Kate Becker Project
REVIEWS: Downtown Tucsonan's Album Review [click here] Tucson Weekly's Album Review [link] From the gifted hands of local studio owner, Jim Brady (Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young) The Kate Becker Project calls upon a pool of exquisite local talent to craft a jazz and r&b record inspired by, and produced by, the southwest. The songs, conceived mostly by Ms. Becker and bassist Gerald Massoud (who has since begun a successful career in Austin), sound as if you're in a dark lounge with a cool drink, lyrics reminiscent of the beat poets. Billie Holliday's Lover Man is the one choice standard you'll hear amongst other well suited originals. You'll hear Marco Rosano on melodica, Ed Delucia step in on solo guitar, Tom Walbank on his harmonica, Stuart Oliver on backing vocals, Dan Puccio riffing on the sax, Sly Slypetsky on piano, and Guitar Center manager Aaron Emery on drums. One will think Tucson is a Jazz town. BIO: Bio: Kate's affair with the world of music began at a young age. Born to to a Swiss mother and a New Yorker father, she partly grew up in Bern, Switzerland, where Kate's mother was in the organization of the INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL BERN which would play host to icons such as Ella, Carmen, Dizzy, Miles and many greats that attended the annual in the 80's and 90's Experiencing and meeting many of these artists would deeply influence Kate as she strived to develop her own voice in the years to follow. Back in New York, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Kate produced a biweekly Variety Show at Collective Unconscious from 1999-2001. Inviting local poets and musicians, Kate would share the stage, all the time writing and developing her own fiery identity. Kate gained further industry experience doing marketing and sales for independent Jazz label, Benyo Music. For 5 years, she studied beneath renown Jazz vocalist Nanette Natal. In the Sonoran desert oasis of Tucson, Arizona, Kate found solace in the mystical surroundings and new inspiration to write.