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Kathy Kosins in Concert on September 27

Jazz Singer Kathy Kosins

Live at UVA’s Brooks Hall
Friday, September 27, 8 p.m.

The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM present vocalist Kathy Kosins, performing in UVA’s Brooks Hall.  Accompanying Kathy is Bob Hallahan on Brooks Hall’s beautiful Steinway piano.  Kosins will perform selections from her highly acclaimed new CD “The SPACE between” on Mahogany Jazz Records.  Jazz critic Brett Black says, “Kathy Kosins transcends the world of singer to that of vocal artist.”

Born in Detroit during the Motown era , Kosins  began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was (now head of Blue Note Records) in the early 80's, which led to her becoming a highly sought after session singer.  In the early ‘90s Kosins fell in love with the freedom of the jazz art form and her writing naturally evolved into a more traditional approach.  Stints with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras followed.

A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts Jazz Composer of the Year award, Kosins gives numerous clinics and workshops at schools and universities around the country.  When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter.  Kosins sells her cubist-inspired abstracts at both gallery shows and concerts, and will create an original work of art during this performance.  Her residency in Charlottesville will include vocal and art workshops at local public schools.

On "The SPACE between," Kosins acknowledges her past while providing a glimpse into her future creative direction. The opening track, Drowning In A Sea of Love, is an old Gamble and Huff composition, and she also adds lyrics to Horace Silver’s jazz classic Song For My Father.  

Kathy Kosins’ performance in Brooks Hall (on the grounds of the University of Virginia next to the Rotunda) takes place at 8 p.m.  Doors open at 7:30. Tickets, available at the door only, are $15 general admission, $10 for members of the Charlottesville Jazz Society, and $5 for all students.  Call (434) 249-6191 for more information, or visit

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