Meri Ziev was born on April 12, in Pearl River, NY, where her love of music and art began. At 12, she and her mother moved to Fort Lauderdale. She trained with greats like Ann Hampton Callaway and Marilyn Maye, who Ella Fitzgerald dubbed “the greatest white female singer in the world!” Meri is a perpetual learner. She attended Swing-Time Jazz Bootcamp with Gabrielle Stravelli, in New York City, this summer. Meri continues to take voice and Jazz lessons, locally. Prior to her shift into the Jazz scene, Meri garnered awards for outstanding performances in musical theatre and established a Cabaret Series at the Lake Worth Playhouse. She studied for three summers at the St. Louis Cabaret Conference. Also, she studies with Tony Award winner, Faith Prince. Meri is also a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She combines her love of communication, engaging an audience, and sharing music by creating lecture-performances for local retirement communities. Recently, she completed a studio recording with music director and arranger Phil Hinton, formerly with the BBC Orchestra. Meri performed with the Jupiter Jazz and Performing Arts Society. She is a regular at Jazz on J Street in Lake Worth, Florida, hosted by Blanche Williams. Legends Radio host and founder of the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Dick Robinson said Meri has, “a great voice, filled with passion!” Meri will be a Board Member of Women in Jazz South Florida in 2020-2022.