Kathryn Gauthier | First Steps

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First Steps

by Kathryn Gauthier

Jazz Standards and originals; swing, ballads, and blues, arranged and performed by the artist with accompaniment varying from guitar trio to 6 piece band.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Foolin' Myself
4:04 $0.99
2. Anything Goes
4:45 $0.99
3. Blues in the Night
6:09 $0.99
4. Call Me
6:05 $0.99
5. Deed I Do
4:22 $0.99
6. No Moon At All
2:56 $0.99
7. You've Changed
5:03 $0.99
8. Doodlin'
3:31 $0.99
9. You Tickle My Fancy
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Kathryn Gauthier
Artist / Vocalist

When I came to Chicago in 1992, it was after years of study in the visual and performing arts. I received a BA in Fine Art from Emmanuel College, Boston MA, then went back to study music, theater, and dance, first at Dean Jr. College, Franklin MA, while working as a recreation therapist; then, at the Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence RI., as an acting and directing major.

The city of Chicago has provided me with enormous opportunity to try various venues in the arts. I've continued to explore and grow in both visual and performing arts, and in fact the two definitely serve to enhance eachother. Much of my artwork is inspired by jazz.

The making of my first Jazz CD, "FIRST STEPS", which was released in November of 2001, has been both an exercise in focus and a part of a dream realized. It features some of Chicago's finest young talent, (Ted Hogarth, Scott Burns, Matt Kanelos, Neal Alger, James Donovan, Mike Jeffers. Joe Adamik, and Shawn Sommer), as well as seasoned musicians like Joe Vito and Mike Finnerty. It was recorded and engineered at Reeves Audio Recording Studio in Evanston, IL. Jim Reeves brings a great wealth of experience and talent to his engineering work through his years with Columbia Records, and he did a superior job of engineering "FIRST STEPS". The album consists of nine tracks, a mix of swing tunes, ballads, and blues. [Tracks #4, and #9 are original.] As a first effort, I chose to go with a very traditional sound. Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer among others, always make great listening, especially with some fresh new arrangements.

The next project is already underway and promises to be more adventurous. It features fusion tunes where Eastern rhythms and harmonies meet Midwestern jazz-funk, as well as a lengthy free-jazz tribute to one of Chicago's finest bass players, the Hungarian born Louie Varro.

My musical history includes involvement with acapella groups, solo performances in restaurants, clubs, cafes, galleries, and jazz vocals with various groups, cabaret style singing and participation in musical reviews, as well as musical theater. I have written and copyrighted over 75 songs and continue to work on new material daily. A most important part of my education has been right here in the city, sitting-in at jam sessions at the Green Mill, the Velvet Lounge, the New Apartment Lounge. I draw inspiration from the vocal stylings of Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald among others.

My dream now is just to continue to do what I love, and hope that I'll find an appreciative audience.

Contact Information:

Phone: (773) 973-3405
e-mail: gauthierarts@GauthierArts.com
"FIRST STEPS" is available over the Internet at www.cdbaby/cd/kgauthier .



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Definitely and artist to watch out for
The songs assembled on the nine-track FIRST STEPS encompass a stunning collection of swing, blues, and ballads showcasing the gorgeous pipes of Kathryn Gauthier. A local jazz vocalist who writes as good a tune as she can sing, originals like "Call Me" and "You Tickle My Fancy" stack up well against renditions of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" and Johnny Mercer's "Blues in the Night. Definitely an artist to watch out for."

Neal Tesser

Kathryn Gauthier communicates her understanding of the lyrics with her solid int
Kathryn Gauthier sings like an adult -- a woman with enough living under her belt to not only understand the lyrics of the songs she sings (and writes), but also to communicate that knowledge to the listener.  There's wisdom and a little regret smoldering underneath, even on a blowsy classic like "Blues In The Night."  It's enough to ALMOST obscure her solid intonation, her easy swing, and the pillowy sheen of her blue-diamond voice -- almost, but not quite.  FIRST STEPS sounds like anything but.




Neil Tesser


P. Tironi

Kathryn Gauthier's expressive voice ranges from torchy to lilting on this terrific debut album. "First Steps" delights from the start, and each subsequent listening reveals nuances of Kathryn's nimble vocalizations and rich arrangements. This album is the perfect music for a sophisticated event or a small gathering of good friends.