories...... evocative arrangements that bring color and distinction to each song, yet maintain a quality of listenable cohesion about the whole. Pin Stripe Blues, the peppiest of the bunch, with a sizzling muted trumpet behind Zola's suggestive vocals, is New Orleans jazz all the way, while This Is How It Is could be sung by a teased-hair vinyl booted, mini-skirted country singer. Others are arranged in the manner of slow jazz standards or pop ballads. But it is with Blue Rain, co-written with Jon Seiff, that Zola touches us most deeply, reflecting on the loss of a loved one. Zola sums up her life's philosophy in her closing number, My Prayer, an anthem of hope suitable for any vigil, as reassuring as a mothers hug, and as forward reaching as a child's soul."

"Zola here With You"

"I was blown away. Great performances by everyone, on this CD, as well as wonderful arrangements and production... Zola's original jazz/pop/cabaret songs and performances are a warm hug, a sensuous cuddle under a warm blanket ¬ a sense of 30s and 40s déjà vu from an ancient soul in a contemporary time ¬ a soulfully intimate, expressive voice that wraps around her timeless melodies and contemporary love lyrics like a blue mist.” - John Braheny, Author: “The Craft and Business of Songwriting” (Writer's Digest Books) / Columnist: Music Biz Magazine - John Braheny


CD, “Here With You” (2006)
“Zola” (2002)“On the Blue Side – Zola sings the Jon Seiff songbook” (2001)
“Letting Go” (1993 )
"Hello Baby" (1996)
"Zola's Jollypop Stagecoach" (2003)
"jollypop Jive with Zola' (1991)
Singles featured on compilation CD’s including, “Boston Sings Out” (1997) & “BSW Songwriter”



ZOLA Singer-Songwriter www.zola.us 617.575.9652 / (+27)-76-246-6160

Zola, born in South African to European parents, is now a Boston based vocalist and Billboard award winning songwriter whose songs are recognized in many categories including, jazz, cabaret, blues, adult-contemporary and country. This versatile singer~pianist has recorded six solo albums of original material, that also include baby lullabies and children’s music.

Zola has performed as lead female singer with general business bands, has done voice overs, written for film, earned success as commissioned songwriter and has performed as a solo artist overseas and locally, making her singer~songwriter USA debut in 1997 at Boston’s SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB.

In 2006 Zola won critical acclaim and rave reviews for her performance at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB that celebrated the launch of her latest CD “here with you” recorded with some of Boston’s finest jazz musicians.

While greatly inspired by Broadway musicals, film scores and instrumentals, Zola’s other musical influences included Sting, Carole King, The Carpenters, Bette Midler., Barbra Streisand, The Beatles, Burt Bacaharach, and the legendary jazz greats.

Zola began singing long before she could talk. She started composing songs at the piano at a very young age and in her teens, had had a number of her songs published. Being the daughter of a world renowned Yiddish and Broadway actress/singer/comedienne, Chayela Rosenthal, Zola’s introduction to the arts came about at a very young age. Her love of musical theater came naturally, as did her gifted talents as a singer and her ability to act. By age three she was already the favorite child star in the open air summer stage shows. At age nine, Zola was singing and dancing in local community variety shows with “The Tripple Ripple” - a singing trio she formed with her two best friends! She continued on to play every lead role in her school musicals and plays. Growing up, Zola saw every musical movie, or theatrical production that she could, after which she would race home, humming the theme songs in her head, and run to the piano where her little fingers would effortlessly bring those melodies out to play. Daughter of Holocaust survivor parents, Zola was “raised in an environment well acquainted with love, need, loss and hope, all of which became the building blocks of her original compositions”, sought after songs that are continually covered by other artist too. In her college years, while singing with leading general business bands, Zola wrote and performed “First Dance” wedding songs for herself and a few close friends. She then moved on to voiceovers, commercials, contract work for hire, songs for film, privately commissioned songwriting projects that include personalized song gifts....and continued songwriting success creating covers for other artists.

In between her Creative Arts “Broadway Kid Starz” teaching program and entertaining young children, Zola continues to write, record and perform - all with equal passion and love.