CATE CODY: I HEAR MUSIC CD REVIEW
JAZZCATS RECORDS: JCR003
'I'm old-fashioned...' So sings Cate Cody in that hauntingly beautiful voice of hers that puts me in mind of a young Peggy Lee. She might be describing herself, because these days it's very rare to find a Jazz chanteuse with authentic phrasing, who genuinely understands the nuances, is capable of capturing the idiomatic gradations and modulations required to Swing. For me, she might have stepped out of a dream, or to put it more prosaically, right out of the 'Forties.
Indeed, most of the songs she has chosen to put her stamp on belong to that great age of song sophistication, coming from the pen of such stylists as Frank Loesser, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Sammy Fain and, let's not forget, Jimmy Van Heusen, in short the masters of the art. She does full justice to them, their melodies caressing, lyrics expressing, reflecting on their subtleties and breathing new life into them.
Swinging along behind her, she has a very fine band. In the rhythm department, Dave Green, bass, and Steve Brown, drums, surge and ripple, always in the groove. At the last count, Dave Newton had been voted best Jazz Pianist in the annual British Jazz awards for the thirteenth time. He announces his bravura virtuosity bringing in the first track, If I Were A Bell, the Loesser composition that was recorded in a not dissimilar arrangement by Blossom Dearie. We marvel at the sheer inventiveness of his solos throughout the 13 tracks - and his priceless ability to sensitively follow and occasionally nudge the vocal line does not escape attention.
Trevor Whiting plays reeds as the mood takes him and always reflectively and supportively, giving a bright snatch of Goodman on the lovely It Could Happen To You and sounding remarkably like Artie Shaw on Thanks For The Memory. Most inventive, perhaps, are the breathy etudes he slips seamlessly into If The Moon Turns Green and Crazy He Calls Me.
A great band, then, but this is Cate's show and her voice is, in itself, an expressive Jazz instrument that does not rely on derivative phrases but is inventive, fully exploiting the vocal thesaurus of Swing Jazz styles whilst remaining faithful to the idiom. In this respect, she has much in common with her acknowledged influence, Billie Holiday, although in vocal colour, as I have said, she seems to my ear more to resemble Peggy Lee. Perhaps, her performance on stage - when last I saw her - striking a sultry pose in Peggy's trademark fur might have put this in my mind. Above all, however, she is herself. I admire, not least, her phrasing, her sudden parlando reflections, her swoops of passion and delicate precision in poignant moments. She swings unhurriedly through a great songbook, varying the tempo and the mood. Close Your Eyes, that lovely old torch song that Ruth Etting introduced to the world, lends itself surprisingly well to a hint of Latino. Cate sounds as though she might have been born to swing across Cole Porter's Let's Do It, a song that Ella almost made it impossible for anyone else to sing.
'I Hear Music, mighty fine music' sang Billie back in 1940, at her peak.
These words might be allowed to sum up this CD. Like Billie, Cate performs a
song, does not just sing it. She's a star.
Andrew Liddle, Just Jazz magazine, January 2018
"Cate Cody has a unique way with a song. She sings the melody and lyrics with a beguiling simplicity that makes it sound like they are a
secret she wants only you to know and she draws the listener in without resorting to tricks and affectations. In my book, that means
that rather than shouting 'look at me', it's the song that comes first and that kind of respect is rare these days."
Dave Newton - 13 Times Jazz Pianist of the Year
"Cate Cody is the best exponent of the 30's Jazz vocal style I have heard in many a year.
Book her immediately!"
Julian Stringle - 2006 Jazz Clarinetist of the Year
"Cate Cody is a vocalist of the highest standard: she prepares her performances well, and takes time to
research unusual material from the twenties and thirties. This material is performed not as a pastiche, but in
Cate's very original style. Her singing technique is excellent with very good diction. In all, the show is
Keith Nichols - 2004 'Heritage Award' winner British Jazz Awards
"Cate is a wonderful artist very much in the Billie Holiday mould. She is probably the most
sensitive singer I have had the pleasure to work with displaying both musical maturity as well as a great respect
for both her musicians and her audience. You will not be disappointed!"
Zoltan Sagi - clarinet/saxophonist & composer
"Unlike so many modern singers Cate really understands the old songs which she sings. She also
has the ability to really 'put a song across' - that makes all the difference in performance. She looks wonderful and sings wonderfully well - what more could you want?'
