Monday, April 21, 2008

Another round of Kate

55 Bar, the cozy old-Village venue that first introduced me to the music of jazz vocalist Kate McGarry, offered us a chance to meet and chat with the musician herself the other night after she finished up her second (third?) set during the early show Saturday night. I've really grown to be a fan of hers, hearing her songs played on WNYC on weekend afternoons, seeing her at Dizzy's Club in Jazz at Lincoln Center on Columbus Circle, listening to her latest album, The Target. She was very friendly, and told us that she's only just been able to make a living as a musician after years of working a day job and pursuing singing as her avocation. One thing I have to say about the intimate space of 55 Bar: Patrons really seem to listen. You stick out in the small bar if you're nattering too much while the musicians are playing.

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