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Jazz: Jazz Vocals Moods: Type: Vocal Easy Listening: Adult contemporary World: Mediterranean Moods: Solo Female Artist

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Black Olive Jazz

Black Olive Jazz brings a Mediterranean feel to jazz, featuring the sultry vocals and exotic finger cymbals of Kay Kostopoulos, and serpentine phrases of local jazz legend Noel Jewkes. Noel Jewkes also plays tenor, alto, clarinet and flute. The group performs a wide range of jazz: swing, standards, blues, latin and originals. Kay teaches at Stanford University, and is also a professional actress and dancer and director who has performed in plays and musicals in many regional and Bay Area theaters Her theatrical background lends an emotional sensitivity to her lush and sensuous three-octave vocal range.

Kay Kostopoulos, an elegant singer, actress and Stanford professor, has a voice inspired by the golden age of jazz. Kay is also a multi percussionist, paying homage to such enduring masters as Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie and their groundbreaking offerings to the “world music” genre. She has been a featured artist with master musicians at venues and jazz festivals all around the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Sonoma, Napa, Healdsburg, Vallejo, Sacramento, Palo Alto, and Fillmore Jazz Festivals.

Beautiful voice with a wide range... Ms. Kostopoulos is equally skilled on ballads and uptempo material...Makes a strong case for being considered a major jazz singer, Jazz Critic Scott Yanow…Quintessential San Francisco Jazz, Wayne Saroyan, Jazz West…Wonderful lyrical imagery that transports the listener to another environment...Velvety vocal work, Billboard...Kay is a singer with good technique and beautiful tone, William Sostre, Jazz Times…Her love of the text, subtlety of word, and appreciation for the audience promise a performance as deep as those big, dark eyes starring right back at you, Palo Alto Weekly...With a sizzling snap of her fingers, Kay Kostopoulos turned up the heat--Kostopoulos brought exotic energy to Duke Ellington’s Caravan and Johnny Mercer’s Out of This World…Stanford Magazine