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Linda Kosut, San Francisco song-stylist blends jazz, pop & folk into unexpected renditions and arrangements.
BackStage Magazine Bistro Award - THE BMI AWARD FOR
Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs – BEST FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST & BEST JAZZ RECORDING Nominee
Cabaret Hotline Online - MEMBERS' CHOICE AWARD FOR RECORDING
“San Francisco-based jazz/cabaret vocalist Kosut — amazing Bay Area canary — brings her skills as an actress to her insightful interpretations of songs underscored with a fusion of jazz, pop and folk.” - Don Heckman, The International Review of Music
Backstage Magazine’s Bistro/BMI award winner, Linda Kosut, swings jazz, pop and folk, blending songs from the standard to the obscure in unexpected renditions and arrangements. Linda has performed to full houses at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club to San Francisco’s Yoshi’s and The Rrazz Room.
A native New Yorker, Linda grew up wanting to perform, but took it on only as a “hobby” by studying acting, dance and voice. Yet, after her move to San Francisco 25 years ago, and as she approached “retirement” age, she says, “I had this strong urge to finally pursue my lifelong dream of singing and performing.” “My approach to music and my song choices seem to have as much to do with the wisdom of age [mine] as it does with the sheer joy I get from performing, entertaining and inspiring others.”
Linda has recorded two solo CDs, the most-recent of which Long As You’re Living, the songs & poetry of Oscar Brown Jr - – a heartfelt tribute to the late jazz great - received BackStage Magazine’s BISTRO/BMI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING RECORDING, as well as nominations for BEST FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST and BEST JAZZ RECORDING from MAC, Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, and a Cabaret Hotline MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD.
Through her company, Jizel Music and Design, Linda provides coaching to singers in both presentation and production, and designs marketing collateral for performers and performing arts organizations. http://www.jizelmusicanddesign.com
Linda lives in San Francisco with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 turtles, 3 chickens and thousands of fresh-water fish!
LA Times - deserved a far longer run
Jazz Review - “A singer of great ability – conveys romance combined with an earthy heat!”
LA Jazz Scene - ... a new female jazz singer who commands one’s attention ... a vocal performance which deserves mention
Jazz Times – “the best of such artists renowned for their superior ability to act, particularly one as gutsy as Kosut” -- over # # #
ON THE INTERNET Official Website: www.lindakosut.com Electronic Press Kit: www.sonicbids.com/lindakosut Videos: www.youtube.com/jizelmusic Twitter: www.twitter.com/lindakosut Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/lindakosutsings Blog: www.lindakosut.wordpress.com My Space: www.myspace.com/lindakosut2
* JUNE 2007: Long As You're Living- the songs & poetry of Oscar Brown Jr.” - www.cdbaby.com/kosut2 Piano/trombone: Max Perkoff; Percussion: Paul van Wageningen; Bass: Tom Shader.
* JANUARY 2003: Life is but a dream - www.cdbaby.com/kosut piano: Barry Lloyd, David Austin; Bass: Dean Reilly; Drums: Bob Blankenship.