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.
From 1999–2001 Kate Becker hosted, performed and produced a 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 small artist town, Kate moved to Tucson, Arizona. After a couple years she started collaborating with the dynamic Gerald Massoud 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 under the name KATE BECKER AND THE ZODIACS. 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. The sophomore release has its own distinct sound and rhythm, with special appearances by some Tucson's top musicians to create an intriguing sound-scape.
Since 2012 Kate makes frequesnt guest appearances singing duets with Stuart Oliver and the Desert Angels and sings back up on a couple track of his new album Sheddin’ every Skin to be released March 2013 http://www.reverbnation.com/stuartoliver
Currently Kate Becker is working on her new album called Pirate Radio together with her long-standing bass player and collaborator Mike Hieber, as well as legendary Tucson jazz drummer Pete Swan to be released in the winter 2014/2015. Many of our new songs evoke a Latin/Caribbean feel with elements of blues, rock, electronica and some middle eastern reflections. Kate sings about about the historic usage of old ships for broadcasting, the future of independent radio and the endless challenges of finding balance. They will be back on stage starting in the spring and plan to tour her other home, Switzerland, in the Summer of 2015