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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
The Cliff House
Santana Row Jazz Series
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Bartholomew Park Winery Jazz Series
Brazen Head Breast Cancer Benefit
Stanford Hospital Atrium
City College of San Francisco
Santa Clara University
San Jose State U
UC Santa Cruz
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
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
A NEW VIDEO for the Holidays!
NEW Springtime VIDEO!
Black Olive Jazz All Gal Band: A Tribute to Bay Area Women Musicians
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.
LISTEN TO SOME MP3 CLIPS!
I Got Rhythm 0:48
Kay's work at Stanford:
NPR’s Philosophy Talk radio program for her work on understanding facial emotions in the treatment of Autism
Kay's film "Classic Stars of Belly Dance" is being re-released on DVD!