Kathleen Kruze, vocals, guitar Adam Cyr, soprano sax
Steve Clarke bass James Moss, percussion, harmony vocals
Guest artist Annie Kelly, harmony vocals
"Kathleen Kruze seamlessly melds folk, blues, jazz and soul styles, with upbeat original lyrics, catchy backing beats and a pop diva's vocal ability."—Erik Ofgang, Danbury News-Times
SINGER/SONGWRITER KATHLEEN KRUZE since celebrates her new CD "To Be Understood." "The new album features a variety of melodic, upbeat numbers," raves The Danbury News-Times in a new review. "Kruze's warm vocals give the record its pulse. A standout is the title track, a power jazz ballad."
In her CD release concert, Kathleen will be backed by seasoned players from across Connecticut. The esteemed and versatile bassist Steve Clarke will help provide a funky groove, along with veteran musician James Moss (Kool and the Gang, Michael Brecker) on percussion. James is also a gifted vocalist, adding much soulfulness to Kathleen's songs. The two have worked together for nearly 20 years and their harmonies are mesmerizing. Adam Cyr, will add his energetic soprano sax playing. Talented singer Annie Kelly will sit in with her superb harmonies. It promises to be an evening of intriguing original music!
Kathleen Kruze is a classically-trained guitarist and vocalist, whose songwriting style has been compared to the likes of Carole King and Maria Muldaur. A prolific composer, she's written well over 250 songs in genres including Folk/Blues, Pop/Jazz R &B, Latin and Funk. The Brookfield resident has performed with greats such as jazz flutist Ali Ryerson and opened for internationally known talent at the Towne Crier Café in New York. Kathleen studied classical guitar and voice at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, NY. "To Be Understood" is her fourth album, and features world-renowned talent including saxophonist Ken Gioffre (Blood, Sweat and Tears), keyboardist Nick Bariluk (Jon Lucien), Thierry Arpino (Jon Luc Ponty) on drums, pianist/keyboard player Chris Coogan (Good News Choir), and bassist/cellist Jordan Jancz, in addition to Steve Clarke and James Moss.
Find the schedule below right, or email us to get on our email distribution list for weekly notification with more information about the musicians and their music. email@example.com
Live jazz on menu each Sunday
Robert Miller, The Danbury News-Times
Published 11:17 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2012
In California, a legendary jazz club, The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, has been around since 1964.
"They have Sunday concerts,'' said Michael Lauretano, owner of Pizzeria Lauretano on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel. "The performers who played San Francisco on the weekends would go there to play Sundays.''
That is why, in part, Sundays at Pizzeria Lauretano are generally booked solid as its jazz concerts fill the room nearly every week.
"It's part of our identity,'' said Lauretano, who loves the music he brings to his restaurant. "It's part of our value.''
"It enriches the legacy of the music,'' said master vibraphonist Arthur Lipner, of Wilton, who ended a two-week European concert tour by jetting back to Connecticut and playing two enthralling sets Sunday at the pizzeria with his quartet. "And it enriches our community.''
Lauretano said saxophonist Michael Leventhal, of Redding, pushed him to start featuring live music four or five years ago. Leventhal came in to eat one day, heard the recorded jazz Lauretano was playing for customers and urged him to start having live concerts. The Sunday concert series was born.
"It started very organically,'' said Judith Joiner, who handles the restaurant's publicity. "At first, it was 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It was an occasional concert, and it was free. Then we started having music every Sunday. We gradually added a cover charge. Now, you have to call ahead for reservations every week.''
Lauretano said Leventhal and other musicians have helped him book excellent jazz artists who live in the area. By now, he said, he has a regular rotation of repeat performers. "They all want to come back,'' he said.