Kat Cogswell is a professional vocalist in Portland Oregon specializing in jazz, blues, pop and musical theatre. She is currently lead vocalist for the 17-piece Bureau of Standards Big Band, regularly selling out local clubs such as Jimmy Mak’s, Duff’s Garage and Tony Starlight’s. www.bureauofstandardsbigband.com
Kat also leads her own small groups, performing to enthusiastic crowds at many of Portland’s favorite establishments.
Kat has been a vocalist for the popular female quartet “Signatures” led by Barbara Ayars (Bobby Vinton, Esquivel) with lush, four part harmonies arranged by Bo Ayars, appearing with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and selling out clubs in the Portland area. www.signaturesmusic.com
Kat was also lead vocalist for the gypsy jazz band Django’s Cadillac, appearing on their three popular recordings and performing across Oregon and Washington at the Portland Jazz Festival, the Bite of Oregon, the Rose Festival, and more. She was also lead vocalist for original jazz musical Sally Jo and the Gators, and appeared on three albums from the “Alligator Circus” trilogy written by Ray Wood and Vann Canton.
Prior to her recent work in Oregon, Kat was active on the New York cabaret scene, working in various famous clubs such as The Bitter End, the Bottom Line, and Don’t Tell Mama. She headlined in an extended run of Francesca Blumenthal’s original off-Broadway production “Life Is Not Like The Movies,” and won the prestigious Backstage Bistro Award for her performance. Kat continued her East Coast career in the popular a cappella group Doo Wa Zoo, performing on extensive tours of the Eastern seaboard.
Kat studied jazz performance with famed educator and performer Phil Mattson at Pacific Lutheran University, then went on to receive a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. During her college years, she also performed with the popular “16th and Savoy” vocal group, opening for acts such as Dave Brubeck and performing frequently in the Hartford area and in New York City.
Kat can also be heard singing the theme song to the popular mobile video game “Space Age,” available on the ITunes Store and Google Play. She is currently preparing for another recording project featuring original songs written and orchestrated by James M. Gregg.
"Kat Cogswell---One of Portland's finest! A Great voice with a true artist's understanding of a tune and lyrics. Combine that with a winning smile and an entertaining way, Kat claims the audience as Her own and delivers a solid,fun filled show every night!" Steve and Katy Hanneman, Arrivederci Jazz Bar
"Kat Cogswell lights up a room. You can feel the passion with which she sings. My mother says that Kat 'sings from her toes' and I think that's a very apt description." Tony Starlight
"Some of the most spontaneous, high quality jazz on the scene. Kat has an absolutely perfect voice, strong as can be, and relates to the audience like no other singer in Portland at the moment. It was one of the most satisfying evenings of jazz I have experienced in my several years of frequenting the Portland jazz scene." Dave Gates
"Kat Cogswell is a Rising Star on the Portland Jazz Scene.... " PDX Jazz Festival
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