Kait Dunton

Kait Dunton

Musicians | Instrument: Piano | Location: Los Angeles

Dunton brings a Technicolor sensibility to everything she touches.


Updated: July 18, 2023

Born: September 20, 1983

Kait Dunton is a Los Angeles-based keyboardist & composer. She exudes joy when she plays and her honest emotional expression invites her audience to be open and vulnerable right alongside her. Her radiant energy and musical storytelling have garnered her hundreds of thousands of followers on social media as well as a large listening audience on Spotify. 

Starting with her first album, Real & Imagined - now a fan favorite with over three million streams - Kait has continued to cultivate her signature sound over many subsequent albums and releases, including her latest single featuring her evocative improvisational style - and with over 2.5M views on Instagram: “this one’s for you”. Her music has received 4.5 stars in DownBeat magazine, has reached top ten (twice!) on the Jazz Week radio charts, and has been heard on KCRW and KJazz.

Influenced by the work of Richard Tee, Ahmad Jamal, E.S.T., Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock, among others, Kait has evolved from an acoustic piano purist to a confident multi-keyboardist with her own groovy vintage sound which incorporates various styles outside the normal realm of “jazz,” including classical, pop, rock, R&B, soul, gospel, Brazilian, and Latin. As a keyboardist, composer, and songwriter, Kait’s genre-pushing original music has amassed an avid and engaged fanbase, including more than 130,000 Instagram followers, 15,000 TikTok followers, and nearly 37,000 monthly Spotify listeners. 

Kait’s new album, Keyboards - with Sean Hurley on bass and Jake Reed on drums - celebrates the sounds, timbres and instruments of the 70s - especially the classic vintage keyboards like the Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer & Clavinet. This album also represents an evolution in Kait’s sound and style—a focus more on groove and interlocking rhythmic parts, and is a shift away from complex composition and arrangement prevalent in some of her past albums.  

Kait’s latest venture as a solo artist was fueled by the enthusiastic response of her fans this past year inspiring a period of artistic and personal growth. Her music lays bare who she is as an artist. Fans are captivated by the different forces that emerge from her music–its unexpected rhythms and chord progressions, unconventional compositions, and stories with personal meaning—leaving comments about how moved they are by her performance, and how happy her music makes them feel. 

Kait says: “Playing with honest emotion and expression is the only way I know how to do it, and I like to think that this invites others to experience it with me, to be vulnerable along with me, or to just be happy and have fun!”

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Holiday Releases From Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali

Read "Holiday Releases From Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast celebrates Christmas Eve with women driven holiday releases from Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali plus birthday shoutouts to Sue Maskaleris, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music so they can continue to comfort, distract, provoke and remind the world that A Woman's Place is in the Groove.Playlist Kait Dunton “The Little Funky Drummer Boy" from A Very ...

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George Burton, Christian Sands, Isaiah J. Thompson & Kait Dunton

Read "George Burton, Christian Sands, Isaiah J. Thompson & Kait Dunton" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Welcome the annual Christmas Hour of jazz music. Kicking off our 2023 edition is keyboardist Kait Dunton with a funky collection of holiday tunes. From there, we dig into a host of new holiday releases by Christian Sands, Isaiah J. Thompson, Adam Shulman and George Burton. We also include a nice duo from Gregory Porter & Samara Joy. The fitting end to the hour comes from Solitaire Miles with her outfit known as Susie Blue & The Lonesome Fellas. Have ...

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Kait Dunton, The Pacific Jazz Group & Dee Daniels

Read "Kait Dunton, The Pacific Jazz Group & Dee Daniels" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We kick off the 812th Episode of Neon Jazz with a gem from The Pacific Jazz Group's 2023 eponymous release. Then buckle up for a full hour of tasty new jazz from Brian McCarthy's Nonet, The Harry Allen Orchestra, The Elec Set and The 14 Jazz Orchestra. There's also a new album from Kait Dunton entitled Keyboards that is a must-have. Finally, we hear from Daniel Hersog and his Jazz Orchestra. Enjoy the jazz, my friends.Playlist The Pacific ...

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Greg Abate, Al Foster and more

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This week we start with the talented LA-based piano and composer Kait Dunton spinning her title track off Planet D'Earth. From there, we get into her influence, Diana Krall, some new Al Foster and a live cut from Greg Abate. We move on focusing on Jaelem Bhate and Georgia Webe. And in between it all, some Wes Montgomery, Gordon Goodwin and Dexter Gordon. In honor of Summer, we take it all out with a jazzy ending from The Sandlot.

Album Review

Kait Dunton: TRIOKAIT2

Read "TRIOKAIT2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The form and function of a sequel carries certain opportunities, offering its creator the chance to return to a specific realm, broaden a theme, and further the story set forth in the original. As a result, these types of works are often judged against their launching pad productions and tethered to them by comparison. Call that a setup if you'd like, but it's also a statement of fact. The title of this date from pianist Kait Dunton ...

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Kait Dunton: trioKAIT

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Pianist Kait Dunton's previous album--Mountain Suite (Self Produced, 2012)--was an impressive and nuanced affair that brought drummer Peter Erskine, bassist Darek Oles, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, and trumpeter John Daversa into her orbit. Here, she works with a different set of musicians and focuses largely on different forms of groove-based music: Dunton aligns herself with a pair of her peers--electric bassist Cooper Appelt, who she met during her time at the University of North Texas, and drummer Jake Reed, who she ...

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Kait Dunton: Mountain Suite

Read "Mountain Suite" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The seeds for this project were planted when pianist/composer Kait Dunton jotted down a few measures of music while sojourning in the Canadian Rockies, but this passionate music actually sprung to life inside a recording studio in Pasadena, California. Dunton, a Los Angeles-based artist pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, gathered a USC-associated dream team together to bring this project to fruition, but this is anything but an all-stars-carrying-the-young-kid session; there is no ...

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“Dunton brings a Technicolor sensibility to everything she touches.” – DownBeat

“Thrilling and original.” – PopMatters

Rated "BEST CD OF 2009" on SomethingElseReviews.com

“She throws cold water on any notion that the piano/bass/drums format is an exhausted one,” S. Victor Aaron of Jazz.com "Real & Imagined is one of the top two or three jazz records I’ve heard put out by anybody in the past year, a statement I don’t make lightly" - S. Victor Aaron, Jazz.com

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Lunch Break

From: Keyboards
By Kait Dunton