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QUOTES
  •  ”Beyond the Ash and Steel.. a powerful recording from a brilliant songwriter and performer" - ( WFDU Traditions) …“Striking vocals, instrumental prowess…thought provoking lyrics and toe tapping tunes..”- (Sing Out Magazine) – DJ and author, Ron Olesko
 
  • Judy Kass seamlessly blends touches of traditional folk, jazz, and blues with evocative, sensitive songwriting.” — Carter Smith, Common Ground Community Concerts
 
  • "Judy’s music and lyrics speak to the heart. Her voice takes us along on her own personal journey. She has the gift!” — Sheila Kay Adams, 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow 
 
  • "Judy Kass has a knack for tapping into both the introspective and the playful aspects of songwriting! Her voice shimmers and dances with each turn of phrase. Beyond the Ash and Steel is a devastatingly beautiful song! And there’s even more in her new CD of the same name!” — Joltin Joe Pszonek, Radio Nowhere WMSC, Upper Montclair, NJ 
 
  • "The brilliance of Better Things rests on Kass' expressive singing, gifted storytelling and sterling musicianship...Blessed with a beautiful voice just this side of soprano, Kass easily touches listeners with her songs."
  • Thomas Staudter, Hudson River Journal

Reviews

Review of "Beyond the Ash and Steel" by Ron Olesko of Sing Out Magazine

http://singout.org/2016/09/28/judy-kass-beyond-the-ash-and-steel/

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recent venues / festivals

 

  • Tribeca Performing Arts Center
  • The People's Voice  Cafe
  • The Ardmore Music Hall
  • Rockwood Music Hall  (WFUV's On Your Radar) 
  • A Place for Folk, (UU Schenectady)
  • Arts Society of Kingston
  • New Morning Market Songwriter Series
  • Bronxville Women's Club Coffee House Series
  • The Falcon
  • Huntington Folk Festival
  • Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
  • Borderline Folk Club
  • Tribes Hill Folk Festival
  • Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club
  • SERFA
  • NERFA
  • Stone Soup Coffee House
  • Starving Artist Cafe
  • Rosendale Cafe
  • Upstream Gallery
  • Common Ground Community Concerts (Tribes Hill Presents)

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ABOUT JUDY KASS

New York - based Judy Kass quickly draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrics and genre-bending exploration of guitar and piano.  Performing original music that blends generous amounts of folk,  jazz and blues, her songs cover the full gamut of mood and experience, ranging from the humorous disillusion of not-so-new relationships to surviving middle-school misery and the trauma of 9/11. 

After a hiatus of "collecting stories”, Judy returned full circle several years ago to her first love of acoustic folk performance.  Her debut album, "Better Things", co-produced with Jay Mafale (The Ya Yas), and released early 2014, is a musical illustration of sojourns along her journey, highlighting her skills as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer and arranger.  "Better Things" has received notable airplay, appearing steadily on Roots Music Top 50 Folk Album and Song Charts for six months following its release, with her song "Take a Lesson" climbing to #5 on it's Top 50  Folk Chart and #1 on it's Contemporary Folk Chart.  It was also included on both the Roots Music Report's List of Top 100 Folk Albums for 2014 and the Folk DJ Listserv's year-end top albums chart. 

Judy's second album, "Beyond the Ash and Steel" released in February 2016, had a Top 20 debut and was included on Folk DJ's List of Top Albums and Songs Charts for 2016 with its title track charting at #39 on the top songs list for the year.  As in her first album, Judy’s abilities as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer, and arranger in Beyond the Ash and Steel are palpable in the creative and lyrical narrative, exquisite melodies and rich harmonics that showcase her transporting voice and command of her instruments.


Beyond the Ash and Steel includes the talents of Sara Milonovich (Richard Shindell), Dan Hickey (They Might Be Giants, Joe Cocker), Mark Dann and the legendary John Sebastian. It also features sizzling trumpet licks and vocal harmony from Judy’s own daughter -- Kyla Moscovich -- an award winning trumpeter.


Judy was a featured performer on WFUV’s On Your Radar showcase hosted by John Platt at Rockwood Music Hall. She was selected to perform in the NERFA 2016 Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase.  Her recent single, “Look at Us Marching Now’ caught the attention of Christine Lavin, who created a music video of the song highlighting images from The Women’s March in three cities (https://vimeo.com/209863024).  A finalist in both the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and Rhode Island Songwriting Association's 2017 competitions as well as the South Florida Folk Festival's 2018 Singer/Songwriter Competition, Judy was also named a Top 5 Winner in the Singer/Songwriter Category of the 19th Great American Song Contest.  She can be heard in a variety of regional venues as well as on the airwaves as  both albums continue to gain international attention in the folk music arena.

Quick Grab:

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 2014 debut album, Better Things, 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.

As in her first album, Judy’s new release, Beyond the Ash and Steel (2016) highlights her abilities as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer, and arranger showcasing her transporting voice and command of her instruments.  Co-produced with Mark Dann, Beyond the Ash and Steel features a variety of talents including the legendary John Sebastian.  It had a Top 20 debut and was included on Folk DJ's List of Top Albums and Songs Charts for 2016 with its title track charting at #39 on the top songs list for the year.

Judy was a featured performer on WFUV’s On Your Radar showcase hosted by John Platt at Rockwood Music Hall.  She was selected to perform in the NERFA 2016 Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase.  Her recent single, “Look at Us Marching Now’ caught the attention of Christine Lavin, who created a music video of the song highlighting images from The Women’s March in three cities (https://vimeo.com/209863024).  A finalist in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and Rhode Island Songwriting Association's 2017 competitions as well as the South Florida Folk Festival's 2018 Singer/Songwriter Competition, Judy was also  named a Top 5 Winner in the Singer/Songwriter category of the 19th Great American Song Contest.  She can be heard in a variety of regional venues as well as on the airwaves as both albums continue to gain international attention in the folk music arena.