Kayle Brecher

Unique jazz vocalist, composer, and arranger, Kaylé Brecher (Kay-La BrecKer) is a singer who is at once completely distinctive and an amalgamation of her great musical influences. Showcase Magazine described her sound as “a supple voice that suggests the pairing of Sheila Jordan and Sarah Vaughan.” One could accurately add Morgana King and Ella Fitzgerald to that description. Hers is a versatile and flexible instrument with wide range, which can move from silky, smooth and subtle to bold and bluesy; refined to brash and raw. Kaylé's instrumental and compositional approach to singing leads to explorations of the mood, texture and style in each individual tune, which results in exciting variety.

Imaginative, versatile and eclectic, Kaylé has performed in settings ranging from traditional jazz through bop, free jazz and experimental music. She is a native New Yorker and began her career as a very young teen, singing blues and standards in the clubs of Greenwich Village. Kaylé has opened for Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Doc Severinsen, and has shared the stage with Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz, Red Rodney and others. Her varied and active career has included concerts, festivals, live radio performances, a TV documentary soundtrack, clubs and other fine venues, studio production work and seven recordings. A skilled arranger and composer, Kaylé is more than a singer: she is a complete musical package. Combining an impressive command of her expressive instrument and wide range with artful writing and creative arranging, she presents the listener with unique inventive settings, vivid subtlety, masterful phrasing and sophisticated lyrics. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Temple University with a double major in performance and composition/arranging, Kaylé was a long time member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop in New York City, as well as pursuing private studies in composition and arranging with both Jim McNeely and Michael Abene. Three of her original compositions and two of her versions of Freddie Hubbard tunes have been published by Freddie Hubbard's publishing company Hubtones and two of her versions of Herbie Hancock tunes have been published by Hancock Music. Her compositional skills have also garnered several awards in the jazz category of the Billboard Song Contest, including one major prize. Kaylé says of her approach to writing and singing: “Each piece is like a movie or vignette in which one is totally immersed; story, emotion, mood and intention brought alive by settings carefully chosen to enhance the ambiance while encouraging improvisation in each performance.” “In performance, I feel melodic content as an intricate dance of shapes and colors entwining and flowing with or rubbing against harmonic and rhythmic partners. ”

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”This is one unique artist who brings more meaning to her music than most. Style is her middle name - she is here to stay long after just listening” -H. Allen Williams - JazzTimes”

“Brecher's skills are many and varied, but her greatest stregnth may be her ability to balance the offbeat with the accessible.” -Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“A serious jazz triple threat with mad creative skills and the ability to take her creative energy anywhere she wants to go. The real deal. -Brent Black, Critical Jazz

“Aptly titled, 'This is Life', offers the listener a deeper journey, but don't expect the cutely packaged standards album that is most associated with vocal jazz

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Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Location

Philadelphia

Credentials/Background

Conservatory of Musical Arts, Audubon, NJ 215-850-4162 accepting intermediate through advanced, beginners by audition only

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Discography

This is Life

This is Life

Penchant Four Records
2016

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Spirals And Lines

Spirals And Lines

Penchant Four Records
2013

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Spy Music

Spy Music

Penchant Four Records
2005

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Urban Objects

Penchant Four Records
2000

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So Complicated

So Complicated

Kayle Brecher
Spy Music

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