Heather Keizur, a jazz vocalist who sings in both English and French, is emerging as one of the most unique and gifted singers on the Northwest Jazz scene.
When asked what draws her to songs, Heather says, "Passion. In order for me to be drawn to a song, it needs to have a certain element of passion to it. That way when I sing it, I can feel it and pass the story of the song on to those who are listening."
Heather recorded her first full length CD in August of 2010. Heather Keizur has a lot of love and life in her voice. Her beautiful voice is joined on this romantic album by some world class players: Steve Christofferson on piano and melodica, David K Mathews on piano, Michael Zisman on bass and mandolin, Akira Tana on drums, Joe Cohen on sax, Jeremy Cohen on violin, Philip Santos on violin, Keith Lawrence on viola, and Joseph Hebert on cello. Heather also recorded a demo CD in August of 2008 with jazz recording artist Tom Grant and one of Portland's top bassists, Dave Captein.
She has performed with some of the Northwest's premier jazz musicians, including Tom Grant, Steve Christofferson, Vince Frates, Dave Captein, Dennis Caiazza, and Alan Tarpinian, as well as bay area pianist David K Mathews who is currently touring with Santana.
Born in San Jose, California, Heather grew up in British Columbia, Canada. Very early on she developed a love of performing as a vocalist and a love of the French language.
Heather first performed as a solo vocalist at the age of eleven singing for her school's talent contest. Throughout her high school years she sang in the school concert band, for weddings and other special occasions. At 17 singing jazz became her passion when she became the vocalist in a local jazz band. Over the years Heather has sung with a variety of jazz bands, pop music duos, and in churches. Some of Heather's greatest influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf.
Heather earned an honor's degree in French at Portland State University in 1992. When asked why the French songs, Heather says, "Not only do the French songs have an exquisite sound to them lyrically, but these beautiful songs are passionate in a way that compels me to sing them."
Heather is also a certified and devoted Montessori teacher and the proprietress of The Happy Children's Montessori in Hillsboro, Oregon. She shares the joy of music and French with the children in her school every day.
Tom Grant describes Heather in this way, "Whether singing in English or French, this dazzling vocalist projects the inner beauty of herself and the song she sings, straight to the heart of the listener."