Katie Ernst

”A great bassist, composer, and lyricist, she has an uncanny ability to mix traditions... following her voice is like reading a great novel.” - Jason Moran, Artistic Director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center Katie Ernst has been described by the Chicago Tribune as “a versatile young bassist who plays in far-flung bands and sings with uncommon delicacy and authenticity.” Her recent compositions are inspired by the poetry of American writer Dorothy Parker. Her complete Dorothy Parker project Little Words was released on Feb 10, 2015, and is currently available on BandCamp. As both a bassist and vocalist, Katie has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, among others. The Chicago Reader has identified her as “one of the brightest lights on Chicago’s jazz scene, and she isn’t close to hitting her creative ceiling.” In 2013 and 2014, Katie was one of 24 young artist- composers selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, an international jazz residency program at the Kennedy Center under the direction of pianist and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran. In May 2014, she performed at the Chicago Symphony Center as part of Jason Moran’s Looks of a Lot premiere, which also featured Nasheet Waits, Tarus Mateen, Ken Vandermark, Theaster Gates, and Kenwood Academy Jazz Band

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Press ”The album [Little Words] is a concise set that winningly blends jazz, pop and classical elements, showcasing Ernst’s buttery alto and her creative way with melody.”— John Frederick Moore, Jazziz Magazine ”Anyone who has attended Chicago jazz performances during the past couple of years probably has noticed her: a versatile young bassist who plays in far-flung bands and sings with uncommon delicacy and authenticity.” —Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune ”Ernst sings with a tenderness and unpretentiousness that focus attention on the lyrics, not on the singer, a rare quality among contemporary jazz vocalists.” —Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune ”...one of the brightest lights on Chicago’s jazz scene” —Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader ”The bassist, singer and composer makes music with a soft, tumbling momentum, somewhere between literate indie pop and low-lit vocal jazz.” —Giovanni Russonello, CapitolBop Chicago Jazz Festival Preview of TWIN TALK

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