9/1 Kathy Ann Kosins

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE JCC’S THE ACTIVE LIFE & LIFE PLUS.kk_new_05

BUY TICKETS: Tuesday, September 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door OR $45 for the series.  Life Plus members receive free admission to the entire series.

  • September 1: Kathy Ann Kosins
  • October 14: Bill Meyer
  • November 17: Terry Lower
  • December 9: From Ragtime to Rock n’ Roll with Ragtime John Milan, David Bennett & The Boogie Woogie Kid, Matthew Ball.

ABOUT KATHY ANN KOSINSKathyKosins

 

ASCAP award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz. Born and bred during the Motown era of Detroit, she began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early eighties, which led to her becoming one of the most sought after session singers. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records and later toured with Was/Not Was.

In the early “90s, Kosins, a ferocious writer and arranger, fell in love with the freedom of the jazz art form and her writing naturally evolved into a more traditional approach. Stints with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras followed and led to a 1996 release of “All In A Dreams Work” (SchoolKids Records), an impressive debut featuring a first rate collection of nine originals and a cover of the Miles Davis composition” Four.” Reported by over 250 Jazz stations, she reached the top 20 in the Gavin.

Her 2002 release of “Mood Swings” (Chiaroscuro Records) continued to bring her recognition and success at the national level. On her 2006 release of “Vintage,” (Mahogany Jazz), she rediscovered little known songbook gems which she placed alongside a few widely known, yet unexpected tunes from outside the jazz tradition, which brought her glowing reviews from journalists.

Always a pioneer, Kosins decided to take a different approach in 2010 by releasing singles quarterly under the new Mahogany Digital label, rather than an entire CD every few years. The tradition of releasing singles runs deep in jazz music. Singles enable artists the freedom to create and record on a natural timeline that corresponds with fan demand and tour schedules. “If a live audience falls in love with a new song, I can record and release it to radio while the music is fresh and hot. This is something you can‟t do if you‟re committed in advance to a full album release,” said Kosins.

A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts (Jazz Composer of the Year), Kosins has received grants from Michigan‟s ArtServe advocacy group. Her clinics and workshops teach performance skills alongside business strategies for the independent artist and have been a success at colleges and universities across the USA.

When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the “50s. Commissioned paintings are held in private collections and Kosins continues to sell her work at both gallery shows and concert performances. She also is known to paint as a multi media artist from the stage during various performances.

Kosins has recorded with many well known jazz and R&B artists to include Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Peter Bernstein, Larry Koonse, Tamir Hendelman, Robert Hurst, Jeremy Pelt, Jon Ellis, Howard Levy, Don Was, Martin Wind, Ben Wolfe, Michael Henderson and more.

She has shared the stage and performed with numerous names in the jazz and R&B world. A few notables are: Cyrus Chestnut, Terell Stafford, Randy Brecker, Javon Jackson, Larry Goldings, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Bernard Purdie, Greg Hutchinson, Eric Harland, Red Holloway, Grant Green Jr., Reuben Rogers, Reuben Wilson, Aaron Goldberg, Tamir Hendelman, Jesse Davis, Eric Marienthal, Matt Wilson, Mitch Ryder, Was/Not Was and Michael Henderson

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT KATHY

“…she authentically recreates a lost genre of female jazz singing.” — Ralph A Miriello — Jazz Journalist- Huffington Post

In (Don’t Wait Up for Me), Kathy Kosins puts her sultry, elegant spin on one of Chris Connor’s less conspicuous triumphs on To the Ladies of Cool.”- Elysa Gardner, USA Today

She has a voice that commands attention, and a band that rewards it. She looks for songs that haven’t been beat to death….Will Friedwald’s notes liken her phrasing to Tony Bennett’s, which seems roughly true, especially on the closing ballads. But she’s hipper than Bennett.” – Tom Hull -Village Voice

“…her performance maintains a balance of swing and sensuality… great vintage songs… I wasn’t expecting to fall in love…” Will Friedwald, NewYork Sun

Kathy Kosins takes a giant step forward in artistic weight class with one of the premier vocal releases for the year with The Space Between….Brent Black / CriticalJazz

“If Jazz had four seasons, Kathy Kosins would be spring.” – Inside Connection

“…Kosins has got it going on and you should get on the train. Hot stuff.” – Midwest Record Recap

“One of the most alluring voices in Jazz” – Chicago Tribune

“Kathy Kosins is one of the finest singers in the world.” Don Was, producer

“… A joy to listen to”- Conde’ Nast Publications

“Mood Swings is a fine and fun ride without a boring note played” – All About Jazz

“Fab”- Billboard Magazine

“She’s wonderful” – WBGO, Newark

“…Solid intonation, unwavering swing and a voice that can conjure both the girl next store and her older wiser sister..” – Chicago Reader

“Kosins’ voice is rich, filled with that rare combination of range and resonance” – Sounds of Timeless Jazz

“Kosins is a delightful surprise… reminiscent of Peggy Lee…worthy of Dinah Washington” – Jazz Times

“Kosins possesses a voice that communicates intimacy and focus…” – EJazznews

10/11 The Children of Willesden Lane

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment) AND THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTER.

BUY TICKETS: Sunday, October 11 @ 2 p.m. 

 Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Children of Willesden Lane is directed by Hershey Felder. It tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who dreams of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall.showimage13028

When Lisa is swept up in the Kindertransport to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about her life is upended except her love of music and her pursuit of that dream.

In this poignant performance, virtuoso Mona Golabek, Lisa Jura’s daughter, tells her mother’s story and performs some of the world’s most beloved piano music in this poignant tribute to her remarkable mother.Mona Golabek performing

Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane, written by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is one young girl’s story of survival and how the most beautiful music in the world saved her life.

Los Angeles Times
“[The Play]  is an arresting, deeply affecting triumph. …an undiluted privilege to witness.”

 Golabek was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Solo Performance award from The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, as well as nominations from the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Drama Critics for outstanding solo performance.

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