The phenomenally multi-talented jazz soul singer Kathy Kosins comes to CBSRZ from Detroit "Motor City" for a very special concert on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Her appearance opens season nine of Music & More at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek and, as always, is open to the public and features a meet-the-artist reception afterward.
Kathy Kosins grew up during the Motown era and rapidly became one of the most sought after session singers. She soon started working with Grammy and Emmy award winning producer Don Was (Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Elton John, Rolling Stones, etc. etc.). Kathy toured with Don as a singer and arranger when he formed his own band Was (Not Was) during the 80's. She still works closely with Don Was, who is now president of Blue Note records. During the '90s Kathy toured with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and put out her first solo recording.
Kosins has performed throughout Europe, as well as Tanglewood in the Berkshires, the iconic Blue Note in New York City, and the Newport Jazz Festival. She is particularly known for uncovering great songs that are overlooked by others. In 2012 she released "To The Ladies Of Cool", a dedication to the West Coast School of Cool artists like June Christy, Chris Connor, Julie London, and Anita O'Day. Her latest release slated to drop in May 2017 is titled "Uncovered Soul" and includes lesser known tunes by well-known artists like Curtis Mayfield, The Neville Brothers, and Bill Withers, along with three originals of her own.
To accompany her, Kathy has recruited Earl MacDonald, the celebrated jazz pianist who is Director of Jazz Studies at UConn and composer in residence at the Hartford Jazz Society. Earl has won the Hartford Advocate's "best jazz group" award several times and will bring in Henry Lugo on bass and Ben Bilello on drums to round out the combo backing Kathy.
Tickets are available through the CBSRZ website, cbsrz.org or by calling the office 860-526-8920. General Admission is $35 in advance or $40 at the door.