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Vintage Reviews

Hadley Tituss (Jazz Rendezvous)

...Kathy Kosins has got to be one of the best jazz vocalists around. Her warm, sensuous voice wraps itself round the notes the song and the result is hot chocolate dynamite!!

Joe Klopus Review
The Kansas City Star

Singer's background comes to the fore Kathy Kosins' style emerges from household sound

Neil Tesser and Mark

Ruffin reviewed Vintage on their radio show. We have an MP3 of the review available.

Paula Edelstein Review
Sounds of Timeless Jazz

Paula is back to review Vintage.

JazzTimes Magazine

"Three years after her widely acclaimed Mood Swings, Detroit chanteuse Kathy Kosins is taking big steps backward-but in a good way."

New York Times

Ms. Kosins's nonstandard choice of standards is almost as winsome as her easygoing, swinging style...

Scott Yanow
All Music Guide

Kathy Kosins has a fine expressive voice and she is joined by a top-notch sextet, but the real star of this set are the songs

Chris DiGirolamo

If Jazz had four seasons, Kathy Kosins would be spring. Something to look forward to, something budding, and most of all something just down right distinct.

By John Stevenson
ejazznews.com

On Vintage, Kathy Kosins plunges into a rarely explored area of standards, and emerges with a handful of well-crafted melodic pearls. Her alluring bring to lightly swinging "Tiptoe Gently". A teasing, sensual approach comes across to good effect on Russell Garcia's "Go Slow", where Kathy drags seductive lyrics across a decelerated tango.

Midwest Record Recap

Continuing to fight the good fight for recognition, her first set in three years finds Kosins with wider exposureand distribution and an album of oldies you probably never heard. Digging into the past for a flock of songs that time has past by, as well as a few surprises that she manages to make fit right. A dazzling jazz singer that has that something extra that was made to be appreciated, Kosins has got it going on and you should get on the train. Hot stuff.

Will Friedwald

I wasn't expecting to fall in love with a new female vocal album, but I wound up staying the night.

Mark Stryker

The aptly titled "Vintage" represents the best work yet by Kathy Kosins, a Detroit jazz singer with a sharp ear for obscure material and a taste for A-list accompanists...

 

Mood Swings Reviews

Grammy Award winning producer Don Was

On Mood Swings, Kosins shows she's got it all - the voice, the versatility, the refreshing new songs, and pure talent. In the words of Grammy Award winning producer Don Was, "With the release of this CD everyone can discover what a local group of fans in Detroit have know for years: Kathy Kosins is one of the finest singers in the world."

Kevin Mahogany

"With this performance we can welcome Kathy Kosins to the elite group we call jazz divas."

Mood Swings Kathy Kosins by C. Michael Bailey

Kathy Kosins has a smart mouth. It is manifested in the jazz vocal jewels she composes and sings. Ms. Kosins provides a real treat with Mood Swings. Immediately the listener will note that Ms. Kosins pens the majority of music on this jazz vocal recording with a couple of very notable exceptions.

Mood Swings by Marshall Bowden PopMatters Music Columnist and Critic
15 January 2003

Kathy Kosins is yet another contemporary jazz singer who writes her own material. Between Kosins, Carol Duboc, Shirley Eckhart, Cassandra Wilson, and Patricia Barber, it appears that jazz is raising a crop of female singer/songwriters to rival the one pop music produced in the late '60s to early '70s. Kosins' latest recording, Mood Swings, is an ambitious project that is largely successful both as a display of songwriting talent and as a fine recordings of songs by an interesting and expressive singer.

By Christopher Louden JAZZTIMES MAGAZINE
May 2002

With her earthy sound, enriched with the subtle suggestion of a smoky growl, Kosins is a delightful surprise.

By Neil Tesser -- Chicago Reader

...my favorite tracks--several sparky jazz tunes on which her husky, honeyed voice stands out nicely against the rhythm-and-horns backdrops. On her most successful originals, like the hipster anthem "I Was There" and the lighthearted throwback "Livin' in Style" (which cries out for a Preston Sturges setting), she throws her voice into the melodies, but pulls back a little with her inflection so the lyrics come out cool.

