Kate Schutt

Kate Schutt

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopJazz

Kate splits her time between Philly and Toronto. NPR says "Schutt sings a come-on in glassily clear and glossily sweet tones.” Boston Phoenix calls her "an assured singer/songwriter/guitarist with a smoky, understated delivery." '07 & '09 Winner in John Lennon Songwriting Contest for Jazz.

Biography

Kate Schutt At A Glance:

• Singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer

• Originally from Pennsylvania, now lives in New York City and Guelph, Ontario, Canada

• At age 11, began studying with renowned educator / legendary guitarist John Dougherty

• Harvard University grad, Magna Cum Laude, English Literature

• Berklee College of Music Alum

• 2007 & 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winner in the Jazz Category

• 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 ASCAP Plus Awards for Jazz Composition

• A constant collaborator, Kate has worked with Justin Faulkner (Branford Marsalis) John Ellis (Jason Marsalis, Charlie Hunter), Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock), Viktor Krauss (Lyle Lovett, Bill Frisell)

• Self-produced her sophomore release, Telephone Game, engineered and mixed by Canadian uber-producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics)

You could call Kate Schutt a musical triathlete. She is a creative triple threat - a guitarist, producer and singer/songwriter of rare skill and originality. The sports analogy is fitting, given that her teenage prowess as an ice hockey and lacrosse player helped the Pennsylvania born and bred Schutt gain access to the hallowed halls of Harvard. Her other passion, music, then took over. After a rigorous education at the famed Berklee College of Music, Kate’s commitment to music became entrenched.

Telephone Game, Kate’s self-produced second full-length album, is a remarkably lush, melodic record that deftly walks the line between pop, soul and jazz. This balancing act creates an uncanny sense of familiarity from the very first listen.

A myriad of styles and influences, Telephone Game showcases Kate’s innate ability to write from various perspectives and in different voices. The lead track, “Take Everything”, is a smoldering, soulful song that pleads "Take everything, but leave me something: something I can forget you by.” Inspired by the Eastern seaboard power outage of 2003, “Blackout” possesses an unabashed rock vibe. Laced with chaotic yet calculated guitar distortion and feedback, it perfectly captures the east coast’s plunge into darkness. “Take Me with You” coasts along like a lost jazz standard until you get to the rock-ish bridge – all energetic power chords and motion. Kate pulls this off magically, naturally; many of her songs sound like one thing (retro jazz standards) that then morph into and out of another style (rock interludes, blues vamps, gypsy jazz meditations).

Kate handpicked a “dream band” for Telephone Game. Her first choice for drums was the masterful Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Cassandra Wilson) and she’s one of the reasons why the record feels so good. Young lion pianist Orrin Evans (Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron) uses his formidable chops sparingly, subtly, and always in support of the lyric and the singer. Duane Andrews’s acoustic guitar serves as foil to Kate’s understated electric guitar work. Telephone Game features standout appearances by saxophonist John Ellis (Charlie Hunter, Jason Marsalis) and his horn section and by a trio of members from Kuumba, Harvard’s gospel choir. To preserve the vintage sound and vibe captured during the recording sessions, Kate committed to mixing the album analogue. She and Michael Phillip Wojewoda traveled to legendary producer Steve Addabbo’s Shelter Island Sound in New York for the final mixing and melding. Telephone Game was recorded, mixed and mastered in Toronto, Boston, New York and Nashville.

Lyrics

Two Halves of a Broken Heart

Written By: Kate Schutt & Tomasin

A1.
Two halves of a broken heart
two halves cold and sharp
two halves of broken heart
what’s the use?

A2.
Two halves that don’t work the same
you're the kind who wrecks the game
two halves of a broken heart
thanks to you, thanks to you

B1.
Love's funny, you know you forgot me
chasing somebody else
your hot hands they dropped me

A3 Tag.
yeah love's mean
yeah love's funny
thanks to you, thanks to you

B2.
i know that you wish, you wish we were through
that wish, will never come true

A1.
two halves so very small
two halves weigh nothing at all
two halves of a broken heart
thanks to you

I'm Yours

Written By: Kate Schutt & Sinner

A1
My love is not for the faint of heart
it’s seen it’s share of fits and it’s share of starts
baby, oh baby
i’m yours if you’ll have me

A2
My love has got some explaining to do
‘bout the road it took getting to you.
baby, oh baby
i’m yours if you’ll have me

B
i’m not trying to be someone i’m not
i can be cold, i can be cruel
but look at what that got me
baby i’m begging can’t you see me
please don’t make me pay
just say you’ll love me anyway

A3
My love is not for the faint of heart
it’s seen it’s share of fits and it’s share of starts
baby, oh baby
i’m yours if you’ll have me

How Much in Love?

