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Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

  Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion refresh the blues genre with eclectic arrangements, virtuosic playing and vocal prowess.  Expect an exciting live set based around rootsy original songs, strong catchy riffs and exciting grooves; they mix old school tradition with contemporary verve and sophistication.

   Zoe’s dynamic and commanding vocal delivery and interpretive ability is complimented by the unmistakable and inimitable touch and flow of Rob Koral-guitar; together with the highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Eddie John-drums (both of whom have played with the “who’s-who” of jazz, blues and pop) bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions. They have made a considerable impact this last decade and is one of the bands that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues scene, receiving awards and nominations including finalists in the UK Blues Awards.

“A great band. Terrific musicians all four of them” - Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2 


“Scintillating solos from Koral and Whittaker … Schwarz’s stage presence and vocal delivery is commanding … she’s a lady born to sing the blues.” Nicholas John, editor - Blues in Britain Magazine, Live review, Limelight Theatre Aylesbury Jan 2023

“This is a band of exceptional quality, fronted by the stellar vocals of Zoe Schwarz; you really shouldn't miss the opportunity to enjoy them” - Live Review, Brian Harrington, Arlington Arts, Newbury Times, Apr 2021

"Powerful singing and a stylish performer, great guitar work, phenomenal Hammond …. a great set” - LIVE at Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival, Blues Matters Dec 2019/Jan 2020

“Unique vocals, accomplished guitar, a classic performance, and a fresh approach to “the blues” – Rosie Greer, Live Review, Old Bush Blues festival, Blues in Britain Sept 2019

“Phenomenal singer, compelling arrangements, complex guitar work and stunning musicianship from the band. Blue Commotion offers a striking contemporary slant to the blues.” - Lighthouse Poole, LIVE Review, Bournemouth Echo June 2019

Alternative Line ups

Zoe Schwarz Bluez Party

playing a mixture of original material and carefully chosen cool covers, from funky dance grooves to rock epics.

Vibrant & melodic, funky rocking blues... expect a viby live set based around rootsy original songs, strong catchy riffs 'n grooves; they mix old school tradition with a contemporary swagger and verve.

Zoë Schwarz & Rob Koral - Blues, roots & originals

    Zoë Schwarz and Rob Koral are well known for their established band Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion; they are equally at home in the more intimate duo setting playing a mix of their rootsy original songs with strong catchy grooves, and classic blues standards.  Expect old school tradition with contemporary verve and sophistication.  The communication between these two fine musicians will be evident for all to hear as one might expect after twenty years of intense gigging together.

"You can't beat an evening of new music... thank you, Zoe and Rob, you guys totally blew us away!" – Sofar Sounds

"Schwarz takes all that is good from Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday and makes it uniquely her own… together they create an edgy intimacy and bittersweet melancholy all delivered with an expert flair while still possessing the wild hair necessary for true authenticity." – C.M. Bailey,  All About Jazz US

 "Eye catching vocals meet sumptuous guitar”Guitarist Magazine 

“Deep in the blues, Rob’s guitar providing a cool platform for Zoe’s fine voice. From blues classics to their own material… Altogether a very classy set!” - Live Review, Blues Matters Magazine Apr/May 2019

Zoë Schwarz Jazz & Blues Trio/Quartet/Quintet