Pipino Performing Art Series continues with jazz singer and pianist Kate Reid

Kate ReidThe Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series at Youngstown State University continues with Kate Reid 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 3, at Ford Theater in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus.

A Northeast Ohio native, Reid, will perform songs from “The Great American Songbook” featuring some of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century, including those that were created for Broadway, musical theatre and Hollywood musical film. Reid has been described as a well-seasoned swinger that understands the music inside and out, known for blending her unique sound and sense of phrasing into a style all her own while putting a fresh spin on the jazz standards from “The American Songbook.”

As an international jazz singer and pianist, Reid appears as a duo and with her trio, and quartet at jazz venues in the Los Angeles and Miami areas. She can be heard performing with Miami pianists Martin Bejerano and Tal Cohen, guitarist John Hart and trumpet player John Daversa and his Progressive Big Band. Kate is a featured performer presented by the Miami Jazz Co-op and has worked with many of the great jazz musicians in southern California, including guitarists Ron Eschete and Larry Koonse, trumpeter and composer John Daversa, and drummers Roy McCurdy and Jamey Tate. Kate’s latest CD, “The Love I’m In,” features tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist Otmaro Ruiz. Like her release, “Sentimental Mood,” “The Love I’m In” features tunes from “The American Songbook” and has received extensive airplay on jazz radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and South Africa. Reid has worked with many notable artists, including John Clayton, Robin Eubanks, Jon Hendricks, Grady Tate, Mercer Ellington, Don Shelton, Mark Murphy and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Reid is a working studio/session singer in Los Angeles. Her film credits include “Tinkerbell: Legend of the Neverbeast,” “Planes,” “Star Trek into Darkness,” “Oz-The Great and Powerful,” “Epic” and “Men In Black III,” featuring the music of composers Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, John Powell and Joel McNeely. She has lent her voice to network television series, commercial spots for Ace Hardware, T-Mobile, Suntory Whiskey and backing vocals for artists MUSE, X Japan and Josh Groban. Kate co-authored the “GLEE Vocal Method book” for Hal Leonard publishing with producer/author Andy Waterman of Umbrella Media.

Reid is associate professor of Jazz Voice in the Studio Music and Jazz department and director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Reid earned a bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, a master’s of Music and doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.

Adult tickets are $20. Special rate tickets are $15 for non-YSU students, YSU faculty and staff with valid ID, YSU alums, senior citizens, Penguin Club members, and groups of eight or more. YSU student tickets are free with a valid ID. To purchase tickets, visit ysu.tix.com. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before the performance.

Parking is available in the M30 Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee. For GPS directions to the Wick Deck, please use: 453 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio, 44502.

More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at (330) 941-2307.