Kat Edmonson’s highly anticipated jazz holiday album, Holiday Swingin’! A Kat Edmonson Christmas Vol. 1, is out today. Listen HERE. Purchase physical LP HERE.

The jazz vocalist and songwriter alongside her band reinterpreted a host of beloved holiday classics for the album, including “Let It Snow,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Edmonson describes, “My band and I had so much fun recording all these Christmas classics, you can actually hear us laughing and joking around. This album is pure joy.”

Read inclusion in Stereogum’s Christmas Music Preview HERE.

Edmonson will be performing December 11 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City in addition to a string of shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, plus a special appearance at The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Connecticut honoring actor Sam Waterston. For more info and a complete list of shows, see HERE and below.

Edmonson was recently cast as a principal actor in the off-off Broadway musical The Hang by Taylor Mac, with music by Matt Ray and directed by Niegel Smith, where she will be playing the role of Cebes/ S'wonderful. The Hang is a ritual celebration of queerness, questions, and the eternity of the moment. Rooted in the jazz tradition and operatic form, it imagines the final hours of Socrates’ life as he asks his friends to stay with him a little while longer. The Hang imagines these final moments as a centuries-long communal consideration of virtue (full of all styles of food, jazz, dance, debates, and queer romps). Through this foray into the calamities of our past intelligentsia, Taylor, Matt and their collaborators invite the audience to their party and create a performance, which advocates for a more inclusive and joyous world. Performances will begin January 7, 2022 and run through February 20, 2022. More info and tickets HERE.

Fresh off the heels of her critically acclaimed Dreamers Do LP, Edmonson was in the midst of a 40-city tour across the country when COVID struck the nation, forcing her back home. It was there she was able to pivot and create “The Kat Edmonson Show,” a beloved live, weekly variety show which she performed from her living room. She took live requests from the audience, performed skits, brought in guests, and hosted holiday specials for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and more. Her Christmas show saw over 12,000 viewers. Watch a trailer for “The Kat Edmonson Show” HERE.

During the pandemic, when the NPRMorning Edition Song Project called upon artists to write an original song inspired by the unique moment in American history, Edmonson penned “If You’re Scared” for the ongoing series. Read the interview and listen to the song HERE.

Watch Kat on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” discussing the entertainment industry in the wake of the pandemic HERE.

See what the press says about Edmonson:

Watch CBS This Morning Saturday performance HERE

Watch NPR Tiny Desk performance HERE

Watch Austin City Limits performance HERE

“Her music is like fairy dust” ”—NPR Song Confessional

“Bewitching songcycle from a masterful vocalist”—UNCUT

“Every track shines here... Edmonson’s delivery is delicate and tender, her material a beautiful bouquet filled with starry skies and happy endings.”—Chicago Tribune

“her most ambitiously conceived and perfectly realized record so far.”—Houston Chronicle

“an oasis of hope, excitement and optimism”—Downbeat

“an album to get lost in, to take the journey, sentimental and intellectual, on the road to find out.”—No Depression

“Brimming with melody and psychologic depth”—JAZZIZ

Edmonson’s most recent LP Dreamers Do was released just prior to the pandemic to widespread acclaim. The album combines mid-20th century Disney songs with familiar classics, and features two new original songs from Edmonson. The album reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz chart, and debuted #1 at iTunes Jazz, #2 Most Added at Jazzweek and was named Deezer’s Album of the Week upon release.

In 2018, Edmonson released Old Fashioned Gal, which Billboard called “an intimate journey from doubt to resolve and implied triumph.” NPR Music raved the album is “a handsome showcase for her songwriting, which has grown ever more confident over the last decade,” while the Associated Press said the record “sounds like an alternate soundtrack to an Audrey Hepburn film.”

In 2014 Edmonson released The Big Picture, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart, and #2 on Total Jazz Chart. Her 2015 performance on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” garnered the program’s highest rated viewership since 2006. Her 2012 LP Way Down Low was described by The New York Times as “fresh as a spring bouquet,” and her performances at WNYC’s “Soundcheck” and Daytrotter were included in “Best Live Performances” and “Best Sessions of 2012,” respectively.

The Texas native began crafting her signature sound while performing in Austin’s local club circuit for years before releasing her debut LP Take To The Sky in 2009. She went on to tour worldwide with high profile acts including Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Gary Clark Jr., Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Nick Lowe and more.

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman, Kate Rakvic or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

November 21 /// The Katherine Hepburn Cultural
Arts Center /// Old Saybrook, CT
December 4 /// The Strand Theatre /// Rockland, ME
December 7 /// Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club /// Portsmouth, NH
December 9 /// City Winery /// Boston, MA
December 11 /// Le Poisson Rouge /// New York, NY