MARCH MADNESS? No way! Manhattan School of Music's future jazz stars and scholars beckon - Auditions for Fall 2017 Graduate Vocal Jazz Arts Program are tomorrow! Good Luck everyone. I'm also looking forward to meeting the new Department Head of Manhattan School's Jazz Arts Program - Stefon Harris!
Later this month Keith and I will (belatedly) celebrate St Patrick's Day with a concert at The Irish Art's Center in Manhattan with Christine Tobin and Ingrid Jenson. March 23rd - 8pm.
The 64th DOWNBEAT CRITICS POLL is in -I'm the grateful recipient of the
2016 DOWNBEAT Rising Female Vocalist Award!! I'm honored to receive this 1st place designation from the top jazz critics in the land! Congrats to all the wonderful vocalists listed here!
Hey now - lots on the spring time to-do list, including going with Keith and The Tough Get Growing Ensemble to NJPAC to hang out with Jonathan Schwartz and Cyrille Aimee on Satu MAY 7th 7pm. Then heading back a week later to meet up with Fred Hersch for his 10th Duo Invitational Series at Jazz Standard MAY 14th 7:30 & 9:30. Later in June we'll be on Cape Cod for shows at The Spire and Woodshole Arts Center. Below here's a little video taken at Newport Jazz Fest last August.
JAZZ TIMES VIDEO LIVE FROM NEWPORT JAZZ FEST 2015
It's currently 11pm. Departure time is 4am for the flight to Toronto. Oh, yeah baby, bring it on! In other news, journalist Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen has written a lovely piece about my work just in time for our first visit there Thank you Peter! Take a look see. If you have any pals up in the Northeast - Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal - please send em our way this weekend. Check out the calendar page for deets. Many Thanks!
2016!!! - started off beautifully with a memorable set at JEN Conference and an epic snow storm resulting in splendid sledding opportunities. February and March we'll go for the first time to Maryland, Texas, and Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal - see the gigs page for more info and hope to see you somewhere soon! Other news - A long awaited (by me!) recording is in the works with Fred Hersch!! and another with Keith Ganz and the The Tough Get Growing Ensemble! Check back for updates... LOOKING AHEAD TO NJ PAC MAY 7th with JONATHAN SCHWARTZ AND CYRILLE AIMEE!!!
December is a cumin in….We'll be in NYC for Jonathan Schwartz's 45th Radio Christmas Special. Sunday Dec 20th 12 -4pm…Don't miss it! Tune into WNYC.ORG or log onto the Jonathan Channel.
Keith and I will also hit our beloved 55 Bar, 55 Christopher St NYC Friday Dec 18th 6-9pm for old time's sake…we miss you 55!
Beautiful mini tour to Atlanta's hottest new jazz club, The Velvet Note and Asheville's Biltmore Lake Country Club. Tomorrow we head up to NYC to premiere our new music at National Sawdust. Here's a sneak preview of our arrangement of Barrytown with Onome Ekeh's 'arresting' visuals... literally.
The fall is heating up now... check out this stunning video Onome Ekeh just made for our upcoming premiere at National Sawdust NOV 19th The Crack: What To Wear In The Dark - there will be birds!
FALL 2015 - Jo Lawry and Will Vinson started the season off right with a visit to Durham and our first performance of KEY PARTY at Sharp 9 Gallery. There was LIFT OFF and all involved were happy with the results - look for more KEY PARTY in 2016. We are ramping up for our November tour of The Crack: What To Wear In The Dark featuring The Tough Get Growing Ensemble. Look to our touring page for more info and come hang with us if you are in NYC, Atlanta or Asheville!
