Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Cathy DeWitt was destined to be a musician, and playing jazz is in her blood. Before she was born her father Bruce led his own band in New Orleans, regularly opening for Louis Armstrong at Pete Fountain's place. At a very early age music filled her house, from her father's Dixieland trumpet and stride piano to the Rachmaninoff and Chopin pieces her brother Peter, a prodigy pianist, rehearsed every day on the grand piano in the living room. As the family gathered to watch the television variety shows of the 60s, she heard all the famous singers interpreting the great songbook of jazz and show tunes, and she never forgot the lyrics to many of those songs....
Cathy DeWitt's song 'I get Spring Fever in the Fall' is a modern day standard. If you hear someone say, 'They don't write songs like they used to,' you can correct them and say, ‘Oh yes they do!’ And then play them this gem of Cathy's. - Christine Lavin, deejay, Sirius Satellite Radio.
Cathy’s jazz quartet, a long-standing favorite in North Florida, recorded live in concert at the Thomas Center with guest pianist Hank Herring, saxophonist Dave Sloane, bassist David Ottenberg and drummer Rob Rothschild. Love Notes (2004)
The cream of the crop from Cathy’s live jazz concert series featuring world class guest musicians like pianist Rob Bargad, bassist Walter Booker, and saxophonist Roland Burns. A beautiful selection of romantic standards with two original gems thrown in, including the award-winning “Everybody’s Somebody’s Child.” Dreamsong (2006)
All original, uplifting music inspired by Cathy’s twenty-plus years as a Unity musician. Recorded with many talented friends, including Christine Alicot, flute; Kathleen Olive, piano; Jackson DeWitt, didgeridoo; and Rob Rothschild, percussion. Includes the award-winning new jazz standard "I Get Spring Fever in the Fall."
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Vocal Improvisationhow to make the most of YOUR instrument. (Voice) Through scat singing, listening and repeating lines, and a small amount of basic theory, participants will learn how to sing around the melody and behind the beat, use phrasing that fits the context of the words, and other important tricks and techniques of great jazz vocals.