Kathleen is a talented pianist /vocalist and composer who grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in a musical family where creative expression was encouraged. Piano lessons started at age six, and years of classical studies gave her a solid musical foundation. She began performing and writing in her teens. After composing a theme for CTV for the Winter Olympics, she moved to Montreal to pursue Jazz piano, arranging and composition studies, completing a BFA ( Concordia University, Montreal) followed by McGill for advanced study in composition and orchestration. She continuously worked as a pianist/vocalist for several years in clubs in Montreal, before settling in Toronto, where she began performing weekly, and also set up a home studio, for recording projects and teaching. She is a Toronto based pianist/vocalist, as well as a composer/arranger and Jazz educator, teaching jazz piano, theory and composition. She has trained with numerous Jazz artists: Jazz piano studies with: Jan Jarczyk, Jon Ballantyne, and Hilario Duran. Vocal Jazz workshops with: Sheila Jordan, Barry Harris, Kurt Elling, Jeri Brown. Kathleen is a member of the IAJE, SAC, and SOCAN.
Her 2009 release, Brand New Day is a collection of jazz/blues originals with some of Toronto’s top jazz musicians, including Henry Heillig (bass), Rob Piltch (guitar), Ben Riley ( drums) Dennis Kelde ( Hammond B organ), Colleen Allen ( sax), Eric St-Laurent (guitar), Marc Pizer (drums) and long time collaborator Kirk Starkey (cello)