Linnzi Zaorski

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Linnzi Zaorski
Linnzi Zaorski at the Spotted Cat, 2004
Background information
Born (1978-03-03)March 3, 1978
New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Labels 2002–present
Associated acts New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Delta Royale

Linnzi Zaorski is an American jazz singer and songwriter based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In September 2006, she was the subject of a national radio piece by National Public Radio commentator Andrei Codrescu.[1]

Music career[edit]

She started out performing with the New Orleans Jazz Vipers and then formed her own backing band, Delta Royale.[2] In 2002, Zaorski and Delta Royale recorded their self-titled debut album, including standards such as "The Way You Look Tonight", "Stars Fell on Alabama", and "Dream a Little Dream". The album contains seven live tracks recorded at the Spotted Cat in New Orleans and six studio tracks. Zaorski provides vocals, with Delta Royale providing guitar, bass, saxophone, clarinet, and trumpet. No drums appear on the recording.[3]

Recorded in 2004, Hotsy-Totsy includes Zaorski's first original composition, "Better Off Dead", and standards such as "Hernando's Hideaway" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)". Delta Royale added violin and washboard and recorded without clarinet or drums.[4] "Better Off Dead" was featured in the film The Mechanic (2011) with Zaorski appearing as the jazz club singer.

Critical reception[edit]

Offbeat in New Orleans described Zaorski's first songwriting effort as fitting "snugly in the confines of Depression-era pop music".[5] Delta Royale has been described as a "formidable band".[3]Gambit described Zaorski and her debut album as being part of an influential traditional jazz movement in New Orleans that was bringing new energy to the scene.[3]


  • Linnzi Zaorski & Delta Royale (2002)
  • Hotsy-Totsy (2004)
  • Hot Wax and Whiskey (2007)
  • It's a Wonderful Record (Summertone, 2009)
  • Naughty Sweetie (2011)


  1. ^ Codrescu, Andrei (2006-09-27). "Hire My Talented New Orleans Friends". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2007-03-11. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Rheta Grimsley (2004-04-10). "A pout that breaks a thousand hearts...". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. 
  3. ^ a b c Jordan, Scott (2003-02-11). "Old School, New Sounds". Gambit Weekly. 
  4. ^ "Hotsy-Totsy". Louisiana Music Factory. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  5. ^ Blagg, Christopher. "Hotsy-Totsy CD review". Offbeat Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-03-11. 

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