2009/07/29 2 Comments
…and I am telling you early, way before she becomes famous. Remember, you heard it from the old jazzmonger first. This girl cannot miss.
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.
Go to Roosevelt High Jazz Band to read more and get a schedule of upcoming performances.