Kate Baker

Kate Baker

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzLatin

With a distinctive vocal style and lyrical expression, Kate Baker's love for Jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and Blues resonates as one of NYC's top Jazz singers and educators. Working with the likes of Vic Juris, Cafe', Harvie S., Helio Alves, Steve Wilson, and more, she has developed her unique sound.

Biography

Kate Baker's voice resonates with her love of diverse musical inspirations whether Jazz, Brazilian, Latin or the Blues. Be it a Cole Porter standard or an Antonio Carlos Jobim composition, English or Portuguese, Kate is at home.

Kate received her musical education at William Paterson University, earning a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance. Studying under arranger, composer, pianist and master accompanist Norman Simmons. From an intimate duo to fronting her five-piece ensemble, she has performed with big bands including Richie Cole and the Alto Madness Orchestra. Ms. Bakers distinct and authentic sound has excited audiences worldwide. In Europe, she has been featured at numerous Jazz events, including the Euro-Meet Jazz Festival, The Carini Jazz Festival and The Pergine Spettacolo Jazz Festival. In the U.S., her festival and concert credits include Berkshire Jazz Festival, The Texaco Jazz Series in NY City, William Paterson Jazz Room Concert Series, Liberty State Park Jazz Concert Festival, The Tarrytown Jazz Festival, The JVC Jazz Festival, The OSPAC Jazz Festival and many more. She has filled the rooms at major NYC area clubs such as the Blue Note, Birdland, Trumpets, and The Jazz Standard. Kate has had the pleasure of working with such talented artists as Claudio Roditi, Norman Simmons, Harvie S, Rachel Z, Steve Wilson, Houston Persons, Richie Cole, Vic Juris, Dick Oatts, Dave Stryker, Daduka Fonseka and many others.

Kate shined when she teamed up with the talents of Richie Cole and the Alto Madness Orchestra for her first album. She is currently completing her second release under the musical direction of Norman Simmons, which is soon to be released. Along with a live album culminating after 10 years of artistic collaboration with guitarist Vic Juris and other special guests.

Kate Baker and guitarist Vic Juris lead workshops internationally and perform in their signature duo around the world. Ms. Baker is also performing projects with unique arrangements: Salute to the Female Legends of Music of the 60s and 70s, including Carol King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon, among others; her Brazilian ensemble, A tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim: and Great American Songbook North and South with Singer Kevin F. Burke (singer with Jon Hendricks).