Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz
Kate McGarry has become a favorite artist at SFJAZZ, and she returns in the midst of a creative streak that puts her firmly in the first rank of jazz singers, joined by her husband and guitarist Keith Ganz to celebrate the release of their first live duo album, Genevieve and Ferdinand. McGarry has been winning avid fans locally for the past decade, a campaign boosted when pianist Fred Hersch brought his ambitious project Leaves of Grass to the Bay Area in 2005. The little-known McGarry more than held her own along with vocal dynamo Kurt Elling, delivering Walt Whitman’s stanzas with a startlingly vivid presence. Her 2009 Palmetto release, If Less Is More… Nothing Is Everything, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album and she’s won Rising Star Vocalist honors in the DownBeat Critics Poll three times. Kate McGarry is an artist with a captivating vision, steeped in jazz technique, who creates sparse settings for songs by everyone from Joni Mitchell to Bjork, The Cars, Jobim and the Gershwins. We welcome her back to SFJAZZ for a special two-night run in the Joe Henderson Lab.