Kickstarter campaign will culminate in the release of five insightful songs by Kathryn Joy
It all began when aspiring singer-songwriter Kathryn Joy met veteran pianist Joel Scott at a jazz bar on a cruise ship somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean. Scott, who had worked with such notables as the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Marlena Shaw and O.C. Smith, heard not only the enthusiasm of Ms. Joy but saw a great deal of potential in both her songs and her singing. He became her mentor.
Thus began an important—if sadly short-lived—musical collaboration. Together, they formed Great Aunt Ruth and the Saucy Cats
and recorded four of Kathryn Joy’s songs. But just six days after their last recording session in 2015, Joel Scott passed away. Fortunately, he left the songwriter in very good hands. Rahn Coleman, a notable vocal coach, arranger and keyboardist, became her producer. She was also joined by trumpeter-recording engineer Nolan “KatDaddy” Shaheed. Coleman and Shaheed have been invaluable contributors to Kathryn Joy’s career and the recording of .
Kathryn Joy, whose grandfather was a concert pianist and a music professor, and mother studied opera and sings sacred music, has developed quickly as a songwriter as one can hear during the five songs featured on . For this project, her warm vocalizing, Rahn Coleman’s keyboards and arrangements, and Nolan Shaheed’s trumpet and flugelhorn are joined by top-notch Los Angeles musicians: bassist James Leary III, drummer Quentin Dennard, guitarist Greg Porée, percussionist David Cowan and clarinetist Geoff Nudell.
The program begins with the bossa-nova flavored “All About The Music,” a heartfelt tribute to Joel Scott’s musical talents and his love for music. “A Seed In The Wind” is a picturesque love story with a strong flamenco feel, prominent guitar, and trumpet playing that adds to the flavor. “Pêche Melba” is a real change-of-pace, a humorous and saucy number filled with double-entendres that mixes New Orleans jazz with 1920s cabaret music.
“Swing It Like Ella” is a swinging tribute not only to Ella Fitzgerald but to such great female vocalists as Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day and Billie Holiday. The mature love ballad “Sweeter With Time” has a universal appeal. The memorable program closes with a second instrumental version of “All About the Music” that puts the focus on Shaheed’s warm flugelhorn playing. The Kickstarter campaign for All About The Music In Your Heart—which will run from July 10 to August 9, 2018—will allow the group to finish the production of the CDs, fully promote the EP so many more people will know about this project, record two more songs as digital singles, and create more music.
More information about Kathryn Joy, Great Aunt Ruth and the Saucy Cats, and All About The Music In Your Heart can be found at greatauntruth.com.