Martin Wheatley - vintage guitar/banjo player & band leader.
What a night we had - definitely one to remember. The room was at near capacity to listen to and appreciate the talents of Cate and her
well-selected quartet of musicians. Cate is influenced by Billie Holiday and the songs of the Great American Songbook and she sang with poise,
sophistication and confidence. Watching her on stage you can see that she lives and feels the music that she delivers with such style.
Dave Newton, a 10 times winner of the Best pianist at the British Jazz Awards showed us why he is a winner so often and there can be none
finer for sure. John Day's energetic double bass playing and Scott Hammond's fine drumming created an excellent rhythm section. Accompanying Cate in
the front line was Zoltan Sagi - a giant of a player.
It was thrilling to watch a group of musicians enjoy backing and performing with a vocalist who clearly loved singing to her audience.
Pershore Jazz Club Review - July 2014
"..Clear diction and perfect pitch... 'Easy Living is a small masterpiece for singer and accompanist.. ..caresses each song with her lovely voice.. ..it is clear this a lady who takes her craft very seriously indeed...recommended"
Just Jazz Magazine Reviews
"Cate appeared at the BAFTA TV Awards at Royal Festival Hall. Her performance set the perfect mood for the event and she was a pleasure to work with."
Peter Reynolds, BAFTA
"I absolutely love dancing to your music, it's fantastic!"
Jenny Thomas, Strictly Come Dancing Choreographer & former Lindy Hop World Champion
Dear Cate.... Artists like you keep the music I love alive, beautifully so in your case. And you surround yourself with the most "mighty fine" musical company - especially David Newton (a pianist I've admired for many years) and Trevor Whiting, whose solos always seems to have such effortless sophistication. You made the night so special, Cate, I hope you know that there were lots of us listening to and appreciating the songs. David
Fantastic evening in Burford yesterday Cate - All of my group felt it was the best night we have had at Burford and there have been some great Gigs there !! Chris
What a voice! Did wonders for my blood pressure. Have bought two CDs which will go on the shelf next to Billie Holiday.... ..Fabulous voice - great music.... ..A velvet voice coated in honey.... ..Brilliant night, thank you.... ..Excellent, really enjoyed that!
You were superb! So many comments about how perfect the music was for the setting. Kate and Dan xx
Thanks for making last night a success Cate, always love to hear your voice - made it so special - Anne and David xx
Our guests were really impressed by you and the guys and your fan base has expanded greatly! You made an enormous difference to the atmosphere, we really were so pleased that you were there.
Thanks massively for Saturday night - have had so much fabulous feedback about you guys - everyone thought you were great! Tom
Cate, thanks to you and the band for making our wedding evening so special. So many people have told us how much they enjoyed it. Playing "our song" was amazing, it meant such a lot to us. Lin and Steve X
We wanted to thank you and your fellow musicians for a lovely performance on Sunday, it was all so lovely, guests were commenting all day on how perfect the music was during dinner. Thanks for being part of our wedding day, we are still on a happiness high from it all. Sylvia & Mike xxx
I had a great time at your show, it was really good! And thank you so much for the song, I loved it X Georgia
You gave the evening such wonderful atmosphere with your beautiful voice and lovely delivery.
Thank you and the Jazz Cats for such a great evening!
Thank you so much. You were amazing. So many people have passed on their compliments to us saying how great you all were. We had the best day ever and couldn't have gone any better. Thank you again!! We will definitely be recommending you!
'It was so good to get the opportunity to see and hear you sing - a wonderful experience, I thoroughly enjoyed it. What a voice you have! Thank you. Cate.'
'Brilliant night (as usual) XX'
'A lovely evening, so much enjoyed by all. Thank you very much!'
I wanted to say thanks so much for performing at my party in November. Everyone enjoyed it and has said how much they loved the music - I thought it was wonderful and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Thank you for working so hard to make my party a success.
'Lovely evening thanks! We enjoyed the variety of songs and rhythms, all were good to dance and listen to and it's an excellent band.'
'How much we enjoyed your singing and the music in Lea - that is a British understatement - Wow, you were all absolutely amazing!!'
'Fantastic evening, we loved your singing and your guys were amazing'
'We had a really good time, you and the band were great. The event was ideal for us to both enjoy your music and occasionally remind ourselves what dancing used to be like!!
