Omaha Performing Arts’ free summer series Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing continues on Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. with Detroit-based jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins at Turner Park, 31st and Dodge streets. The venue opens at 5:00 p.m.
Award-winning contemporary jazz singer and songwriter Kathy Kosins has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz. Kosins began her career in the early 1980s singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was and later toured with his group Was/Not Was.
In the early 1990s, Kosins fell in love with the freedom of the jazz art form and her writing naturally evolved into a more traditional approach. Throughout the ‘90s, Kosins performed with JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras and released her debut record All In A Dream’s Work, which featured nine originals and several covers, such as Miles Davis’ “Four.”
Her 2002 release Mood Swings continued to bring her recognition and success at the national level. On her 2006 release Vintage, Kosins rediscovered little-known songbook gems which were featured alongside more well-known tunes outside the jazz genre.
Kosins’ latest release, To The Ladies of Cool, was released in early 2012. It is a themed album celebrating the artistry of four female jazz greats: Anita O’Day, June Christy, Chris Connor and Julie London. Careful not to call this a “tribute” album, Kosins described the album as more a “toast” – it’s an acknowledgement of the skills that these four ladies showed in picking songs, a tip of the hat to some of the “coolest” ladies of jazz. To The Ladies of Coolis also a toast to an era of music, which, though only 50 to 60 years ago, seems completely removed from the world we know in the 20th Century.
A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts (Jazz Composer of the Year), Kosins has received grants from Michigan’s ArtServe advocacy group. Her clinics and workshops teach performance skills alongside business strategies for the independent artist and have been a success at colleges and universities across the country.
All concerts for Omaha Performing Arts Presents Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing are free to the public. No reservations or tickets are needed. The venue opens at 5:00 p.m. and performances start at 7:00 p.m.