Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Kosi

Kosi (neé Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she's more than just a drama queen. She's got piercing eyes and a voice that's larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won't fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues.

She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as her main influencers, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith. However, despite her comparisons and influences, everything about Kosi, from her nappy hair to her sometimes bare feet, from her occasionally jarring lyrics to her now-she's-sweet-now-she's-screaming dramatic interpretations, radiates authenticity. “I am not creating anything,” she says, “nor am I deconstructing anything. I am neither an iconoclast nor a follower. I am simply myself, and that is enough.” She's more than enough. You definitely want to hear this girl sing... if you can handle it.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Profiles
Read more articles
Indeed, with a voice husky with emotion, Kosi sings her heart out. Singing about love, reflecting upon urban life or just whistling upon guitar riffs, Kosi is generous with her approach to voicing rhythm. A delicate touch reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, some blues influences, and simple words are components of Kosi's approach to jazz. — Mehdi El Mouden for All About Jazz

From jazz to blues to neo-soul: it’s all there, pre-tapped and ready to be heard, but with such freshness of vision that it could be from no other singer

Read more

12 Photos

Albums

Videos

Premium Profiles

Rob Reddy Rob Reddy
saxophone
Maureen Choi Maureen Choi
violin
Norman David Norman David
saxophone
Greg Poppleton Greg Poppleton
vocalist
Andrea Claburn Andrea Claburn
vocalist
Nicolas Bearde Nicolas Bearde
vocalist
Chris Greco Chris Greco
reeds
Jen de Ness Jen de Ness
vocalist
Hilary Kole Hilary Kole
vocalist
Tommy Smith Tommy Smith
sax, tenor
Sal La Rocca Sal La Rocca
bass, acoustic
Jack DeSalvo Jack DeSalvo
guitar

All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.