My thanks to you and the guys for the performance you gave at the Festival on Sunday. I was lucky enough to pop my head in to the venue to catch a couple of the numbers and you sounded better than ever, as did the guys. From the comments I received from the festival goers it was certainly a memorable session."Tythe Barn, Mar 2016
'Thank you so much for last evening. We really enjoyed it and we considered it a privilege to have been there with five world class musicians on stage. Brilliant.'
'What a night! - One of the best evenings of my entire life. A truly memorable evening. Thank you so much. xxxxx'
'A truly wonderful evening. Thanks so much.'
'Fab time at the Tithe Barn last night with Cate Cody and her band.'
'Just to say how much we all enjoyed the show last night, what a fantastic night we had. Currently listening to Swing Brother Swing.. Fantastic. Will see you at Bishop's Cleeve next year.'
We wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful music you provided for the drinks reception at our wedding the other weekend. You guys were wonderful and it helped create the perfect atmosphere. It was exactly what we wanted and we had so many comments from our friends saying how great you were. You were also a pleasure to work with in the lead up. Thanks again, Matt and Hugh
We were at the Pershore Jazz Festival, where we thought your performance was outstanding. We would love to hear if you are planning any public shows in this area for us and your growing group of fans. We bought a copy of your latest CD at Pershore, which is being played constantly. Look forward to further details. Best wishes, Bob.
We so enjoyed last Monday evening at The Daffodil, we were very impressed and thought you were all great. What talent! Thank you very much for entertaining us all. We loved it. Karen and Andy
Loved the gig and the evening in the daffodil. You were fab as always.
Charles and Jean
Just a belated email to say thank you for playing at our wedding a couple of weeks back. The two sets were great - we really liked the contrast between the afternoon and evening sets and it set the evening off perfectly. Thanks again! Hollie
What a treat you gave us last night. It was a joy to be in that wonderful venue with a lovely party atmosphere, listening to our favourite music so beautifully delivered by you and the band.
It was a fab evening - thank you! Xx
You were brilliant, and looked and sounded amazing. Xxx
You were great and so was the band, we enjoyed the evening. Looking forward to an autumn show. X
Such an amazing night last night - we're all still grinning ear to ear - it really was wonderful - fab again to see you live and a brilliant way of doing the event. Katharine
You very much exceeded my expectations... We all had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed listening to yours and Dave's beautiful sounds. There were plenty of compliments on the party day from many of our friends, who particularly enjoyed listening to you and indeed more compliments after the party.
Thank you so much for bringing a new level of sophistication to our dance nights, you were all very well received
Thank you for playing for us! All of our guests said such wonderful comments about your music. You were a big part of making our wedding day special
and memorable. Thanks again,
Carys and Austin
Cate, we wanted to thank you so much for performing at our wedding, you guys were really great. We had so much positive feedback from our friends and
family on the music and it was down to you. When we get our photos back we will send some with you in for your folio. Thanks again
Debs and Mike
Hi Cate, A really huge thank you for performing at our wedding 3 weeks ago! You all did an amazing job and were just what we had hoped for. It was a really
special day for us and everything we'd dreamed of. Many of our guests commented on your band and singing - you magically gauged things just right.
Thank you so much and do pass on our thanks to the rest of the band - we have very fond memories of you all.
Dear Cate and the band, Just a short note to thank you for your performance and entertainment in Cheltenham on 23rd February 2013. You set the atmosphere
just right and we've had lots of comments on the quality of your playing. Thank you also for being so flexible! Once again, thank you!
Megan and James
We wanted to thank you for making it all the way up to Saddleworth to sing at out wedding. You were wonderful and made the evening fantastic.
It was the best day of our lives and you really set the tone for a magical evening.
Natasha & Paul xxx
Hi Cate, We both just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your band for performing at our wedding yesterday. The music was really brilliant and was
everything that we hoped it would be. Thank you!!!!!
Helen and Derek
'What an absolutely perfect night! Thank you to everyone involved in the jazz night. We loved every minute of it. The tables were quite lovely. The marquee gorgeous, food wonderful, wine delight, but the performers! Out of this world - literally. We were transported to another age! Thank you.'
'A thoroughly enjoyable evening. There was a great atmosphere and Cate Cody was a wonderful performer with a highly professional band.'
'Excellent evening with Cate Cody. Her background knowledge of the music really added to the evening. The backing musicians were also very good.'
