Kat Reinhert

Kat Reinhert

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Jazz Singer-Songwriter. Clear, sterling, spot-on vocals. Writing and interpreting songs with dexterity and diversity.

Biography

Kat Reinhert writes and sings songs that bring a refreshing sense of true innovation to the intertwining worlds of jazz and popular music.  With honesty and insight, she writes and interprets lyrics with humble expertise, creating beautiful, haunting, and charming stories that move past any limitation of the idioms.

Kat’s 2009 self-produced CD, Chrysalis, contains all original material she composed and arranged.  It has been hailed by critics as “a work of great subtlety and nuance,” for her ability to effortlessly join the worlds of singer-songwriter and jazz.  The album holds many of these gems including: Rufus, about her large and sometimes not so in-charge bed, See It Rise, linking the building of a house to leaving and moving on from a difficult space, and A Rose, a striking and beautiful love song.

Ms. Reinhert’s newest album, Spark, was released in the fall of 2015 to widespread critical acclaim.  With Spark, Ms. Reinhert turns the focus of her creativity again towards her original music, creating an album that is at once poignant and hopeful, and highlights her growth as a songwriter. She does not shy away from difficult subject matter, yet her delivery engages the listener to make the journey with her.  Enlisting the skill and expertise of David Cook as producer and pianist, along with Perry Smith, Ross Pederson, and Sam Minaie, as well as the guest talents of Julia Pederson, Jo Lawry, Shayna Steele, Sarah Tolar, and Jody Redhage, Spark truly lives up to its name, bringing a new energy and dynamic to Kat’s growing body of work.  Critics hailed Spark as, “…thirteen top-notch jazz melodies that shine with dexterity and diversity”; “…a fully involved firestorm of musicianship that will ignite your soul”; and “…the pieces breathe, groove and flow…well-shaped and leaving room for instrumental expression…”

Currently in the final stages of releasing her third album, Home Movie, Ms. Reinhert is excited to share another new work with her audiences so soon after the release of Spark.  With Home Movie, Kat makes the choice to step away from original music and instead spin her talents into arranging songs that have been in her lexicon for some time.  Home Movie is a collection of standards and covers that musically trace her journey from childhood to present day with inventive arrangements of songs from such diverse influences as Rogers and Hammerstein, Neil Young, and the Foo Fighters.  Critics are already saying that Home Movie ‘…contains no less of a wow factor (than Chyrsalis)’, and features Sam Minaie on bass, Perry Smith on guitar, and Ross Pederson on drums.

Vocalist Kat Reinhert grew up in rural Wisconsin, where she was surrounded by music, which lead her to pursue a music degree at Lawrence University.  She began studying with noted Jazz composer, arranger, and trumpeter, Ken Schaphorst, which lead her to fall in love with Jazz.  Wanting to gain a deeper experience, she moved to New York City in the Fall of 1996 to attend the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, where she began working with such noted musicians as Peter Eldridge, Jane Monheit, Chris Bergson, and Travis Sullivan and received a BM in Jazz/Commercial music.  Kat continued to hone her craft in New York until 2005 when she moved to Miami to pursue and ultimately achieve, an MM in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami, FL.  While there, she had the opportunity to work with John Secada, Raul Midon, and Johnny Rodgers.  Returning to NYC, she began working with her current band consisting of Perry Smith, Sam Mianie, and Ross Pederson.

This beautiful and engaging singer has performed at venues such as Smalls, Cornelia Street Café, The Bitter End, and the Hot Jazz for Cool Nights Festival; and with Anat Fort, Perry Smith, Ross Pederson, Sam Minaie, Julia Pederson, Cameron Brown, Sean Nowell, Jamie Leonhart, Nir Felder, Anne Philips, Pete McCann, David Cook, Jordan Perlson, and Peter Eldridge.  With several tours on the horizon, new songs to be arranged and written, a brand new gorgeously engrossing album in the world and another shortly to follow, Ms. Reinhert is on the road to higher ground and with what lies behind her, there is no doubt that only more wonderful collaborations, music, and opportunities lie ahead.

Lyrics

A Rose

Written By: Kat Reinhert

A Rose
words and music by Kat Calvosa

When at night the stars shine bright
And the moon gives off his light
I just stare
And wish for air
Please take me home tonight

Then the dawn brings sparkling dew
And I turn to look at you
I just stare
And say a prayer
That my wish has come true

Oh I wonder if I'm going crazy
And I wonder if this can be real
I wonder if my vision's hazy
Is my heart on my sleeve, should I yield?

