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Kathleen's Bio

Education:
Missouri Western State College (University):  B. S. in Education - Instrumental Music with a Vocal Certification
University of Missouri - Kansas City:  M. A. in Music - Focus on Jazz

Teaching Experience:
Private music teacher for over 20 years on voice, piano, trombone and other instruments.  Music director at Francis St. First Methodist since 2000.  Teaching at MWSU since Spring 2008.

Musical Compositions:
Include "Don't You Wonder", "Smile All The While", "God Loves Me", and extra lyrics to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

Professional Musician Experience:
Performing for over 20 years in churches, clubs, concerts and private parties as solo act, sideman and/or leader of various sizes of jazz groups.  Leader of Ray Alburn Big Band since June 2007. Clinician at Kansas City Kansas C. C. in 2008.  Pianist for "ghost" bands of Harry James (2007) and Benny Goodman (2008).

Highlights:
2003- Released "Don't You Wonder" cd
February 2003 - Ladies Sing The Blues - KC Jazz Ambassadors - Featured Artist
April 2003 - Baker University Jazz Concert - Featured Artist
June 2003 - Coleman Hawkins Festival - St. Joseph MO - Kathleen w/Ray Alburn Big Band
August 2003 - Lodge of Four Seasons - Lake of the Ozarks - Featured Artist
February 2004 - Ladies Sing The Blues - KC Jazz Ambassadors - Featured Artist
April/May 2004 - Brownville (NE) Concert Series - Three shows - Kathleen & her own 4-piece group
June 2004 - Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival - St. Joseph MO - Kathleen w/big band & Kathleen & her 4-piece group
- The Blue Room - Kansas City - Kathleen in vocal jazz trio/combo
December 2004 - Christmas at the Dome - St. Joseph MO  - Kathleen sings/plays jazzy Christmas
2005 - Released "I'm All Smiles" cd
January 2005 - Fairmont Hotel's Best of Kansas City Series - Featured Artist
February 2005 - Topeka Jazz Workshop - Kathleen & her 4-piece group
- Ladies Sing The Blues - KC Jazz Ambassadors - Featured Artist
May 2005 - Topeka Jazz Festival - Featured Artist - Six appearances
June 2005 - Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival - St. Joseph MO - Kathleen w/big band
August 2005 - Fairmont Hotel's Best of Kansas City Series - Featured Artist
October 2005 - Spirituality & All That Jazz at Unity Temple on the Plaza - KC - Featured Artist
December 2005 - Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra - Featured Artist
June 2006 - Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival - St Joseph MO - Kathleen w/Ray Alburn Big Band
October 2006 - St Joseph Symphony - Featured Artist
April 2007 - St Joseph Community Chamber Choir at MWSU - Featured Artist
- Spirituality and All That Jazz at Unity Temple on the Plaza - KC - Featured Artist
June 2007  - Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival - St Joseph MO - Kathleen - Leader/soloist w/ Ray Alburn Big Band
August 2007  - Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi Concerts - Jackson Miss. - Featured Artist
April 2008 - Kansas City Jazz Orchestra - Woody Herman Concert - Featured Artist
Sept 2008 - Southside Fall Festival - St Joseph MO - Kathleen with quartet
Feb 2009 - Sea Island (off GA coast) - Kathleen with her quartet
Mar 2009 - NWMSU Jazz Festival - Featured artist/clinician



           


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