School of Music Visiting Artist Series
Music: With 6 critically acclaimed CDs and a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal CD Kate McGarry has become recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song regardless of genre. The Wall St. Journal calls her music,"Austere and elegant," New York Times pronounced it, “astute and sensitive". She currently performs in jazz clubs, performing arts centers and festivals throughout the US and abroad. As an educator she has taught at New England Conservatory and currently serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music.
Keith Ganz is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer. He has performed with such jazz notables as Harry Connick Jr., Kurt Elling, Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Fred Hersch, Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge and Gretchen Parlato, to name a few! He has appeared on Oprah, Letterman, The View, Ellen, Australian Idol and toured the globe from Mongolia to Melbourne.
Since basing himself in NYC in 2002, originally hailing from Cos Cob, CT, jazz pianist, organist and accordionist Gary Versace has become one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the scene, often featured in bands led by musicians such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Al Foster, Regina Carter, Maria Schneider, Madeleine Peyroux, Matt Wilson, Joe Magnarelli, Andy LaVerne, Adam Nussbaum, Brad Shepik, Ingrid Jensen and many others.