'Cate Cody has a lovely voice and it was a pleasure to see and hear a really professional musicians play live'
'A super evening - The group was, we thought, excellent - they "played" and sang in their own style and we thoroughly enjoyed it'
'Cate Cody was excellent and her band are great musicians. For the whole performance she held the audience spellbound with a good selection of music.'
'We have enjoyed a brilliant evening. Cate Cody and her band were excellent and her voice is lovely. The team at the village hall had worked hard to give a night club feel and served a tasty supper. It is a great idea to present such professional entertainment on our doorsteps. Three cheers for A GOOD NIGHT OUT and we can't wait for the next one.'
Hi Cate, we just wanted to email you to thank you for your amazing performance on Saturday! Everyone at the wedding (especially my mum)
loved the music and said it was the best wedding they've ever been too! I've already recommended you and your band to my cousin who is helping to plan a
wedding next year! Thank you again, it wouldn't have been as much of a success without you and your band!
Regards, Lim + Charlotte
Hi Cate, just to say thanks for playing at our wedding. We had lots of good feedback saying how much people liked the music, just the right mixture of laid back and fun! thanks again and best wishes, Sian and Alfonso
Hi Cate, Thanks to you and all your fellow musicians for a really great gig. Everybody was very complimentary about the music and your vocals. On a personal basis I really loved it and had a great birthday treat. So thank you for making it a special day for me and looking forward to hearing your new CD. Cheers, Larry x
"Brilliant night Cate, thanks to you and all the band." (Ger)
"Thanks for a great night at Bishopswood. You music is always good, but those fast tempo tunes with your excellent players (plus you of course) were just awesome. Mothers Son in Law was magic" (Graham Reynolds)
"WOW!!!! CATE CODY & THE SALTY DOGS, THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH!!! You were Awesome last night, myself and everyone else danced our little legs off, your choice of music was superb, well done to you and the band!!!! Can't wait to see you at Ryan and Jenny weekend. love IZZY.XXXXX
"I just wanted to send a huge thank you for your performances at our wedding, they really did bring the day to life and Simon and I will always remember our (hopless but fun) dances! Anyway, many thanks again for helping to make our day so special" (Clare)
Thank you so much for a wonderful concert. Our party and everyone we have spoken to today (including many people who have phoned us) had a great night. Your music was particularly commended and everyone wants to know when we are going to do it again! So watch this space. Please thank your musicians from us - very high quality music....Once again, we were undaunted by the weather. All were impressed that you kept going with such style. And we have made a record sum of money for our church. Thanks for all.
Hi Cate, Just to reiterate how fabulous you are. Thank you so much for Saturday night, everyone has said how much they enjoyed your singing and the wonderfully relaxed professional mood you brought to the evening.
Thoroughly enjoyable return to Fishmore Hall. Beautiful sound, look forward to
the next occasion!
You made a special evening truly memorable. Fantastic atmosphere. Look forward to
the next session...
"I couldn't nominate a "favourite song" because I found it impossible to choose between such great standards,
all beautifully sung: I'd choose one, then you'd sing another, so I'd change my mind, and so it went on...Thanks again for a great
"by far the most enjoyable musical event we have attended in the Hall since we came to Longborough 15 years ago. One very much hopes that the Cate Cody Quartet is invited back to entertain us again"
"Brilliant - love all of it"
"Thank you for a wonderful evening"
'Brilliant! We had a wonderful evening, thank you. You added that final
touch that made the event perfect. Look forward to seeing you perform again'
'Wonderful atmosphere, lovely voice, should do this more often!
'Superb ambiance - wonderful range of music wholly appropriate to the
atmosphere of the evening - excellent idea'
'Thanks for a fantastic birthday treat. Lovely to hear my piano played beautifully.
We've all had a super evening'
'Thank you. You made a truly memorable evening'
'A stunning performance on Saturday night. I thoroughly
enjoyed the evening'
Hi Cate, I have just about recovered from my 4-day birthday-fest (I turned 60 on the 11th)
and I somehow dragged my tired self along to Gary Tewkesbury's Hayling Hop last night. It was a bit of a reunion as many of last
night's dancers were also present last Sunday and positive feedback was mostly focussed on the band. The warmth of your vocal style
and the sheer danceability of your music were much talked about. I'm sure your winning formula stems from your personal
understanding and enthusiasm for dancing as well as your love of the music. There was something for everyone from slow and slinky
to fast Balboa (variety that is not always fothcoming from live bands).
