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ASCAP award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz. Born and bred during the Motown era of Detroit, she began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early eighties, which led to her becoming one of the most sought after session singers. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records and later toured with Was/Not Was. In the early "90s, Kosins, a ferocious writer and arranger, fell in love with the freedom of the jazz art form and her writing naturally evolved into a more traditional approach


Article: Radio

Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence

Read "Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In the first hour, a celebration of the centennial of Lew Spence, best known for his hit “Nice 'n' Easy," plus new releases from trumpeters Rebecca Coupe Franks and Carol Morgan with birthday shoutouts to Joan Whitney, Della Reese (pictured), Mavis Staples and Caroline Davis. In the second hour there is a tribute to Johnny Mandel. ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Resonance Records: The Art of the Sampler

Read "Resonance Records: The Art of the Sampler" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Resonance Records is a refreshing success story in the modern jazz world, still happily defying the norms of the streaming age with unflagging class and style. Even familiar listeners can lose sight of what a catalogue of material they've gathered, which is where 2019's handful of budget samplers come in. Co-president Zev Feldman declares that he's ...


Article: Radio

The Women Who Wrote With Harold Arlen

Read "The Women Who Wrote With Harold Arlen" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Halfway through February Fundraising, this broadcast included new releases from pianist Brittany Anjou, saxophonist Jessica Jones, vocalists Kristen Lee Sergeant and Juno nominee Diana Panton, drummer Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom plus a special release from duo Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake, with birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway, Sergio Mendes and Nicole Mitchell, among others. ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

Seven Women 2018 – Part II

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part II" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hey, this is starting to become a habit. Nina Simone Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles Bethlehem Records 2018 Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles is a tidy summation of the first recordings made by vocalist/pianist Nina Simone. According to the liner notes, these selections, the singles releases ...


to the Ladies of Cool - A Love Letter to Connor, O´Day, Christy, London

Label: ESMAP
Released: 2012
Track listing: 01. Learnin' the Blues (Silvers) - 5:24; 02. Nightbird (K. Malone/A. Cohn) - 5:26; 03. Don't Wait Up for Me (C. DeForest) - 6:45; 04. All I Need Is You (B. Davis/P. DeRose/M. Parish) - 3:56; 05. Free and Easy (H. Mancini/B. Troup) - 3:41; 06. Hershey's Kisses (J. Mandel/K. Kosins ) - 4:32; 07. Lullaby in Rhythm (B. Goodman/E. Sampson/C. Profit/W. Hirsch) - 3:41; 08. November Twilight (P. King/P. Webster) - 6:45; 09. Kissing Bug (R. Stewart/B. Strayhorn/J. Sherrill) - 4:01; 10. Where Are You? (H. Adamson/J. McHugh) - 6:21.


To the Ladies of Cool

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Learnin'the Blues; Nightbird; Don't Wait Up For Me; All I Need Is You; Free and Easy; Hershey's Kisses; Lullaby In Rhythm; November Twilight; Kissing Bug; Where Are You?

Article: Album Review

Kathy Kosins: to the Ladies of Cool - A Love Letter to Connor, O´Day, Christy, London

Read "to the Ladies of Cool - A Love Letter to Connor, O´Day, Christy, London" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

I tempi in cui le cantanti jazz finivano sulle prime pagine delle rivista patinate sono ormai finiti da un pezzo. Per fortuna restano le incisioni e la musica di personaggi dalle notevoli capacità vocali che hanno lasciato una traccia nella musica del Novecento. A quattro di queste, Anita O´Day, June Christy, Chris Connor e Julie London ...


Article: Album Review

Kathy Kosins: To the Ladies of Cool

Read "To the Ladies of Cool" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Okay... first there came Kate McGarry's superb Girl Talk (Palmetto, 2012). Then Sara Gazarek followed her 2012 release with Triosence, Where Time Stands Still (Charleston Square) with Blossom &Bee (Palmetto, 2012). Now, vocalist Kathy Kosins follows up her excellent Mood Swings (Chiaroscuro, 2002) and inventive Vintage (Self Produced, 2005) with To the Ladies of Cool, a ...


Article: Album Review

Kathy Kosins: To the Ladies of Cool

Read "To the Ladies of Cool" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Singers June Christy, Chris Connor, Anita O'Day and Julie London were prominent in the 1940s and '50s. Christy, O'Day and Connor all spent time with Stan Kenton's band, while the sultry London became a pinup as well as a big record seller. Popular with both jazz and pop fans, these singers could regularly be heard on ...


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