Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
Let's be audacious, my friends!
Backdrop artwork courtesy of Gregory Sipp. Gregory Sipp Website
Internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and humanitarian Katherine Farnham, aka ‘KOOL KAT' -is rapidly gaining acclaim for bringing a hot new sound to jazz. Consistently compared to some of the finest singers in the world, Kool Kat is a prolific and electric artist who fuses musical paradigms together effortlessly, reinventing standards and bridging influences of R&B, blues and adult contemporary. A 2016 Global Music Awards Silver Medalist, her new LP “Vintage” is a stunning collection featuring Grammy winner and legendary saxophonist Kirk Whalum, Latin Grammy winning flutist Nestor Torres and Four-Time Grammy Nominated guitarist Denny Jiosa. Midwest Record raved, “Kool Kat is making records for tomorrow and has her finger on a pulse that’s just starting to beat. Certainly the new street sound for nu cool cats.” Jazz Weekly says, “Farnham adds some backbeat to a clever read of a standard in ‘My Funky Valentine’ and her voice is rich and strongly confident.” Two-Time Emmy Nominee and Celebrity Radio Host Philip Silverstone captured her essence: “Kool Kat is doing for jazz what Clapton did for the blues - bringing it to the mainstream.”
Kool Kat is earning the love of fans and jazz aficionados alike with her unique and retitled interpretation ‘My Funky Valentine’. The album also features her hot Billboard crossover hit “Necessary Groove” (debuted at #35 on Pop Charts), the soulful anthem “Epic Love”, the sensual “Mermaid” (featuring Latin Grammy winner and virtuoso flutist Nestor Torres) as well as the humorous "Zip Zad Zowee". Another single is her trademark ballad, the soaring, heart-wrenching “My Shoes Are Leaking”, a Veterans Tribute about a couple separated by military deployment that effortlessly merges the classic with the contemporary.
This fall, 2016 Producers Choice Honors (Quarter Century Culmination of Los Angeles Music Awards Best of Best) selected her to walk the Hollywood red carpet as Winner of Best of 25 LAMA Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year. She was also chosen as Nominee for Best Music Producer (only female nominee) and Nominee for Best Record Producer, 'Vintage'. For her Spanish language singing, she was nominated for Cantante Femenina del Año by the 2016 HG Radio Awards in Mexico.
Kool Kat has been surrounded by world-class classical and jazz musicians since childhood. She began creating music at age four and performed her first jazz vocal solo at five. A third-generation musician, she studied music with her concert pianist mother. Her father was a pioneering scholar, trombonist and arranger who toured with The Boston Pops and played under legends Stravinsky and Hindemith. After conservatory study, she graduated with highest honors from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. International press and commercial airplay for her debut EP followed, including a MIDEM review that “She has all the requirements to be one of the top names in American Pop Music.” - Toninho S., Latin Grammy Consultant, Journalist, Radio Host, Sao Paulo.
Kool Kat has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC 6 and Telemundo. She has toured throughout the US and abroad, appearing on stages with Tito Puente Jr and Celia Cruz. A Los Angeles Music Award Winner for "Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year" she has shared her formidable spirit with athletic fans at The Miami Marathon, The Ericsson Open (the only female artist) and NASCAR.
A passionate humanitarian, she is active encouraging music's role in improving inter-cultural relations and tolerance as the founder of Music for Peace International. She also mentored Los Angeles inner-city youth and served for two consecutive years as Celebrity Voice Judge for the Los Angeles Music Center's Annual Spotlight Awards. She organized six benefit concerts in major cities and is also a much beloved educator and published author. Kool Kat has taught Voice on the faculty of two universities and in the past year was invited to teach a variety of musical subjects at three more.
This fall she is scheduled to release her first audiobook, "The Vintage Poetry Collection" to ITunes which can be purchased together with the "Vintage" LP as a set. Additional plans include releasing a vinyl edition and beginning work on a new jazz album and tour scheduled for 2017.
She supports music education, human and animal rights and ethnic unity.
"I feel humbled and blessed to have been able to record with such fine artists." she says. "This album is about love, mystery, epic journeys, peace and believing in something greater than ourselves."
(c) 2016 Voice Inside Records
Chubby Jackson helped popularize the the 5-string C bass, was responsible for bringing be-bop jazz to schools all over the country, and also had the first American jazz band to tour Europe after WWII. He appeared in numerous movies and TV shows featuring the grand masters of Jazz.
Chubby performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gilllespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Red Norvo, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker,Terry Gibbs, Ben Webster, Raymond Scott, Bill Harris, JJ Johnson, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, just to name a few.