By Larry Nai ejazz

Vocalist Kathy Kosins stands out in the relative glut of Jazz singers by dint of her distinctive instrument. Combining terrific pitch control with subtly insinuating phrasing, Kosins possesses a voice that communicates intimacy and focus, as well as the impression that she could do just about anything she wishes to with it.

MOOD SWINGS by Paula Edelstein (Sounds of Timeless Jazz)

Kathy Kosins captures the many moods, nuances and styles of swing, soul, blues, and bop throughout this excellent CD. MOOD SWINGS couldn't have been a more fitting choice for the title and with the voice, versatility and talent of Kosins at the helm, these moods are carried off by one of the finest singers in the world.

AMG Expert Review By Alex Henderson

These days, jazz often functions as repertory music; there are plenty of faceless, totally predictable "Young Lions" (both instrumentalists and singers) who insist on doing the same old George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter standards the same old way. But Kathy Kosins, to her credit, doesn't inundate listeners with beaten-to-death warhorses on Mood Swings.

Mood Swings By Dave Nathan

Her tunes rise above the ordinary, exceeding in imagination and interest most of the contemporary material that is fobbed off as jazz/pop these days. ... a very good, diversified vocal session. Recommended.

Oregon Jazz Society

....She converts Jimi Hendrix' Foxey Lady into a jazz standard with a great arrangement and excellent guitar by Michael King and Gary Nester's synthesizer. She sings with honest sounding emotion and a pleasing voice....

Benjamin Ivry
CDNOW Contributing Writer

Kosins is a challenging artist, who seems determined to give listeners what they don't expect, and the intriguingly ambitious small label Chiaroscuro Jazz has done a fine job of letting her find her public. Surely her range of influences and resolve to be daring makes for a far more lively result than the plastic, retrograde retreads that currently glut the market.

Local Singer Makes Ballads Sparkle by Thomas De Shazor

...a talented, uncompromising woman in a male-dominated field, Kosins's painstaking musical efforts are rewarded with a solid album of jazz tunes. Owing, perhaps, to the two-years-plus it took to complete "Mood Swings," the closeness she has with her band-mates is evident in the tightness, maturity and tenderness of the album.

 

All in a Dream's Work... Reviews

"...While "Man of My Dreams" exemplifies her quiet storm side, I Can't Change You" and "Lucky Guy" are the type of hard-swinging bop items you would have expected to hear on a Blue Note session in the late 1950s or early '60s. If you took away Kosins' expressive vocals and let the songs be heard as instrumentals, it would be easy to picture them on an old Art Blakey, Hank Mobley, or Horace Silver date...."

Alex Henderson

Kathy Kosins "All In A Dream's Work..." (Schoolkid's Records) Of all the indie releases out now, none have received more unsolicited raves from jazz programmers than this one by vocalist Kathy Kosins called All In A Dream's Work... It's a courageous collection in the sense that she only relies on one standard, "Four" by Miles Davis and Jon Hendricks. Otherwise its nine originals were cowritten by Kosins and her writing partners, including Jeff Fanzel, the pianist on the session. Kosins is a versatile singer. She can sing it pretty, forceful and cool, depending on the mood of the song. Kosins entertains a satisfying range and stays in key (you'd be surprised how many don't). On a song like "Happy," you hear catchy choruses, sleek soloing on trumpet and piano, metronome bass swing and plenty of vocal bop drive. Highly recommended.

Gavin — The Most Trusted Name in Radio

"...on occasion a voice will stop me dead in my tracks and remind me how good it is to hear a special singer for the first time. The voice of Kathy Kosins, on her self-produced, and basically self-written and self-arranged debut disc. All In a Dream's Work (A Collection of New Standards), stopped me cold."

Al Lubiejewski - Full Review

Kathy Kosins All In A Dream's Work Schoolkids'

Credit Tony Bennett with the rejuvenation of the jazz singer. Music producers learned from rap audiences, that the words sung and the style of delivery had regained importance with the listener. Mr. Bennett capitalized on this and so did the throngs of jazz singers. Kathy Kosins is a throwback to the swing era torch singer. Her manner, akin to Sarah Vaughn, is a pronounced stylized approach. All In a Dream's Work were written or co-written by Kosins except "Four" the Miles Davis classic which Jon Hendricks penned lyrics. Kosins plucked a standard's album out of a time gone by.

