Biography

Sébastien “Zeb” Heintz was born in 1971 in Strasbourg. He started playing guitar at the age of 14, following the lessons of Professor Gilles Charlois. He was very quickly introduced to the different guitar techniques needed to play Blues (picking, slide), as well as harmony and improvisation. This fledgling passion and the help of his teacher allowed him to access the Strasbourg clubs at the age of 16, to play regularly and to be able to listen to guitarists like Alain Giroux or Marcel Dadi.
In 1990 he went to Nancy and began the professional course of the C.M.C.N (Music and Creative Center of Nancy), from which he graduated a year later with the highest possible grade. Having become a Professional musician, he toured a lot in the East of France as well as in Germany and Switzerland, in various groups (“Cold Shot”, “Backbone”, “The Words”, etc …), and played as the opening act for Johnny Copeland, Magic Slim, Jimmy Johnson and Canned Heat.
Following these years of constant touring and playing, he then moved to Brittany in France. In 1996 he went to Boston, USA, to play with his friend Matt Woodburn and it was there that he recorded his first album “Talkin ‘to your Soul” (Night & Day) under the name of ” Zeb and the Blues Machine ».

After recording a second album (Back to Boston) and two years of concerts with the Blues Machine, he joined the group “Doo the Doo” in 1998, with which he toured for five years; 1 album “Hex”, 600 concerts and 450 000 km that will take them all over Europe in festivals and blues clubs to Montreal for the Jazz Festival.
In 2001 Zeb was elected  “Blues Guitarist Of The Year” by the Euroblues Commity and began to work on the development of a new swing album called “Cool Swing Guitar” (Coop Breizh). This effort was  selected, among others, by the  FNAC (the largest retail store in France) to celebrate the birthday of Django Rheinardt.
In 2005 he founded with the former Blues Machine line-up (C.le Goff / Hammond B3 and S.Stanger / drums) the soul-jazz band “SNAP” and a guitar school  in order to share the fruits of his experiences.

References

Festivals :
Nancy jazz pulsations / nancy , fr
Festival de jazz / vannes , fr.
Moulin ospel blues fest. / moulin , bel.
Guitares du monde / st andré , fr.
Nuits du blues / abbeville , fr.
Blue berchem 99 / bruxelles , bel.
Quai du blues / regneville s/mer , fr.
Festival de blues / sathonay , fr.
Festival de jazz / sète , fr.
Festival de blues / cahors , fr.
Festival de blues / fresselines , fr.
Festival de blues / avignon , fr.
Festival de jazz / montreal , can.

Nuits du blues / salaise sur sanne , fr.
Nuits du blues / léognan , fr.
Jazz & blues rallye / Luxembourg .
Festival de jazz / gouvy , bel.
Blues fest. / dresde , all.
Guitars master / pau , fr.
Festival de blues / le creusot , fr.
Festival de blues / cognac , fr.
Garden’ blues / marseilles , fr.
Free wheels / clermont ferrand , fr.
Festival de blues / mont de marsan , fr.
Festival de blues / val-andré , fr.
Dance to the bop / quimper , fr.
Les rendez-vous de l’erdre / nantes ,fr.

Clubs :
Le café des anges / strasbourg , fr.
Le funambule / strasbourg , fr.
Le caveau des dominicains / nancy , fr.
Le terminal-export / nancy , fr.
Chez paulette / toul , fr.
Le cherokee / arzon , fr.
Chez dan / contis , fr.
Le caf conç’ / ensisheim , fr.
Le cricketers / bordeaux , fr.
House of blues / cambridge , usa.
Marketplace cafe / boston , usa.
Club soda / montreal , can.
Le chesterfield / paris , fr.
Le grain d’orge / bruxelles , bel.
Ferme de la madelone / gouvy , bel.
Borderline / diest , bel.
4 écluses / dunkerque , fr.

Opening acts for:
MARCEL DADI , JIMMY JOHNSON , MAGIC SLIM , CANNED HEAT , JOHNNY COPELAND , BERNARD ALLISON , PATRICK VERBEKE , DUKE ROBILLARD , MATT GUITAR MURPHY , DIDIER LOCKWOOD , LITTLE CHARLIE , MICK TAYLOR , MELVIN TAYLOR , ETC

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