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Kitty Margolis

One of the most exciting female jazz singers to emerge during the '90s, Kitty Margolis is a daring improviser and talented scat singer who achieved substantial critical acclaim while recording exclusively for her own label. Born November 7, 1955, in San Mateo, CA, Margolis soaked up all kinds of music during her childhood in the Bay Area and began playing guitar at age 12, inspired by Joni Mitchell as well as roots musics like folk, country, and blues. She also studied world music (which would later inform her recordings) and spent several years attending Harvard, where she sang in a Western swing band; however, she found her permanent love in jazz when she caught a performance by Rahsaan Roland Kirk at New York's Village Vanguard. She transferred to San Francisco State University to study the music (her teachers included John Handy and Hal Stein), as well as studio engineering, and spent years honing her vocal technique and improvisational ability.

Margolis began performing publicly in 1978 and spent much of the early '80s working with guitarist/vocalist Joyce Cooling. She formed her own trio in 1986 and became a regular presence in Bay Area jazz clubs, and also set up her own label, Mad Kat, with fellow singer Madeline Eastman. Mad Kat issued Margolis' first album, Live at the Jazz Workshop, in 1989, the same year she made her well-received debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Her first studio album, 1994's Evolution, was the one that really made her name in the jazz community. Featuring guests like Joe Henderson and Joe Louis Walker, it helped her win the honor of Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in that year's Down Beat critics' poll (which she would repeat in 1995 and 1997). Her follow-up album, 1997's Straight Up With a Twist, was her most eclectic outing yet, featuring often quirky interpretations of standards, plus guest appearances by Roy Hargrove and Charles Brown. Taking her time between recordings, Margolis returned in 2001 with her fourth album, Left Coast Life, which once again received highly complimentary reviews. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Heart & Soul: Live In San Francisco

1. Love Walked In (Live In San Francisco)

2. A Sleepin' Bee (Live In San Francisco)

3. Summertime (Live In San Francisco)

4. Heart And Soul (Live In San Francisco)

5. Your Mind Is On Vacation (Live In San Francisco)

6. Secret Love (Live In San Francisco)

7. Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Live In San Francisco)

8. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year (Live In San Francisco)

9. I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco (Live In San Francisco)

10. My Favorite Things (Live In San Francisco)

11. While We're Young (Live In San Francisco)

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Track List: Left Coast Life

1. I Want To Be Happy

2. It's You

3. You Just Might Get It

4. Money

5. Lonely At The Top

6. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year

7. Devil May Care

8. Without A Song

9. Heart's Desire

10. The Best Is Yet To Come

11. Take It With Me

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Track List: Straight Up With A Twist

1. Getting To Know You

2. Fever

3. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

4. In Walked Bean

5. For All We Know

6. All Or Nothing At All

7. The In Crowd

8. We Kiss In A Shadow

9. My Romance

10. Today I Sing The Blues

11. Speak Low

12. Wouldn't It Be Loverly

13. Prayer For Everybody (To Be Free)

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Track List: Evolution

1. Anthropology

2. I'm Old Fashioned

3. Evolution

4. Ancient Footprints

5. Midnight Sun

6. Nothing Like You

7. Please Send Me Someone To Love

8. You Don't Know What Love Is

9. Firm Roots (Are What You Need To Win)

10. Tristeza De Amar

11. Gone With The Wind

12. Someone Else Is Steppin' In

13. When Lights Are Low

14. Where Do You Start?

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Track List: Live At The Jazz Workshop In San Francisco

1. I Concentrate On You

2. Sophisticated Lady

3. All Blues

4. With A Song In My Heart

5. Nice Work If You Can Get It

6. Every Time We Say Goodbye

7. All The Things You Are

8. Too Marvelous For Words

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Her voice is soothing and very mellow

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