With six critically acclaimed releases and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Kate McGarry is widely recognized as an artist who breathes authenticity and vitality into every song. She has performed on some of the world’s most beloved stages, from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Birdland to the Newport Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Fest, and Jazz Baltica, and has performed, recorded, or toured with such jazz luminaries as Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Archie Shepp, Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck, and Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. Kate represented the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center for three years in the American Music Abroad program, touring through Romania, Albania, Brazil, Chile, China and Mongolia.
In July of 2016, DownBeat‘s 64th Critics Poll named her the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist. McGarry’s acclaimed 2012 album Girl Talk was a tribute to her favorite visionary jazz women vocalists, and it appeared on over twenty “Best of 2012” jazz critics’ lists. Her 2013 collaboration with John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Songs I Like A Lot, was lauded as a milestone in contemporary vocal jazz, receiving a GRAMMY nomination for Best Arrangement For A Vocalist. Kate currently lives in Durham, NC, with husband/guitarist Keith Ganz.