Born: November 9, 1972 Primary Instrument: Piano
KATHRYN BALLARD SHUT (pronounced /shoot/) is an accomplished jazz pianist and vocalist, living and working in the Denver, Colorado live music scene, and grew up surrounded by both music lovers and working musicians. Classically trained on the piano beginning at age 8, reeds at age 10, and incorporating jazz theory by age 14, Kathryn has served as both pianist and woodwind doubler in big bands (clarinet/flute/saxes) as well as small combos. Most recently, she served as a prominent member of several jazz orchestras within The Colorado Jazz Workshop under the leadership of Hugh Ragin.
Kathryn is co-leader and founder of the classic jazz small ensemble, 'Lost Soul Jazz Combo' (album: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lostsoul3) and has played major venues in Denver (including a sold out show in the dining room of the famous Dazzle Restaurant) with several prominent groups.
In addition to collaborating with jazz master and father, the late Tim Ballard, Kathryn has also worked closely with Latino film and music stars Daniel Valdez (of 'Zoot Suit','La Bamba','The Westside Oratorio'), as well as with Denver jazz artists Mark Diamond, Keith Oxman, Drew Morell, Hugh Ragin, Linda Theus-Lee, Mike Evans, Kevin MacInness, Jared Johnson, Jean-Luc Davis, and many other excellent artists. Most recently, she has been very honored as an ASCAP-affiliated songwriter-publisher to collaborate with master composers Piero and Pippo Lombardo, composing and authoring 4 tracks on Camera Soul's hornline celebration album, Not For Ordinary People (2013).
Kathryn keeps busy as president of Denver-based TIMKAT Entertainment, a record label and booking agency that focuses on promoting world-class, independent jazz, soul, and R&B talent for live performances, multimedia projects, and digital album sales online. She has also served as a member since 2008 of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS/Grammies).
In her spare time, Kathryn is an active jazz blog contributor and her ideas can be found on music opinion sites such as NPR's A Blog Supreme, DIYMusician (CDBABY.com), Reverb (HeyReverb.com), AllAboutJazz, and of course, JazzTimes.
For more information about TIMKAT Entertainment and/or Kathryn, please visit and follow the company's social media sites:
Web Portal: www.timkatent.net Twitter: @timkatent Facebook: www.facebook.com/timkatent ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/label/timkatentertainment Email: email@example.com
Awards:Songwriter/Publisher with ASCAP, 2012-present Member, Academy of NARAS/"Grammies" (2008-present) Worldwide Who's Who Among Entrepreneurs (2012) Lifetime Member, Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, Central MO State Univ (1993) John Philip Sousa National Band Award, Raytown High School, Raytown, MO, USA (1990)
I could not have succeeded in booking live music in Denver without Kathryn's professionalism and guidance. - Mike Evans, trumpet, Lost Soul Jazz Combo and Jubilee Hot 7.
Pianist/Vocalist: Lost Soul - 'Live at Pec Too' (2012)
Pianist: Daniel Valdez/Su Teatro - 'The Westside Oratorio' (2004)
Pianist - The Sound - 'Live at Magnolia's Steak and Seafood' (2005 Demo)
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Jazz Piano - voicings, comping, hand positions, reading jazz fake books, jamming styles, combo etiquette, professionalism on the gig; booking techniques; social networking; composition