What people are saying about Kaitlyn...
"Swinging and sweet - Kaitlyn has a command of her instrument and a musicianship beyond her years. She's a joy and a natural."
- Peter Eldridge, New York Voices
"With a vocal tone as pure as a crisp snowy morning and as soft as brushed velvet, Kaitlyn Fay stands alone at the forefront of the next generation of singers who not only passionately swing their hearts out but effortlessly transport you into their world; a gem not to be missed."
- Dr. Thomas R. Erdmann, Saxophone Today
"Kaitlyn possesses a voice that has both intimate charm and great command of the music."
- Pete McGuinness, The Royal Bopsters,
Jazz trombonist, and Grammy-nominated arranger
Kaitlyn is busy lining up performances for the winter and spring months. She will be back with Cliff & Friends at Stoney's Irish Grill in Schenectady next month. The BWC Jazz Orchestra continues to hold open rehearsals as the group prepares for some highly anticipated concerts featuring Kaitlyn on several refreshing charts arranged by Jim Corigliano for voice and big band.
Thanks to funding from the Musicians Performance Trust Fund, Kaitlyn enjoyed giving two fantastic concerts over Labor Day Weekend; one at The Linda in Albany and one at Freedom Park in Scotia. With the start of the academic calendar performances will be slowing down for a short time, but check back in November for information on winter gigs and concerts.
What a summer it has been so far! July was a busy month. The fantastic music photographer, Rudy Lu, and reviewer Michael Hochanadel, chronicled nicely the BWC Jazz Orchestra performance at The Linda, Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble performance at The Cock 'N Bull Restaurant, and Kaitlyn's Jazz on Jay performance.
Check out this nice write up from Nippertown.com in anticipation of Kaitlyn's Jazz on Jay performance.
We are swinging into summer and hope to see you at some of the summer gigs just added to the events page. Kaitlyn is thrilled to be a part of the Jazz on Jay concert series in Schenectady, NY next month. She will also be performing with two of the NY Capital Region's big bands: The BWC Jazz Orchestra and Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble.
Live music is making a come back in New York state! We are back to booking gigs and it feels so good. If you have not done so yet, and are able, get your COVID-19 vaccine to help keep all concert-goers safe and healthy.
As much of the New York Capital Region is starting to re-open for business, the opportunities for live music performance remain scarce. Join Kaitlyn as she performs another solo Facebook Live concert on August 30th. See the Kaitlyn Fay Music Facebook page for more information - and while you're there, give us a "like"!
Did you know you can stay in touch with Kaitlyn Fay Music on Facebook? In case you missed the Facebook Live performance on May 24th, you can watch the video here! "Like" the page and stay tuned for future Facebook Live concerts.
Hopefully you and your loved ones are safe and healthy right now. If you are financially stable I hope you will consider seeking out local musicians in your area to support them and their art. Please also continue to support the venues and establishments which would normally hire these musicians to perform. Stay well, everyone!
Did you catch Kaitlyn Fay with Shaun McCarthy at Yankee Distillery on the 11th? We were lucky this gig happened right before "New York on Pause" started. The crowd at the distillery that evening was divine and we look forward to returning as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Kaitlyn Fay Trio provided excellent and romantic music for the Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner at the incredible Saratoga Springs creperie, Ravenous. We hope to be back for more events like this later this year!
Check out the brand new peer-reviewed journal, JAZZ Education in Research and Practice, published by Indiana University Press. The first issue, released January 3, 2020, features Kaitlyn's Master's Thesis research. The journal will be launched at the Jazz Education Network annual conference, happening this year in New Orleans, LA, in early January.
Hopefully you are spending this time of year with people you love, supporting causes you believe in, and reflecting on the year. Wherever you are, keep on seeking out local jazz performances and musicians.
If you are already thinking ahead to the new year, make your reservation at Ravenous for a delicious Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner. The Kaitlyn Fay Trio will set the mood for a romantic evening at Saratoga's one-of-a-kind, delectable creperie.
Lots of music happening in and around the NY Capital Region this summer. The Kaitlyn Fay Trio will be the first jazz group to perform at the Frog Alley Brewery in Schenectady this month. Join us for great music and great beer!
