jazz singer | band leader | actor
"A songbird of a jazz vocalist"
-New York Times
"Native American jazz pioneer... Visionary Keefe continues to expand the jazz spectrum..."
-West Hawaii Today
"She gives me hope for the future of jazz."
-Judy Carmichael, NPR
"Her voice is of another era. One of the only jazz songbirds in Indian Country.”
– Revolutions per Minute
Julia Keefe (Nez Perce) is an internationally acclaimed Native American jazz vocalist, bandleader, actor, and educator currently based in New York City. Her professional career has spanned nearly two decades, and she has headlined marquee events at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., NMAI-NY, as well as opened for the likes of 20-time GRAMMY Award winner Tony Bennett and 4-time GRAMMY Award winner Esperanza Spalding. Her life’s work is the revival and honoring of the legendary Coeur d’Alene jazz musician Mildred Bailey and is leading the campaign for Bailey’s induction into the Jazz Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center. In addition to rehearsing for an upcoming album, she is currently directing the Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band, a new project highlighting the history and future of Indigenous people in jazz, and the Mildred Bailey Project will be releasing its first studio recording winter 2024.