SOS Jazz

 

Ladies of Cool Reviews

KATHY KOSINS - "TO THE LADIES OF COOL"

"The captivating Kosins pays homage to the queens of '50s West Coast cool jazz - Julie London, Anita O'Day, Chris Connor and June Christy. Though recapturing that smokey, martini-drenched milieu perfectly, the vocalist puts her own sensuous stamp on each number. The album wends its way wonderfully through a variety of moods and rhythms. Among the highlights are the melancholy "November Twilight," the sweetly swinging 'Hershey's Kisses' and the swaying 'Where Are You?'"

Paul Freeman – Pop Culture Classics

"Simply put...Kathy Kosins is a singer's singer. With the backing of a wonderful group....she has taken these songs and transformed them into compelling new musical short stories. From an uptempo swinger to a slow sultry ballad...Kathy's tribute to these legendary ladies is tasteful, sophisticated and simply elegant. I've listened to literally hundreds of vocal CDs over the past year and I can honestly say that "To The Ladies Of Cool" is as good as it gets from the first note to the last. You want a great listening experience....look no further than Kathy Kosins."

Eric Cohen – WAER – Syracruse, New York

"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's singing is technically flawless yet filled with a warmth and appeal that only the greatest singers achieve. An amazing accomplishment.

Eddie Dunn – KWIT – Sioux City, Iowa, Public Radio

"Finally, a salute to the coolest voices of the 20th century – from one of the loveliest voices of the 21st century. Kathy Kosins scores big with "To the Ladies of Cool""

Brian Delp – WBGO – New Jersey

"Kathy Kosins fills a void in today's jazz world that only few can do. This CD has it all and I play it on both my Sinatra and jazz radio shows. 10 great tracks that leave you wanting more and I do from today's lady of cool."

Kevin Conway – KSFR – Fresno

Jazz In Space BlogSpot

"...the terrific “To The Ladies Of Cool,” (Resonance Records) salutes their music and enduring legacies on an album of seldom heard standards and bubbly tunes..."

Nick Bewsey – Jazz In Space BlogSpot

All About Jazz – Italy

The times when the jazz singers ended up on the front pages of glossy magazine are now long gone. Fortunately, the incisions are characters and music with remarkable voice that have left their mark in the music of the twentieth century.

Vittorio Lo Conte – All About Jazz Italy

"...An in the pocket swinger with a sultry alto and a literate feel for lyrics..."

Paul de Barros – Seattle Times Jazz Critic

POP CULTURE CLASSICS

"The captivating Kosins pays homage to the queens of the '50s West Coast cool jazz - Julie London, Anita O'Day, Chris Connor and June Christy. Though recapturing that smokey, martini-drenched milieu perfectly, the vocalist puts her own sensuous stamp on each number. The album wends its way wonderfully through a variety of moods and rhythms. Among the highlights are the melancholy "November Twilight," the sweetly swinging "Hershey's Kisses" and the swaying "Where Are You?""

Paul Freeman - POP CULTURE CLASSICS

Kathy Kosins To the Ladies of Cool Review by Scott Yanow

"Kathy Kosins’ tribute To The Ladies Of Cool pays homage to June Christy, Chris Connor, Anita O’Day and Julie London, but not in an obvious way. Ms. Kosins does not make any attempt to copy any of the four singers (all of whom were in their prime in the 1950s) and her slightly heavier voice is distinctive in its own right. While she mostly performs material on this project that was recorded by one or more of the singers, their most famous tunes are not here and some of the numbers (such as “Nightbird,” “Don’t Wait Up for Me” and “November Twilight”) are obscure. So her tribute is really more to their legacy rather than direct emulation. In any case, this is an excellent effort that will be enjoyed by fans of those singers. Pianist Tamir Hendelman, who also contributed all of the arrangements, is joined in the sextet by the powerful saxophonist Steve Wilkerson (long an underrated great in the L.A. area), trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, guitarist Graham Dechter, drummer Bob Leatherbarrow and either Kevin Axt or Paul Keller on bass. Kathy Kosins sounds jubilant on “Hershey’s Kisses” (a Johnny Mandel song for which she wrote the lyrics), revives “Learnin’ The Blues,” and is appropriately sly on “Kissing Bug.” To The Ladies Of Cool (available from www.resonancerecords.org) is one of her most appealing recordings so far."

Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene

Kathy Kosins: To the Ladies of Cool (2012) Review

"Kosins' voice is perfectly suited for the repertoire, being well- balanced and evenly distributed. She makes To the Ladies of Cool an effortless labor of love, and one given gladly."

C. Michael Bailey

"It's tough to dispute the discographies that turned Ella, Billie and Sarah into the reigning queens of jazz, but that has never discounted the contributions of many others, including Chris Connor, Anita O'Day, June Christy and Julie London. Count vocalist Kathy Kosins among their fans since her fifth recording, the terrific To the Ladies of Cool, salutes their music and enduring legacies on an album of seldom heard standards and bubbly tunes enriched by the arrangements of pianist Tamir Hendelman whose sterling accompaniment can't be overstated. With Kosins on top, he leads a fleet band that includes trumpeter Gilbery Castellanos, bassists Kevin Axt and Paul Keller, guitarist Graham Dechter, Steve Wilkerson on reeds and percussionist Bob Leatherbarrow. Ladies is a class act with a strong point of view, thanks to Kosins' dedication to the source material—she fastidiously combed through not just CD reissues but loads of obscure material made for radio broadcasts and such to find the perfect mix of tunes. As a singer, her voice is pure pleasure, flecked with warmth and a golden hue that swings to the Oscar Peterson pitch of "Learning' The Blues" and the easy-going beat under "All I Need Is You." "Free and Easy" has that George Shearing vibe going on, as does "Lullaby In Rhythm," a finger-poppin' highlight that's lifted by Kosins' wordless bebop vocals and succinct band solos. Under the soft lilt of a bossa nova beat, Kosins illuminates the album's closer, "Where Are You" by taking a lyric like "where is the happy ending" and infusing it with equal parts longing and confident independence. But swing is the thing on Ladies Of Cool, and the remarkable spin on these chestbuts is something you can raise a glass to. (10 tracks; 50:32 minutes)

ICON

Kathy Kosins' To the Ladies of Cool on All Music

"Kathy Kosins is the rare jazz vocalist who chooses to salute earlier singers by mostly picking less familiar songs they recorded while also putting her individual stamp on them."

All Music by Rovi

Step Tempest Reviews Kathy Kosins' To the Ladies of Cool

"To the Ladies of Cool" simmers and shimmers, swings and soothes – like the 4 women she celebrates, Kathy Kosins... is the singer in front of an impressive ensemble performing a fine program of good songs.

Culture Creator Richard B. Kamins - Step Tempest

JazzTimes Reviews Kathy Kosins' To the Ladies of Cool

Anita O'Day, June Christy and Chris Connor are often treated as interchangeable because they followed one another in the Stan Kenton band and because their shared predilection for minimal vibrato resulted in their being forever clustered as A-plus graduates of the "cool school." Truth is, each had a very distinct style and each carved out a very singular career. In choosing to salute all three (along with Julie London who, though equally cool, matriculated from an entirely different school), Kathy Kosins wisely appreciates both their similarities and their differences. The album is neither a tribute —Kosins steers clears of their signature tunes—nor an attempt at imitation. Instead, as she suggests in the liner notes, it is a collective "toast" to their sterling musicianship.

Digging deep into their songbooks, Kosins unearths such obscurities as "November Twilight," from London's Calendar Girl of 1959; the gossamer "Free and Easy," written by London's husband Bobby Troup in a rare union with Henry Mancini; Charles DeForest's gorgeous kiss-off "Don't Wait Up for Me" (recorded by Connor in 1954); and Billy Strayhorn's spirited perspective on infidelity, "Kissing Bug," from Christy's '59 gem Ballads for Night People.

On the ballads, Kosins inches close to London's libidinous languor. On the more upbeat numbers, there is strong suggestion of Diana Krall—no stranger herself to the influence of the honorees. But it is pianist Tamir Hendelman's arrangements—smoke-filled and mink-wrapped—that most genuinely capture the zeitgeist of these ladies' incomparably cool salad days.

JazzTimes

Sounds of Timeless Jazz Reviews To the Ladies of Cool

"This is Kathy Kosins' debut for Resonance Records and it's one that should be in your collection."

Sounds of Timeless Jazz

Out of the old cool into the new cool

"If you have not heard of vocalist Kathy Kosins before that's too bad, because she is the real deal."

