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Kay's new CD "Exotica" is now available!The new single "Bali Hai"
Black Olive Jazz "Exotica"
Black Olive Jazz is a group from the San Francisco Bay area that features the warm singer Kay Kostopoulos and the veteran Noel Jewkes on tenor, alto, soprano and flute. Exotica was an idea conceived by Kostopoulous, Jewkes (who provided the arrangements) and pianist Grant Levin. The singer, whose background is in theater, wanted to perform dramatic material that could be considered both exotic and modern jazz. The concept works quite well on such pieces as “Bali Hai,” Horace Silver’s “”Enchantment” (on which Ms. Kostopoulos added new lyrics), “Slow Hot Wind” a slightly spooky “Never Never Land” and “Caravan.” With vocals that range from powerful to tender, a lot of spots for Jewkes to display his versatility and swinging ideas, and two guest appearances by pianist Larry Vuckovich, this is a very successful set. Kay Kostopoulos’ perfect pitch allows her to sing wordlessly on the more atmospheric pieces such as “Lotus Land,” and to engage in close interplay with Jewkes. Exotica is recommended and available from
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Jazz Vocalist, Stanford drama teacher and actress, Kay Kostopoulos, plays with her All Gal Band: featuring virtuoso pianist, Sue Crosman, swinging bassist, Carla Kaufman, and red hot drummer, Beth Goodfellow. An elegant singer whose voice is inspired by the golden age of jazz, Kay sings music in the styles of such songbirds as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee and Anita O' Day.
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I Got Rhythm 0:48
Kay's work at Stanford:
NPR’s Philosophy Talk radio program for her work on understanding facial emotions in the treatment of Autism
See Kay perform and teach Bellydancing!
Kay's film "Classic Stars of Belly Dance" is being re-released on DVD!