Congratulations to you and all the band members. I hope we can come up with another event at the same venue some time in the future.
Best wishes, Steve
'Just to let you know that you and your Salty Dogs won a lot of new fans last night -
you were superb and made the evening. I thought you would like to know that we are being buried under thank you
notes and everyone has commented on the wonderful music and the superb singer.
Thank you and your 'boys' so much. It was just lovely and you all made the evening
(even though it was far too good to be background) One day my children and grandchildren will boast that they actually
saw Cate Cody perform live. We oldies are already boasting.
'A wonderful and memorable evening, thank you. We look forward to playing our CD!'
'Love you! You've made me come alive again - ready to face winter!'
'Great, I will definitely buy a CD'
'All brilliant songs'
'Cate, you and the band make such FAB sound! Thanks'
'Wonderful evening, thank you'
'All the songs were superb'
'You sing everything we like!'
'Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your performance last night together with your trio. It certainly livened up the village!'
'You have the most lovely voice and you and your band gave us all a treat last night.'
'We were very pleased with the turn out and enjoyed your performance, it was a very relaxed evening, we would like to see you and the band again.'
'What a geat show! I haven't heard a better live vocal performance for years and the musicians were superb. The snippets of history introducing each song were both fascinating and charming. It truly warms the heart to see performance of such a high standard brought to a rural village in Gloucestershire.'
Dear Cate, Just a line to thank you for making my party sparkle like Waterford Crystal last weekend....
I have had wonderful reviews from guests, even my mother, who has had quite literally a change of tune!
Once again, many, many thanks and I hope to come and listen to you again soon
Dear Cate and Dave, What a wonderful evening you gave us on Saturday - it was lovely and we
really appreciated you both. Sorry Dave that we did not get the chance to
say so in person but your playing was magic! And Cate we thought you sang
beautifully giving us just the right mood for the evening.
Yes add us to the list Cate - we hope to hear you again very soon.
Kind regards and thanks from us both,
Ian and Stella
"Cate.. ..the feedback has been overwhelming.. ..your performance at the weekend was 2nd to none -
a perfect 10 from me and also from many other attendees. A great set, good balance of tempos incredible
musicianship and some terrific new tunes along with some favourites. There were lot's a smiling faces and
wet clothes, the whole room was bouncing. A real classic night... ..'Blues My Naughty Sweetie' - 11 out of 10!"
Gary & Sara, Gloster Jive & Swing Dance
"Thank you again for a great evening on 3rd July - everyone really loved it.
I'm sure you could tell how well the audience appreciated your performance -
none of our previous acts have earned an 'encore'!"
Richard and Judith, English Holiday Cruises Ltd
Cate, what a pleasure to find you again recently in Gloucester,
and in such impeccable form! As I remember from earlier times, you appear entirely relaxed and at ease with your surroundings and your musician(s). Best of luck with everything you do and please assure me that I'm on your mailing list!
"Wonderfully clear recording , I shall play it at a dinner party that I am giving on Saturday"
"A very relaxing set"
"Seductive, melty voice, very nice"
"We would love to see you again.. ..Thursday was a great evening"
"Lovely music, great delivery, excellent trio"
"MY FAVOURITE DIVAS was an evening of nostalgia and immense charm.
Cate effortlessly sang us through the repertoires of Doris Day, Billie Holiday
and Ella Fitzgerald, placing each song into social/historical context.
The instrumental duo was most impressive... ..feedback has been very good indeed."
Paul Milton, Director of ReachOut
Thanks Cate. You and the band were wonderful; so many of our guests said how fab the
music was too! We're only sorry that we didn't actually get to appreciate that many of your songs in the end.
Oh well - now we're on your mailing list, hopefully we can come and listen to you in a relaxed style in the
future! .....Best wishes
Philippa & Bryan
Thank you for the smashing CD Honey Bunch. Nice and laid back!! It's
nice to hear the verse to 'Believe It beloved'. I know its sold out but I would dearly love to purchase
the Candy Lips CD.... all the best
Just wanted to drop you a note to say a massive thank you for playing so wonderfully at our
wedding. All the guests commented on how beautiful you sounded and you really set the tone for the wedding.
We wish you lots of love and luck for 2010.
Hannah and Ali Forbes
We just wanted to say a big thank you for playing at our wedding.
The music really set the tone for the whole reception and we had many comments from people about
how much they enjoyed it. Thank you also for our first dance song - that was a real highlight for us.
