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“Foschi hits her marks with impeccable timing and finesse and is a name to watch out for.”

-Brent Black, Critical Jazz

“Olivia’s vocal work is “to die for” and if you scope out her rendition of “Here’s That Rainy Day“, you’ll hear immediately how true that is! […] It’s high energy tuneage like “Bridge” (my favorite of the 13 songs offered up) that will help you realize that you’re in the presence of a star in the making. A highly impressive jazz vocal adventure that any jazz fan worth their salt will rush to get.”

- Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation Magazine, Issue 132


“Foschi’s warm clear tone throughout her vocal range, and also her relaxed, rhythmic scatting style. Altogether, an outstanding début album. Her lyrics are thoughtful and well written, and the music has a contemporary jazz feel, whilst drawing on jazz tradition.”

- Debra Milne, Bebop Spoken Here

Olivia Foschi is a jazz singer, composer and educator born in San Francisco and raised in Italy. She discovered her passion for jazz while studying guitar and music theory with Roy Zimmerman in high school. In 2001 she was given the opportunity to study classical Nepali voice with established singer and composer Aavaas in Kathmandu and shifted her approach to vocals paying particular attention to color and rhythm. After earning her B.A. in English Literature Cum Laude (John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, 2004), Olivia studied jazz voice at the University of Music in Rome, and subsequently pursued undergraduate studies in jazz performance at the Music Academy in Bologna/Leeds University, 2006-2009.

Olivia was awarded first place at the Italian vocal competition “Jazz Women in Blues” (Naima Club, Forlì, Italy, 2009) and eventually moved to New York in the fall of 2010, studying mixed meter and polyrhythm with Marc Mommaas and voice with Fay Victor and Jeremiah Abiah. She has been studying vocal percussion in the form of classical Indian Konnakol with Ganesh Kumar since 2014.

Her debut album, 'Perennial Dreamer' was released in March 2013, produced by Ulysses Owens Jr., with Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), Miki Hayama (piano), David Rosenthal (guitar), Stacy Dillard (saxophone), Mike Cottone (trumpet/flugelhorn), Michael Olatuja (bass), Cory Pesaturo (accordion). She released her second album, 'Fleeting Windows' in 2018, featuring Gil Goldstein (keys/accordion), Yotam Silberstein (guitar), Billy Test (piano), Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), Daniel Dickinson (sax/clarinet/flute), Joseph Doubleday (vibes), Marco Panascìa (bass), and Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums). Her new record is due for release in June 2024.


Olivia has graced major stages in New York City, including The Blue Note, City Winery, BB Kings, Zinc Bar, and Drom, and has performed at festivals and clubs throughout the US, Europe and Japan. She was featured on NPR in 2016, 2017 and 2021 on WPPB’s live broadcast: The Jam Session Radio Hour hosted by John Landes. She has recorded and shared the stage with Gil Goldstein, Chris White, Warren Smith, Joseph Jarman, Thurman Barker, Ulysses Owens Jr., Gregoire Maret, Alex Sipiagin, Mauricio Zottarelli, Helio Alves, Greg Skaff, Mark Egan, Tommy Campbell, Lou Caputo, Erik Lawrence, Marco Panascìa, Stacy Dillard, Bill O'Connell, Matt King, Reza Khan, Vinicius Gomes and Yotam Silberstein among many others. 

Olivia has been teaching workshops and private lessons at New York Jazz Workshop since 2012. She taught voice and jazz vocal ensemble at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music until relocating to Eastern Long Island and is now also co-founder and Director of Education at East End Jazz, a women-led non-profit organization dedicated to bringing jazz education to schools, libraries, and community centers.

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