Pierre Giroux — Audiophile Audition

Fine new discs from jazz artists... Kathy Kosins

"...delivering a highly polished set of 10 thoughtfully chosen songs..."

Free Press

"'She thinks like a musician' is one of the finest compliments you can give a jazz vocalist, and Detroit native Kathy Kosins is often at the receiving end of that comment."

Jon Norton — WGLT Music Director

Huffington Post

"...Her words flow as effortlessly as maple syrup over hot pancakes..."

Ralph A Miriello — Jazz Journalist

"...instead of rehashing Julie London’s “Cry Me a River,” she unearths a relative rarity: the melancholy “November Twilight,” which Kosins invests with her own sense of autumnal ruefulness."

George Bulanda — Hour Detroit

KATHY KOSINS - "To the Ladies of Cool" - Resonance Records

One thing I've always enjoyed about Kathy Kosins is her ability to "sell the song". Kosins is a melodic storyteller. Her voice is rich and warm as she interprets and vocally explores each song on this tribute CD.

"Learning the Blues" has always been a favorite of mine. I was introduced to it by Julie London's smokey style back in the days of the "Peter Gunn" television show. It was pleasant hearing Kosins bring this lovely tune back to life with a totally difference approach. Oh it's still bluesy, but...

Dee Dee — LAJazz.com

As a radio host I hear many CD's. Some I like and some I like a lot. Your CD falls into "Like A Lot" category. To add a punctuation mark, I have gotten many fine complements from my listeners as well. Keep serving up wonderful CD's like this, and watch your fan base grow. I'm one of them.

Alan Rock — Morning Host — WUCF Orlando, FL

Kathy Kosins/To the Ladies of Cool

Kosins has been laboring in the vineyards for a while making solid jazz vocal albums but this time around, the love is in the air from all quadrants. A tribute to a virtual Mt. Rushmore of 50s super thrushes, Kosins tips the chapeau to Chris Connor, Anita O'Day, June Christy and Julie London, making a load of signature songs her own but keeping the original spirit alive and well. As unique as the career moves she's been making all along, Kosins does the looking backward to look forard thing here in fine style. She even puts actual lyrics of Johnny Mandel's "Hershey's Kisses", originally an O'Day scat and gets the composer to sit up and pay attention. Hot stuff that does a fine job of celebrating cool. Check it out.

Midwest Records

"To the Ladies of Cool" is just the sort of CD that inspires you as you enjoy it. This collection of great songs, performed by Kathy in her own unique style, will keep the musical memories fresh for a new generation of jazz lovers.

Malvin Massey — WUMR, Memphis, TN

Exclusive interview with jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins

Kosins is a multi-talented person. She is a singer, composer, songwriter, arranger, educator, and painter.

Michelle Humphrey — Examiner

"Kathy Kosins is a joy to hear. Her lyrics on Hershey's Kisses melt in her mouth."

Johnny Mandel

Kathy Kosins: To the Ladies of Cool (2012)

Raise the glass and here's a toast. With To the Ladies of Cool, four standout vocal pioneers are deservedly celebrated.

Larry Taylor — All About Jazz

April 2012 issue of Jersey Jazz — Joe Lang

Among my favorite vocalists are the ladies like June Christy, Chris Connor, Anita O'Day and Julie London who defined the 1950s "cool school" of vocalizing. The songs sung by the four ladies mentioned above are the source for the program of singer Kathy Kosins on her fine new album, "To the Ladies of Cool" (Resonance - 1018). Kosins has wisely chosen to apply her own vocal sensitivities to 10 tunes that were among those performed by Christy, Connor, O'Day and London, with not even a hint of imitation. In doing so, she did not rely on the songs that are most associated with these ladies of song. There are no signature songs like Christy's "Something Cool," Connor's "All About Ronnie," O'Day's "Honeysuckle Rose" or London's "Cry Me a River." She opted for tunes that Kosins felt suited her stylistically and emotionally, and she renders them with taste, confidence, and a superb feel for phrasing that makes each lyric ring true. She did dig deep, as illustrated by the tune titled "Hershey's Kisses." The original Johnny Mandel melody was called "Hershey Bar," and had been done as a wordless vocal by O'Day. Kosins has added clever lyrics, and updated the title to reflect her words. Her instrumental support is supplied by pianist Tamir Handelman, who aso penned the hip arrangements, bassists Kevin Axt or Paul Keller, guitarist Graham Dechter, drummer and vibist Bob Leatherbarrow, reedman Steve Wilkerson and trumpeter/flugelhornist Gilbert Castellanos. This is a concept album of wonderful originality that recalls an era, but brings the music into the now. (www.resonancerecords.org)

