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Katie Bull was born in New York City, and raised in Greenwich Village, Manhattan on McDougal street, and in West Beth. From age 7-14 she spent some formative years living in upstate New York in a town called Brockport, on the Erie Canal near Lake Ontario. At age 14 her family moved back to Manhattan and lived in a performance loft, in Tribeca. This is when she met her jazz mothers - Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan - who took her under their wings, and nurtured her jazz singing. She also sang with Kirk Nurock's Natural Sound. Katie has played with numerous musicians including: Michael Jefry Stevens; Frank Kimbrough; Landon Knoblock; Lou Grassi; Matt Wilson; Harvey Sorgen; George Schuller; Joe Fonda; Martin Wind; Cameron Brown; Hilliard Greene; David Phelps, Carey DeNigris; David CasT, Joel Frahm, and Jeff Lederer, to name a few. She has four albums to date; Conversations with the Jokers; Love Spook; her voice bass duo album with Joe Fonda -The Bull-Fonda Duo: Cup of Joe, No Bull, and “The Story, So Far”. Her next album was recorded at Systems Two and is in mastering with an aim for release this year (label search on) -- The album's working title is “Greetings Earthlings” with Frank Kimbough, Landon Knoblock, Joe Fonda, Harvey Sorgen, Jeff Lederer, and Ayelete Rose Gottlieb on guest vocals. “Bull is practically reinventing the vocal wheel.” (Harris/All About Jazz). “Bull gets it right, 'it' being something unconventional and wholly undefined.” (Lorge, Vox News AAJ-NY). Katie is also a multi-media performance artist: She co-founded the downtown theater company The Bull Family Orchestra, and is part of the Improvisational Arts Ensembles, an umbrella organization that produces improvisational dance and dance-theater. Katie is a published playwright, and writer - with her essay ”The Jazz Mandala Voyage” appearing the just released Silent Solos Improvisors Speak, Editor Renate Da Rin, Buddy's Knife Press (available at this year's Vision Festival or directly from the publisher). She is also a professional vocal coach teaching a whole body approach to the spoken word in New York City at the Atlantic Theater Company, NYU, and freelance.

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