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"One of the West Coast's best kept secrets" "She not only understands 'swing,' she infuses it into every composition, lyric, and particularly into her third recording, "After the Rain" - Andrea Canter, JazzPolice.com

"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)

"Pianist Gaea Schell has long been a local favorite, a talented pianist and a personable vocalist who has her own fresh phrasing" - Scott Yanow, Jazz Scene review for new release "After the Rain"

Listen: Alone Together (arr. G. Schell) (GS trio)
After the Rain (comp. G. Schell) (GS quartet)
September in the Rain, Gaea Schell piano/vocal
Tangible (comp. G. Schell) (GS trio)
In love in vain- w/ Dennis Carroll live in Chicago
Just Squeeze Me (Schell & Bones)

(Scroll down and see the "Listen" page for more compositions, videos + clips)

Listen to a clip from a recent performance with Tootie Heath






"Subtle romanticism" with a "distinctive, swinging touch" are words used to describe jazz pianist Gaea Schell. Accomplished and versatile, she - as drummer Albert 'Tootie' Heath has said, "plays the heck out of the piano with them small hands".

After the Rain

Known among her peers for swinging every note, subtle phrasing, and honest lyrical writing, this West Coast-based pianist/composer/vocalist (also flutist) is a native of western Canada where she grew up playing music from an early age. Recorder lessons at age 6 with family friend, the late San Francisco based drummer Eddie Marshall, was one of her first musical ventures. Pursuit of a classical harp degree led to checking out Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans records in the school library, inspiring a move East and subsequent graduation from the jazz program at acclaimed McGill University in Montreal.

The real learning, however, came from playing on the bandstand with respected elders who spent considerable time themselves playing with greats such as Joe Henderson, Wynton Kelly, Ella Fitzgerald. Gaea feels "it's so important to listen, experience, and understand the tradition of this music".

A 1999 Canada Council for the Arts grant took Gaea to New York City where she studied with internationally known pianist/composer Richie Beirach. Gaea (maiden name 'Brant') is a cousin of late classical composer Henry Brant (favorite composer Benny Golson a protege of)

Gaea recently made her California debut as a twice featured performer at the San Jose Jazz Festival and has been performing professionally and internationally as a pianist and recently vocalist for many years in diverse contexts. Her experience includes everything from trio to quartet to orchestral performance. Notable artists she has played with as a sideperson include Nancy King, John Stowell, Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Clare Fischer Big Band, Tony Dumas, PJ Perry, Marcus Shelby, Bobby Watson, Bob Sheppard, Dan Faehnle (guitarist with Diana Krall), Vince Lateano, John Wiitala, Noel Jewkes, Earl Palmer and Gilbert Castellanos (member of the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra).

Steadfast swing and elegance of expression - trademarks of Gaea Schell's music - guarantee her ability to engage her listeners.


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Gaea is in-demand as a sideperson; also available duo with upright bass, trio or quartet for overseas, festivals, clubs, hotels, private events... also available as a producer, arranger, composer and instructor. Gaea only performs for reasonable compensation and does not support any venue or individual who does not treat the artist well. For booking or other info, Gaea can be reached at: (323) 828-4106, management@gaeaschell.com, or go to the contact page.


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