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. Stints with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras followed and led to a 1996 release of All In A Dreams Work (Schoolkids Records), an impressive debut featuring a first rate collection of nine originals and a cover of the Miles Davis composition Four. Reported by over 250 Jazz stations, she reached the top 20 in the Gavin.
Her 2002 release of Mood Swings (Chiaroscuro Records) continued to bring her recognition and success at the national level. On her 2006 release of Vintage, (Mahogany Jazz), she rediscovered little known songbook gems which she placed alongside a few widely known, yet unexpected tunes from outside the jazz tradition, which brought her glowing reviews from journalists.
Always a pioneer, Kosins decided to take a different approach in 2010 by releasing singles quarterly under the new Mahogany Digital label, rather than an entire CD every few years. The tradition of releasing singles runs deep in jazz music. Singles enable artists the freedom to create and record on a natural timeline that corresponds with fan demand and tour schedules. 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.
A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts (Jazz Composer of the Year), Kosins has received grants from Michigan‟s ArtServe advocacy group. Her clinics and workshops teach performance skills alongside business strategies for the independent artist and have been a success at colleges and universities across the USA.
When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the 50s. Commissioned paintings are held in private collections and Kosins continues to sell her work at both gallery shows and concert performances.
Kosins has recorded with many well known jazz and R&B artists to include Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Peter Bernstein, Larry Koonse, Tamir Hendelman, Robert Hurst, Jeremy Pelt, Jon Ellis, Howard Levy, Don Was, Michael Henderson, Paul Keller and many others.
She has shared the stage and performed with numerous names in the jazz and R&B world. A few notables are: Cyrus Chestnut, Terell Stafford, Randy Brecker, Javon Jackson, Larry Goldings, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Bernard Purdie, Greg Hutchinson, Eric Harland, Red Holloway, Grant Green Jr., Reuben Rogers, Reuben Wilson, Aaron Goldberg, Tamir Hendelman, Jesse Davis, Eric Marienthal, Mitch Ryder, Chuck Finley, Vincent Falcone, Was/Not Was and Michael Henderson.
To the Ladies of Cool is just the sort of CD that inspires you as you enjoy it. This collection of great songs, performed by Kathy in her own unique style, will keep the musical memories fresh for a new generation of jazz lovers. — Malvin Massey — WUMR, Memphis, TN
Outstanding.... Herb Wong
...her performance maintains a balance of swing and sensuality... great vintage songs... I wasn't expecting to fall in love... Will Friedwald, NewYork Sun
If Jazz had four seasons, Kathy Kosins would be spring. - Inside Connection
...Kosins has got it going on and you should get on the train. Hot stuff. - Midwest Record Recap
One of the most alluring voices in Jazz - Chicago Tribune
Kathy Kosins is one of the finest singers in the world. Don Was, producer
... A joy to listen to- Conde' Nast Publications
... A swing era torch singer ... Akin to Sarah Vaughn - SOS Jazz
Mood Swings is a fine and fun ride without a boring note played - All About Jazz
Fab- Billboard Magazine