Launching New Jazz Project

 

For nearly a decade now I've been pursuing my career as a performing songwriter. In my past life, I was an elementary music teacher by day and a professional singer by night. I spent the last half of my college years studying the great American music style known as jazz. It's something that's near and dear to my heart and I want it to always be a part of me. Thus, my new jazz project. Eventually, I'd like to perform regularly in local jazz venues with a combo, but for now, I present my inaugural show at Opening Bell Coffee, which I will play solo. There will be selections from the Great American Songbook as well as a few popular classics, and perhaps an original composition or two. I'll also share some stories about my personal journey with the genre, as I think it reveals a lot about who I am as a person. I look forward to sharing this intimate evening with you. For more information, or to buy tickets, click here

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Zach Balch
Step One.

It's been awhile. A while since what, I'm not exactly sure. A few short years ago I was so active online, keeping my website fresh, posting daily on social media, playing regular shows and basically doing everything I could to make sure people wouldn't forget about me. It's tough to put a finger on what happened to change all that. I've just been living life. Sometimes, I feel like I'm watching other people's lives go along while I'm sitting still. The thing is, I haven't been sitting still. I've worked on a full-length record, bought a house, got married to an amazing man and have been getting up every morning and going to a job I genuinely enjoy. But a part of me is missing. The part of me that used to feel like I was in the middle of everything is missing. I stopped playing so many shows. My website lapsed. I don't post on social media but once every few weeks, at most. I stopped working on my record. What it sounds like, and what it looks like, is that I quit. And that feels terrible because I know in my heart I haven't quit yet. I still intend to keep going. So when does this season of transition become a season of action? I have been grappling with that for what has turned into over two years and counting. So this is step one: building a brand new website and get back into playing a show every once in a while. Step two is finishing the album and creating multi-media content to accompany it. Step three, hopefully, is getting people to take notice and know that I haven't quit. I still have so many stories to tell. And I'd love to tell them to you if you'll listen.

Zach Balch