Singer/Songwriter Katherine Kostoff Debuts “It Happens Like That”


Scott H. Thompson

Singer/Songwriter Katherine Kostoff
Debut Release "It Happens Like That"
Arranged and produced by Gil Goldstein and co-produced by Steve Rodby.

"It Happens Like That" was just included in the Best Vocal Jazz of 2021 editorial playlist on Spotify.

Gershwin once said that in order to get to a good song he had to go through twelve bad songs. I haven't exactly counted my ratio but I can tell you that I have allowed only my "good songs" to make it to this collection. I hope that you'll agree. Writing a song is a special kind of craft in which one must find the perfect intersection where the heart and the mind meet. At least this is the way I try to write. This album is a true labor of love.

I was incredibly lucky to work on it with my musical idol, a living legend of the jazz world and someone I have admired and dreamed of collaborating with for years - Gil Goldstein. He arranged all the songs exquisitely and produced the entire album all while dispelling the myth that one should never work with his idols and heroes for he'd end up disappointed. Working with Gil has been pure joy and the biggest privilege of my life.

In addition to Gil I'd like to thank all the wonderful musicians who worked on this project for their unique and beautiful contributions: Ulysses Owens Jr., Yasushi Nakamura, Steve Cardenas, Rit Xu, Cafe da Silva, Michael Davis, David Gould, Kathleen Nester, Sheryl Ann Henze, Stuart Mack and CJ Camerieri. A giant thank you to Steve Rodby!

So, here it is. I hope these songs will soothe your broken hearts, or enhance your bliss, or spice up whatever needs spicing... In other words I hope they will make you feel something. For what is music if not a shared feeling?

Katherine was born with a passion for music and discovered her love of literature at a young age. From the moment she heard jazz she was smitten. She devoted her time to listening to Ella Fitzgerald and immersed herself in the songs of Cole Porter, Michel Legrand, Ivan Lins, Bill Evans, and George Gershwin.

At the age of eight, after her family succumbed to her endless pleas for a piano, she began formal training in classical music. Her stage debut was at the age of nine. She wrote her first song at twelve. Her first poems were published when she was fourteen. An avid reader in several languages, she has always been inspired by the beauty and power of words.  

In a life rich with twists and turns, she took a hiatus from music only to return years later with renewed vigor and passion.

Katherine’s songs, like her voice, are not easily categorized: languid and mischievous, romantic and independent, her musical style and lyrics draw on her experiences living around the globe, capturing the complexities and contradictions of life. Resigned and rebellious, vulnerable and resilient, wise and frivolous, her lyrics and her melodies travel the full gamut of human emotions.   

At home in the world she only truly belongs in front of the piano.

For her debut solo album “It Happens Like That” she teams up with five-time Grammy® winner, arranger extraordinaire, master pianist, and accordionist Gil Goldstein. Together they deliver a remarkable record of original music that is new yet nostalgic, a modern twist in the tradition of the American songbook.



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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.


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