Written By: Schutt & Tomasin

A1
How much in love can two people be?
i thought i knew now i don’t see...

why try for? why cry for?
why cross your heart and hope to die for?

when eyes can lie and see right through
i can’t believe i believed in you.

B
what harm is it to make believe
to stay too long in a waking dream
you said everything just to please

A2
How fast how far can two people fall?
out of love into nothing at all...

a word thought, a word spoken
silence kept, silence broken

heavy dreams and heavy days
not for, me no music plays.

B2
what harm is it to make believe
to stay too long in a waking dream
you said everything just to please

A3
How fast how far can two people fall?
out of love into nothing at all...

a word thought, a word spoken
silence kept, silence broken

heavy dreams and heavy days
not for, me no music plays.

Calamity Jane

Written By: Kate Schutt

There on the corner of Whiskey and Main
Walking in circles, its Ms. Calamity Jane
Queen of the West and Bride of the Plains
Fallen from grace ... Ain't it a shame?

A dancehall girl, a cook, a bawd
A bullwhacker, hauling men the goods
That buffalo gal, she's been driftin' and draggin'
She learned about life too soon,
In the back of a wagon

Summer nights, down at the saloon
She lit up Ida's place like the moon
Some would pay and some went free
Me, I met my maker in room number three

So step lively boys
It's a promenade
Pick your sweetheart up on the way
All jump up and never come down
Swing your honey
Round and round

It's been a sad and slow decay
She's been drinking herself to death at the Calloway
And they say she's blind now
Like a bird in the dark
From the whiskey and wine
and a tired heart

So trot on home, boys, trot on home
Swing your own boys, swing your own
Thank your lucky stars, the bird ain't flown

There on the corner of Whiskey and Main
Walking in circles, its Ms. Calamity Jane
Queen of the West and Bride of the Plains
And I never was her lover, but I loved her just the same
Fallen from grace, ain't it a shame?

Raining

Written By: Kate Schutt & Tomasin

A1
Raining
You bring the rain to my parade

Raining
Has it been a long day?
a long day

A2
You want
The world out of your way

You don't
Mean those things you say
those things you say

B
It's hard for you, I know
You come and then you go
With a temper like the weather

A3
Raining
You bring the rain to my parade

Running
The crowd goes running, I 'll stay

B2
It's hard for you, I know
You come and then you go
With a temper like the weather

C
I always looked for trouble
I always went out in the rain
But now I am tired and I'm cold and I don't feel
Quite the same

B3 instrument only

B4
It's hard for you, I know
You come and then you go
With a temper like the weather

A4
Raining
You bring the rain to my parade

Running
The crowd goes running, I'll stay

Wrecking Ball

Written By: Kate Schutt

Wrecking Ball

1
She's a wrecking ball
just let her fall
She's a wrecking ball
just let her fall
She ain't no valentine
She ain't no china doll
She's a wrecking ball.

2
She's a house on fire
one, two, three, four, five alarms
She's a house on fire
one, two, three, four, five alarms
A hundred men'll fight those flames
She'll just build 'em higher
She's a house on fire.

SOLO

WILLIE ALONE -->
She's a parlor gun
with a pearly white handle for you to hold
She's a parlor gun
with a pearly white hand for you to hold
You thought that it was safe
Till it was pointed in your face
She's a parlor gun.

3 & OUT
She's a wrecking ball
just let her fall
She's a wrecking ball
just let her fall
She ain't no valentine
She ain't no china doll
She's tearing through your walls
screaming down the halls
No, she don't care at all
She's a wrecking ball ....

The Moon Got Broken

Written By: Kate Schutt

The Moon Got Broken

A1
The Moon it got broken dear
i was hoping dear
you’d hold this ladder
i know what to do
patch it up and make it run like new.

