The Beat Divas
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The best kept secret in music

Press


"If ever there was a time to drink in the healing power of music, a new album from Austin divas provides the elixir to soothe whatever ails you. The lustrous voices of local jazz artists ... known collectively as the Beat Divas, soar in a stunning, carefully orchestrated live recording ... From standards like "Straighten Up and Fly Right" to bebop and a vocally thrilling tribute to John Coltrane ("There Once Was a Man Named John"), the Beat Divas' sharp harmonies, clear voices and mature, nuanced delivery is a marvel. Although recorded live, there's no sense of spontaneity in "Live at Reed's," but that's not a bad thing. Together with Eddy Hobizal on piano, Paul Spikes on acoustic bass and Kenny Felton on drums, "Live at Reed's," demonstrates the maser musicians' attention to detail with highly deceptive effortlessness."
-Belinda Acosta, The Austin Chronicle, CD Review - The Austin Chronicle


"...one of the best, and surely the most polished performances by a singing group to be seen in Austin - or anywhere. Kaye, Ullman and Donovan each have separate careers, performing alone or in other combos, teaching, hosting radio shows, etc. But when they're together, they are SO together.
Close harmonies, jazzy body language and snappy repartee, slinky black cocktail dresses and sexy high heels. These Divas rock!"
-Dot Fowler, Lake Travis View - Lake Travis View


"When music is concerned, sometimes one plus one plus one adds up to more than three. That's the case with the Austin-based Beat Divas, a female trio whose collective harmonies bring something distinctive to jazz vocals."
-Carl Hoover, Entertainment Editor, Waco Tribune-Herald - Waco Tribune-Herald


"...three chanteuses in black cocktail dresses... known collectively as The Beat Divas, Mady Kaye, Beth Ullman and Dianne Donovan combined casual banter and tight three-part harmony to enthrall a capacity crowd of 500."
-Paul Klemperer, in a review of St. Cecelia Jazz Festival, XLENT, Austin American-Statesman - Austin American Statesman


Discography

The Beat Divas: Live at Reed's. Self-released CD.
Many tracks getting radio air play.

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Each of the three vocalists in the Beat Divas has a successful performing career as a soloist. As a trio, the result is stunning: arrangements and harmonies are exquisitely tight, onstage rapport is delightful and the range of musical styles covered is huge. From Beatles, Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills and Nash to the most eclectic jazz standards, the Beat Divas cut to the essence of the music. Their original repertoire is a perfect complement to this brew.