Kate Hammett-Vaughan

Kate Hammett-Vaughan


"...Hammett-Vaughan speaks jazz so fluently it must be her native tongue...(she has) a subtle vocabulary which is virtuosic in its eloquence" Stephen Pederson, Chronicle Herald (Halifax)


Kate is known as one of Canada’s most individual and creative jazz vocalists. Her highly personal and expressive vocal style incorporates the breadth of her musical interests, from straight-ahead soulful ballads to hard-swinging grooves and improvisational adventures.

A follow up to the critically acclaimed Devil May Care, Eclipse is fresh and invigorating, paying tribute to the jazz tradition while staying true to what Kate does best. The Juno nominated vocalist continues to seek new ways to express herself in the moment while keeping her love of improvisation around the melodies front and center.

Eclipse was recorded live at The Cellar Restaurant/Jazz Club in Vancouver, B.C. and features Chris Gestrin (piano), André Lachance (bass), Jim Pinchin (Saxophone), and Tom Foster (drums).

Kate Hammett-Vaughan is a two time Juno Award Nominee and is known as the host of the CBC series Jazz Café as well as a guest host for CBC’s Disc Drive, Hot Air, and West Coast Performance. Eclipse features interpretations of songs ranging from Joni Mitchell to Charles Mingus.

Since moving to Vancouver from Nova Scotia in 1979, Kate Hammett-Vaughan has established a reputation as one of Canada's pre-eminent jazz vocalists. Acclaimed for her interpretation of the jazz standard repertoire as well as her contemporary vocal explorations with groups such as Garbo's Hat and the NOW Orchestra, she has recorded for the Nine Winds, Word of Mouth, Les Disques Victo, CBC Variety and Maya labels, as well as appearing extensively on CBC radio and television.

Kate was featured on the cover of Vancouver's Georgia Straight, Vancouver's major entertainment magazine, during the first week of the 1997 du Maurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver, and has been featured in many other West Coast publications including Vancouver Magazine and California Jazz Now.

Current musical projects include her quartet/quintet and her long-time duo with bassist André Lachance.