Desert Island Jazz
Show All
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • Kathy Kosins (2013)

    Visit Website

    (Photo by Judy Elyias)

    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"
    Castaways by date
    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun