Wrapping up Jazzuary for the year 2022 and best believe we’ll be back bigger and better in 2023. It’s truly been one hack of a ride, the music has been received very well and we honestly can’t wait to share more tunes with you. To wrap it up in style we had a quick interview with the talented trumpeter / composer / singer-songwriter, Kate Hamann. If you’ve been with us for a while or taken the time to read some of our blog posts you’d know that we’ve written about Kate Hamann before or rather her debut EP “When I Grow UP” but this time around we secretly got her to share what’s on her playlist or what’s got her excited in the world of Jazz.
Bio: Kate Hamann is a trumpet player, vocalist, and composer based in Miami, FL. Originally from Omaha, NE, she attended the Interlochen Arts Academy studying classical trumpet, and is now a senior at the Frost School of Music. She has studied with Brian Lynch, Etienne Charles, John Daversa, Stephen Guerra, and is a member of the Frost Concert Jazz Band. In December 2020, she released her debut EP, “When I Grow Up” which features four original compositions centered around themes of childhood, relationships, and self-discovery. Inspired by the artistry of Camila Meza, Braxton Cook, and Marquis Hill, Kate creates music that is enjoyable by all types of listeners regardless of “genre”.
Five Jazz artists we should look out for
• Jonathon Ziegler
• James Beckwith
“Keyboard player, composer and producer based in South London. Combining big synth sounds, beautiful melodies and jazz music together; James creates a sound that is simultaneously lyrical, mellow, and warm, with driving heavy grooves.”
• Kenton Luck
Trombonist, Composer from La Crescenta Montrose, California. “I love bringing music to life and life to music!”
• Troy Robert’s Nu-Jive
“Troy Roberts’ NU-JIVE is the convening of five soulful beings and world-class musicians, who take the listener on a creative journey through the architecture of Troy’s original compositions. The music is an eclectic, yet head-bopping concoction of Soul, Funk, R&B, and Gospel music – all musically glued together by each member’s deep sense of Jazz etiquette.”
• The Smoogies
“The Smoogies band is comprised of Harvel Nakundi (drums), Dion Kerr (bass), Vaughn Henry (keys/vocals) and David Chiverton (drums), all formally trained musicians hailing from South Florida. Each member has served interchangeably as leader and accompanist to a variety of performing acts around the world with repertoires spanning across multiple genres.”
Miami-based four piece band: Vaughn “V.Keys” Henry – Keys/Vocoder
Dion Kerr – Bass/Pedals
Harvel Nakundi – Drums/Percussion
David Chiverton – Drums
What we can expect from you (Kate) in the year 2022 & beyond
“Expect a new recording project from me in 2022! No official date yet.”
In the mean time while we all wait for her next release, here’s her debut EP “When I Grow Up”, which she describes as a collection of original music centered around childhood, relationships, self-discovery, and new beginnings.
Which Jazz collaboration you’d like to see happen
Marquis Hill and Makaya McCraven
Marquis Hill: Award-winning Chicago-native trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. He’s a highly skilled jazz musician with a bent toward soulful post-bop, hip-hop, R&B, soul, and blues.
Makaya McCraven: “A beat scientist“. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization.
Hope you enjoy the sounds and if you want more peep our #PressPlay▶ feature, and discover more Jazzy sounds you didn’t ask for but we hope you’ll appreciate.