“Judy Kass seamlessly blends touches of traditional folk, jazz, and blues with evocative, sensitive songwriting.” - Carter Smith, Common Ground Community Concerts




New York based singer-songwriter, Judy Kass, quickly draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrical storytelling and genre-bending exploration of guitar and piano. Her original music blends generous amounts of folk, jazz and blues with songs that cover the full gamut of mood and experience — ranging from whimsical musings of relationship challenges to her own personal journey of healing from post 9/11 trauma and the loss of numerous colleagues to the terror attacks.  

Judy’s debut album, Better Things, co-produced by Jay Mafale (The Ya Yas, No Fuss and Feathers) and released in early 2014, received notable airplay, topping Folk and Roots radio charts for months after its release. It was also included on both the Roots Music Report’s and the Folk DJ Listerv’s 2014 year-end top albums charts.

Her new 2016 release, Beyond the Ash and Steel is full of unique twists and turns of lyric, melody and harmonics that have a distinct groove while offering a familiar warmth.  Beyond the Ash and Steel includes the talents of Sara Milonovich, Dan Hickey, Mark Dann,  Kyla Moscovich ,and the legendary John Sebastian.  Co-produced with Mark Dann ,"Beyond the Ash and Steel"  was included on Folk DJ List  of Top Albums and Songs Charts for January 2016 weeks after its release and is continuing to  gain attention in the folk music arena.  

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Autumn 2016 Update! 

I love this time of year.  A May baby, my "qi" seems to kick into gear during the transition months.  Change is the one constant.   After a whirlwind summer, the 15th anniversary of 9/11 offered the opportunity to reflect and reconnect with my ongoing need for healing.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit and share my story and music with several Folk DJ's and am grateful for September's  frequent airplay of my title song, "beyond the Ash and Steel"  which speaks to the power of love to move us through painful times. You can listen to my interview with Ron Olesko on WFDU-FM's Traditions broadcast on 9/11 and read a review he wrote for Sing Out Magazine about Beyond the Ash and Steel.  


 A highlight of the heart was  joining  together with The Levins for two wonderful beautiful concerts on 9/11 and 9/12 focused on music with a theme of healing and community.  It was truly an endeavor of love.  

Exciting things for this Fall.  I am thrilled to have been selected by Barbara and Graham Dean of WRPI's Mostly Folk as a 2016  Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ artist to perform at this year's NERFA conference and am looking forward to another gathering of music making in November.  I have also started to work on my next recording project and am excited to see where my muse takes me on this one!

So much wonderful music out there.  Celebrate and enjoy it !


After a whirlwind Spring filled with much personal and musical activity,  Summer rolled in with the promise of several exciting events.  With the backdrop of such tragic events in the world, the healing power of music has taken on even greater meaning and importance.  Like many, I find myself driven to actualize the words of  Leonard Bernstein as he called on us to respond to violence by making " music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before".    For me, it's  a labor of love.

On July 12th, I joined the dynamo trio Cole, Nakoa and Treacher  for a double bill of great music  played to a packed house on the wonderful series WFUV's  On Your Radar at Rockwood Music Hall hosted by John Platt.   Festival season quickly follows with showcases scheduled  at Huntington and  Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals.    I continue to enjoy sharing my new album Beyond the Ash and Steel and am so grateful for the wonderful response it has received both on the airwaves and in live performance.  Be sure to visit my "Shows" page for details of upcoming events.  And as always,  I'm deeply thankful for the opportunity to make and share my music and to enjoy the amazing music that is out there for the listening.  

May, 2016 

I had a busy and joyful start to this year finishing and launching my new CD, "Beyond the Ash and Steel".  I was thrilled to see it included on Folk Dj's list of Top Albums and Songs for January and February,  March and April, 2016 and am so grateful to the community of DJ's and music directors who are playing and featuring it on their programs!  The CD had a fun filled "North Country" release on February 28th in Saratoga Springs where I was joined by Mark Dann and Sara Milonovich.  I'll be heading out in a few weeks to western North Carolina for music merry making both in Madison County and in Asheville at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. Be sure to visit my "Shows" page for details of upcoming events.  I'm welcoming each day that brings more light as Spring blossoms in the Northeast.  Feeling thankful for the opportunity to make and share my music and to enjoy the amazing music that is out there for the listening.  


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Judy Kass (914) 450-9446

Lisa Grey
Blue River Promotions
(914) 762-2976