Katie Cavera has made a name for herself on the West Coast and in Europe playing 20’s and 30’s classic jazz. She is a rhythm guitar specialist in the style of Freddie Green and Al Casey. She also plays hot 20’s plectrum and tenor banjo, New Orleans style string bass, and sings in the 20’s pop style of Helen Kane and Ruth Etting.
Katie Cavera is originally from Southern Indiana. She attended Indiana University and studied jazz performance and composition with Dr. David Baker, playing with his Jazz Ensemble in a special presentation of Duke Ellington Masterworks at the Smithsonian Institution.
Since moving to Southern California, Katie has become a sought-after guitarist, banjoist, and bassist. Her credits include working with Jug Band legend Jim Kweskin, Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band at The Landing in San Antonio, Texas, and members of Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band including Bob Helm, Leon Oakley, and Ray Skjelbred.
Jazz critic Jim Leigh and bandleader/multi-instrumentalist Clint Baker have dubbed her the “California Sunshine Girl” because of her upbeat singing style and sunny stage personality. She works regularly in the Los Angeles area and plays traditional jazz festivals up and down the West Coast, both in bands and as a guest artist.
In 2006 she was selected to play guitar and tenor banjo in the Jerome Savary production of “Looking For Josephine,” a musical about New Orleans Jazz, Hurricane Katrina, and Josephine Baker. The musical premiered at the Opera Comique in Paris, France in the fall of 2006 and returned for an encore presentation in the spring of 2007. The show was nominated for a Molière Award (the national theatre award of France bestowed by APAT, the Association Professionnelle et Artistique du Théâtre) and has toured extensively through France and Spain. In 2009 Katie will tour with the show in Austria and Germany.
Katie teaches banjo and guitar at the America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society Adult Jazz Camp. She is a member of ASCAP and recently released a CD titled “Who’s Foolin’ Who?” that mixes 20’s hot jazz and 30’s swing with her own original compositions.
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