COMMISSION for GIJF 2017 with Jambone. Zoe has been invited to write and perform a brand new commissioned piece at GIJF 2017 with Paul Edis and Jambone. This will comprise of a new piece entitled “The Tunnel” Inspired by a jam session that had taken place in a disused train tunnel that Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion performed at whilst at Roland Jazz Festival, Romania in 2016. It will also include the re-arrangement of Gilby/Champion original “Is It Me” Both pieces will be performed as part of the festival programme by Zoe and Jambone.

FLUID ORCHESTRA COMMISSION. Celebrating 50 years of Jazz North East. Jazz North East will commemorate 50 years in programming Jazz and improvised music on Tyneside. The 12 piece Fluid Orchestra, selected by Jazz North promoter Wes Stephenson, will be performing five new commissions representing the five decades. Zoe and Andy were commissioned by Jazz North East to write a piece representing the 1970’s. The orchestra includes a stellar line up of northern based musicians, composers and improvisers.

RURAL TOURING. Facilitated by National Rural Touring Board, Live and Local (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire) and Arts Alive (Herefordshire and Shropshire) Zoe Gilby Quartet will be performing three separate rural tours throughout November 2016, March and April 2017.

FAMILY JAZZ ALL STARS at London Jazz 2016 and GIJF 2017. London music producers Serious, have invited Zoe Gilby Quartet to host the prestigious Family Jazz All Star shows at this years London Jazz Festival throughout November 2016 at Cadogen Hall and ArtsDepot and at Sage Gateshead International Jazz Festival in April 2017

Zoe was selected as a participant in the acclaimed Take Five Initiative Edition XI for 2016, ran by creative London music producers, Serious. The Take Five initiative is aimed at British and UK based composer-performers and is designed to give some of the UK’s most talented emerging creative jazz musicians the opportunity to develop their craft, build their careers and get their music out into the world.

“Watching Sideways” was showcased in the 2015 Women Make Music Series. With a vocal loop station and a vocal harmonizer, Zoe has produced a collection of solo vocal arrangements. Ranging from composed song based textural pieces to free improvisation, demonstrating the dexterity of the human voice. She has since performed this project and collaborated alongside free-improvisers, UK drummer Charlie Collins and Japanese pianist Yoko Muira in Newcastle on their UK tour.

November 2014 saw the unveiling of her “Pannonica” project. Performing lyrical interpretations of compositions penned by the legendary pianist, Thelonious Monk. Originally inspired by the 1988 Carmen McRae album “Carmen Sings Monk”

In March 2014 her quartet were selected by a panel of experts for Jazz North’s Northern Line Scheme

December 2013 “Twelve Stories” was released. A powerful collection of songs with a strong narrative. The original material on this album is an engaging repertoire of story telling and atmosphere, with the contemporary covers adding an adventurous blend, completing this unique story-book.

Zoë has teamed up with her husband, the innovative and powerful double bassist Andy Champion for a voice and double bass duo. Inspired by the legendary Sheila Jordan, this exciting project has been taking audiences by storm throughout the UK and Europe and highlights her ingenuity in interpreting a lyric.

Spring 2010 Zoë recorded “Looking Glass” on the jazzaction label, featuring her quintet. The composers range from Ellington to Tom Waits with the beginning of Zoe’s original material. This is “The Great American Songbook” and beyond

Zoë’s father, Mike Gilby worked professionally as a jazz trumpet player and arranger for over 40 years. She studied music for two years at Newcastle College and later developed her sound at Fionna Duncan’s Vocal Jazz Workshop in Glasgow. In Jan 2007, Zoë recorded her debut album ‘Now That I am Real‘ with arrangements by the renowned drummer Tony Faulkner.