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Black Olive Jazz features stunning vocals and a rhythm section powered with a percussive Mediterranean touch.  Vocalist Kay Andreas (Kostopoulos) is also a professional actress and director who teaches in the Drama Department and Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.  Kay has always been attentive to rhythm, range, and textural meaning in her teaching and acting.  Kay has performed at poetry readings, corporate events, benefits and concerts.  She sings several languages, and plays percussion and finger cymbals.  An elegant singer whose voice is inspired by the golden age of jazz, Kay pays homage to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee and Anita O'Day. 

Kay's original tune, written with Larry Vuckovich, "View from Telegraph Hill" has been lauded as "The Quintessential San Francisco Jazz Song" on KCSM, JAZZ 91... Wayne Saroyan, Editor and Publisher, Jazz West "Wonderful lyrical imagery that transports the listener to another environment."  Billboard, "Kay is a singer with good technique and beautiful tone.  She sings with a lot of feeling."  Wilbert Sostre, Jazz Times. 
 

Kay's CD's, "Black Magic" and "View From Telegraph Hill", featuring Larry Vuckovich, Bill Douglass and Eddie Marshall, are on CD Baby.  Please contact Kay
 

Kay performs and has recorded with many San Francisco Bay Area treasures: pianists, Larry Vuckovich, Si Perkoff, Benny Watson & Rebeca Mauleon; Kay also works with world class bassists:  Bill Douglass, Barry Green, Ruth Davies, Sam Bevan, and Perry Thoorsell, as well as percussionists: Eddie Marshall, Akira Tana, and Ian Dogole.  Her reed and horn players include Noel Jewkes, Mel Martin, Max Perkoff, Sheldon Brown, Dave Rocha, & David Hardiman.  Kay has also performed as lead vocalist for David Hardiman's Big Band as well as The City Swing Big Band of San Francisco.  Her ALL GAL BAND features the slick piano stylings of Sue Crosman, swingin bassists, Carla Kaufman & Ruth Davies, and red hot drummers, Beth Goodfellow & Kelly Fasman.  
 

 

Festivals, Benefits, Venues

Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel

Sausalito Arts Festival

Union Street Festival

Union Square Art Deco Celebration

Herbst Theater Green Room

Corte Madera Center

Ghiradelli Square

The Cliff House

Sams Chowderhouse

Santana Row Jazz Series

 

 

Ledson Winery

Domaine Carneros

Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Bartholomew Park Winery Jazz Series

Landmark Vineyards

Sam's Chowderhouse

Brazen Head Breast Cancer Benefit

Stanford University

Stanford Hospital Atrium

City College of San Francisco

Santa Clara University

San Jose State U

UC Santa Cruz

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom  

 
 

STYLES: 
 

Classic Swing : Cole Porter, Duke Ellington

Jazz Standards :, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin

Bossa : Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto

Latin Jazz : Consuelo Velasques, Ary Borroso

Modern Jazz : John Coltrane, Miles Davis

Bebop : Dizzy Gillespie

 

Kay's CD, Black Magic, has received airplay on the Bay Area jazz station, KCSM, and is available on CD Baby!