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.
"There are great vocalists, from Sinatra to Bublé, who effortlessly straddle the border between jazz and pop; there are plenty of great songwriters; and the annals of great interpreters stretches from Bing and Billie to Dee Dee and Diana. But Steven Taetz is one of a rare breed, seamlessly succeeding across all three. Whether tender and romantic or sharp and sassy, he is a unique, arresting talent, blending the charismatic charm of Harry Connick Jr. with the mischievous postmillennial élan of Jamie Cullum."
- 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)
"Toronto-based artist Steven Taetz has reinvented himself on his second album Drink You In. He’s foregone pop for a swinging jazz sound that echoes Michael Buble and, stretching further back, Frank Sinatra. Drink You In is fizzy, pretty and romantic. Combining six originals that sound like they arrived from a more sedate era, with a bunch of old-time standards, our cool crooner adds a queer twist to his dry martini remakes. Steven is proud to follow in the tradition of legendary LGBT jazz performers like Billie Strayhorn, Ma Rainey, Fred Hersch and Gary Burton. You may not know or care who those music legends are but Steven sure does a neat job of making jazz “swelligent”.
- Marc Andrews (DNA Magazine)
“For fans of crooners like Michael Bublé and Harry Connick, Jr. who also still listen to Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, there is now Steven Taetz. The right warm voice bends, a vintage musical accompaniment, that exotic aroma and the perfect dress code, everything is there. The man also writes texts with an ironic sensual undertone that fit perfectly in this context. Irresistible!”
- Jazz'Halo (Belgium)
"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)
"Steven Taetz represents a historic, yet innovatively modern approach to the jazz microphone. A needed voice in that crooning theme of bringing jazz to the forefront in these Renaissance times of jazz music. The zeal and authority he provides is full of patent realism very welcome on the musical landscape now and into the timelessness of his craft."
- Joe Dimino (Neon Jazz podcast)
"Steven Taetz has a pure expressive voice, a keen sense of timing, and an unerring judge of material. His new album Drink You In is engaging and interesting from beginning to end. The lyrics to the musical selections - at turns ironic, playful, and honest - aptly compliment his rich voice. Lovers of contemporary pop/jazz vocals need to hear this album."
- Ron Steeds (In A Mellow Tone, CKCU Radio)
"Steven Taetz's album is fresh out this Fall, the perfect time for a cozy night in with your favourite drink paired with his exceptional vocal skills, top-notch musicians and the dynamic musical range of this must-have album. This perfect mix of all the right ingredients will make you feel warm inside in any season!"
- Joost van Steen (Host, Producer - Jazz and Blues Tour, Netherlands)
"Steven Taetz does more than carry a song; he puts his own elegant stamp on it. His album Drink You In is nuanced, witty, and confident."
- Linus Wyrsch (Host of The Jazz Hole, BreakThru Radio, NYC)
"Backed by a dynamite band of serious Canadian jazz musicians, Steven Taetz sings like an old pro, as though he belongs at The Sands with Frank. His new release Drink You In does just that; drinks you in with its exquisite phrasing and great arrangements of standards, both old classics you know and his own "new standard" originals. This is sterling -- buy it now!"
- Tim Hagarty (Host, Jazz At the 45th, CanoeFM)
" 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)
"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)
“With a voice as smooth as Michael Bublé, Steven Taetz mines the ghosts of the swing era on his album ‘Drink You In’. “Meet in Montreal” adds a franco flavour to the lounge mix, as Sonia johnson joins him in a delightful duet.”
- Mark Anthony Brennan (Ride the Tempo)
"This beautifully-produced release highlights the multiple talents of Steven Taetz by taking jazz vocal classics and reworking them in a style that is fresh and intoxicating. This formula is also adapted for his own compositions that blend right in and make this an entertaining and lush set of tunes. Most notable as his duets with vocalists Sonia Johnson and Tia Brazda. If you like a good dose of vintage pop/swing/jazz, this will guarantee you a good time. "
- The Jazz Music Blog
"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)