Now the day is drawing close
And for you I will compose
You just stare
And show you care
By tossing in a rose.

The Brooklyn Dodger

Written By: Kat Reinhert

Far beneath the bustle of the angry city street,
A man in lonesome reverie assumes the pose of peaceful sleep.
As if in silent protest to the noise,
Of heavy feet and turnstile coins.
His daydreams click and clack in rhythm with the track,
That rarely or never will quite take him back.
And the Brooklyn Dodger waits his turn -
It’s too early to begin.

Around the bend the subway roars with barely pent up rage,
Its passengers are trapped inside like batters in a cage.
In his mind he sees the face,
Of a pitcher with a run on base.
Who picks his target, stares him down, and takes his careful aim
In his mind he hears the roar of storied grandstand fame.
And the Brooklyn Dodger waits his turn -
No man on and no runs earned.

He wishes for a time and place on any other base
He wishes for a different life, without so many strikes
He wishes for all this and more, but all he sees coming toward him is a door…

Years have passed and still he (longs and) sighs,
For canyons filled with (songs and) ticker-tape good-byes.
His muslin dreams are fading fast,
He joins the moving crowd at last.
With pitcher’s grace the man in blue begins his daily chase.
“If you can spare a dollar sir, it would not go to waste.”
And the Brooklyn Dodger waits his turn
For now his dreams are at an end.

Rufus (The California King)

Written By: Kat Reinhert & Evan Lamb

A great big giant sits upon the block
Holding two lovers and watching the clock
Wondering what time they’ll wake
Catching the pictures the TV will make

He feels her twist and tumble as she fumbles in the dark
Trying not to shift her silent partner from his mark
Gently sliding from within his narrow frown
She is gone like the wind and stolen his crown

King of California spends his days
Wrapped in foreign embrace – plenty of space
What a disgrace you slammed the door
Now it’s 20 minutes colder than it was before

His British Charm is such a waste
Even love can’t keep you in his place
Standing tall he’s wanting more
As your feet pitter pat across the floor

Left behind in this great big sea
Only one set of eyes dreaming be
Impressions left by depression of your frame
Make a sleepy target so mind your aim

He feels you twist and tumble as you fumble t'ward the sound
Of the coffee in the kitchen grinding to the ground
You and your addiction fill your favorite cup
He is cold and empty – won’t you come and make him up?

King of California spends his days
Wrapped in foreign embrace – plenty of space
What a disgrace you slammed the door
Now it’s 20 minutes colder than it was before

His British Charm is such a waste
Even love can’t keep you in his place
Standing tall he’s wanting more
As your feet nimbly pitter pat across the floor

Home

Written By: Kat Reinhert

Look at the leaves are falling
Look at the mountain shimmer
Look at the ocean washing
Upon the shore

Look at the rain it’s falling
Look at my heart it’s crying
Look at myself at finally
Being home

Been so long a road I’ve traveled
Been so long a day
I’ve seen it all but now
It’s time to stay

Wouldn’t have found this place without you
Wouldn’t have come so far
What do I say now that
It’s not a dream
Anymore….Anymore

Look at the sunset fading
Look at the sunrise open
Look at a new day dawning
It has begun

Look at my smile it’s winning
Look at my arms they’re open
Look at myself at finally
Being home

The Sun Came Out Today

Written By: Kat Reinhert

Got a charm in my pocket with your name
Etched in imaginary letters
Reminds me to stay strong
Reminds me to breathe
Reminds me that each day
Is a day we didn't have…yesterday

Somehow I know that time is worth taking
To find the answers when the questions are unknown

But the sun came out today
And I think I might go out and play
'Cause I don't
Wanna stay inside to hide

----

Life isn't made for hiding in the dark
Life isn't made for wishing on a star
Life was made for living.

