‘Cool’ Stroll for Mother’s Day

Singer Kathy Kosins evokes mid-century ‘Ladies of Cool’ for beachfront jazz May 12
Kathy Kosins

How about a stroll by the beach with mom followed by some swinging sounds that will take you back to the 1950s? What could be a better way of enjoying that special day?

“It’s Mother’s Day and we’ve got four women,” chanteuse Kathy Kosins says of her upcoming Sunday May 12 gig, referring not to her combo but to the four ‘Ladies of Cool’ whose songs and styles her set will evoke. “It’s like, all women, all the time.”

With a soothing voice of her own, Kosins will perform songs from the repertoires of mid-century jazz divas Julie Christy, Anita O’Day, Julie London, and Chris Connor at 4:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, a legendary jazz venue by the ocean in Half Moon Bay. Her accompanying trio, it must be said, is all guys.

The concert will celebrate ‘Cool Jazz,’ born in California during the 1950s, music Kosins says should appeal to fans of mid-century design. Kosins, whose albums include To the Ladies of Cool, has been building a successful career as a jazz singer since the 1990s.

“It’s mid-century modern to the ear, if you will,” says Kosins, whose home in Michigan may be Tudor, but it is filled with modern designs from Heywood-Wakefield and Russel Wright.

While on the West Coast, Kosins is also performing at an Oakland loft concert Saturday May 11, and May 9 and 10 at Santa Rosa Junior College with the Santa Rosa Civic Jazz Orchestra.

For tickets and more for Kosins’ May 12 Mother’s Day show at the Bach, click here. For performance video clips of Kosins and her combo and more, click here.