MAY 2015 - LOTS OF GOINGS ON going on around these parts….just had a sublime birthday for Keith at Sharp Nine Gallery in Durham last week and this week I head to NYC to play with the one and only Fred Hersch! Shortly after, Keith and I will pack our rain gear and head to Seattle for a reunion with Nich Anderson and the good folks of Seattle. Vancouver is our next stop and since we've never set foot in Canada we are especially excited to experience sharing music and exploring the region. More soon - I'm getting the notion to start working on another recording.…
DEC - Keith and I had a fantastic trip to the west coast this month where we had the opportunity to connect with friends and new music fans up and down the coast. We played at some great spots like Kuumbwa and The Blue Whale and had a wonderful time in general. Here's a review from the LA Weekly: "...one of the best and most interesting jazz singers alive. Ganz's nylon-string guitar playing is excellent and tactfully supportive, a clinic on how a husband helps his wife to be her best self." READ it HERE
Another highlight of this month - Earlier this year i had the opportunity to sing a gorgeous arrangement of the classic song All My Tomorrows for Jeremy Fox's new CD With Love Our track was nominated for a Grammy™ Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist!! Here's a video - it's so pretty! The rest of the CD is just as lovely and features 10 top notch vocalists interpreting his work.
Our year-end bonus: Genevieve and Ferdinand is starting to show up on critic's Best jazz vocal CDs of 2014 lists - C. Michael Bailey, Peter Hum of Ottawa Citizen, All About Jazz's Dan Bilawsky. It certainly is gratifying to have journalists remember the CD long after it's release last February. If you haven't heard it, why not purchase a copy for yourself and see what the fuss is about! Keith and I wish you a happy and peaceful holiday doing whatever you like best. May 2015 bring you ever closer to your heart's desire. Thanks for the support this year!
Nov/Dec 2014: Really? Really, people? How did this happen? I've no sooner cracked the seal on my SF50 when I turn around and it's a blustery Hallow's eve with the mercury slumming it 31 degrees! Oh, and our heat wasn't working last night! What am I Jobe? Come ON now… Well, one nice thing is that the fall semester at Manhattan School Of Music is moving along smoothly and I'm really loving-on working with the talented students and co-teaching with Theo Bleckmann and Gretchen Parlato! Next up: We'll be heading west to California for 4 days in December Ernie Shelton's fabulous house concert series in Sebastopol, Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, The Blue Whale in Los Angeles and The Piano Kitchen in Santa Barbara on Dec 11th. Please see our concert page for more info on each of these shows. The New year is looking bright with various projects including an invitation to record an album of duets with Fred Hersch! Happy Holidays everyone!
Fall 2014 - I'll be heading to Frankfurt Germany in a few days to record the follow up to John Hollenbeck's Grammy Nominated Songs I Like A Lot with John, Theo Bleckmann and the HR Big Band. It may be called I Like A Lot Of Songs, or Songs We Like A Lot More…or perhaps there will be some kind of 'Name That Album" contest. I promise to keep you posted! My return trip from Frankfurt will arrive in Boston where Keith and I will have our first concert with a full symphony orchestra. The Cape Symphony under the artistic direction of Jung - Ho Pak will perform a concert in celebration of the 375 anniversary of the Town of Barnstable on Sunday Sept 21st..check out the tour dates page for more info. I'm looking forward to meeting and performing with American Idol finalist and fellow Cape resident Siobhan Magnus as well as my talented brother Allen McGarry.
Also looking forward to rejoining the jazz faculty of Manhattan School of Music with Theo Bleckmann and Gretchen Parlato this fall. Heads up, New York friends, I'm staying over! Some nice shows coming up this fall and in early December we'll head to the west coast…more on that soon. For now, let's enjoy the graceful and gradual change of seasons.
June IS busting out all over. Yes, June needs a new bathing suit, maybe one size up… thats ok, people. It's all muscle. Yep, it's crazy town around here. Keith and I just returned from our first ever vacation-with-no-gig to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We went to the northern Arizona desert…most glorious landscapes I've ever seen. But it's thursday and time to get my head outta the Colorado river and back on point. What was the point again??? ah yes… Summa'! It's Summa'!
I'm looking forward to a concert Monday June 16th with UNC Jazz Camp Faculty - the Stephen Anderson trio. Then I'll be working with vocalists from Monday thru - Thursday the 19th. Keith and I will head to NYC for some special occasions and a Gig at Rockwood Music Hall Sunday June 22nd.