A2
Put that blue cotton dress on that i love so well
you know that sign at the Monroe Hotel
one by one the bulbs all blew
put the moon up there
it’ll run like new

B1
Circle circle
til our legs are sore
circle circle
what the music’s for

A3
We had a time, what a time it was
soundtrack of a neon buzz
what we did then, i still want to do
so put the moon up there
it’ll run like new

B2
Circle circle
til our legs are sore
circle circle
what the music’s for

A4
So don’t say that it won’t work
hold it steady now so i don’t get hurt
ain’t no secret what our love’s been through
put the moon up there it’ll see us, it’ll pull us, it'll run like new

Take Everything

Written By: Kate Schutt & Koko Bonaparte

Take everything but leave me something baby
Something I can carry [all] by myself
Take everything but leave me something
Something I can use, something I can sell

Stuck deep in my shoulder
Is a tiny silver pin
On its head is the question
Who will weep if I don’t weep
For him

Take everything but leave me something baby
Something I can press against my lips
Take everything but leave me something baby
Something I can bless, something for my list

Stuck deep in my shoulder
Is a tiny silver pin
On its head is the question
Who will weep if I don’t weep
For him

Take everything but leave me something baby
Something I can forget you by
Take everything but leave me something baby
The name of the painter who did your eyes

Open Window

Written By: Kate Schutt

I shouldn’t be saying this
I must not let you know
My room’s on the first floor
There’s an open window

I don’t want to trouble you
You don’t have to see it through
But if you’re free, I’m free
If you’re not, that’s cool

Through the window comes a change
The noise of boys full of fight
The rain when it rains
And all the good kind of light
All the good kind of light

You talked about everything
And everyone you know
Why was it so easy then
I’ll never, never know

But something I wonder now
Did you guess, did you know
That I took you the long way
That day you walked me home

I have everything
My clothes, my stereo
Yeah I have everything
But I’m living alone

Through the window comes a change
The noise of boys full of fight
The rain when it rains
And all the good kind of light
All the good kind of light

If Spring Comes Now

Written By: Kate Schutt & Koko Bonaparte

If spring comes now
I’m not ready
If spring comes now
Spring undo me
I’ll be a dove
Plain and grey
Leave me to mourn
The coming day

If spring comes now
I’m not ready
Not ready to
Join the living
Sent from above
Not me, no way
I fly very high
But cannot get away

I know you really want me
What do you want me for?
I know you really want me
But what could you want me for?

If spring comes now
Please forgive me
If spring comes now
But why so early?
It’s do what you’re told
Now or never
But I am meant
For darker weather

Take Me With You

Written By: Kate Schutt & Koko Bonaparte

Take me with you when you want to
Take me with you when you don’t
I don’t care where you’re going
What you do there, what you don’t

If you speak beyond your knowing
Bless and curse every single thing
Burn the flag of reputation
Let the smoke roll over me

No prisoners here, no freemen
Things only you can know
No first kiss, just second kisses
Close your eyes, then you blow

So what, you touch a bare shoulder
So what, you touch it urgently
Lose your sense of balance
I promise I won’t see

You can tell them I’m your cousin
No, they don’t ever need to know
Take me with you where you’re going
If you want to, if you don’t
[or: Take me with you when you want to / Take me with you when you don’t]

Blackout

Written By: Kate Schutt & Koko Bonaparte

Walk sixteen blocks just to find you
Doing gossip on the stairs
More than not, more than not you’re talking
And more than not you’re skin is bare

I have brought an invitation
Let’s do something, let’s go somewhere
Open your mouth, cross your arms, go on
Act like you just don’t care

Blackout in the city
I’m free now as a falling hand
Blackout in the city
Do what you want ‘cause you can

May I sit down beside you
Just to feel what’s it’s like
To be one of your circle
I’ll put dimes in my eyes

Make sure you don’t say words
Make sure you don’t breathe on
His skin, his skin is burning
And I would shield him from the sun

Discography

TELEPHONE GAME (CAN: CUTO 2009 | US: ArtistShare 2009)
NO LOVE LOST (Artistshare, October, 2007)
HITS and MISSES (full-length, July 2006)
PAPER CROWN PROJECT (EP May 2005)
HEART-SHOT (EP February 2004)
BROKEN (2002)
BROKENWORLD (2001)
BROKENWINGTRICK (2000)

Set List

Kate's performances can last 10 minutes or 2 hours.

A triple threat: she performs original music and unique arrangements of cover tunes. She can deconstruct any jazz standard.

Recently, Kate's focus has been composing, arranging, and performing original vocal jazz songs.

She can perform solo, as a duo, trio, quartet, septet, nonet ... you name it.

Kate has co-written with Viktor Krauss (Bill Frisell, Lyle Lovett), Brandon Ross (Cassandra Wilson, Liz Wright), Paul Reddick, Koko Bonaparte, Bill DeMain (Swandive), Cliff Goldmacher ...

She has played / recorded / shared stages with:

Terri Lyne Carrington
Orrin Evans
John Ellis
Alan Ferber
Shawn Pelton
Damian Erskine
Lori Cullen
Kurt Swinghammer
Paul Reddick