Jazz singer and multiple GRAMMY nominee Kate McGarry has performed on some of the world’s most beloved stages, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Birdland. On December 1, 2 and 3, she will be performing on the Cape Symphony stage.
The Wall Street Journal calls Kate’s music "austere and elegant." The New York Times pronounced it “astute and sensitive." Listen to her music and you will undoubtedly agree. She currently performs in jazz clubs, performing arts centers, and festivals throughout the US and abroad. As an educator, Kate has taught at New England Conservatory and currently serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music. Downbeat Magazine cited her as a “Rising Star” vocalist for the past nine years. In July 2016, Downbeat’s 64th Critics Poll named McGarry the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist.
Kate grew up in Hyannis, Mass., one of ten children in a musical family that spent many nights singing together. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she earned a degree in Afro-American Music and Jazz. Kate represented the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center for three years in the American Music Abroad program, touring thru Romania, Albania, Brazil, Chile, China and Mongolia.
Her 2008 album, If Less Is More, Nothing Is Everything, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award, with The Wall Street Journal calling it “an exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz” for its mix of originals, standards, Brazilian tunes, and songs by the likes of Bob Dylan. National Public Radio said, “Kate McGarry is called a jazz vocalist, but she's hard to pin down. She draws on the music of her youth to inspire her – from the Irish tunes of her family's roots to musical theater to pop songs.”
Kate currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with husband Keith Ganz. Keith is a guitarist, composer and arranger known for his unique blend of heartfelt acoustic guitar fingerpicking and adventurous jazz improvisation. He’s also the producer of five critically acclaimed albums with Kate, including the GRAMMY-nominated If Less is More...Nothing is Everything. The couple celebrated ten years of musical and life partnership with their first live duo recording, Genevieve and Ferdinand, in 2014. The tunes, as is typical of their live sets, move freely between jazz, folk, Brazilian, and singer-songwriter genres and was lauded by critics and public alike.
A celebrated accompanist, Keith and has been the guitarist of choice for Harry Connick Jr., Kurt Elling, Luciana Souza, Gretchen Parlato and many other acclaimed jazz vocalists. He has also performed and/or recorded with a host of jazz legends including Christian McBride, Fred Hersch, Victor Lewis, Chris Potter, and Andy Bey. Keith has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, The View, and Australian Idol.
Kate and Keith’s new album with Gary Versace, The Subject Tonight Is Love, will be released in February 2018. Her vision for the future includes recording, touring, composing, and collaborating, as well as teaching and continuing to pass on the many gifts that the jazz music tradition has given to her. As The Nashville Scene noted, “McGarry embraces jazz’s freedom and points the genre toward a future that’s as fresh and thrilling as its past.”
Cape Symphony welcomes Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz to Holiday on the Cape, December 1, 2, and 3. Call 508.362.1111 or buy online.