City Slang: Kathy Kosins is a lady of cool

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Local jazz singer Kathy Kosins has announced that her debut album for Resonance Records will be called To the Ladies of Cool.

The album will be available from March 13. According to the press release, “The new album, her fifth, is titled To the Ladies of Cool, and the songs all derive from the repertoires of four canonical female singers of the 1950s: Anita O'Day, June Christy, Chris Connor, and Julie London. This is her first album for Resonance Records, owned and operated by George Klabin, whom she describes as, ‘this generation's Bob Thiele, Norman Granz, and Creed Taylor.’”

“Kosins stresses that this shouldn't be mistaken for a tribute album, in which a contemporary artist will simply "cover" the works of a canonical performer; it is even less a set of imitations. Kosins has undertaken the laborious task of sifting through an enormous selection of songs - these ladies were all extremely prolific - and finding the ones that matched her own voice and style. In taking songs that she learned from this fabulous foursome and making them work in her own inimitable fashion, she has taken her own title admirably literally. She has, in fact, truly created a "toast" to four artists who continue to inspire her, something much more meaningful and satisfying than a tribute.”

It sounds like a fascinating undertaking. Kosins is a truly talented singer, one who deserves to be heard by people outside of jazz circle. Maybe this will give her that opportunity.

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