“Scheffer has the agility and panache of a seasoned horn player and the imagination of the brightest stars of her generation” Andrea Canter, JazzPolice.com.
Vocalist, bandleader and composer Tammy Scheffer regularly performs with her sextet to growing audiences and press recognition in the last couple of years. Her music incorporates Middle Eastern influences of her homeland Israel, an instrument-like approach to improvisation and a creative use of her group’s instrumentation to create new textures. Renowned saxophonist Greg Osby hand-picked Scheffer’s debut album for his own label, Inner Circle Music. Her debut album as a leader, Wake Up, Fall Asleep, features nine original compositions for a sextet and her own spin on the well known When You Wish Upon a Star. In the words of Osby, who attended the recording: “The music was vibrant, personal and exceptional. It was an amazing session”.
Aside from her work as a bandleader, Scheffer takes part in various projects, performing with some of today’s most creative musicians. Most recently she appeared in a music video that featured her alongside Dream Theater’s keyboardist Jordan Rudess, reaching more than 200,000 views on Youtube in less than four months and gaining her worldwide following. She also appeared as featured vocalist with Russ Spiegel Jazz Orchestra, Javier Arau Big Band, Asuka Kakitani Big Band, Vadim Nedselovskey Group, Guy Mendilow Band and many more. Some of the stages she performed on include the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC, Chicago Cultural Center, Virginia Arts Festival, the Jazz Standard in NYC, the Regattabar and Scullers Jazz Clubs in Boston and other premier stages.
Ms. Scheffer is a recipient of a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and a scholarship from the prestigious New England Conservatory. In March 2008 she has been chosen to participate in the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead workshop, a competitively- selected audition based program for promising jazz performers and composers.