Kathleen is a talented pianist /vocalist and composer who grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in a musical family where creative expression was encouraged. Piano lessons started at age six, and years of classical studies gave her a solid musical foundation. She began performing and writing in her teens. After composing a theme for CTV for the Winter Olympics, she moved to Montreal to pursue Jazz piano, arranging and composition studies, completing a BFA ( Concordia University, Montreal) followed by McGill for advanced study in composition and orchestration. She continuously worked as a pianist/vocalist for several years in clubs in Montreal, before settling in Toronto, where she began performing weekly, and also set up a home studio, for recording projects and teaching. She is a Toronto based pianist/vocalist, as well as a composer/arranger and Jazz educator, teaching jazz piano, theory and composition. She has trained with numerous Jazz artists: Jazz piano studies with: Jan Jarczyk, Jon Ballantyne, and Hilario Duran. Vocal Jazz workshops with: Sheila Jordan, Barry Harris, Kurt Elling, Jeri Brown. Kathleen is a member of the IAJE, SAC, and SOCAN.
Her 2009 release, "Brand New Day" is a collection of jazz/blues originals with some of Toronto’s top jazz musicians, including Henry Heillig (bass), Rob Piltch (guitar), Ben Riley ( drums) Dennis Kelde ( Hammond B organ), Colleen Allen ( sax), Eric St-Laurent (guitar), Marc Pizer (drums) and long time collaborator Kirk Starkey (cello). These self produced and arranged songs feature Kathleen on piano, Rhodes and vocals, beautifully recorded and mixed by Jeremy Darby. "Brand New Day" is available at CDBaby, Itunes and Amazon.com This CD has received international airplay and repeatedly featured locally on Jazz FM 91.1 and CBC radio. One track was placed as source music for a current TV program called "Flashpoint", seen in Canada and the US. Kathleen's latest CD, entitled " I Can See Clearly Now" was released in January, 2017, and contains exciting jazz arrangements of classic songs ( Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Elvis, Billie Holiday, ) as well as a beautiful solo piano version of Harold Arlen's " Over the Rainbow ", and three intimate originals piano pieces. The group instrumental " Influence" is a tribute to the Blue Note Records of the late 1950s, featuring horns and a solid rhythm section of outstanding players. Performing often in Toronto, Kathleen is a band leader whose live shows are highly entertaining, soulful and engaging.