Please pass on the thanks to the other members of the band. Thank you
Jon and Steffi
I can only say that I nearly cried on Saturday evening, because I was so proud to be
the host of such a great night - WE LOVE YOU CATE CODY!!
Gary Boon, Gloster Jive & Swing Dance, twice UK Lindy Hop dance champion.
Just had to say what a fabulous set you played for all the swing dancers at the Tythe Barn
on Saturday! We could not stop dancing all night..
"I wholeheartedly agree that Cate Cody and her band were fabulous and she must be kidnapped
for next year without fail"
Hi Cate... Just to say that we have received tremendous feedback on our wedding event,
especially the music and the dancing. Thank you so much for contributing to the success of our wedding day.
Janice and Nigel
Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. You were an absolute star and
the band were brilliant. We will always remember our first dance! Thanks for being so cool.
James & Wendy
Wow!.... ...very impressive. You really are a jazz singer! Just brilliant in fact.
I particularly liked 'The way you look tonight', a long time favourite of mine.
Dear Cate, We'd like to thank you, Mike, Norman and Steve for an absolutely marvellous
evening. Thank you especially for reorganising your timings to fit in with the foodservice on the night,
which made everything go more smoothly. Everyone has said that your music really made the occasion and it
was certainly the icing on the cake for Peter and me. We had an unforgettably wonderful time.
Thanks for making it so special.
Lee and Peter"
Dear Cate, Our thanks to you and your band for the most wonderful jazz.
We all loved your beautiful voice and the wedding guests really enjoyed dancing. Kind Regards,
Really enjoyed it, you were great and the audience responded. You always have such good musicians
which make it just perfect. Sitting down listening is good but dancing to your type of music just hits the spot.
You did play some really hot danceable tunes on Sunday. Difficult to stay seated. You just get better!!
Thank you Cate. It was a delight to see and hear you perform at the festival with so many of
your fans and admirers in the audience. You have a few more now I am sure!
Graham Smith (festival organiser)
It was a pleasure to have you - I have had nothing but complements from all who attended.
I look forward to seeing you soon...
Morton (concert organiser)
Dear Cate, thank you for helping to make our wedding such a special day.
You and your band created the atmosphere which was perfect. We are huge fans, thank you again &
please add us to your mailing list.....
Lou and Graham
Just a quick e-mail to say a big thank you for making our anniversary so special last night.
We had a family lunch today and everyone said how impressed they were with you and the musicians,
thank you & best wishes
Chris and Martin
The performance (at Royal Festival Hall) set the perfect mood for the event and
you were a pleasure to work with. Thanks again Cate,
Pete Reynolds, BAFTA
It was great to be in your company on the 14th March in Quedgeley. You sang beautifully and your
choice of songs were great. Hope to see you perform again soon.
Julie and Charlie
Once again amazing! My feet have only just about recovered from all the dancing. No matter what the venue you always pull it out of the bag and have the audience eating out of your hands. You are a star and the band was fabulous. Lots of Love. Lindsay x
Hi Cate... Thanks for a great night on Saturday, we really enjoyed your performance (and the dancers were obviously enthusiastic too!!) See you again soon we hope. Regards Angela and John
Hi Cate... I just wanted to thank you for a most enjoyable evening and I don't know how you memorized all those lyrics... Regards, Paul
Just wanted to drop you an email to let you know how much of a good time both myself and Nina
had at your 'do' Saturday night. Was just the right number of dancers/non-dancers giving us all plenty of space
to bust some big moves on the dance floor!
Your singing and the band were really excellent, some great swinging tunes in there - here's to the next one! John & Nina
Thank you to you and your crew for a fantastic night of jazz last night - both Greg and I thought you were amazing. Thank you also for the CD, it will act as a wonderful memory of the evening. Thanks again Matt
Thanks once again, Cate. Our friends Pat and Brian, who are generally more keen on modern jazz loved it
- a great success. The Billie Holiday fan was bowled over and said to tell you that particularly the last three
bars of one song were pure Billie. Lovely..
