Kitty Margolis

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Kitty Margolis
Born (1955-11-07) November 7, 1955 (age 59)
Origin San Mateo, California, USA
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, Producer
Years active 1989–Present
Labels Mad Kat

Kitty Margolis (born November 7, 1955 in San Mateo, California) is an American jazz singer. In 1989, made her well-received debut at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival. Margolis has released five CDs on her own Mad Kat label that she co-founded with vocalist Madeline Eastman.

Her first studio album, 1993's Evolution, was the one that really made her name in the jazz community. Featuring guests like Joe Henderson, and Joe Louis Walker, it helped her win the honor of Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in that year's Down Beat critics' poll (which she would repeat in 1995 and 1997). Her follow-up album, 1997's Straight Up With a Twist, was her most eclectic outing yet, featuring often quirky interpretations of standards, plus guest appearances by Roy Hargrove and Charles Brown. Taking her time between recordings, Margolis returned in 2001 with her fourth album, Left Coast Life, which once again received highly complimentary reviews. Her next album was Heart & Soul: Live In San Francisco (2004) taped in front of a packed house at the old On Broadway Theater in San Francisco's North Beach. Highlights include: "A Sleepin’ Bee," her incendiary scat tour de force on "Summertime," a bluesy romp though Mose Allison's "Your Mind Is On Vacation" the funky, joyful re-working of "Surrey With the Fringe," her sweet, poignant celebration of "Secret Love," the blazing version of "My Favorite Things" and her achingly romantic interpretation of the title track.[1]


Year Title Genre Label
1989 Live at the Jazz Workshop Jazz Mad Kat
1993 Evolution Jazz Mad Kat
1997 Straight Up with a Twist Jazz Mad Kat
2001 Left Coast Life Jazz Mad Kat
2004 Heart & Soul: Live In San Francisco Jazz Mad Kat