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Kat Edmonson

Possessing a fleet, light voice and a sly touch, jazz vocalist Kat Edmonson brings both the songs and the sensibility of the Great American Songbook into the 21st century.

Her debut 2009 debut album, Take to the Sky, split the difference between Cole Porter and the Cure, and as she continued to record over the course of the 2010s, she started to incorporate original material on her new albums. A native of Houston, Texas, Edmonson began to write songs as a child, and after attending South Carolina’s College of Charleston for a time, she relocated to Austin, Texas to pursue a musical career. After an unsuccessful audition for the second season of American Idol, she hunkered down in Austin and developed her idiosyncratic vocal style. In 2009 she independently released her debut, Take to the Sky, which wound up climbing into the Top 20 of the Billboard jazz charts. Three years later she independently released Way Down Low, which made it to number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart in the wake of positive notices on NPR and in The New York Times. After Way Down Low, Edmonson signed to Sony Masterworks, which released The Big Picture in 2014; the album was produced by Mitchell Froom. An appearance as a singer in Woody Allen’s 2016 film Café Society appeared before she started work on her fourth album. Produced by Edmonson, the resulting Old Fashioned Gal was a collection of all originals and appeared in the spring of 2018.

Photo Credit © Robert Ascroft

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Take to the Sky (2009)

Way Down Low (2012)

The Big Picture (2014)

Old Fashioned Gal (2018)

Dreamers Do (2020)

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Television

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Reviews

Review

NPR

The album is a handsome showcase for her songwriting, which has grown ever more confident over the last decade, nostalgic in tone but clear-eyed in the application.

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Kat Edmonson

Old Fashioned Gal

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NPR

What Edmonson has done is capture the nuances of human coupling and decoupling, and all the moves in between, with melodic finesse, narrative precision and emotional articulateness…

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Kat Edmonson

The Big Picture

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Boston Globe

High praise for Kat Edmonson’s ‘Way Down Low’

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Kat Edmonson

Way Down Low

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New York Times

An Unconventional Crooner Finally Finds Her Place

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Kat Edmonson

The Big Picture

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Associated Press

…11 self-penned songs of gentle romance and vulnerability in a decades-old style sparkling with modern sensibilities.

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Kat Edmonson

Old Fashioned Gal

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5/23/2020

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Rep 1

Duration

10 mins

Year

2020

Category

Chamber Orchestra

Instrumentation

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in C, 2 Trombones, Tuba, Percussion (2 players)- Tam-tam, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Bass Drum- Mechanical Percussion (laptop), Harp, MIDI Keyboard, Strings

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North America Only

Premiere

3/17/2010

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3/22/2019, 4/15/2019, 4/25/2019, 5/05/2019, 6/17/2019, 6/19/2019, 7/03/2019, 8/03/2019

Rep 2

Duration

20 mins

Year

2019

Category

Jazz

Instrumentation

12 Flutes, 22 Oboes, 22 Clarinets in Bb, 22 Bassoons, 24 Horns in F, 22 Trumpets in C, 22 Trombones, Tuba, Percussion (22 players)- Tam-tam, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Bass Drum- Mechanical Percussion (laptop), Harp, MIDI Keyboard, Strings

Availability

North America

Premiere

3/17/2050

Performance

3/22/2019, 4/15/2019, 4/25/2019, 5/05/2019, 6/17/2019, 6/19/2019, 7/03/2019, 8/03/2019