Accomplished Jazz vocalist Kate Curran sits down with MJ to talk about recording at the Capitol Records bldg, performing on a float during Mardi Gras, studying at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, what it was like living in Amsterdam with her family & how a temp gig with Louis Prima Jr & the Witnesses turned into so much more because of a planned vacation.
Kate Curran is a musically voracious vocalist and bandleader who regularly performs throughout the Tri state area as well as nationally with Louis Prima Jr and the Witnesses.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Kate's home was constantly filled with music of all genres, but an early love of the Great American Songbook and Jazz would be her strongest influence. The clarion call of voices like Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson served as the aspirational blueprint for what would become her own soulful interpretations of classic standards.
After graduating NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theater, Kate balanced work in the theater with her own swing septet Lady Luck and the Suicide Kings which she lead for 6 years. After a chance opportunity lead to a 3 year sabbatical in Amsterdam; Kate returned home determined to focus solely on her work as a Jazz vocalist. Inspired by Sarah Vaughan's "Swingin Easy" album she pared down her instrumentation and has been delighting NYC audiences with her effortlessly unique phrasing and mesmerizing vocal storytelling ever since. In addition to her work in NYC and on the road with Louis Prima Jr and the Witnesses Kate is extremely excited to be recording her first album later this year!
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