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Kay's new CD "Exotica" is now available!

Exotica

The new single "Bali Hai"

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Black Olive Jazz features stunning vocals and a rhythm section powered with a percussive Mediterranean touch.  Vocalist Kay Andreas (Kostopoulos) is also a professional actress and director who teaches in the Drama Department and Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.  Kay has always been attentive to rhythm, range, and textural meaning in her teaching and acting.  Kay has performed at poetry readings, corporate events, benefits and concerts.  She sings several languages, and plays percussion and finger cymbals.  An elegant singer whose voice is inspired by the golden age of jazz, Kay pays homage to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee and Anita O'Day. 

Beautiful voice with a wide range... Ms. Kostopoulos is equally skilled on ballads and uptempo material...Makes a strong case for being considered a major jazz singer, Jazz Critic Scott Yanow…Quintessential San Francisco Jazz, Wayne Saroyan, Jazz West…Wonderful lyrical imagery that transports the listener to another environment...Velvety vocal work, Billboard...Kay is a singer with good technique and beautiful tone, William Sostre, Jazz Times…Her love of the text, subtlety of word, and appreciation for the audience promise a performance as deep as those big, dark eyes starring right back at you, Palo Alto Weekly...With a sizzling snap of her fingers, Kay Kostopoulos turned up the heat--Kostopoulos brought exotic energy to Duke Ellington’s Caravan and Johnny Mercer’s Out of This World …Stanford Magazine



 

Backstory


Kay performs and has recorded with many San Francisco Bay Area treasures: pianists, Grant Levin, Larry Vuckovich, Si Perkoff, Benny Watson, Denny Berthiume, Larry Chinn & Rebecca Mauleon; Kay also works with world class bassists: Bill Douglass, Ruth Davies, Carla Kaufman, Jeff Chambers, & Perry Thoorsell, as well as percussionists: Eddie Marshall, David Rokeach, Akira Tana, & Leon Joyce, Jr., Her reed and horn players include Noel Jewkes, Mel Martin, Dave Bendekeit & David Hardiman's Big Band as well as with Mood Swing, and The City Swing Big Band of San Francisco. Her ALL GAL BAND features the slick piano stylings of Sue Crosman, swingin bassists, Carla Kaufman & Ruth Davies, and red hot drummers, Beth Goodfello & Kelly Fasman.

Festivals, Benefits, Venues

Vallejo Jazz Society

Sonoma Jazz Society

San Jose Jazz Society

Napa Valley Jazz Society

Cafe Stritch

Birdland Jazzista

The Soundroom

Cafe Pink House

JB Piano

Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel

Sausalito Arts Festival

Union Street Festival

Union Square Art Deco Celebration

Herbst Theater Green Room

Corte Madera Center

Angelica's Bistro

Ghiradelli Square

The Cliff House

 
 
 

STYLES: 
 

Classic Swing : Cole Porter, Duke Ellington

Jazz Standards :, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin

Bossa : Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto

Latin Jazz : Consuelo Velasques, Ary Borroso

Modern Jazz : John Coltrane, Miles Davis

Bebop : Dizzy Gillespie