Tuesday, April 16, 2013

UNO Jazz @ the Sandbar Hosts Vocalist Kate McGarry and Guitarist Keith Ganz

Grammy Award-nominated jazz vocalist Kate McGarry and renowned jazz guitarist Keith Ganz grace the stage Wednesday night at The Cove on the University of New Orleans. The priceless pairing perform in the University's spring Jazz @ the Sandbar series, designed as a living laboratory where UNO students work with professional jazz musicians to entertain the UNO community and public audiences.

McGarry received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal and published five critically acclaimed CDs on the Palmetto Records Label. Downbeat Magazine has cited McGarry as 'Rising Star' vocalist for the past four years.

UNO alumna and jazz vocalist Cindy Scott has described McGarry "a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to a wide range of material," pointing to Wall Street Journal and New York Times articles that alternately describe McGarry as "austere and elegant" and "astute and sensitive."

McGarry currently performs in top jazz clubs and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad and has served on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, Scott said.

Ganz is a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer who has performed with jazz notables ranging from Harry Connick, Jr. to Kurt Elling. He has appeared on Oprah, Letterman, The View, Ellen and Australian Idol, and toured the globe from Mongolia to Melbourne, Scott said.

Together McGarry and Ganz are a dynamic duo. McGarry's "If Less is More...Nothing is Everything" album published by (Palmetto) garnered a 2009 Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Ganz arranged and produced the album, as well as performed as guitarist.

In 2012 the pair released their released fourth album together for Palmetto Records, the critically acclaimed "Girl Talk." Recently, they recorded their first live duo album, "Genevieve & Ferdinand," to be released in 2013. The duo will be performing with the UNO guitar ensembles on Wednesday, April 17 and will appear in concert on Thursday night at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.


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