July is for learning, and I'll be plunking down my shekels at Shenendoah Conservatory for Jeanie Lovetri's Somatic Voice Work™ seminars.. taking classes on Healing body work for singers with Peter Shor and also one for diagnosing and working with injured voices. More info soon - I'm so excited to expand my knowledge and understanding of the human voice.
In August I'll be teaching at the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp with one of my favorite singers, Madeline Eastman. A wonderful summer - yes, there will also be movies on the lawn, taking my first barre/dance class, watermelon, swimming….get outside and enjoy…it's summa'!
MARCH 2oth - Happy SPRING!
Friday March 21st we'll be on one of our favorite public radio shows The State of Things. You can listen to our segment here at - www.wunc.org
Genevieve & Ferdinand has been out for one month! Our sweet little CD has been enjoying lot's of wonderful reviews - a few highlights are below. If you're in the mood to avoid other work you are supposed to be doing, click the link to read the whole review.
"her peach of a new album…recorded in a spare but openhearted style." ~ Nate Chinen, NY TIMES
"Heartfelt and elegant, Genevieve & Ferdinand is simply perfection." ~ Celebrity Cafe
"A sublime partnership..their organic purity is truly magical." ~ Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
"Heartfelt, intelligent, and unforgettable." ~ Dr. J. Schlesinger All About Jazz
"Absolutely enchanting, lyrical and true from the first note to the last" ~ Ottawa Citizen
"..No greater beacon of sincerity, honesty and emotional purity" ~ D. Bilawsky All About Jazz
"Her deceptively homespun style makes the covers feel acutely personal, as though the borrowed words were written for her alone." ~B. Howe, Indy Week
"One is left a bit breathless yet wanting more." ~ Andrea Cantor, Jazz Police
"a truly eclectic and forward thinking duo that create magic." ~ Bop-n-Jazz
"Genevieve and Ferdinand is a clear, sweet, yet no-nonsense recording" ~Velvet Park
"The voice is instantly recognizable — strong, muscular.. Her technique is just about flawless, and it’s all of a piece with her artistry — personal and peerless." ~ Jon Garelick, Giant Steps
KATE MCGARRY RELEASES GENEVIEVE & FERDINAND ON SUNNYSIDE RECORDS
New CD Is a Dynamic Duet with Her Husband, Guitarist Keith Ganz
Grammy-nominated vocalist Kate McGarry, whose most recent release (2012's Girl Talk) scored top honors on many of last year's Best Of lists, will take a slightly different tack on her first release for Sunnyside Records. Genevieve & Ferdinand, an intimate live set which features McGarry's soaring vocals bolstered by Keith Ganz's melodic acoustic guitar stylings, spans a dazzling stylistic palette. A mix of original compositions and uniquely imaginative interpretations of songs written by the likes of Paul Simon, Todd Rundgren, James Taylor, Toninho Horta, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein, Genevieve & Ferdinand is McGarry's first duo project and highlights the special connection - musical and emotional - between the singer and her husband of 10 years.
Recorded live in concert at Soundpure Studios in Durham, North Carolina, the album is titled after the name the duo performs under. “We both wanted a more poetic band name than just ‘Kate and Keith Duo’,” explains McGarry. “Genevieve is my middle name. It connects me to a more free spirited side of myself, my inner troubadour, if you will. Keith has always reminded me of Ferdinand, the peaceful bull from that old children's book who only wants to sit under a tree and smell the flowers while the other bulls are fighting. For us, Genevieve & Ferdinand evokes some of the imagery and atmosphere of a playful and mysterious realm we seem to fall into when we make music together.”
“She breathes her own thoughtful life into everything she touches. Suddenly I feel like I've heard the song as it was meant to be. With the tiniest inflections in sound, pitch, or emphasis of a word, Kate manages to bring a song home to ourselves, making us aware of the many facets of being human. And somehow, this message always feels delivered with love...It's wonderful when musicians instill such trust that you want to just completely let go and dive into their world. Their world is a world in which I love to be.” ~ composer Maria Schneider
Genevieve & Ferdinand kicks off with the one track on the album that was not recorded live, a lovely, subtle rendition of Paul Simon's "American Tune." Captured at the couple's home in a single take, Ganz says that "when you hear Kate sing in person, it always feels like a movie is starting. What was just a neutral space is transformed into a cinematic land full of magic, mystery and possibility." McGarry echoes the sentiment." Keith's fingerpicking style has a gentle momentum that makes the song flow organically. He investigates a classic song with an ear for what has not been said yet and invites me into that space to meet him."