Joe Lang — Jersey Jazz

Kathy Kosins' CD presents a wonderful and memorable toast "To the Ladies of Cool", Anita O'Day, Julie London, Chris Connor, and June Christy.

This CD is perhaps one of her best, and one of the best of any contemporary jazz singer singing homage to four immortal women of jazz and pop.

Danny R. Johnson

Kathy Kosins "To the Ladies of Cool" Resonance Records 2012

...take the prolific talents of Kathy Kosins and the commitment to the finest recordings available from Resonance Records and the end result is a winner!

Critical Jazz

Kathy Kosins Toasts Ladies of West Coast Cool

On jazz singers, Kathy Kosins' new album "To the Ladies of Cool," her lovely, soft and soothing voice made me want to curl up in her lap, and listen to her sing every song on the album over and over.

Charles L. Latimer — I Dig Jazz

I DIG JAZZ

Talk about having big ambition. That’s what jazz singer Kathy Kosins had plenty of when she set out to make “to the Ladies of Cool,” dedicated to four of her heroes Anita O’Day, June Christy, Chris Connor, and Julie London. Don’t mistake "to the Ladies of Cool, which Resonance Records releases March 13th, for a tribute album.

Charles L. Latimer — I Dig Jazz

Kosins' voice is prefect like a swimsuit model. On “to the Ladies of Cool,” Kosins performed material O’Day, Christy, Connor, and London help make famous such as “Nightbird,” “Don’t Wait Up for Me,” “Free and Easy,” and “November Twilight”. In fact, "to the Ladies of Cool" sounds as if those singer’s spirits were in the studio cheering Kosins on.

Weekly Music Review... Metro Times

Kathy Kosins’ To the Ladies of Cool (Resonance) is a tribute to some of jazz girl Kosins’ faves of the genre, including Anita O’Day, June Christy, Chris Connor and Julie London. It’s a suave, classy, beautiful record that features some incredible low-key musicianship and, of course, Kosins’ warm voice. The artists in question would surely approve.

Metro Times

USA Today Playlist

Kathy Kosins' Don't Wait Up for Me is featured in USA Today's Playlist.

USA Today

March 2012 CD of the Month: Kathy Kosins "To the Ladies of Cool" Resonance Records

In recognition of Women's History Month, our March CD of the Month selection is To the Ladies of Cool: A Love Letter to Chris Connor, Anita O'Day, June Christy and Julie London by the veteran Detroit vocalist, Kathy Kosins. Not only were the honorees cool ladies, they were pioneers in shaping the vocal stylings of the West Coast cool jazz movement of the 1950s. With this in mind Ms. Kosins traveled to Los Angeles to record this inspired homage for the Los Angeles based, non-profit recording label, Resonance Records. Kathy made two very astute decisions, first her choices of songs-avoiding the over recorded standards, secondly, enlisting Tamir Hendelman to be her pianist and arranger. Hendelman is to be commended for his refreshing charts and impeccable playing as an accompanist as well when soloing.

Kathy Kosins most recent recording maybe a tribute To the Ladies of Cool, but the CD is already hot on the jazz radio charts and as fiery as her red hair!

Arturo Gómez – KUVO Music Director

 

the SPACE between

Kathy Kosins: The Space Between

Kathy Kosins and Tony Bennett have a lot in common; both are considered world class singers and both have dual careers as visual artists. Kosins' abstract acrylics on canvas are inspired by the music of the Bebop era. "To me," says Kosins, "one art form is an extension of the other; music inspires my paintings and I see colors in my approach to songs."

On her latest CD The Space Between, Kosins brings a sense of originality to every standard she approaches. Standout tracks include her soulful version of a rather obscure show tune called "You'd Better Love Me While You May." Kosins also convincingly covers "I Keep Going Back To Joe's," a great tune first popularized by Nat King Cole.

