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Linda Kosut

Linda Kosut, a cabaret/jazz singer swings jazz, pop and folk, easily sings a repertoire from the standard to the obscure with fresh interpretations. Linda has performed over the years in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Seattle. She grew up in the Bronx (NY), and as she tells it, had a lifelong dream of singing and performing - yet she did not make that into reality until “later in life.” Since making that shift, and “putting one foot in front of the other, I have created opportunities and achieved a success with my music that I did not think was possible.”

Her first two CDs received national acclaim. “Life is but a dream”, a selection of jazz, pop and folk tunes was named one of the Top 10 CDs of 2003 by Cabaret Hotline; and, “Long As You're Living: the songs & poetry of Oscar Brown Jr.”, paid tribute to the late jazz singer, songwriter, and activist, and received both Backstage Magazine’s prestigious Bistro Award – the BMI Award for Outstanding Recording, and two MAC nominations (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) for Best Female Jazz Singer and Best Jazz Recording.

In 2014, Linda released her 3rd CD, "Easy Come, Easy Go - the music of Johnny Green" - a tribute to the composer, arranger, musical director, whose tune “Body And Soul” remains number one on the Jazz Standards charts, 80+ years after it was first recorded.

A mainstay in the San Francisco Bay Area music community, Linda is also a singers’ coach - coaching vocalists in performance technique, as well as learning how to record. First and foremost, Linda is committed to inspiring and encouraging other singers to grow as performers.

Linda, recently widowed, lives in San Francisco with her 2 senior Borzois - Augie and Tomie.

Awards

2008 - BackStage magazine's BMI/Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording

2008 - Best Female Jazz Vocalist & Best Jazz Recording Nominee - Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs Awards

2007 - Top 10 CD Members' Choice Award, Cabaret Hotline Online

2003 - Top Ten Female Vocalist CD, Cabaret Hotline New York for "Life is but a dream"


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Album Review

Linda Kosut: Long As You're Living

Read "Long As You're Living" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Singer Linda Kosut has admired the music of Oscar Brown Jr. from the time she first heard it in the 60s. In 2006, she turned his songs into a tribute on stage. Long As You're Living - The Songs & Poetry of Oscar Brown Jr. has been performed in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Kosut has pulled some of the songs from Brown's repertoire for this CD. She has her own style, she never seeks to imitate ...

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Take Five With...

Take Five With Linda Kosut

Read "Take Five With Linda Kosut" reviewed by Linda Kosut


Meet Linda Kosut: Linda is a moving and entertaining performer best known for her passionate and interpretive skill with lyrics and the “story song. She is evocative and compelling with her unique stylings of jazz standards and pop tunes. Her voice recalls “a smoky plaintiveness similar to Sarah Vaughn, but with an edge worthy of Janis Joplin. Linda recently presented her latest show, Long As You're Living: A Tribute to the Music, Life, Legacy and Spirit of jazz ...

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“[A]mazing 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

" ... her song choices and what she does with them that makes a person sit up and say, "She's FANTASTIC!" She's got what ya can't buy ... CHARM." - Sue Matsuki, Cabaret Hotline Online

“Kosut does more than justice to the material and enhances it with her effervescence and charm.” - Steve Murray, Cabaret Scenes Magazine ​

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Primary Instrument

Vocals

Location

San Francisco

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Linda teaches performance technique to vocalists. Working with each student as an individual on song choices, lyric interpretations, presentation, mic technique, building a tight set to keep an audience's interest, and how to talk to one's audience.

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