Raised in Hove, East Sussex and now based in London, Kaz made her stage debut singing solo at the age of four at the Brighton Dome.
She studied Music at Goldsmiths University and Trinity College of Music and shortly after graduating, recorded her first album, the jazz based, Take Me Home (33 Records).
In 2005 she was a finalist in the international www.jazzconnect.com competition, which featured 147 contestants from all around the world.
She has performed with the likes of Lyn Dobson (Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Nick Drake) and Jamie Cullum, Ife Tolentino and jazz wunderkind Gwilym Simcock is featured on Take Me Home.
In 2007 she formed a record label, Fast Awake and released her second jazz album, Different Smile which showcased her songwriting skills for the first time, as well as her love of Brazilian music.
Her third album Dandelions (Fast Awake, 2011) was a new departure for Kaz. It featured all her own songs, ranging from one of the first she ever wrote, to a song inspired by a trip to Peru. An intimate, autobiographical insight into her world where she fused the Spanish classical guitar music of her youth as well as Brazilian, pop and jazz to create quirky twists and turns. Dandelions garnered favourable press reviews and ample airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3, 6, London and other regional stations, as well as in Australia, Japan and Germany.
And to 2013 and the release of Signs (Fast Awake). Another new direction, with the new inclusion of electric guitar maestro (Martin Kolarides) and swirly organ-master, Will Bartlett. Incorporating influences as diverse as progressive rock and musical theatre, it is a sound that is entirely unique, yet absorbing and accessible.
“She’s a unique sounding singer, she doesn’t sound like anyone else, her songs don’t sound like anyone else” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“What was that phrase? “We make our own way”. That’s the way which seems to suit Kaz Simmons, and is bringing her increasing recognition as a highly individual and persuasive songwriter” – Sebastian Scotney, The Telegraph
“The range of colours and moods that the London-based vocalist and guitarist serves up here is quite astonishing” – Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
“A very fine new album” - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“Somehow adept at handcuffing the listener so that one song
enough…Simmons punctuates the album with grace and
simplicity, while being craftily intricate”- R2 Rock’n’ Reel
“Combining a voice of crystalline purity, a neat lyrical touch,
some superb backing musicians and a few lushly romantic
arrangements, Kaz Simmons’ Dandelions has a gorgeous
heart and a few twists and turns that surprise, delight and
occasionally mystify by turn” �� All About Jazz
“Sympathetic souls will appreciate her gentle candour and
sincere ingenuousness, and the album as a whole certainly
provides a welcome antidote to the macho posturing of much
contemporary pop, male and female” �� LondonJazz
A shining future for her is assured, Musician Magazine
It's a beautiful record, beautifully performed and recorded
Simmons brings a graceful charm and insinuating ease that
makes the album simply melt in the ear, Chris Parker,
TAKE ME HOME:
“On the front cover it says: “Take Me Home” and you ought to”
Richard Niles, BBC Radio 2
“Absolute clarity of diction, a nice line in scat, an exuberant
vocal quality and an inventive arranger…Take Me Home
perfectly encapsulates the enormous potential of singer Kaz
“A commendable achievement…her bright chirpy optimistic
approach is very enjoyable”
In Tune International
“A young vocal bomb waiting to explode onto the Jazz Idiom”
“She takes the music in new and wonderful directions”