Satin Doll Trio

Satin Doll Trio


An elegant ensemble that performs in the intimate and romantic "supper club jazz" style popularized by artists such as Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, and Peggy Lee during the early 1950's.


"A velvet voice like you wouldn’t believe." (The Washington Post)

The Satin Doll Trio is an elegant ensemble renowned for their excellence in the intimate "supper club jazz" style that was popularized during the early 1950's by artists such as Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, and Peggy Lee. Their musical interests are firmly rooted classic American standard jazz songs of the period. They have appeared on the stages of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Corcoran Gallery's Armand Hammer Auditorium, and have made television appearances on the BET Jazz programs "Jazz Central" and "Impressions". Since forming the group in 1997 they have remained consummate performers making more than two hundred appearances annually at prestigious venues throughout the Washington D.C. area and Eastern United States. The group has received exceptional reviews from the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and from

Satin Doll Trio vocalist Patrice Ferris was born in Honolulu Hawaii. She began her musical career by studying piano and flute at a young age but always loved to just sing. During her teen years she studied performing arts and began singing in choirs, musicals, and various vocal ensembles. While attending college at American University she studied with her most influential teacher, the renowned opera voice teacher Ms. Lois Darling. Her interest in the vocal styles of artists like Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McCray led her to the Elliston School for Jazz Studies where she studied with jazz vocalist Ronnie Wells. She developed her distinctively smooth singing style while performing five nights a week in Washington D.C. area nightclubs. One club owner commented that there weren't enough "O's" in the word "SMOOTH" to describe her vocal styles, pointing out that she seamlessly combines the sultriness of a singer like Julie London, with the soul of a singer like Billy Holiday.

"Patrice Ferris sings so sweetly you'd think she was a reincarnated songstress from a bygone era" (Music Monthly)

Patrice's greatest strength lies in her innate ability to connect with her material and communicate that intimacy with the listener. In a review of the trio’s second release "I'm Glad There Is You", the Washington Post wrote that, "she always places her considerable talent at the service of the song, making the words count and the moods linger", while called her phrasing "spot-on and creative" as Patrice puts her own personal stamp on songs like "Easy Street", "Nevertheless", and "Rock Me To Sleep". Patrice has graced the cover of Washington Flyer magazine, as the magazines pick for "Best In Show", and most recently, the front cover of Volume V of THE WORLD WHO'S WHO IN JAZZ, CABARET, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT, who called her the best trio singer of 2007.

Patrice is solidly accompanied by guitarist Ken Kilpatrick, a native of upstate New York, and bassist Fred Ferris, a Washington D.C. native, who have both been part of the D.C. areas music scene for the past twenty years. While attending American University guitarist Ken Kilpatrick studied music theory, jazz improvisation, and was a member of the American University Jazz Band. He has spent his musical career studying the guitar styles of guitarists such as Oscar Moore, Charlie Christen, Barney Kessel, and Howard Roberts. Bassist Fred Ferris studied engineering at Johns Hopkins University but also jazz improvisation, music theory, and has trained with well-known bassists such as John Previti and Myke Lyons.

"Bassist Fred Ferris keeps the rhythms in a tight pocket, allowing guitarist Ken Kilpatrick to craft melody lines and inventive chord structures that would make Barney Kessel proud" (

BET on Jazz Television
The KC Jazz Club
The Cosmos Club
John F. Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain awards
The Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
The Stifel Center for the Performing Arts
Copeland's of New Orleans Jazz Festival
The George Mason Center for the Performing Arts
Liquid Jazz Festival


In the Middle of a Kiss – SD03 2006 (The Orchard/SD Music)
I'm Glad There Is You (Romantic Jazz Classics) – SD02 2001 (The Orchard/SD Music)
A Cottage for Sale (The Music of Julie London) – SD01 1999 (The Orchard/SD Music)

Set List

A mix of Supper Club style jazz standards and not-so-standards