Happy new year!
Life with an infant has kept Kaitlyn busy, but there are several musical projects and performances in the works this year. Check out the events page for more information.
Kaitlyn is excited to return to performing, both with the Big Soul Ensemble and her own quartet. Check out the events page for more information.
Happy New Year! Kaitlyn is thrilled to announce that she now officially holds down the baritone sax chair in the Keith Pray Big Soul Ensemble which plays regularly at the Van Dyck in Schenectady.
Kaitlyn is also teaming up with Tyler Thomas and Jeanine Ouderkirk to present two intensive workshops on vocal jazz for educators in the Capital Region (one in January and one in February). For more info, contact Kaitlyn via email.
Finally, Kaitlyn will be slowing down on gigging for a little while, as she and her husband prepare for the arrival of their first child in early April.
The Kaitlyn Fay Trio is excited to present an evening of holiday jazz sets at One Caroline in Saratoga Springs this month.
Several new fall gigs have recently been added to the events page. Great music at some great venues around the NY Capital Region.
This is going to be a busy month for Kaitlyn with four performances around the NY Capital Region. Join us as we kick-off autumn at some of the best eateries around!
This month Kaitlyn was honored to be awarded a full scholarship to attend the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp at Ithaca College. During the week Kaitlyn was featured in an evening concert, performing a duet with Peter Eldridge of the New York Voices. You won't want to miss this month's upcoming performances!
Look for Kaitlyn around the NY Capital Region this summer - starting with a gig at Speakeasy 518 at toward the end of the month!
Spring has sprung in upstate New York! Kaitlyn is keeping busy this month with several performances in Malta and Albany. Also in April, Kaitlyn will be performing as part of the Faculty Recital at Performance School of the Arts.
Kaitlyn and Andrew have line up several performances around the NY Capital Region this spring. Also in the works, Kaitlyn is planning to host a vocal jazz workshop at Clifton Park's Performance School of the Arts in the months ahead. Stay tuned!
Early this month, Kaitlyn directed the Columbia County All-County Vocal Jazz Ensemble in New Lebanon, NY. The group did a stellar job with some challenging arrangements! As spring approaches Kaitlyn's trio is preparing for some great gigs around the NY Capital Region. Visit the events page for more information.
Happy new year! Already this month, Kaitlyn presented her Master's Thesis research at the 2017 Jazz Education Network annual conference in New Orleans; and we're lining up gigs for the upcoming months. Check out what's new on the events page for more.
Teaming up this month, Kaitlyn Fay and Jeanine Ouderkirk will be taking their vocal and woodwind talents to One Caroline in Saratoga Springs, NY. You won't want to miss their baritone saxophone duel!
Over the last few months, Kaitlyn has been working on a new musical endeavor...assembling the New York Capital Region's newest professional vocal jazz quartet. The Swing 'n Tonic Singers will be making their performance debut at Albany's Speakeasy 518 this month. See the events page for more information.
This month the Kaitlyn Fay Trio will debut at Albany's coolest bar, Speakeasy 518. The group welcomes its newest member, Bobby Kendall on bass. Stay tuned to the events page for news of upcoming summer performances in the Capital Region!
The last few weeks have been full of good news! Kaitlyn has been asked to direct the 2017 Columbia County All-County Vocal Jazz Ensemble; and, as of the first week of April, Kaitlyn is an official NYSSMA voice adjudicator and All-State Vocal Jazz adjudicator. Recently, Kaitlyn and Andrew enjoyed their first performance at Spindles Wine Bar in Cohoes, NY, on April 2nd, and the duo looks forward to their gig at The Daily Grind as part of Troy's Night Out later this month.
Less than a year ago, New Jersey-based big band Big Beat recorded a couple of tracks for the nationally-touring group, Gas House Gorillas. Their new album, "Shut Up," was released this month and can be purchased on their website and a variety of music retail sites. Check out the two tunes featuring Big Beat (with Kaitlyn on baritone saxophone), "Cookin With Gas" and "The Thing That Swings."
