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Kevin Mahogany is an American jazz vocalist who became prominent in the 1990s. He is known for his scat singing, and his singing style has been compared with jazz singers Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman.
Friday, July 19th, doors open at 6:30pm for 7Pm show Suggested donation $25. Donantion includes complimentary food & drink.
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Mahogany’s arrival in the early 90’s on the jazz scene created an unprecedented stir and resurgence of vocal jazz. Noted writer Whitney Balliett said, “New female jazz singers seem to appear regularly, but for a long time the space behind Joe Williams, Mel Tormé, and Ray Charles has been empty…there is little (Mahogany) cannot do. He has absorbed Billy Eckstine, Williams, Charles, Al Hibbler, Betty Carter, and Leo Watson. He can sing the blues and he can sing ballads. He can scat. He can sing Monk and Gillespie and John Lewis and Miles Davis, and he can sing soul songs and novelty songs. And he is a startling gospel singer who shouts, hums, bends notes in two, growls, and locks every syllable to five or six notes.”
Born in 1958 inKansas City,Missouri, Mahogany grew up listening to the richly diverse musical sounds of his hometown, where jazz and blues had reigned supreme in the early 1900s. He studied clarinet and piano in his formative years and was tutored at the Charlie Parker Foundation. Working regularly in the Eddie Baker New Breed Orchestra inKansas City, Mahogany was an accomplished baritone saxophonist by the age of 12 and was teaching clarinet by the time he was 14.
Mahogany developed a keen interest in vocals while studying music atBakerUniversity, where he established a jazz choir and also led two groups focusing on R&B and classic soul. He graduated with a BFA in Music, English, and Drama in 1981.
Mahogany recorded three well-received albums with Enja, the independent German label, before signing with Warner Brothers in 1995. His self-titled Warner debut in 1995 debut received a host of accolades to include Newcomer of the Year (Penthouse) and the first of four nominations as #1 Jazz Singer of the Year (Down Beat Critics Poll). Newsweek described him as “the standout jazz vocalist of his generation,” the Los Angeles Times called him “one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years” and USA Today gave him four stars. That same year, Mahogany appeared in the Robert Altman film “Kansas City,” where he portrayed a character inspired by Big Joe Turner.
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Sunday, June 9th
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“…An in the pocket swinger with a sultry alto and a literate feel for lyrics…” – Paul de Barros – Seattle Times Jazz Critic
“…Her words flow as effortlessly as maple syrup over hot pancakes…” – Ralph A. Miriello – Huffington Post
“The sultry Kathy Kosins, a Lady of Cool in her own right, captures the essence of Connor, O’Day, Christy, and London, four pioneering, influential women of West Coast Jazz through the spiritual embodiment that exudes from the sounds of her smooth, warm voice. A toast to you, Kathy, a Lady of Cool.” – Larissa Hale
“Kathy Kosins is a joy to hear. Her lyrics on Hershey’s Kisses melt in her mouth.” – Johnny Mandel
The Chicago Reader raves about her ‘solid intonation, unwavering swing and a voice that can conjure both the girl next door and her older wiser sister.’ Harnessing the essence of the song with imaginative interpretations and sassy savoir faire.
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Frequently Asked Questions and Information
What is a house concert?
Just what it sounds like – enjoy fantastic music within the intimate and comfortable environment of someone’s home. We keep the quality as high as you would experience in a club only with a smaller audience and without the ringing of a club phone or dishes clanking or people walking around. Want to rub elbows the artists? Not a problem – in fact they often interact with the audience during breaks.
How do I get tickets?
There are no physical tickets. Reservations are available in advance either by check, money order (email me for payment address) or via credit/debit card using PayPal on the website. Reservations confirmed and directions provided by e-mail. Seating is limited to approx. 50-60 guests.
What’s the focus of Twilight Troubadour House Concerts?
We strive to bring jazz singers from around the world for Portland-area audiences to enjoy in an intimate environment. Often they are paired with Portland’s best pianists, but sometimes they travel with incredible their duo partners.
What about Workshops and Private Lessons?
Many of the artists are experienced educators and will be offering workshop(s) and private lessons. Notifications are listed in the flyer.
Tell me about the suggested donation
We shave off a little to help offset food/wine costs and other expenses. The rest of the donation goes directly to the artists.
A beautiful bounty of complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres is available for all guests.
How do you make ends meet?
While your donation pays for the musicians’ performance itself, other costs (plane, housing, piano tuning) are not covered. If you are able to help keep this series amazing, please talk to Mitzi directly.
Location of concerts?
This is not a business. One of the requirements for this not to be considered a business is that the address not be listed on the website. When you make your donation to reserve your seat, I will send you a confirmation email along with address and other information.
Is there an age restriction?
Minors must be accompanied by an adult and have a suggested donation of $15 if under the age of 14.
Friday and Saturday performances: Doors open at 6:30pm. The concert is 7:00pm – 9:30pm (or so).
*Please verify showtimes on the website as your show approaches in case adjustments need to be made.
Do I need to bring anything?
Artists usually have CDs available for purchase (usually $15-20/CD) and artists love to sign them. Some people like to bring a bottle of their favorite wine to share.
Allergic to cats?
The Laurelhurst location does have one cat – you should be fine unless REALLY allergic. Bradley the cat is locked away in bedroom.
Please let Mitzi know at least a week in advance and we can do our best to have some options available to you.
Who picks the artists?
Mitzi (with input from a variety of people). I usually book the following year’s series during the summer and try to mix returning artists with new.
Other questions / Suggestions?