Kate Woolfe is a singer, based in the Blue Mountains.
She performs jazz, with a distinctive warmth and elegance.
Born in Darlinghurst, Sydney, she was exposed to fine music from a very young age. Her mother was an accomplished soprano, her father loved the Beatles and the Lovin Spoonful.
Kate learned violin, then cello for 12 years and trained in singing in four parts with her family -frequently required to do so at funerals. When old enough, she took singing lessons and was classically trained. At 15, she discovered Billie Holliday, listening to 2MBSFM 102.5, and became addicted to the jazz programs. A program featuring 1930’s jazz musician Valaida Snow which was taped off the radio was worn out with replaying.
Kate performed in lead roles in many plays and musicals during school and at University, and rather fancied that she might become an actress. She loved Kurt Weill and Ute Lemper, Artie Shaw and Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and later, Gershwin. She also loved the Beatles, as well as the whole world of early music, classical, pop, grunge, rock, rap, jazz, folk, and delights in surfing the radio for new, interesting sounds. Some of her favourites are Thomas Tallis, Hildegard von Bingen, JS Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Partes, Joanna Newsom, Joseph Tawadros and Alt-J.
At University she studied music and theatre, waiting to be discovered. Meanwhile she acquired a first-class Honours degree in Literature. She studied Law for quite a long time but it really did not suit her. In her early 20’s Kate played in a number of rock bands, on cello and backing vocals. She loved collaborating but was always the only girl in the group.
In her early 30’s Kate yearned to return to jazz and took a masterclass with master Sydney jazz musician Evan Loehning. Recently, she resumed classical singing and performance training with Teri Everard-Hughes.
Kate considers herself extremely fortunate to have the phone numbers of some exceptional musicians. Her Trio and Quartet performs regularly in concert, at functions and events. The permanent lineup is Tim Bruer, piano, Dave Clayton on Bass, and regular special guest, legendary Bob Gillespie on percussion. The synergy and evolving dynamics of these sophisticated musicians is a potent, inspiring blend.
She has performed in vineyards and at the Pink Races in Mudgee, at the Hydro Majestic for the Charleston Challenge and at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. Her trio are regularly booked to perform throughout Sydney, at Festivals and private events.
Kate loves to sail and does so often, with her co-skipper and family. She writes and edits for a living, working in communications.
Performing in duo at the Rooster, the unique experience of playing in this wonderful place with her favourite pianists and guitarists is a joy and a delight.
Pianist Tim Hans is an exceptionally fine jazz musician, based in Kunming, China. He grew up in the Blue Mountains and studied music at Blaxland High and later at the University of Western Sydney. A piano teacher, Tim has performed widely in bands, ensembles and as a soloist, throughout Sydney and China. He recently took a sabbatical in New Orleans.
Tim currently lives and works in China, teaching piano and maintaining a demanding performance schedule. His unique style and sensitivity brings exquisite nuance to tunes old and new. Tim's vivid, generous music is a pleasure to hear.