Kate Costco on Piano and Chris Haney on Bass.
Kate Cosco is a talented NYC based jazz pianist. Kate began studying classical piano at the age of five and continued her formal musical education through college, where at Indiana University she received a degree in piano and audio engineering. She completed a master’s degree in jazz piano performance at the University of Memphis. She currently is employed as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University. Her professional experience ranges from jazz to pop and gospel styles. She has performed in many concert venues, casinos, hotels and clubs in Las Vegas, Chicago, Philadelphia, Memphis and Manhattan. Her credits include playing with well-known recording artists; retaining a notable job as traveling keyboardist with the world famous Four Tops. Others include Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Coasters, The Duprees, Ben E. King, The Chiffons, Lesley Gore, Peggy March, Michele Lee, Jerry Van Dyke, Charo, Jack Sheldon, Billy Swan, Clint Holmes, Thelma Houston, Michael Crawford, and Billy Eckstein. Under the direction of Alan Balter and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra she has performed many concert events with featured artists such as Mercedes Ellington, Michael Berkowitz and Bill Conti. She was the musical director and arranger of the "Tribute to the Rat Pack" show at Goldstrike Casino in Tunica, MS.
Upon moving to New York City, she performed as the keyboardist/leader for Tony and Tina’s Wedding at the Edison Ballroom on 46th St and Broadway. She currently often occupies the conductor/pianist chair with Little Anthony and the Imperials. Kate has been selected numerous times in recent years to perform at the annual International Women in Jazz and Lady Got Chops festivals. She also leads jazz groups in several well-known jazz clubs in Manhattan, including the Zinc Bar, Smalls, Fat Cat and Cleopatra’s Needle. In addition to teaching and playing private events, Kate currently retains weekly residencies at the Hotel Giraffe and Robert at MAD Restaurant in Manhattan She also freelances as an independent and in-demand jazz pianist across the tri-state area.