PATTY McKAY is a jazz vocalist performing and recording with several groups in the DC area. Her style includes a wide range of jazz, from smooth and sultry ballads to sophisticated swing, to lightning fast be-bop, and even foot-stomping blues. A seasoned professional, her vocal stylings are popular with audiences of all ages.
McKAY has been described as a "Great American Singer", compared
to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Barbara Streisand for
ability to interpret a wide variety of songs, all with a beautiful voice,
diction, and an "enthusiasm that is irresistible". Whether it's an intimate
ballad or a swinging standard with a sizzling scat, Patty's talent shines
both small group and big band settings as she delivers each tune with her
unique style. Immediately comfortable with any audience, Patty has an
unparalleled ability to draw an audience into her world of elegant,
sophisticated, fun, spontaneous, surprising, exciting JAZZ! In her you
glimpses of a variety of influences spanning the decades from the 1940's
through the 1990's, making her appealing to all ages. Ultimately, though,
style is all her own.
recently moved to the DC area from Los Angeles, where
she sang lead with the group L.A. Jazz. Two of the group's five albums were
nominated for Grammy Awards in the Jazz Vocal category. Her own jazz group,
Patty McKay Quartet, is recording and appearing weekly at many jazz clubs
festivals in the Washington DC area. As a jazz group with a huge
the Quartet provides a no-nonsense mix of reharmonized and freshly arranged
jazz standards and straight-ahead jazz classics.