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.
Beautiful voice with a wide range... Ms. Kostopoulos is equally skilled on ballads and uptempo material...Makes a strong case for being considered a major jazz singer, Jazz Critic Scott Yanow…Quintessential San Francisco Jazz, Wayne Saroyan, Jazz West…Wonderful lyrical imagery that transports the listener to another environment...Velvety vocal work, Billboard...Kay is a singer with good technique and beautiful tone, William Sostre, Jazz Times…Her love of the text, subtlety of word, and appreciation for the audience promise a performance as deep as those big, dark eyes starring right back at you, Palo Alto Weekly...With a sizzling snap of her fingers, Kay Kostopoulos turned up the heat--Kostopoulos brought exotic energy to Duke Ellington’s Caravan and Johnny Mercer’s Out of This World …Stanford Magazine
Kay's CD's, "Black Magic" and "View From Telegraph Hill", featuring Larry Vuckovich, Bill Douglass and Eddie Marshall, are on CD Baby.
New release "Exotica" will be available in January: CD release at Vallejo Jazz Society, January 17th! Please contact Kay.
Kay performs and has recorded with many San Francisco Bay Area treasures: pianists, Grant Levin, Larry Vuckovich, Si Perkoff, Benny Watson, Denny Berthiume, Larry Chinn & Rebecca Mauleon; Kay also works with world class bassists: Bill Douglass, Ruth Davies, Carla Kaufman, Jeff Chambers, & Perry Thoorsell, as well as percussionists: Eddie Marshall, David Rokeach, Akira Tana, & Leon Joyce, Jr., Her reed and horn players include Noel Jewkes, Mel Martin, Dave Bendekeit & David Hardiman's Big Band as well as with Mood Swing, and 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 Goodfello & Kelly Fasman.
Festivals, Benefits, Venues
Vallejo Jazz Society
Sonoma Jazz Society
San Jose Jazz Society
Napa Valley Jazz Society
Cafe Pink House
Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel
Sausalito Arts Festival
Union Street Festival
Union Square Art Deco Celebration
Herbst Theater Green Room
Corte Madera Center
The Cliff House
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
Black Olive Jazz View From Telegraph Hill (Black Olive)
Based in San Francisco, Black Olive Jazz is the name of singer Kay Andreas Kostopoulos’ group. Not only does she have a beautiful voice with a wide range, but, throughout View From Telegraph Hill Ms. Kostopoulos shows that she is equally skilled on ballads (such as "Something To Live For" and a duet version of "Out Of This World") and uptempo material. She scats up a storm on "Cottontail," subtitling it "Lesson From Ella." Among the other highpoints are the singer’s original "View From Telegraph Hill" (which pays tribute to San Francisco), "Caravan," and a jazz waltz version of "East Of The Sun." With support on this 2010 recording from the always brilliant pianist Larry Vuckovich, bassist Bill Douglass, and the late drummer Eddie Marshall plus guest tenor-saxophonist Noel Jewkes, Kay Andreas Kostopoulous makes a strong statement for being considered a major jazz singer. View is available from www.blackolivejazz.com.
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Jazz Vocalist, Stanford drama teacher and actress, Kay Kostopoulos, plays with her All Gal Band: featuring virtuoso pianist, Sue Crosman, swinging bassist, Carla Kaufman, and red hot drummer, Beth Goodfellow. An elegant singer whose voice is inspired by the golden age of jazz, Kay sings music in the styles of such songbirds as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee and Anita O' Day.
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Kay's work at Stanford:
NPR’s Philosophy Talk radio program for her work on understanding facial emotions in the treatment of Autism
See Kay perform and teach Bellydancing!
Kay's film "Classic Stars of Belly Dance" is being re-released on DVD!