The Jacque Schafer Trio

 Ms Jacque Schafer

Ms. Schafer's vocal talents have thrilled audiences from Los Angeles to New York and Vienna, Austria.  She grew up in Indiana, attending the prestigious DePauw University where she graduated with a BA in Music on three voice scholarships.  She completed her voice instruction at the famous Conservatory of Music in Vienna, Austria. She has been singing professionally since her twenties.

Her operatic performances included the world premier of the opera, A Hoosier Tale, and roles as Musette in La Boheme and Rosina in the Barber of Seville.

Woodstock and Beyond

In New York, Ms. Schafer continued her vocal training under the noted opera singer, Ms. Claire B. Alexander, "voice coach to the stars", including Frank Sinatra, Harry Belafonte and Meatloaf.  At the same time, Jacque honed her singing talent upstate, in famous Woodstock, performing an interpretative jazz opening for Tiny Tim, and eventually touring the Far East (Tokyo and Hong Kong) with the late Randy Van Wormer.

Once back in the U.S., Jacque performed as lead singer with the Phantoms, a five-member acapella group and 1950s and 1960s cover band until she formed her own band, Night Time Tour, a "new-country" band featuring her own compositions, some of which can be heard on this website from the CD "Walkin' Slowly on Burning Coals."  She has performed throughout the Hudson Valley area of New York, including the Catskills, and in NYC.

Jacque and the Night Time Tour opened for many famous groups, including Eddie Rabbitt, Tommy Cash and Roy Orbison.  In 1981, her band was nominated for the prestigious Country Music Association's (CMA) Horizon Award, won that year by Country Music star, Ms. Terri Gibbs "Somebody's Knockin' ".

Doin' California

Before arriving in the Big Apple while she was on the West Coast, Jacque sang with numerous bands until she organized and produced a seven-female singing and dancing group called "The Love Party."  They were booked at the Los Angeles Playboy Club for an extended run. "Variety", the industry's trade publication, gave the group smashing reviews.

In the meantime, Jacque worked with CBS producers on a pilot program called "Win the Jam" which starred Phil Spector, Wolfman Jack and Spencer Davis.

"Walking Slowly on Burning Coals", CD

In Austin, Texas, Jacque released her CD, "Walkin' Slowly on Burning Coals", a collection of her own compositions of love, heartbreak and hope, a
compilation of haunting, yet truly uplifting, lyrics and arrangements that go to the core of the human condition.

Jacque is backed up on this CD by some of the best musicians in Austin: David Sebree, guitar; Pat Mastellado, drums and percussion; Marty Muse, pedal steel; Joe Morales, sax: Will Taylor, viola; Eric Daub, piano; and, Catherine Berry and Phil Redmond, background vocals.

"Stepping Up" , written by Jacque, is a rocking gospel piece reminiscent of the great, Aretha Franklin. Jacque performed this one and two others on The Nashville Network (TNN) in 2004, and took second place in a Nashville song contest that was decided by internet voting. The other originals are:  The River Runs and Train Whistle Blues.
These last two songs were recorded as a two-song single at
Mark Mosely's Sound Control Recording Studio, Nashville, TN.
           Turn to the Cool, Classic Sounds

Since the debut of her CD, Jacque has shifted her attention to the great music of the 1930's and 1940's, the Era of the Big Bands and Jazz, great song writers, and the celebrated female vocalists of the era:  Margaret Whiting, June Christy, Helen Forrest, Martha Tilton, Anita O'Day, Doris Day, Lean Horne, Billie Holiday, Helen O'Connell and many others.

Fashioning her own style and stamping her imprint on the classic arrangements in a small trio setting, Jacque's treatment is unique as she unwinds vocally on her deeply soulful sound on "Can't Help Loving' That Man" to the driving beat of "I'll Take Romance."  She can be playful, as on "Close Your Eyes"(a Doris Day, Andre Previn favorite) backed only by the double bass for the opening measures.  She can weep with the audience with the haunting melody line of "As Time Goes By."

The Jacque Schafer Trio brings the best of cool sounds with a modern touch to any musical environment.

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