The Goodwill Theatre will present an evening celebrating the Ladies of Cool with ASCAP award winning vocalist Kathy Kosins. Kosins explores the artistry of Anita O’Day, June Christy, Julie London and Chris Connor and their relationships through a multimedia concert featuring a live stage show, musical shorts, a presentation of vintage and rarely seen photographs about the songs and songwriters who created the West Coast School of Cool.
“To the Ladies of Cool” will be staged on Friday, October 18 at 7 PM at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. The Goodwill Theatre’s 2013-2014 Music Hall Concert Series is sponsored by the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton. Tickets for “To the Ladies of Cool” are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 607-772-2404 ext. 301 or online at www.goodwilltheatre.net.
Born and bred during the Motown era of Detroit, Kosins began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early eighties, which led to her becoming one of the most sought after session singers. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records and later toured with Was/Not Was.
In the early “90s, Kosins, a ferocious writer and arranger, fell in love with the freedom of the jazz art form and her writing naturally evolved into a more traditional approach. 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 the Miles Davis composition” Four.” Reported by over 250 Jazz stations, she reached the top 20 in the Gavin.
Her 2002 release of “Mood Swings” (Chiaroscuro Records) continued to bring her recognition and success at the national level. On her 2006 release of “Vintage,” (Mahogany Jazz), she rediscovered little known songbook gems which she placed alongside a few widely known, yet unexpected tunes from outside the jazz tradition, which brought her glowing reviews from journalists.
Always a pioneer, Kosins decided to take a different approach in 2010 by releasing singles quarterly under the new Mahogany Digital label, rather than an entire CD every few years. The tradition of releasing singles runs deep in jazz music. Singles enable artists the freedom to create and record on a natural timeline that corresponds with fan demand and tour schedules. “If a live audience falls in love with a new song, I can record and release it to radio while the music is fresh and hot. This is something you can’t do if you’re committed in advance to a full album release,” said Kosins.
A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts (Jazz Composer of the Year), Kosins has received grants from Michigan’s ArtServe advocacy group. Her clinics and workshops teach performance skills alongside business strategies for the independent artist and have been a success at colleges and universities across the USA.
When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the “50s. Commissioned paintings are held in private collections and Kosins continues to sell her work at both gallery shows and concert performances.
Kosins, an acclaimed painter, will also host an “Improvisation on Canvas” workshop on Saturday, October 19 at 9 AM. The workshop will last two hours and students will paint to jazz music via CD. The focus will be on the freedom of expression in the abstract, using texture and colors for guidance and painting totally from intuition in their medium of choice. Please call the box office at 60-772-2404 ext. 301 for more information. The workshop is $40 for adults and $30 for students and seniors. Workshop attendees may purchase a discounted $10 ticket to the “To the Ladies of Cool” concert on October 18.
“…Her words flow as effortlessly as maple syrup over hot pancakes…” Ralph A Miriello -Huffington Post
“Kathy Kosins’ “To The Ladies of Cool” far exceeds most vocal recordings of 2012. An ambitious project, Kosins raises a toast to vocalists Anita O’Day, June Christy, Julie London and Chris Connor, who embodied “West Coast Cool”. Kosins’ vocal portraits bring the listener into contact with the elegant vocal artistry of an era in jazz which deserves to be treasured.”… Chris Cooke, KIOS
“Kathy Kosins is a joy to hear. Her lyrics on Hershey’s Kisses melt in her mouth.” Johnny Mandel
“She has a voice that commands attention, and a band that rewards it. She looks for songs that haven’t been beat to death….Will Friedwald’s notes liken her phrasing to Tony Bennett’s, which seems roughly true, especially on the closing ballads. But she’s hipper than Bennett.” Tom Hull -Village Voice
“Although they differ in several ways, the “Ladies of Cool” that Kathy Kosins dedicates her latest album to have at least one common thread… “taste.” And Kathy has that trait in bundles. Great song selections, uniquely wonderful arrangements, superb musicians and a sound that melts you. She is simply wonderful to listen to.”…Vince Lombardi, Host of “A Tasteful Blend” WICN 90.5, Worcester, MA
“…An in the pocket swinger with a sultry alto and a literate feel for lyrics…” Paul de Barros – Seattle Times Jazz Critic
“Kathy’s singing is technically flawless yet filled with a warmth and appeal that only the greatest singers achieve. An amazing accomplishment.” – Eddie Dunn, KWIT, Music Director
“…the CD is already hot on the jazz radio charts and as fiery as her red hair!” Arturo Gomez, KUVO Music Director
“In (Don’t Wait Up for Me), Kathy Kosins puts her sultry, elegant spin on one of Chris
Connor’s less conspicuous triumphs on To the Ladies of Cool.”- Elysa Gardner, USA Today
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City on the corner of Corliss Avenue & Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, and a new lot along the side of the building, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre. For more information, interested persons can contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, like us on Facebook.com/Firehouse.stage or visit: www.goodwilltheatre.net