I’ve spent the last twenty years performing the great American Songbook, in any configuration from small combos to big bands. I’ve performed in venues all over, including a three month stint at a beautiful hotel in Bangkok, a variety of jazz spots in New Orleans and my seven-year weekly engagement at Nashville’s premier jazz venue, F. Scott’s. The fellas (and gal) with whom I played there are featured on my debut CD, Orange Colored View.
A move to Pensacola in 2004 brought me closer to New Orleans and I was blessed to form friendships there with jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin, cornetist Connie Jones (both longtime sidemen for Pete Fountain) and piano man Larry Sieberth, gentlemen with whom I recorded my second CD (A Blossom Fell) not long after Hurricane Katrina.
You can find me every Tuesday at Lili Marlene’s in Seville Quarter, Pensacola, FL and yearly at Evenings In Olde Seville, the summer concert series held on Thursdays in the park. I also perform regularly in New Orleans. Keep checking back here and on Facebook for news and gig updates. Thanks for visiting!
This Feb. 25, 2012 at Seville Quarter Pensacola finds Kitt with a stellar lineup of the area’s finer female jazz vocalists in support of the Jazz Society of Pensacola. From 6-9pm you can hear such talent as Holly Shelton, Crystal Joy Albert, Rosie Butler, Kathy Lyon and more. Tickets are available from JSOP or at the door. See you there!
Concertgoers to the June 16th edition of Evenings In Olde Seville Square will be treated to an extra-special event: a two-CD release party for Kitt Lough and her two horn players – New Orleans clarinetist Tim Laughlin and cornetist Connie Jones, both of whom play with the world renowned Pete Fountain.
Kitt is a Gulf Breeze resident and homegrown talent who honed her skills over a twenty year period in the clubs and studios of Nashville, New Orleans, internationally and locally. She brings her dynamic vocal sound to the EIOS concert June 16th, 7-9pm and along with it her brand new CD.
Says Kitt: “We actually recorded it in New Orleans only four months after Katrina. Tim had just gotten back from an extended State Department tour and Connie was slowly getting back on his feet after having lost everything.”
As often happens, a few curves in the road delayed the CD, which she’s just now officially releasing. Mr. Laughlin and Mr. Jones are both prominently featured on “A Blossom Fell”, which has a decidedly organic New Orleans flair.
Said Kitt: “It’s a real departure from ‘Orange Colored View’ (her first CD).” which she says was planned and orchestrated over a period of six months before she ever stepped foot into a studio, using musicians she’d been playing with live for three years. “The new recording had already been postponed because of the hurricane, so when Tim asked me to come sing with him at The Bombay Club in New Orleans that January, I asked if he could round up some guys to record. He brought in these amazing jazz players I’d never met and we threw it together on the fly. Because there had been no pre-production, it sort of naturally unfolded in the studio.”
Complementing her CD is the new release “If Dreams Come True” the latest recording by Tim Laughlin and Connie Jones, both of whom will be accompanying Kitt live on stage.
Rounding out the quintet is guitarist Larry Scala, also of New Orleans, Steve Gilmore (of Phil Woods fame) on acoustic bass and drummer Brent Purcell of Jones & Co. fame.
The concert will feature selections from both CDs, which will be for sale alongside earlier releases from the artists.