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Kayle Brecher

jazz composer/arrranger/lyricist/vocalist/educator

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Imaginative, versatile and eclectic, Kaylé has performed in settings ranging from traditional jazz through bop, free jazz and experimental music. She is a native New Yorker and began her career as a very young teen, singing blues and standards in the clubs of Greenwich Village. Her varied and active career has included concerts, festivals, live radio performances, a Public TV documentary soundtrack, clubs and other fine venues along the East coast, studio production work and five recordings. She has opened for Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Doc Severinsen, and has shared the stage with Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz, Red Rodney and others. A skilled arranger and composer, Kaylé is more than a singer: she is a complete musical package. Combining an impressive command of her expressive instrument and wide range with artful writing and creative arranging, she enchants the listener with unique inventive settings, vivid subtlety, masterful phrasing and sophisticated lyrics. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Temple University with a double major in performance and composition/arranging, Kaylé was a long time member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop in New York City, as well as pursuing private studies in composition and arranging with both Jim McNeely and Michael Abene Three of her original compositions and two of her versions of Freddie Hubbard tunes have been published by Freddie Hubbard's publishing company Hubtones and two of her versions of Herbie Hancock tunes have been published by Hancock Music. Her compositional skills have also garnered several awards in the jazz category of the Billboard Song Contest, including one major prize. Kaylé says of her approach to writing and singing: “ Each piece is like a movie or vignette in which one is totally immersed; story, emotion, mood and intention brought alive by settings carefully chosen to enhance the ambiance while encouraging improvisation in each performance." "In performance, I feel melodic content as an intricate dance of shapes and colors entwining and flowing with or rubbing against harmonic and rhythmic partners. ” Originally from New York City, Kaylé is now based in the Philadelphia area. Her regional work has included performances at many current and past well known area venues, such as Chris' Jazz Cafe, The Painted Bride Art Center, the old Zanzibar Blue, The Academy of Music, Rutgers University, Philadelphia University and Temple University, as well as festivals and a live radio broadcast on WRTI FM of one of her performances at the old Blue Moon Jazz Cafe. An eclectic, dynamic and creative performer, Penchant Four Records artist Kaylé Brecher's latest release 'Spirals and Lines' makes a strong, bold statement and features many of Philadelphia's finest musicians on an incredible journey of moods and settings, once again proving that this is a singer whose vocals and arrangements are out of the box and transcend boundaries.