-Ruidoso Blues Festival, New Mexico, 2010
Kate Becker was born in San Francisco to a Swiss mother and New Yorker father and raised between Bern, Switzerland and New York City. A few of years ago she settled in Tucson, Arizona, a tranquil, desert town with a thriving art and music scene. Although her first love was dance, from a very early age Ms. Becker was exposed to Jazz and Blues. Her mother worked for the Jazz Festival Bern, which enabled Kate to meet and listen to many Great Jazz Artists such as Ella, Dizzy, Carmen McRae, Diane Reeves and many more. In her early twenties, she returned to New York City, where she spent her time in jazz clubs and studying with renowned Jazz Vocalist, Nanette Natal (www.benyomusic.com). During her five-year course of study she started writing her own material, found her sound and started performing.
From 1999 – 2001 Kate Becker hosted, produced and performed in an ongoing bi-weekly show at Collective: Unconscious on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she invited an eclectic bouquet of artists from Poets to Jazz, Country and Blues musicians, to perform on the same bill with her. She also performed at events and parties throughout New York, as well as in France and Switzerland.
From 1997 – 2002 Kate Becker did sales and marketing for Benyo Music productions, an independent Jazz Label, where she assisted in the production of Nanette Natal’s album Is Love Enough.
In search of a small artists town, with less pressures, Kate moved to Tucson in 2003, where she started collaborating with the dynamic Gerald Massoud on upright bass. Together they wrote and produced Kate's debut album entitled "The Kate Becker Project", a rich and exciting blend of sultry jazz, poetry, blues, soul and speak-easy style cabaret.
You can find The Kate Becker Project performing around Tucson in clubs such as The Hut, Plush or Hotel Congress, or in neighboring towns such as Bisbee, Phoenix or Los Angeles. She is currently working on a new album of funk and old style R&B to be released on Old Bisbee Records in the fall of 2009.
-Club Congress, Soft Revolution CD Release, 2010
"Unlike some jazz singers whose work tends to lean more toward pop, Becker stays true to the form. The musical hooks are subtle, and the vocal phrasing--sometimes sharp and syncopated, other times more breathy and sultry--is always in service to the material."
--Jim Lipson, Tucson Weekly
"Becker, as a vocalist and a writer, is self-assured and open, as well as humble and reflective. She takes in the beauty of her surroundings and outputs fantastic words that evoke a scene, a mood and feelings that are spiritual, human, and earthy"
--Jamie Manser, Downtown Tucsonan/Zocola
"You can close your eyes and imagine you're in a dark and smoky jazz club"
--Jim Lipson, Tucson Weekly
"...dynamic, multi-dimensional songs with impeccable timing and phrasing"
--Jamie Manser, Dowtown Tucsonan/Zocalo
"Soft Revolution" (Kate Becker & The Zodiacs)
"The Kate Becker Project"(self-titled) 2009
"Soft Revolution" Available May 2010
"It's not every day a jazz album comes from the local scene--and a collection of stylish jazz vocals is especially rare...she's incorporated a set of sensibilities whose roots reflect experiences from her previous homes in Europe and New York City."--Jim Lipson, Tucson Weekly
"To experience the work of Kate Becker is to be brought into a world of rhythm soul and raw emotion. Her music reflects the influences of jazz, blues and world music beautifully woven together to produce a vocal performance that is warm, passionate and very compelling" --Nanette Natal -Jazz Vocalist