ZAZZ, an alternative jazz/pop quintet performs live in the Chicago area and delights audiences with innovative music.  The musicians come together to create unique and creative sounds for tunes from the jazz standards, Latin grooves,  pop tunes, Broadway, and rock, as well as original songs and compositions. ZAZZ performers are multi-talented and perform on a variety of instruments and vocals.  The every changing energy and sound create an exiting musical exchange. Whether you are looking for background music, a concert, dance music or just a variety,  ZAZZ would also be happy to customize a program  to fit your special event. 


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Due to the current crisis, ZAZZ has changed their schedule. Because the situation is ever evolving many upcoming gigs have been postponed or cancelled.  ZAZZ has many postings on YouTube and Facebook, so check them out.  The greatest challenge for a musician is not to have an audience.  We miss you all and pray for your health and safety and wish our friends, fans, and family well during these difficult times.  We hope to see you very soon. We are all in this together.


During our absence, check out this live stream concert performed on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the Dunham Woods Riding Club.  https://www.facebook.com/DupageSymphony/videos/759645764812562/?vh=e&extid=Zl3R93lgrkTW03SX

Zazz in the Garden-Deep Purple

Zazz Jazz Combo at the Bensenville Library Holiday Concert

Bensenville Library, 200 S. Church, Bensenville, IL

ZAZZ performs holiday favorites which will be live streamed on the Library website. Enjoy the fun and lively sounds of the holidays remotely this year. Thank you Bensenville Library for keeping the music alive.

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Zazz Jazz Combo-Private wedding cocktail hour

Spring Inn, Elmhurst

ZAZZ is happy to kick off the celebration of a bride and groom in an intimate setting.

Zazz Jazz Combo

Greenfields of Geneva, Geneva

The ZAZZ Trio performs for the residents of Greenfields of Geneva. Under strict COVID guidelines the concert will be performed to a smaller audience and live streamed into the other resident's private rooms. ZAZZ looks forward to presenting and exciting Autumn Concert of Jazz favorites.


Zazz Jazz Combo

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Hale Street Dining Tent, Wheaton, Hale and Front Street, Wheaton, IL

Sit back and relax to the music of ZAZZ as you enjoy the fine dining options in downtown Wheaton. Ivy, Gia Mia, El Sogno, Altero Latin Fusion, Berger Social, and Movable Feast and Company. Deb Zelman, clarinet, vocals and sax, Gail Sonkin, keyboard, Jeff Gorski, guitar, Julian Webb, Bass, Eric Pancer Drums

Zazz Jazz Under the Stars

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Dunham Riding Club, Wayne, IL

ZAZZ presents a fun filled concert of Jazz Standards and unique arrangements. In conjunction with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, members of ZAZZ cross over between Jazz and Classical Music styles. Deb Zelman, principal Clarinet in the DuPage Symphony shows off er talents both as an instrumentalist and a vocalist, Gail Sonkin-oboe and English Horn player in the DSO, performs on keyboard, Julian Webb-co-principal Bass with DSO, and Eric Pancer, former DSO Percussionist.

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Zazz Jazz Combo DuPage Symphony Outreach

Addison Library, 4 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents an outreach concert with ZAZZ. A Crossover Classical Jazz Concert that features the unique style of jazz crossed into the classical genre. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the concert.


Zazz Jazz Duo

Wyndemere, Wheaton

The Zazz Duo-Gail Sonkin and Julian Webb perform for the residents of Wyndemere's progressive dinner party


Zazz Trio

Hyatt Lodge, Oakbrook

Bridal Fair for those booking at the Hyatt Lodge. This beautiful venue offers a wide variety of options. Add the ZAZZ combo to the cocktail hour to kick off the celebration.

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ZAZZ at the Venue

ZAZZ at the Music Venue in Aurora January 17, 2020 (as seen in the Daily Harold) 

The weather did not stop fans from enjoying great music.  ZAZZ, the jazz/pop combo performed at the Music Venue, 21 S. Broadway in Aurora on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.  This unique intimate seating venue offers stellar acoustics to engage in the music and serves drinks.  Part of the Fox Valley Music Foundation, their mission is to promote music of all genres and offers the highest caliber of performances.  ZAZZ presents the first jazz performance of 2020 at the Music Venue.  Tickets for the two shows range in price from $10-15 and cam be purchased on-line at http://themusicvenue.org/calendar.  ZAZZ's website is http://www.zazzjazzcombo.com.

The sounds of ZAZZ energize throughout the show.  the repertoire spans the gamut from jazz standards, to pop tunes to new works and meds styles and blends genres.  The group features the multi-talented musicians that change horns, create new grooves and present music in creative and unique ways.  Deb Zelman-vocals, clarinet and saxes, Ken o'Neil, tenor sax and flutes, Gail Sonkin, keyboard-arranger, Jeff Gorski, guitar, Julian Webb, bass and Eric Pancer, drums.

ZAZZ pushes the boundaries of jazz and crosses over from multiple genres.  Hear a bit of classical music in a jazz standard, or a crossing of the line between swing and Latin grooves.  ZAZZ can be heard throughout the Chicagoland area.  http://zazzjazzcombo.com


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