RESERVING A TICKET FOR THE OPENING ACT at 6:30PM WILL GIVE YOU ACCESS TO MADELEINE PEYROUX'S FIRST SET AT 8:00PM
The Blue Note Emerging Artist Series, sponsored by Brother Thelonious of North Coast Brewing Company, is designed to give young up and coming students the opportunity to perform at the Blue Note as an opening act for our jazz legends. The opening act performance will go from 6:30 - 7:30pm and will provide access to Madeleine Peyroux's 8:00pm set at no additional charge.
Kate Davis, vocals & upright bass
Robert Langslet, piano
Jake Goldbas, drums
Armand Hirsch, guitar
"How is it that a (19-year-old) can smoke up the corners of jazz clubs with a dark voice that strolls along in a silky alto before soaring to the rafters in clear, true notes that wash over listeners like a breeze at sunset? And more often than not, she does it while flying along on the upright bass, her heavily callused fingers diving and climbing through octaves of musical thoughts that intermingle with her lyrics like smoke. Listen for yourself. In only a couple of measures of sound you'll discover the startling skills that this week won Davis recognition as one of the nation's 141 Presidential Scholars. And she's one of only 20 high school seniors selected for their artistic accomplishments. In the old melancholy Nat King Cole standard, "I'm Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life," Davis' syrupy voice is lush and hypnotic, the simple lines swinging through a string of emotions you can't imagine the teen-ager can understand. Yet, like any gifted singer, she makes it all very intimate, as if each line was somehow written to tell the story of anyone who happens to be listening at the time. In one old standard after another, her voice cascades along the fault lines of love -- first big and full with the brazen confidence of new love, then cracking in all right places at the sudden breakup, before dropping to whispered tones. 'I'm not as old and wise as I sound,' said Davis. 'Everything is obviously not about my own life. I don't know, sometimes through the beauty of the music, the lyrics, the songs have a life of their own.'" - Oregonlive.com
19-year-old Kate Davis is a rising star on the national jazz scene, a vocalist and upright bassist with a tone and maturity far beyond her years. Growing up as a classical violinist, Kate experienced a variety of musical styles since age 5. When relocated to the Pacific Northwest, she was fortunate to be a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic from which she is an alumnae after terms as principal 2nd violin, and principal bassist.
Life in Oregon enabled two new passionsócoffee and jazz. From then on, the upright bass and voice became her primary musical outlets. Nurtured by the supportive music community in Portland Oregon, she was able to satisfy her hunger to learn and perform.
Recently, Kate achieved national recognition for her jazz bass and vocals. She was named an NFAA "youngARTS" Silver winner, is a four time Downbeat Magazine Student Award winner, a two time participant in the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and was bassist in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. Most recently she was selected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts, which included a White House visit and an opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center. She began studies at a conservatory in New York City this fall semester.
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