A Backstage Magazine’s Bistro/BMI award winner, Linda Kosut, swings jazz, pop and folk, and easily sings a repertoire from the standard to the obscure with fresh interpretations. Linda has performed across the country from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Seattle.
She grew up in the Bronx (NY), and as she tells it, had a lifelong dream of singing and performing - yet she did not make that into reality until "later in life." But since making that shift in her life, and "putting one foot in front of the other, I have garnered success beyond my expectations."
Her first two CDs received national acclaim. "Life is but a dream", a selection of jazz, pop and folk; and "Long As You're Living", a tribute to the late jazz singer, songwriter, and activist, Oscar Brown Jr., received Backstage Magazine’s prestigious Bistro Award – the BMI Award for Outstanding Recording and two MAC nominations (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) for Best Female Jazz Singer and Best Jazz Recording.
And now her newest CD, "Easy Come, Easy Go" covering the music of composer, arranger, music director, Johnny Green, was released October 2014. Her CD release shows in San Francisco and New York again showed off Linda's talent for story telling and bringing life and passion to overlooked songs that belong in the Great American Songbook.
A mainstay in the San Francisco Bay Area music community, through her company, Jizel Music & Design, (http://tinyurl.com/jizelmusic), Linda is also a designer of music CDs, a singers’ coach always looking for innovative ways to coach vocalists, either in performance technique, learning how to record, or providing showcase opportunities for aspiring performers, etc.. First and foremost, Linda brings a commitment to inspire and encourage other singers to grow as performers.
Linda lives in San Francisco with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 turtles, 2 chickens and thousands of fresh-water fish!
“amazing Bay Area canary brings her skills as an actress to her insightful interpretations.” Don Heckman, International Review of Music
“A singer of great ability – conveys romance combined with an earthy heat!” Maxwell Chandler, Jazz Review
“A new female jazz singer who commands one’s attention ... a vocal performance which deserves mention” Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
“The best of such artists renowned for their superior ability to act, particularly one as gutsy as Kosut” Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times