Mark your calendar for Kaitlyn's upcoming gigs in the Capital Region! Check the events page for dates and details.
Recently, Kaitlyn has teamed up with guitarist Andrew Mollica to form the Capital Region's newest jazz duo. Hear what they've been up to in their latest rehearsal: Harold Arlen's "A Sleepin' Bee," A.C. Jobim's "Girl from Ipanema," and Ellington/Strayhorn's "Satin Doll". Check out Andrew's website here.
Recently, Kaitlyn has teamed up with local jazz guitarist, Andrew Mollica, to create the Capital Region's newest jazz duo. Stay tuned for upcoming performances and events in the area.
Kaitlyn is thrilled to announce that she is joining that faculty at Performance School of the Arts in Clifton Park, NY. Be sure to catch the Faculty Recital at the school later this month!
A lot has happened in the last few months. In May, Kaitlyn married a wonderful man named Eric, and both have finished out another year of teaching in their respective schools. The couple will be relocating this summer to the Albany, NY area; and while they are sad to be moving away from family and friends, they have several new adventures to look forward to! Kaitlyn would like to thank all of those in the NYC/Hudson Valley area who have shown support for her music and performances.
Cheers to a great summer, great music, and we'll see you in the Capital Region soon!
In recent weeks the dates for the 2015 Hudson Valley Jazz Festival were announced. Follow the festival on its Facebook page for upcoming announcements and news.
Kaitlyn is keeping busy with teaching music, directing a musical, and performing with Big Beat. February is already flying by and we've got our eye on the summer ahead. Interested in seeing the Kaitlyn Fay Quartet or Big Beat live at a venue near you? Submit your venue suggestions today!
Happy New Year! Exciting things are in motion with Big Beat, the New Jersey-based big band for which Kaitlyn plays baritone saxophone. The group is heading into the recording studio this month and is looking forward to several gigs in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for new performances.
Happy Holidays and a happy new year to all! See you in 2015!
This fall has been a busy one and we've got a great line up of performances coming in the months ahead. Big Beat has been working on some great new arrangements and will be playing all around New Jersey in 2015. If you're in the Hudson Valley you won't want to miss the benefit concert at Warwick Grove next month; this show will feature several world-renown classical musicians and a few local jazz musicians.
This year's Applefest promises to be a day of great food, music, and fall weather. The Warwick Valley area features breathtaking fall foliage and a visit to Warwick, NY can include great local shops and attractions. Kaitlyn is teaming up with good friend Nalani to perform a full set of jazz standards, folk/indie tunes, blues, and original songs as part of the Applefest entertainment lineup. Check out the performances page for more information.
In her other life, moonlighting as a baritone saxophonist, Kaitlyn will be appearing with the exciting new big band from New Jersey, Big Beat, at Hat City Kitchen this month. Spread the word: this band has some seriously good music to share with the tri-state area! Venues interested in booking shoes with the band can send an email to: BigBeatJazz@gmail.com
In the wake of a very successful Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, Downbeat recently published an article on the festival which called the "Women of Jazz in the Hudson Valley" concert one of several "memorable shows."
This month Kaitlyn is settling into a new public school teaching gig and preparing for some performances coming up in October. Enjoy the start of fall and mark your calendars for Warwick's annual Applefest next month!
Kaitlyn is thrilled to announce her debut at the 2014 Hudson Valley Jazz Festival! Swing by Warwick Grove on August 17th for a great FREE show that will feature several notable Women in Jazz of the Hudson Valley.
Keep an eye and an ear out for news on Big Beat, the new jazz and funk band based in NJ. This group is lead by a trio of young arrangers and the band celebrated its debut performance at Hat City Kitchen last month.
Summer is in full swing here in the Hudson Valley! Kaitlyn was mentioned In a recent DownBeat Magazine online article about the upcoming Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, and don't forget about Kaitlyn's performance later this month for the Warwick Summer Arts Festival!
Kaitlyn is also recently a member of two instrumental ensembles in NJ. As a volunteer flutist, she joins the Teaneck Community Band for their 70th Anniversary season. This band learns a diverse and challenging repertoire every Monday in July and presents concerts every Wednesday.
