The second of this five-show series is a special Sunday event on Jan. 14 and features Kathy Kosins, backed by Sean Dobbins (drums), Cliff Monear (keys) and Marion Hayden (upright bass). Check out her videos HERE.
From 1993 through 1995 Kosins had her first notable engagements as a jazz singer with the J.C. Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras. In the early 1990s, Kosins started to move her song writing into a more traditional jazz approach. She was writing in New York with Jeff Franzel; she was also working with Marcy Drexler and April Lang. Franzel, Lang and Kosins started writing what would become Kosins' first CD as a primary artist, All in a Dream's Work. Kosins had solicited this first set of tunes to a number of established jazz singers without result. She recorded the songs herself for the 1996 release with Schoolkids Records, it featured a collection of nine originals and an arrangement of the Miles Davis composition "Four". The recording was played on over 250 jazz stations, her debut jazz offering reached the Top 20 in the Gavin Report.
Her CD Mood Swings was released in 2002 on Chiaroscuro Records and received very good air-play on the radio. The CD Vintage was released in 2005 and again she received very good reviews and airplay. Through a collaboration with singer Kevin Mahogany and singing with him on his Big Joe Turner Show (Mahogany's Kansas City Revue and the Detroit-Memphis Experience), Kosins signed in 2005 with Mahogany Jazz; she toured Europe with Mahogany in 2009. Vintage and her most recent recording, The Space In Between (2013), are with the Mahogany Jazz Records label.
In 2010 Kosins decided to take a new approach by releasing singles quarterly under the new Mahogany Digital label, rather than an entire CD every few years. "If a live audience falls in love with a new song, I can record and release it to radio while the music is fresh and hot. This is something you can't do if you're committed in advance to a full album release," said Kosins. She adds, "Vocalists are performing music that they, not their parents, grew up with. They feel this music in a convincing way and are destined to widen their audience with music that is both appealing and legitimate."
In more recent years Kosins has utilized the talents of arrangers Paul Keller, Jack Cooper, and Tamir Hendelman for her big band book, the show Rhapsody in Boop and the 2012 CD release, To The Ladies Of Cool, with Resonance. The latter is a contemporary exploration of the West Coast School of Cool that focuses on the music of Anita O'Day, June Christy, Chris Connor and Julie London with music orchestraed by Hendelman for jazz quintet. Her tune "Hershey's Kisses" was co-authored with Johnny Mandel (from To The Ladies Of Cool) and also his "Little Black Night Gown", which first became famous with Gerry Mulligan's big band. Her show Rhapsody in Boop was premiered with the Jazz Orchestra of the Delta and has been performed in numerous venues in the United States.
The event features a wine tasting and appetizers -- courtesy of exclusive Taste Partner Wok Asian Bistro -- from 7-7:45 p.m. and a two-set (8-9 p.m. and 9:20-10 p.m.) concert. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by phone (248-347-0003); online HERE; or at the theatre box office (361 E. Cady Street, Northville, 48167). TPT season ticket holders save BIG! Call 248-347-0003 for details.