Jazz Vocalist Kathy Kosins to Perform at UD

Oct 29, 2009 | University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

The University of Dubuque is excited to welcome Kathy Kosins, a critically acclaimed Jazz vocalist, as the Woodward Artist-In-Residence for the 2009 fall semester. She will perform a concert on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Blades Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Kosins will be joined in concert by Dick Sturman, piano (UD C'63); Dave Richter, bass; Masa Iwasaki, drums; Michael Omarzu, saxophone; the Round Midnight Jazz Trio - made up of Bill Encke, guitar; Aaron Pustina, bass; and Pab Adams, drums; along with the University of Dubuque Jazz Ensemble - James Sherry, director.

A serious musician from Detroit, Kosins began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early eighties, acquiring over 35 credits to her name. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Cararre (Sony) and Quality Records then toured with Was/Not Was. By the early nineties, her musical taste in R&B evolved to straight ahead Jazz. Stints with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras followed and led to a 1996 release of All In A Dreams Work (Schoolkids Records), an impressive debut featuring a first rate collection of nine originals and a cover of Miles' Four. Reported by over 250 Jazz stations, she reached the top 20 in the Gavin. Her 2002 release of Mood Swings (Chiaroscuro Records) continues to bring her recognition and success at the national level. On Vintage (Mahogany Jazz), she rediscovers little known songbook gems which she places alongside a few widely known, yet unexpected tunes from outside the jazz tradition. She was the recipient of the 2001 Michigan Council of the Arts/Artserve Michigan Jazz Composers Award, is a six time ASCAP award winning songwriter, and jazz educator.

The Woodward Artist-In-Residence program was established through a bequest from the late Mr. William Woodward, a former Trustee at the University. His goal was to have the University use these funds to expose the campus community to artists from a wide variety of fields.

Concert parking is available in the McCormick Street parking lot.