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A New Jazz Star

…and I am telling you early, way before she becomes famous. Remember, you heard it from the old jazzmonger first. This girl cannot miss.

Roosevelt Jazz Band

Roosevelt High Jazz Band

Through my good friend Doctor Dick, and his wife Bobbie, I was treated to three tracks recorded by one of the Jazz vocalists at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, WA. That’s right high school! Her name is Katherine Stuber and she was only fifteen years old when she laid down these amazing tracks. As soon as I heard her, I asked Doctor Dick how old she was. He grinned his terrific grin and said, “I’ll tell you later.”

“Aha!” I thought, “she’s probably just nineteen or twenty.”

When I found out later that I was listening to a recording made by a fifteen-year-old, I was flabbergasted. This girl is easily the next Jane Monheit (of whom I am a big fan). She has the pace and phrasing of the young Peggy Lee and, dare I say it, a stronger voice.

Lest you think I am completely nuts, I suggest you listen to Katherine’s version of I Took A Trip On a Train.

Those of you in, or anywhere near, the Seattle area need to check out Roosevelt High’s excellent Jazz Band program. This is a multiple award-winning group, under the direction of Scott Brown. Brown was named Downbeat Magazine’s Educator of the Year in 2004  and he, and his excellent band, have been collecting more awards in the years since. The Roosevelt Jazz Band finished in the Top 3 at the 2009 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Finals.

Roosevelt Jazz Band Director, Scott Brown

Roosevelt Jazz Band Director, Scott Brown

Go to Roosevelt High Jazz Band to read more and get a schedule of upcoming performances.

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About thejazzmonger
Music fan. All types of music but, especially Jazz, Big Band, Swing & Oldies from the 50s & early (pre-Beatle) 60s.

2 Responses to A New Jazz Star

  1. Anonymous says:

    Katherine is all that you say !

  2. Anonymous says:

    She is my friend (same choir)!

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