Kate Pittard

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Kate has regular performances throughout Northern California, including San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Top of the Mark, the Chapel, Doc’s Lab, the Independent, Yoshi’s, Boom Boom Room, Elbo Room, Hotel St. Francis, Berkeley’s Claremont Resort, the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay and wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Kate currently plays with a variety of bands: Gringa, Kelly Park Big Band and My Blue Soul. Gringa is a 5-piece band (drums, bass, percussion, guitar/cavaco, sax, vocals) that blends Brazilian and Latin rhythms/instruments with elements of pop, jazz, funk, dub, and hip hop. Gringa plays mostly originals, with both English and Portuguese lyrics, and utilize various rhythms like samba, xóte, baião, son, and reggaeton. By weaving Brazilian and Cuban rhythms through nomadic love songs and millennial musings, Gringa aspires to forge new musical sounds and dissolve cultural barriers while uplifting the listener. Kate also plays in My Blue Soul, a nine-piece blues, R&B, and soul revue. MBS just released an album of originals. Kate has played with other bands including Afrolicious, Afrofunk Experience, Audiobraille, JazzSchool Big Band, Howlin’ Houndog, Better than Lahar, Don Bennett’s big band, Manhattan Towers, Calatayud Brothers, Laucia Paiva and Joel Nelson Band. Kate was the featured performer in 2004 at Rothman’s Jazzmatazz in Dhaka and Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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