About Kate Becker and The Band
Kate Becker is a vocalist and writer of melodies and lyrics. She was born in San Francisco to a Swiss mother and New Yorker father and raised between Bern, Switzerland and New York City. Her mother worked for the Jazz Festival Bern, which enabled Kate to meet and listen to many great jazz artists such as Ella, Dizzy, BB King, Miles, Etta James, Dr. John, Carmen McRae, Diane Reeves and many more.
NYC 1994 - 2000 Kate studied with renowned Jazz Vocalist and voice coach Nanette Natal www.benyomusic.com
From 1999–2001 Kate Becker hosted, performed and produced a successful monthly show at Collective: Unconscious on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she invited an eclectic bouquet of artists to share the stage.
In 2002, in search of a smaller music town, Kate moved to Tucson, Arizona. After a couple years of getting her feet wet in a new scene, Kate began collaborating with innovative and talented Gerald Massoud http://www.geraldmassoud.com on upright bass. Together they wrote and produced Kate's debut, self-titled album "The Kate Becker Project", in the studio of veteran engineer Jim Brady (Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris) a rich and exciting blend of sultry jazz, poetry, blues, and speak-easy style cabaret.
From 2008 – 2011, Kate collaborated with singer-songwriter Stuart Oliver and bassist Mike Hieber. Together they released Becker’s second album "Soft Revolution," on May 21, 2010 at Sidewalk Café in New York City. A melding of styles conjured in the Arizona desert, borrowing elements of 70’s funk and fusion, vocal jazz and desert noir.
In 2012, Kate made various guest appearances singing duets with Stuart Oliver and the Desert Angels. She also sings back up on a couple tracks of Stuart Oliver's 2013 release "Sheddin’ Every Skin" (http://www.reverbnation.com/stuartoliver).
Becker's conceived her newest project in Key West after being interviewed at an independent station called PIRATE RADIO. Utterly intrigued by this theme, Becker wrote a concept album about the historic usage of old ships for broadcasting, the need to support independent radio and the importance of speaking your truth and following your heart song.
With some of Tucson's hottest Jazz, Latin, and Mariachi musicians and co-producer Petie Ronstadt (Ronstadt Generations) at the helm, Kate Becker released PIRATE RADIO on May 20th in Tucson, Arizona.
Currenlty Kate performs occasional shows with her All-Stars, an ensemble that consists of some of Arizona's most accomplished musicians including Richard Katz (piano), Marshall Jones (guitar), Ruben Moreno (trumpet) and Patrick Morris (bass).