Zen Zadravec
Assistant Professor of Music & Director of Piano Studies

About Me

Zen Zadravec, Jazz pianist, is a musical chameleon. Whether it is Jazz, R&B, Funk, Rock, or Pop, he plays each with a freshness and confidence rarely found in someone so young.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1974, Zadravec studied classical piano from the age of five. At eleven he began the saxophone and the flute. Hearing Miles Davis transformed his life, and influenced his decision to become a Jazz musician. In 1992, Zadravec attended York University's Jazz Program (Toronto, Canada), and in 1997 he graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. During his time at York, he was also the recipient of two Oscar Peterson Awards for excellence as a Jazz pianist. In 2000, he earned a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance at Rutgers University. Zadravec also has studied with some of the biggest names in Jazz such as: Kenny Barron, Don Thompson, John Gittens, Vic Juris, Ted Dunbar, and Ralph Bowen.

Versatile, creative, energetic, and dynamic, Zen is constantly experimenting and refining his sound and musical conception through concerts, recordings and education. A natural innovator and leader, he runs two of his own bands: the Zen Zadravec Quartet (straight ahead Jazz), and Human Revolution (Jazz Fusion). Zadravec is also very much in demand as a side man in straight ahead Jazz, Fusion, and Funk and has performed or recorded with: Kenny Davis, Steve Turre, Onaje-Allan Gumbs, Ralph Bowen, Derrick Gardner, Sean Jones, Conrad Herwig, Eliot Zigmund, Phoenix Rivera, Freddie Hendrix, Don Thompson, Barry Elmes, Mike Murley, Lorne Lofsky, Charles Fambrough, Valery Ponomarev, Dave Watson, Darryl Dixon, Darlene Love, Sally Kellerman, Connie Francis, Bob Newhart, Gloria Gaynor, Joan Rivers among others.

Zen has performed on the WHOOPI GOLDBERG radio show on WKTU in New York, THE TODAY SHOW with GLORIA GAYNOR on NBC with Kathie-Lee Gifford hosting, the Wendy Williams Show with dancer Maxim Smerkovskiy of DANCING WITH THE STARS on FOX 5 New York, and has released a debut CD with his quartet entitled "COMING OF AGE". With this release, the Zen Zadravec Quartet has been turning heads and exciting audiences in the Jazz world. https://youtu.be/lHUCM-yvZ-4

  • Office: MC 253
  • Phone: 313-927-1394
  • Email: zzadrave@marygrove.edu
Zen  Zadravec Faculty Bio

Honors and Awards

  • The Zen Zadravec Quartet-Coming of Age CD was featured on "Jazz with Bob Parlocha" on the nationally syndicated radio show (3 times) in 2009

  • Jazz Week Jazz Chart: #25 on Jazz Week Chart (7 weeks), 2009

  • The Zen Zadravec Quartet was featured in the British Jazz Magazine - THE BORDERLINE MAGAZINE (United Kingdom), 2009

Areas of Interest

  • Performance Practice

  • Contemporary Music Theory

  • Composition

Performance Highlights:

  • Performed on the Wendy Williams Show with dancer Maxim Smerkovskiy DANCING WITH THE STARS on FOX 5 New York (New York, NY), 2012

  • Performed on the Today Show with Gloria Gaynor on NBC with Kathie-Lee Gifford hosting (New York, NY), 2008

  • Performed with CHOPS THE BAND at the BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB (New York, NY), 2008


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jazz Performance, York University

  • Master of Music, Jazz Performance, Rutgers University


  • MUS 108: Introductory Musicianship

  • MUS 226: Musical Structures I

  • MUS 327: Theory and Analysis: Jazz/CCM

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