Kat Cogswell studied jazz with Phil Mattson at Pacific Lutheran University for two years. She then traveled to the East Coast and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from Connecticut's Hartt School of Music. During college Kat also sang professionally with 16th & Savoy, a vocal jazz quartet whose claim to fame was opening for the late, great Dave Brubeck via the Jazz Society of Hartford.
Kat then took her talents to New York City where she performed in various cabarets and clubs including The Bitter End, The Bottom Line, and Don't Tell Mama, to name a few. Kat headlined in Francesca Blumenthal's original Off-Broadway production of "Life is Not Like the Movies". Not only was the show an extended hit in Midtown Manhattan, Kat won the prestigious Backstage Bistro Award for her performance. Changing her tune, Kat toured the East Coast extensively with a critically acclaimed five part a cappella group.
Oregon pulled Kat back to the West Coast and she joined the cool gypsy jazz band Django's Cadillac where she jumped back into jazz and blues. www.djangoscadillac.com She performed across Oregon and Washington with Django's Cadillac including the Portland Jazz Festival, The Bite of Oregon, The Rose Festival, and Jazzbones. Kat has also appeared at the Crystal Ballroom and the Melody Ballroom with various jazz ensembles, as well as Timberline Summer Concert Series and McMenamin's White Eagle. She has performed at the Olympia Farmers Market and other venues in Washington with the Alligator Swing Band. www.alligatorcircus.com
"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 Website
Kat is currently performing with several notable ensembles, including:
Bureau of Standards Big Band, a 20-member ensemble that recalls the halcyon days of Ellington at The Cotton Club, Ella at The Savoy, and the Rat Pack at The Sands. www.bureauofstandardsbigband.com
Kat can also be heard around town with other musical collaborations including a jazz trio with Mike Horsfall, Craig Snazelle, and Mark Griffith. Kat also performs regularly with Rich Turnoy and Dennis Caiazza.
Find out where Kat is performing next on the Gigs Page.
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