American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award-winning singer Kathy Kosins has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz. Together with her jazz quartet, Kosins sings from the catalogues of June Christy, Chris Connor, Julie London and Anita O’Day in “A Toast to the Ladies of Cool.” A veteran jazz icon and interpreter of the West Coast “cool school” style, Kosins is described by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most alluring voices in jazz.” Songs in the show include When in Rome, Look Out Up There, Lullaby in Rhythm, Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast and You’re a Heavenly Thing. The New York Times declares, “Ms. Kosins's nonstandard choice of standards is almost as winsome as her easy going, swinging style ...”
Born and raised during the Motown era in Detroit, Kosin’s debut album, To the Ladies of Cool, was released in spring 2012 to excellent reviews. Jazz journalist Ralph Miriello reviewed the recording, writing on The Huffington Post, “ ... [Kosins’] words flow as effortlessly as maple syrup over hot pancakes.”
Joining Kosins on stage is Jim Gasior on piano, Chuck Bergeron on bass, John Yarling on drums and Mark Small on saxophone.
Gasior is a successful jazz and commercial pianist, composer and arranger. He has recorded and/or performed with Ed Calle, Arturo Sandoval, Duffy Jackson, Kevin Mahogany, Alan Harris, Jay Leonhardt, Kelly Clarkson, Smokey Robinson, Patti Austin, Little Richard, Jane Oliver, Chayanne and Raul DiBlasio.
Bassist, composer, and educator, Chuck Bergeron is the director of The South Florida Jazz Orchestra, the premier large Jazz ensemble in Miami. Bergeron has released five CDs of his own music, including his latest release, My Take – A Collection of Friends and Standards. His compositions have earned him four ASCAP Writers Awards. Bergeron has toured, performed, and recorded with a wide variety of Jazz luminaries, from Stan Getz and Joe Williams to Elvis Costello, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Grusin, Patti Austin, Randy Brecker and Bob Moses.
John Yarling’s flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack Daddys, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Brian Murphy Trio, The Nicole Yarling 4-Tet, and the Jeff Taylor Band. In past years he has performed with jazz luminaries Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Lou Donaldson, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Forrest, Mark Murphy, Mike Stern, Pete Minger, Larry Coryell and Dave Liebman as well as rockers Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keys (The Rolling Stones). He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Curtis Fuller, Pepper Adams, Joe Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Kevin Mahogany, and most recently, P!nk.
Mark Small is a saxophonist/
General seating: $37, loge: $42, student: $15.
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BIG ARTS Pop and Jazz season’s line-up also includes The Glenn Miller Orchestra (February 2); Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues (February 16); Fred Hersch Jazz Trio (March 8); “Cinema Toast: Celebrating The Music of the Movies” (March 15); and Wendy Webb at the Herb Strauss Theater (April 1).
All shows begin at 8 p.m. at BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, with the exception of Wendy Webb, who will perform at the Herb Strauss Theater. BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
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