With 8 critically acclaimed CDs and 3 Grammy nominations, vocalist Kate McGarry has become recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song regardless of genre. The Wall St. Journal calls her music, "Austere and elegant, an exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz" The New York Times pronounced it, “astute and sensitive". She has toured and recorded with jazz illuminati such as Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck, Billy Childs, Luciana Souza,Theo Bleckmann and Tony Winner Jason Robert Brown.
During her decade in NYC McGarry served as a Lincoln Center Teaching Artist, a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, and as a Jazz Arts faculty member at The Manhattan School of Music. 2016 Downbeat Critics Poll named McGarry #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist. She has been featured on NPR's Jazz Set w/DeeDee Bridgwater, Piano Jazz w/Marion McPartland, All Things Considered, and a host of nationally syndicated radio shows.
I was lucky enough to be in Kate McGarry's vocal intensive class, and that was transformative. Partly because of all she knows - all the warmups and vocal exercises and her consummate musicianship - but also because of her huge heart and tender way of teaching. She made each person in that class believe in him/herself, saw the best in each of us, and helped us to bring that out. She was already one of my favorite vocalists ever. Now she's also one of my favorite teachers and humans. I am so, so so grateful...
I have to give an extra huge thanks to Kate McGarry. You changed my life. You opened me up in a way I didn’t know I needed. My music will be forever different because of the vulnerability you showed and the gracious gift you shared with me. Thank you.