Desert Island Jazz
Kathy Kosins (2013)

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Vocalist Kathy Kosins is an ASCAP award-winning songwriter, producer and visual artist was born in Detroit. (And she doesn't mind who knows that she's proud to live there still.)

Kathy began singing background vocals and arranging for producer Don Was in the 1980s. When you can do that—arrange and sing—then everyone starts calling you for session work. She later toured with Was (Not Was), and in the early 1990s she fell in love with the freedom that jazz allows. She had stints with J.C. Heard and with the Nelson Riddle, and released her first recording in 1996, the impressive "All in a Dream's Work".

In 2002, Kathy did "Mood Swings", and "Vintage" followed in 2006. In 2010 she made a smart business move and started releasing singles.

Kathy's a wonderful educator and clinician, and when she's not touring, she paints. Of her very present singing style, Will Friedwald has called her "a balance of swing and sensuality", and he says "I wasn't expecting to fall in love."
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Ivan Lins and Gonzalo Rubalcaba not commercially available Começar de Novo  
# 2 Dave Grusin Random Hearts Random Hearts Sony
# 3 Miles Davis Kind of Blue Blue in Green Columbia
# 4 Donald Fagen The Nightfly I.G.Y Warner Bros
# 5 Shirley Horn Here's to Life Here's to Life Verve
# 6 Miles Davis Ascenseur pour l'Échaffaud Générique Fontana
# 7 Tony Bennett The Essential Tony Bennett The Good Life Columbia Legacy
# 8 Earth, Wind and Fire The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire, Vol. 1 September Columbia
Book Jhumpa Lahiri, "Interpreter of Maladies"
Luxury Item "Coffee, an unlimited supply, and a tent and a sleeping bag"
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