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Kitty Margolis | Show Song List

(Show originally recorded April 27, 2005)
Kitty Margolis, from a publicity photo Singer Kitty Margolis is a true California girl. Her family has been in the state for four generations, and her formative music experiences were shaped by the musical milieu of San Francisco in the 1960s.
Born in 1955, Margolis began picking out folk, blues and country music on a guitar she got when she was 12. Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Rait were early influences, though she soon opened up to all kinds of music -- from the Grateful Dead to Taj Mahal to Frank Zappa.

Margolis came east to attend Harvard. While there, she remained active in music, singing and playing guitar in various musical groups. Margolis discovered her true passion though at the Village Vanguard where she saw a performance by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The concert was a revelation, and Margolis decided that she would return home to San Francisco to begin her career as a jazz singer. She attended San Francisco State where she studied jazz improvisation and singing.

Margolis began soaking up the jazz in the North Beach area, and spent a great deal of time at the Keystone Korner where Roland Kirk often played. The club also saw its share of jazz luminaries such as Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner and Joe Henderson.

In 1988, Margolis started her own record label, Mat Kat Records. A year later her album Live at the Jazz Workshop was released to critical acclaim. The success of her subsequent releases has garnered international attention and praise from fans and critics alike. Margolis continues to perform at prestigious jazz festivals and top jazz clubs around the world.

Set List for Kitty Margolis on Piano Jazz:
  • Love Walked In (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
  • I Cover the Waterfront (Green, Heyman)
  • Melancholy Mood (McPartland)
  • I'm Old Fashioned (Kern, Mercer)
  • It Never Entered My Mind (Hart, Rodgers)
  • Do Nothing 'til You Hear from Me (Ellington, Russell)
  • He's the One (McPartland)
  • While We're Young (Engvick, Wilder, Palitz)


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