The Story

Detroit vocalist and ASCAP award winning composer Kathy Kosins circles back to her soul-infused roots on her 6th release, 2018’s Uncovered Soul. Called “one of the most alluring voices in jazz” by The Chicago Tribune and “one of the finest singers in the world” by Blue Note president Don Was, Kosins’ signature smoky voice transports listeners on a musical journey ranging from sensuous ballads to earthy soul staples to uptempo swingers. She comes to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival fresh off the 2019 Blue Note at Sea Cruise and a successful run at the Blue Note Beijing in China. Catering to both jazz and soul aficionados, Kosins wows audiences with her impeccable, flawless phrasing and a deep-rooted passion for telling the story. When not touring the States or Europe, she also excels as a painter, showing her Cubist influenced abstract acrylics works at both galleries and concert performances. 

Born and bred in Detroit during Motown’s heyday, she fell in love with jazz in the early ‘90s and in 1996 recorded her solo debut, All in a Dream’s Work. She followed in 2002 with Mood Swings, which included a haunting cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxey Lady,” and in 2006 with Mahogany. Her 2012 album, To The Ladies of Cool, was dedicated to influential singers June Christy, Chris Connor, Julie London and Anita O’Day. Kosins’ 2013 followup, The Space Between, found her in the studio with some LA’s best musicians, including pianist Tamir Hendelman, bassist Robert Hurst, drummer Eric Harland and guitarist Larry Koonse. Now Kosins pays a heartfelt tribute to her hometown on her latest album, Uncovered Soul.

The Sound

Kosins comfortably straddles the soul-jazz divide with elegance and class. Expect her to perform several tunes from Uncovered Soul, including tunes by Curtis Mayfield (“Miss Martha”), the Neville Brothers (“Voodoo” from 1989’s Yellow Moon), Amos Lee (“Dreamin’”), Burt Bacharach (“Any Day Now”) and Bill Withers (“Can We Pretend?”), all featuring her versatile, warm and sexy vocals.

Where & When: Elaine’s of Cape May, Saturday; Aleathea’s in the Inn of Cape May, Sunday

Michael Kline