The Katie Thiroux Trio will perform Jazz and Swing this Friday evening at the Ebell of Los Angeles as part of their “Live in the Lounge at The Ebell of Los Angeles” musical series. Joining Thiroux is pianist Justin Kauflin, drummer Matt Witek and saxaphonist Roger Neumann.
“I am so excited about the concert at the Ebell; the timing worked out perfectly,” Thiroux told the Larchmont Buzz. “I just finished recording my second album and Justin is in from New York. To have the concert at the end of this week is perfect. It will be great for us and the audience because we have all this new, fresh music.”
Thiroux, not yet 30, is a rising star as a vocalist and bassist who grew up in Los Angeles, the daughter of musicians. She’s known as a “triple threat” talent for her swinging bass playing, assured singing and compelling composition. Thiroux gained international acclaim after being a Semi-Finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition (2015), featured on WBGO’S “The Checkout” (2015) and for the release of her debut album Introducing Katie Thiroux (2015).
In 2013, she formed The Katie Thiroux Quartet with guitarist Graham Dechter (Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Michael Buble), saxophonist Roger Neumann (Anita O’Day, Woody Herman) and drummer Matt Witek (Larry Fuller, John Pizzarelli Quartet). Their debut album was released in February 2015 which received “Debut Record of the Year” from the Huffington Post (2015) and “Top 5 Debut Records of the Year” from NPR Jazz Critics Poll (2015).
Thiroux started with violin lessons at age 4, and switched to the acoustic bass at age 8. While continuing her studies on bass, she explored both jazz and classical vocal styles; landing principal roles in the LA Opera and Opera Pacifica by the age of 10. Captivated by an early recording of Lionel Hampton, Thiroux was driven to pursue her love for jazz and began studying privately with jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton at the age of 12.
In 2005 Thiroux began a mentorship with John Clayton that started at the Vail Jazz Party and later that year she received the Los Angeles Jazz Society award, “Shelly Manne New Talent.” In 2006, she was awarded the Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of music, which included full tuition and room and board. Upon graduation, Thiroux was asked to teach at the Berklee International School in Ecuador, Quito. She returned to her native Los Angeles and completed a Masters of Jazz Bass from California State University of Long Beach, on full scholarship.
Katie Thiroux carries on the hard swinging tradition of bass masters Ray Brown and John Clayton, while channeling the buoyant vocal finesse of iconic singers Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald. Her debut album Introducing Katie Thiroux received “Debut Record of the Year” from the Huffington Post and “Top 5 Debut Records of the Year” from NPR Jazz Critics Poll.
This will be an evening of straight ahead Jazz and Swing in the historic setting of the Ebell of Los Angeles clubhouse Lounge, which is widely regarded as one of the acoustically best places in the city for intimate musical experience.
Please reserve tickets in advance via the Ebell website.
Live in the Lounge presents the Katie Thiroux Trio
Friday, November 18, 2016
7:15 pm Doors open
8:00 pm Show starts
$35 member / $40 non-member
Snacks and cash bar