Vintage pop, swing, and jazz singer and composer/lyricist Steven Taetz is based in Toronto. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall (NY), The Rogers Centre (Toronto), Blue Room (Korea), Capital Pride (Wash DC), Hotel Café (LA), World Pride, House of Jazz (Montreal), Ironwood (Calgary), and Toronto landmark venues including Jazz Bistro, The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, Hugh’s Room, Koerner Hall Galleria for Sinatra’s 100th, and leading music festivals.
As a lyricist and composer, Steven Taetz has written for many internationally renowned artists, attracting the attention of Big Management NYC, and resulted in a co-publishing deal through Universal (Europe) and Shapiro Bernstein (US). Leading a cross-Canadian collaborative project, he co-wrote a concept album with JUNO-award-winners from each province of Canada. Taetz’s material has charted for radio play and sales.
Since 2014, Steven returned to his training and early performance roots, focusing on the American Songbook and jazz standards, writing and recording traditional-pop, and swing originals. He has collaborated with leaders in Canadian jazz, including Barbra Lica, Michael Occhipinti, Drew Jurecka, Dawn Tyler Watson, George Koller, Ernesto Cervini, Wendy Lands, Taurey Butler, Dave Restivo, Ross MacIntyre, June Garber, Sonia Johnson, Micah Barnes, Tia Brazda, Nathan Hiltz, Melissa Lauren, Marc Rogers, Whitney Ross-Barris, and many more.
- Christopher Loudon (Senior Vocal Critic - JazzTimes Magazine)
“Taetz is truly hip. I could listen to him sing all night long. (It)’s the tried-and-true style harking back to Sinatra or Mel Tormé— he’s so good at it, and his backup band is consistently swinging. I love his delivery. The album Drink You In: Look for it, buy it, enjoy it. This disc is a sheer delight from start to finish.”
– Lynn Renee Bayley (The Art Music Lounge)
"It is indeed a great pleasure to meet the musical artist. You have a winner in both your musical writing and performance. Your debut is quite impressive. You have a wonderful lyrical quality to your voice."
- Joe Melillo (Executive Director of Programming, BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music)
"Steven Taetz’s… honest and pure vocals partnered with sensitive original phrasing put him in the league of the great jazz vocalists."
- Tracy Jenkins (Director - Toronto’s Lula Music & Arts Centre)
" I can't imagine a better musical depiction of the distinctive identity and appeal of our nation – (Taetz has created) a new anthem for Canadians both at home and abroad.”
- Janice Price (CEO @ The Banff Centre, Founding CEO @ Toronto’s Luminato Festival)
"Steven Taetz Christmas EP is full of tasteful, honest, and enduring new songs and standards."
- Jaymz Bee (Former host, JAZZ.FM91)
"Thank you for sharing your great album with me. There is a lot of artistic talent in this country [...] and this album you recorded with fellow artists from each province reflects this brilliantly.”
- Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada)
"After writing pop hits for other artists, he has teamed up with other songwriters from across Canada for the northern song cycle that makes up his first solo album. What great songs! What a great debut!"
- Marc Rheaume (Head of CBC Radio's Music Resources department)
"Impressive album! Lotta vocal range there! "Drive" will be featured on our next show… Talk about a story through [songs]!"
- Sandy Mowat (Producer - Fresh Air CBC)
"The album "Drink You In" by the young vocalist Steven Taetz is a pleasant and well-balanced project, in which technical professionalism is enriched by interpretative sensitivity. Beautiful vocal performances supported by the precious complicity of the band members, always with great professionalism and attentive to the musical requests of the leader."
- Bruno Pollacci (Animajazz Radio show - Pisa, Italy)
“[Taetz] is making his mark on the music scene, one track at a time […], quickly gaining notoriety. Taetz’s crystal-clear vocals and driving melodies, which he writes himself, have led to collaborations with some of the finest in the music business.”
– Derek Dotto (Outlooks national magazine)
"Steven Taetz mixes vintage sounds with artsy modernism on this satisfying album. Taetz is able to sound both relaxed and swinging on Bohemian themes.... A dry martini of a singer that is shaken and not stirred."
– - George W. Harris (JazzWeekly)
"Canadian vocalist Steven Taetz's light baritone is appealing; he has a natural swing feeling and pays careful attention to the lyrics. His original tunes, written with a variety of collaborators, are well-crafted and deserve lives beyond this album. Taetz has produced an appealing collection that combines classic pop with a contemporary edge."
– - Joe Lang (Jersey Jazz Magazine)
"Steven Taetz is a new shot in the mix of major Canadian crooners / jazz vocalists.... a future man in the genre, and a name that we will be hearing in the coming decades. He has written several of the numbers on Drink You In, numbers that will knock on the door when new songs are to be entered into The Great American Songbook."
– - Ivan Rod (Music Journalist, Denmark)