The original song "Ten Little Indians" is McGarry's musical memoir of her parents' lives, reflected in the eyes of their ten children. It's a poignant paean of gratitude, a tender exploration of the joys and sorrows of lives well lived and filled with love. "During their lives, my parents taught us to work together, to sing together and to pray together; from their deathbeds they taught more than I could ever imagine about those same things," says McGarry.
McGarry's long standing affinity for Brazilian music is evidenced on the duo's energetic medley of Toninho Horta's and Pat Metheny's "Aquelas Coisas Todas/Aqui O/Third Wind." "Keith's virtuosic and adventurous guitar accompaniment is a wonder to behold and inspired a spontaneous scat solo," states McGarry. "We like to play songs that take us out on a limb during every live set, and I sure do feel that on this song. It's 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride' for me!"
There's no doubt who McGarry is singing about on the album's languorous take on Jerome Kern's and Oscar Hammerstein's "Can't Help Loving That Man." The openness and playful sense of swing that marked the duo's first performance of this song some ten years back - serendipitously on Valentine's Day - at NYC's Cornelia Street Café, still resonates in performance today.
The duo cite Devon Sproule and husband Paul Curreri among their favorite songwriters, and compositions from both are featured on Genevieve & Ferdinand. Sproule's starkly beautiful "Plea for a Good Night's Rest" allows McGarry space to demonstrate all the riches of her singing - the soulful timbres and textures of her voice, storytelling full of wisdom, wonder and honesty, and ringing melodies that sparkle like gemstones.
James Taylor's "Line 'Em Up" is reset over an atmospheric pulse. "It can be a challenge to create a fresh cover of a song by such an iconic artist," says Ganz. "'Line 'Em Up' has enough twists and turns that I was able to expand on the chords to create a little different setting for Kate without feeling like I was abusing the poignancy of the composition."
Ganz's original, "Mr. Long Gones," was originally written as a solo guitar piece, inspired by the aforementioned Paul Curreri. "Kate's voice feels like a natural extension of my melodies, and she gives wings to the melody on the bridge in a way that would have been very difficult to achieve by myself," says the composer. "Keith's compositions bring me back to nature," explains McGarry. "Hearing this song is like going on a slow walk through the woods with him, and seeing the smallest details of a running stream through his playful eyes and fingers."
The duo return to the classics with Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the Music and Dance," which McGarry first recorded as the opening track on her Grammy-nominated album, If Less is More...Nothing is Everything. Ganz's dramatic reworking of the tune is even more striking in the duo setting. "When I listen to Keith's playing, I never hear a guitar accompanying a singer. Instead he creates subtle melodic and rhythmic themes that shift and expand as the song and story I am singing unfolds," says McGarry.
Theo Bleckmann, the iconoclastic singer and long time friend of McGarry's, along with Australian vocalist Gian Slater contribute exquisite vocals to Bleckmann's arrangement of Todd Rundgren's "Pretending to Care." The densely layered harmonies create a vivid contrast for the starkness of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," which follows.
Genevieve & Ferdinand concludes with Paul Curreri's contemplative "Beneath a Crozet Trestle Bridge." McGarry inhabits the nuance of Curreri's rustic imagery and the duo rides Ganz's driving guitar to a close, leaving the audience on an audible high.
