Welcome to Katie Thiroux, who will be part of the 2018 Faculty at Jazz Port Townsend!
As a bass player, singer and composer Katie Thiroux is a “triple threat.” Her debut album, Introducing Katie Thiroux, has received many awards including “Debut Record of the Year” from the Huffington Post, All About Jazz, and the Jazz Journalist’s Association, and “Top 5 Debut Records of the Year” from the NPR Jazz Critics Poll. Other accolades include being a 2015 semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, and being featured on WBGO’s “The Checkout,” Downbeat Magazine and NPR.
Stylistically, Katie carries on the hard swinging tradition of such bass masters as Ray Brown and John Clayton, while channeling the vocal finesse of iconic singers including Anita O’Day, Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald. She draws upon the rich history of the music, from swing to bebop and beyond.
In May, 2017 Katie served as musical director in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. She has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland, the San Jose Summer Jazz Fest, NAMM and the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival, and recently returned from a two-month residency in Dubai June at the invitation of Quincy Jones.