And the sun came out today
I finally heard what he tried to say
Now I'm not content to stay inside to hide

Cause yesterday made life worth living -- everyday

Walk Into the Rain

Written By: Kat Reinhert

Walk into the Rain
Music and lyrics by Kat Reinhert

Your love was like a water
Falling down like the rain
Pouring into all the spaces
That I tried to hide from the pain
Your love was like tomorrow
No need to explain
Well now we’ve said goodbye
So I know that I’ve just got to walk into the rain

Your love was like a present
To open each day
With the wonder of a child
And the gratitude and the play
You love was like a coffee
On a brisk October stay
Well now we’ve said goodbye
So I know that I’ve just got to walk into the rain

But the rain isn’t sad
It’s just clearing a space
For our hearts to be seen
On the road to find peace
So that we can be free to love
Yeah, so we can be free to love

Your love was like the beginning
Of a shower in May
Washing away all my pain
With the hope of something to sustain
Your love was like the sweetness
Of an ice cream cone on a mountain lane
Well now we’ve said goodbye
So I know that I’ve just got to walk into the rain

But the rain isn’t sad
It’s just clearing a space
For our hearts to be seen
On the road to find peace
So that we can be free to love
Yeah, so we can be free to love

And walk into the rain
Walk into the rain
Walk into the rain

Little Compartments

Written By: Kat Reinhert

Little Compartments
Music and lyrics by Kat Reinhert

Little compartments filled with little hands
Little compartments filled with baby grands
Toes and fingers in a row, of one so small they’ve yet to know the difference
Singing

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la

Little compartments, they seem so defined
An expression of a father and a mother’s time
Turn a key in a lock, look back and take a look in the mirror
I’ll see you and you’ll see me
Singing

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la

solo

Little compartments filled with hope and love
Can we start to heal the hurt and let love grow
See each other and believe we really are the same
And our differences, they make us stronger
And we’ll sing

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la

Paper Bag

Written By: Kat Reinhert

Do you ever feel like a paper bag?
Brown and dull, discardable -
Do you ever feel like the world doesn’t need you?

Do you ever feel like passing time?
Green and fast with envy -
Do you ever feel like you’re always one step behind?

And then you realize
That nothings as it seems
And then you realize
You gotta dig deep

Do you ever feel like a thunderstorm?
Black and angry rolling heavy -
Do you ever feel like just falling down?

Do you ever feel like a waterfall?
Blue and always rushing toward nothing -
Do you ever feel like just floating away?

And then you realize
That nothings as it seems
And then you realize
You gotta dig deep

SOLO

Do you ever feel like yesterday?
Azure and forgotten, out of time -
Do you ever feel like there’s nothing left to give?

Do you ever feel like tomorrow?
Red and unexpected, unacceptable -
Do you ever feel you wish it’d stay away?

And then you realize
That nothings as it seems
And then you realize
You gotta dig deep

Little Lies

Written By: Kat Reinhert

Little Lies
Music & lyrics by Kat Reinhert ©2017exerguemusic

What will you become my dear
In twenty years, or two
I wonder as I watch you grow
Through all these photographs in a row

Your smile can light the saddest heart
Even from many miles away
I can see you’ve got a bright soul
So you’ll never be alone

But they’ll be those along your way
Who will try and steal your fire
With words they’ll try to put you down
Or turn your smile into a frown

So as the years pass quickly by
I hope you always find your joy
And let it show when darkness tries
To teach you little lies

Discography

Home Movie, *TBR Late Summer 2016*

Spark, August 2015

Chrysalis, March 2009

It Could Happen, 2001



Set List

Standards & Covers
A
A Hard Day’s Night
Almost Like Being in Love
Alone Together
And Ella Sang
Angel Eyes

B
Blame it on My Youth
Bella Luna
Black Coffee
Both Sides Now

C
California
Can’t We Be Friends
Change the World
Can’t Buy Me Love
Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
The Coffee Song
Close Your Eyes

D
Daniel
Daydream
Desafinado
Detour Ahead
Dindi

F
Feel Like Makin’ Love
Fever

G
Gentle Rain
Girl from Ipanema
Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You
A Ghost of a Chance

H
Hallelujah, I Love Him So
Have I Told You Lately
Hey Jude
How My Heart Sings

I
I Can See Cleary Now
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie…)
If I Were a Bell
I Like the Sunrise
I’m Through With Love
Imagination
I’m Beginning to See the Light
Imagine
I’m Old Fashioned
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
It’s Only a Paper Moon
It Could Happen to You
It Had to Be You
I’ve Got the World on a String
I Wish You Love
I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face

J
Joy Spring
Just S