As a baritone saxophonist, Kaitlyn has joined some colleagues from her WPU days in the new big band called Big Beat. Their first performance is this month and will feature arrangements by several bandmates.
Do you live in the Warwick, NY area? Stop by the Warwick Valley Farmers Market on Sundays (9am - 2pm); Kaitlyn will be there in the mornings during the month of June to survey interest in the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival workshops.
This year Kaitlyn is also involved in the Warwick Summer Arts Festival. There will be a preview event for the festival this month in Sugar Loaf, NY. Check out the performances page for more details on where and when to see Kaitlyn.
The summer is a great time to start taking private lessons! Contact Kaitlyn for prices and availability for voice lessons, as well as flute, saxophone, and clarinet.
Two new gigs are now posted for August 2014 - and you won't want to miss either one!
Kaitlyn is now working with the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival to coordinate the Jazz Education Workshops for high school and adult musicians interested in playing and learning about jazz. If you or a student is interested in registering for the workshops, contact Kaitlyn at: email@example.com for more information.
April is National Jazz Appreciation Month! Did you know that Ella Fitzgerald's birthday and Kaitlyn's birthday are just a few days apart?
Kaitlyn is now booking performances for summer 2014. Interested venues or private hosts can visit the contact page to get in touch.
Spring is just around the corner! Check out the performances page for information on Kaitlyn's upcoming gig at Hat City Kitchen later this month.
On a different note, back in August 2012 Kaitlyn recorded a couple of tunes with pianist Sam Javitch for his project titled Distance Traveled. These tracks are now up on his new website! You can find more information on Sam at samjavitch.com.
The Kaitlyn Fay Quintet gave a rousing performance at the Greenwood Lake Library and photos have been uploaded! Thanks to all who attended!
If you missed it, check out the Warwick Advertiser's page on the show.
Don't forget to join the mailing list to receive the newsletter email for updates on future performances and events!
Happy new year! Check out the performances page for two exciting gigs coming up and spread the word.
Looking for a great holiday gift idea? Kaitlyn's debut jazz standards album, "Curiosity" is available for purchase and is sure to please any lover of the Great American Songbook.
If you live in the Denville, NJ area and have a young child, stay tuned for news about the Vanguard Music Studio's Music Sprouts program, aiming to open in 2014. This series of music classes, designed by Kaitlyn Fay, will guide and foster musical explorations for pre-school children and promises to be a truly fun learning experience!
Exciting things are happening in Kaitlyn's private teaching! Supreme Sound Studio in Woodland Park, NJ was just featured in an article on NorthJersey.com. Kaitlyn and several other teachers and students were interviewed for the story; check it out!
The Kaitlyn Fay Quintet had a great time performing at Warwick, NY's annual Applefest. If you couldn't make it out to hear the band this time, hopefully we will see you there next year!
"Curiosity" is on sale for $5 for a limited time! Be sure to check the performances page for new upcoming shows!
The album is here! Kaitlyn's debut jazz standards album, "Curiosity" will be released July 15th. You can buy the digital album and individual tracks on Kaitlyn's BandCamp page, here.
After a great recording session, Kaitlyn's debut standards album is slated for digital release this summer. Stay tuned for more information by "liking" Kaitlyn Fay Music on Facebook and joining the mailing list!
Kaitlyn was a featured soloist at WPU's 2013 Commencement ceremony, singing the "Alma Mater."
Kaitlyn is proud to announce that she will be working as a counselor at the 2013 Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. The camp runs from June 23-July 6 this summer and features an impressive faculty from around the country.
Thanks to everyone who came out to hear the recital on Saturday, March 9, 2013. We filled the room and made some great music!
On Friday, March 8, 2013, Kaitlyn co-presented a workshop with
Dr. Laura Fattal at WPU's 5th Annual Diversity Conference. The workshop taught current and pre-service educators how to incorporate music and visual art into children's books around the theme of anti-bullying.
On Sunday, February 24, 2013, Kaitlyn's Ella Fitzgerald Tribute ensemble performed as the opening act to the legendary jazz guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli, as a part of the WPU Jazz Room concert series.