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Kavita Shah


Kavita Shah is gaining a reputation as a visionary young singer, composer, and arranger. Shah was hailed by Downbeat Magazine as “Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist” in 2012 and was a recipient of a 2013 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. A native New Yorker of Indian origin fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, Ms. Shah incorporates elements of world music into her jazz-based repertoire.  Her debut album Visions, to be released in  May, 2014 was co-produced by renowned Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke (Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard), and features the traditional Indian tablas and West African kora interlaced with a jazz quintet. In the musical conversation that ensues, a surprisingly fresh, genre-bending sound is born: one anathematic of Ms. Shah's multicultural, global generation.  She performs regularly as a leader and side woman throughout the U.S. and Europe in settings ranging from chamber groups to big band to jazz philharmonic.  Kavita holds a Masters in Jazz Voice from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Harvard.  .

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/13/2014: The ASCAP Foundation Presents: “Songwriters: The Next Generation” featuring Tyler Lyle and Kavita Shah

Under the auspices of The ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Composers) Foundation, an evening of original musical works hosted by Larry Groce and featuring performances by Tyler Lyle and Kavita Shah.

Kavita Shah