Kosins was born and bred in Detroit and the soulful Motown influence continues to imbue her jazz work. "My father owned a clothing store and outfitted all the Motown stars, including the Miracles, and Marvin Gaye." Soon Kosins was doing studio work with Was Not Was, then launched her career as a solo artist.

Listen for Kathy Kosins' The Space Between, now in rotation on Capital Public Radio Music's Excellence In Jazz and JazzStream.org. You may also view Kosins' extensive artwork collection online.

Capital Public Radio

O's Notes for Kathy Kosins – The Space Between

"Jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins takes on eleven contemporary ballads for The Space Between. Tamir Hendelman (p), Robert Hurst (b) and Eric Harland (d, perc) provide string support with Larry Koonse (g) appearing on two selections. There is a chill mix of "Night Bird" that will delight the club set while the majority of the music is jazzy blues. Among the best are "Song For my Father" and "You Fascinate Me So". Kathy stays within a sweet range that imparts enough style and emotion to make these tunes sizzle."

O's Place Jazz

Kathy Kosins: The Space Between

"This time around, she brings together some of LA’s best artists (Tamir Hendelman/p, Bob Hurst/b, Eric Harland/dr, Larry Koonse/g) for a collection of tunes that go more towards the soul and R&B side of jazz."

George W Harris – Jazz Weekly

Kathy Kosins, the Queen of Mid-Century Cool, Comes to Sonoma

"It's been several months since retro jazz diva Kathy Kosins brought her mid-century vocal sound to the Bay Area, so we're especially excited for her upcoming series of gigs in Sonoma County later this month."

Adam Martin – The CA Modernist

The Space Between

"... The Space Between, acknowledges her past while providing a glimpse into her future creative direction. It is one of Kosins’ most meaningful recordings in that it features songs that are evidence of the prominent Jazz and R&B influences that she projects in her music."

SOUNDS OF TIMELESS JAZZ

The aptly titled, new release from Kathy Kosins, "The Space Between," presents space within songs to breathe, engage, savor, swing and think. With a smart trio guided by pianist/arranger Tamir Hemdelman, and anchored by Robert Hurst and Eric Harland, Kosins' sings steady as an explorer, with feet on solid jazz ground, set for surprises....

John McCarthy – Jazz Beyond The Sky, Radio Boise – KRBX

Kathy Kosins takes a giant step forward in artistic weight class with one of the premier vocal releases for the year with The Space Between.

So I am heading out to my mailbox in anticipation of what sonic treasures the good people at the U.S. Postal Service left in my box. With The Space Between from Kathy Kosins, Christmas came early. The female jazz vocal pack is a tightly clustered group of individuals that more often than not come across as pre-packaged entities straight from the corporate boardroom of whatever media conglomerate they may be signed to that particular week. Kathy Kosins transcends the world of singer to that of vocal artist by not only having a keen ear for giving life to some rarities that may otherwise go unnoticed but her vocals demand your immediate attention. Tone, timing, pitch, phrasing is all there and all spot on.

The musical cast of co-conspirators here are A list and each a legitimate leader in their own right. Perhaps the hottest pianist going in Tamir Hendelman, Bob Hurst on bass, Eric Harland on drums and Larry Koonse on guitar all bring forth a musical synergy with Kosins as the lyrical focal point of this dynamic recording. Two bonus tracks are included with the first, "Go Slow" recorded live at the Jazz Standard and an homage to her critically acclaimed release aptly titled To The Ladies Of Cool. The second track is a perfect vehicle to highlight her deceptively subtle R & B influences with an ambient nu jazz riff on the 1961 Al Cohn tune "Night Bird." The Space Between is cutting edge when held up to some of her contemporaries for critical review. Never taking the easy road of banging out a dozen standards simply because she can, Kosins weaves her magic as a vocal artist and moves straight to the top of the vocal jazz food chain. To be clear, Kathy Kosins is not one of the better female vocalists you may hear but vocalists period.

Sometimes working as a critic one feels more like an artistic prospector sifting through hundreds of releases to find that one precious stone that has made his own labor of love well worth the effort. There are far too many vocal releases from artists that would be better served saving their money when in fact their future would clearly have them never leaving the club circuit or happy hour at the local Marriott, Kathy Kosins is not one these artists.