Genevieve & Ferdinand Track Listing: Total Time: 48:27
American Tune (P. Simon)
Ten Little Indians (K. McGarry)
Aquelas Coisas Todas/Third Wind/Aqui O (Horta/Metheny)
Can't Help Loving That Man (Kern/Hammerstein)
Plea For a Good Night's Rest (D. Sproule)
Line 'em Up (J. Taylor)
Mr. Long Gones (K. Ganz)
Let's Face The Music And Dance (I. Berlin)
Pretending to Care (T. Rundgren)
Beneath A Crozet Trestle Bridge (P. Curreri)
McGarry and Ganz - or Genevieve & Ferdinand - will launch a tour in February to support the release of the new album. The following dates are confirmed, with more to follow:
Jan 29th Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Feb 13th Scullers Boston, MA
Feb 14th Rockwood Music Hall, NYC, NY
Feb 15th & 16th SF JAZZ San Francisco, CA
Mar 2nd Ochsen Hotel, Muri Switzerland
ABOUT KATE MCGARRY and Keith Ganz
With 5 critically acclaimed CDs and a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal CD to her credit, Kate McGarry is recognized as an international jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song she sings. The Wall St. Journal has called her music, "...austere and elegant...an exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz."
Raised in a large Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts, Kate and her nine siblings were surrounded by diverse musical influences and spent many nights singing together. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Afro-American Music and Jazz and spent a decade in Los Angeles practicing her craft before moving to NYC.
Musical collaborations include projects with jazz and Broadway luminaries including Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider, Jason Robert Brown, John Hollenbeck and the vocal group Moss which featured Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan and Luciana Souza. She performs in venerated jazz clubs and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, and as an educator has served on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory of Music. Kate represented the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center as a jazz ambassador for 3 years, and has been cited the past 5 years as a Rising Star in Downbeat Magazine's Critic's Poll. McGarry has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Marion McPartland's Piano Jazz, and Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Keith Ganz is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer. In addition to his Grammy-nominated collaborations with Kate McGarry, he has been the guitarist of choice for Harry Connick Jr., Kurt Elling, Luciana Souza, and many more acclaimed vocalists. He has also performed and/or recorded with a host of jazz legends including Christian McBride, Fred Hersch, Victor Lewis, Chris Potter, Andy Bey and many others. He has performed on David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, The View and Australian Idol, and toured in four continents.
For more information and press requests contact:
Cary Goldberg GOMEDIA PR tel 434-293-6633 CARY@GOMEDIAPR.COM or visit www.katemcgarry.com
DECEMBER/JANUARY NEWS:I'm heading for NYC this weekend to join Jo Lawry, Laila Biali, Alan Hampton, Gregg Kallor and a heavenly host of other great musicians at SubCulture's week long Holiday Festival and clothing drive (in partnership with Housing Works!) Sat Dec 21st 7:30 & 10pm.
The following day 12 -4pm I'll be at my favorite event of the season - Jonathan Schwartz's Holiday Radio party. Go to The Jonathan Channel to listen!
Shortly after New Year dawns I'll return to NYC to make music with a new band of brothers - James Shipp, Vitor Gonçsalves, and Richie Barshay. We'll be diving in to a gaggle of new songs and arrangements. Please join us Jan 4th at 55 bar! Happy Holidays and God Bless Us Everyone!
AUGUST NEWS: I'm pleased to announce that I'll be joining the faculty of New England Conservatory for the fall semester while the marvelous Dominique Eade is on Sabbatical. Looking forward to working with the talented students there and seeing more of Boston, my old home town. Fall in New England - Holla!
Save the date: Saturday, September 21st - opening for Terrence Blanchard at Carolina Theater as part of the Duke University Music Festival!
In other news, I received notice of an Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award from the NYC Nightlife Awards and Keith and I been invited to play a tune at Town Hall in NYC on Jan 14th....just for fun we booked a duo gig for the last night of the APAP Conference Tuesday, Jan 15th at 55 Bar NYC 7-9pm. Can't wait to be there and make music with Capricorn friends such as Peter Eldridge, Jessica Molasky, Matt Aronoff and James Shipp.
Hope to see you soon in NYC or Durham - Happy 2013!
- Saturday June 16th tune into your local NPR station to hear our interview/performance on Weekend Edition - All Things Considered. Here's my NPR page.
- Hey now - we're on the cover of Jazz-ed Magazine! It's a fine publication with a nice indepth article about our State Dept trip to China by Kevin Mitchell.