Los Angeles-based pianist and composer Kait Dunton's first album, Real & Imagined has been met with excitement and high accolades since its release in 2008. Recorded after completing her Masters of Music in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of North Texas, Real & Imagined is an ear-opening adventure through Kait’s whimsical yet rhythmic and deeply-felt compositional style. Kait's original music blends elements of jazz, Latin, folk, and groove genres into a fresh new improvisational and compositional voice. “She throws cold water on any notion that the piano/bass/drums format is an exhausted one,” writes S. Victor Aaron of Jazz.com. As a whole, Kait’s musical personality is defined by her unusual, lyrical compositions and arrangements, as well as her radiant improvisational energy on the bandstand. Real & Imagined features Ross Pederson on the drums and Daniel Foose on the bass.
Recently, Kait was highlighted as one of “Ten Future Female Jazz Stars” on Jazz.com, and this fall, she began work towards her DMA in Jazz Studies at USC’s Thornton School of Music, studying under Alan Pasqua. Before returning to her home town of Los Angeles, Kait was a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas for two years, during which time she led a 10- piece contemporary electric ensemble and ran a daily Jazz Piano Fundamentals class. In addition to her teaching duties, Kait had the opportunity to perform and rehearse with classic big bands and Latin jazz ensemble, tour the Southeast with a 10-piece fusion band, and perform her original music in various settings