Easily on my year end Best of 2013.

Brent Black – Critical Jazz

Did you know "Song for My Father" had words? Apparently Kosins took the time to find that out because there’s no co-write credit with Horace Silver for it. Even when digging in the crates, Kosins keeps it interesting as always, showing herself to be a jazz vocalist that continues to play at the top of her game. More than willing to take risks and go out on limbs to good effect, it’s a solid talent that can take the ordinary out of the ordinary, push the envelope but not let the wheels fall off. She's got the soul and backing crew to make it all work and fill your ears so nicely. Check it out.

Chris Spector – Midwest Record Review

Jazz singer Kathy Kosins is back with a new record, The Space Between (Little Tootsie/Mahogany Jazz), an album which sees Kosins further explore the places that her infectious, hypnotic purr can take the listener. When she sings "Drowning in a sea of love" during the song of the same name, one could quite happily imagine drowning with her, and that's only the beginning of the album. As she takes us on the journey of the following ten gorgeous tunes, this critic came to the conclusion that Kosins is some kind of jazz siren...."

Brett Callwood – Metro Trimes Magazine

 

General Reviews

Kerrytown Art Review

"Synesthesia is condition in which the separation between a person’s senses breaks down, and the stimulation of one sense leads to an automatic, involuntary experience involving another sense. For Kosins, sounds trigger perceptions of color."

John Cantu – AnnArbor.com

A letter from Ronald B. Weber, MD, President & Artistic Director, South Florida JAZZ

"...The unique "Ladies of Cool" material that you shared with us was extraordinary on several level...While your arrangements were thematic and evocative of the artists, the show was very much a personalized Kathy Kosins performance. This is a critical touch not lost on the more sophisticated audience members, many of whom have raved about the show."

Dr. Herb Wong writes in Jazz Education Journal

"She delivers natural and sure-pitch with seemingly effortless expression..."

Arthur White, NSU director of Jazz Studies

"Kathy Kosins represents the many great things happening in vocal jazz today. She is a stellar interpreter, a great songwriter, and a consummate performer."

Cheryl Hughey of Mahogany Jazz

"Kathy Kosins has taken the jazz world by storm.

Dr. Herb Wong

Herb Wong of the esteemed International Association of Jazz Educators named Kosins as one of the top six vocalists of 2005. The Chicago Reader would rave about her 'solid intonation, unwavering swing and a voice that can conjure both the girl next door and her older wiser sister.' Harnessing the essence of the song with imaginative interpretations and sassy savoir faire, Kathy Kosins is definitely a vocalist on the rise."

Hadley Tituss (Jazz Rendezvous)

...Kathy Kosins has got to be one of the best jazz vocalists around. Her warm, sensuous voice wraps itself round the notes the song and the result is hot chocolate dynamite!!

JVOICE Interview
JVOICE (Jazz Vocalists Offering Instructional Curriculum for Education)

I’ve known Kathy Kosins for several years and always loved her sound, but what is most inspiring is Kathy’s entrepreneurial spirit. Her workshop: “Gainful Employment and Hustling the Gig” has been booked in over fifty universities in the U.S. and she records for Mahogany Records (Kevin Mahogany’s label) , which is returning to the old fashioned concept of sending, ‘a single track’ to radio, just like the old days.

Joe Klopus Review
The Kansas City Star

Singer's background comes to the fore Kathy Kosins' style emerges from household sound

Village Voice - Tom Hull

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.

Dick Crockett- The Voice - 88.7 FM

Kosins has that rare quality. Phrasing that's impeccable, indicative of a jazz great. A voice not contrite a qualified misty as June Christy. There is something quite new and blue with this lass.

Home Theater Magazine

As far as I'm concerned, as a songstress, Kosins is everything Diana Krall should be....

Salinas Journal - David Clouston

She's a sitx-time winner of songwriting awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, with three CDs to her credit, and a fourth set to debut in 2008...

Dan Emersons Review of Kevin Mahogany's Kansas City Revue
and the Godfathers of Groove [PDF]

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Kathy Kosins, a Detroiter whose smoky voice makes her an ideal fit for the Godfathers of Groove...

Mark Stryker

...Kathy Kosins, a versatile singer with a sharp ear for material and an alluring way of phrasing that gets to the heart of a song.