I am a jazz pianist, vocalist and composer in Toronto, as well as a Jazz educator, and member of the IAJE and SOCAN and CARAS. Compose for TV and film as well as songwriting for myself and other artists.
Musical influences range from Gershwin to Ellington, Monk to Monty Alexander, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln to Shirley Horne, Michel LeGrand to Dave Grusin, Sting to Stevie Wonder, Patricia Barber, to Jamie Cullum & many more....
My 2009 CD, " Brand New Day", of all original music is available at CD Baby and Itunes. This collection of songs and compositions blends jazz, blues, gospel and R & B. Receiving airplay in Canada, the US, and Europe.
Written, arranged and produced by Kathleen Gorman.
Engineering, mixing, production: Jeremy Darby
Recorded at: Canterbury Studio, Toronto, Ontario
Musicians: Piano, Rhodes, Vocals: Kathleen Gorman
Bass: Henry Heillig
Guitar: Rob Piltch & Eric St-Laurent
Drums: Ben Riley & Marc Pizer
Percussion: Alan Hetherington
Hammond Organ: Denis Keldie
Saxophone: Colleen Allen
"A brilliant composer and lyricist, the talented Kathleen Gorman invites us on a journey of the heart, exposing universal intimacies which resonate from the opening note of "Brand New Day"to the closing instrumental,"Ain't The Way". Soulful, poignant and uplifting....................
one of the best new original albums of the year. "
-- Paula Arab, Calgary Herald Columnist / Editorial Board.
"....... a wonderful talent. ", Sheila Jordan, Jazz Artist
She sings, plays, writes, composes and produces with the best of them, making music rooted in jazz that is accessible and contemporary...a fantastic new contemporary voice! " - Jon Burr, Jazz Artist, Bassist
"The songwriting is solid and mature, the vocal expression is just fantastic......An interesting combination of tunes--lots of colors and textures creating the perfect aural journey for the listener." -
Mitch Goldfarb, Producer/Engineer, Lou Rawls, George Benson, Eddie Gomez
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Thanks for your kind comment, I really appreciate that. Now is almost 2 o’clock at night in London and I am listening your CD in my cabinet. There is so much Nostalgie and Piece in your music that for a moment the listener can just forget about all the negativities surrounding him. Besides, you are an excellent pianist with the soft female pianistic touch))) and very beautiful voice. I congratulate you with this CD release and hope that one day you might be performing my songs too. haha, Who knows?? ))))
Hey Kat in Toronto:
Thank you for your kind words. My wife and I will be in Toronto Sep 18-20. Will you be peforming anywhere in town? Would love to come see you and network with other Jazz Network family members.
Yours in Song
Hey Kathleen - Thanks for requesting me. Great to be friends over here, too.
Loving your tracks here - lots of soul - something about your way makes me think of Carole King, if she'd gone all the way into jazz (big compliment!). And Denis' Hammond is the perfect accent - I live for the B3. All good things to you. Brenda (jazz/r&b/roots vocals)
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."