Our first evening at any jazz function was a very memorable occasion at the Roses Theatre last night. We hope to come and listen again sometime so please put us on your e-mail list. Many thanks for some great music. Geoff & Joy Codd
"We were all delighted by your performance (and deep voice). It was exactly what we were looking for. The whole band was fantastic and I would not hesitate to recommend you to any of my friends who organise events. I hope we will get the chance to work together again in the near future. Many thanks again for everything!" - Ludovic, Allegra Strategies
"We are going to leave it in your hands - we are loathe to interfere as you did such an amazing job last time.... my only request is that you play 'Was I drunk?' I am so excited!!" - Lindsay (played for her wedding & now another booking)
"Thank you so much for making the evening on Saturday. Your beautiful voice absolutely created just the ambience
I wanted and so many people have commented on how fab you both were. Please pass my thanks on to Charlie as well.
Hope to see you again soon." - Jude
"Loved the music. Cate is a fabulous singer (and dancer)..."
~ S Ashley, Oxford
"Good atmosphere/great music" ~ J & W Craig
"As good as ever, a delight" ~ P& W Martin
"Lovely singer, lovely dancer! Very enjoyable" ~ Jo, Sue & Dave
"A really great evening, super atmosphere too!"
~ B&J Brandon, Bibury
"As time goes by...a wonderful relaxing evening, great singing and music. Thanks"
~ S & P Needham
"Fabulous voice...evening not long enough!" ~ J Tucker
"Brill" ~ L Thomas
"Excellent music as usual Cate" ~ L Brittenden
"Great Jazz - Cate was fab" ~ L Goodall
"Great music, thanks Cate!" ~ K Bluck
...Mondays Jazz went really well with a full house listening to the sultry tones of
Cate Cody accompanied by Mike Graver on the piano.... from 'The Daffodil' blog
"Thank you Cate and Band for a lovely evening. We always enjoy listening to you since hearing you at the Daffodil early last year. Great evening. I'm sure you will have made it memorable for Bob and Lesley" ~ K & Y Smith
"Thank you so much for the enjoyable time. The music - and singing - of course was fantastic" ~ R & I Hodgson
"You did us proud tonight, Many Thanks" ~ B & L Callow
Great way to spend the morning. This type of event is very well suited to this venue
- loved it! A & J Bailey, Corse, Gloucestershire
Fabulous, mellow, sonorous, sexy voice and great piano! Thanks a million!
T & L Farmer, Tewkesbury
Wonderful morning, a real pleasure, thank you. K Auld, Cheltenham
Thank-you for a lovely morning, a special birthday treat! J Berwick, Cheltenham
It's great meeting you in person and a privilege to be on the flood relief CD with you.
T & N Barnett, Tewkesbury
Dear Cate, Please let me know how I can order your album "Honey Bunch." It has your version of a song by my late uncle Milton Ager (Hard Hearted Hannah), and I am eager to get a copy for the family archive and look forward to hearing it (especially after reading a review on the internet). Laurence Rubenstein, Los Angeles
Dear Cate, The CDs arrived yesterday, and I really enjoy them. You have a marvelous voice
and style, and your instrumentalists are excellent. Best of luck on your continued career growth. I hope you
stick with the 20-30s niche -- you do it so well.
Laurence Rubenstein, Los Angeles
Dear Cate, We would just like to let you know how much we enjoyed listening to you and 'your boys' at The Crown and Cushion yesterday. It was our first time at Chipping Norton Jazz Day and you certainly started it off for us very well. We will look forward to seeing you again somewhere on the Jazz scene. Many thanks, Freda and Clive Williams.
"Bluesy and dreamy but also sassy and swingy"
"Hi Cate. Went well didn't it!! Your applause at the end was the biggest I have heard for some time. When is your next gig?"
Hi Cate, Just to say what a fantastic time we had yesterday. We really enjoyed it. It was great to dance to something a little bit different from our usual swing music, and it leant itself beautifully to Balboa dancing. We came back buzzing!!!! Anna and Tony
"Hey Cate! That was great tonight. Thank you so much.
The Malvern/Ledbury bunch (15 of us) really enjoyed it!"
'Hi Cate, I saw you at the Roses and bought one of your cd's and it has become one of my favourites. It would be great to see you again at the Roses how about suggesting they fit you in somewhere? ' A fan!
Cate, Just a few lines to say well done at Bishop's Cleeve last night - a definite success, well sung & well played. I only have a smattering of early jazz so I'm no expert, but it had the ring authenticity to me. I thought it was a hit with us dancers, I enjoyed dancing to tunes that I hadn't heard before (or not often), the rhythm was nice for dancing & there was plenty of meat to get stuck into within each song...Looking forward to the next one! S. Brandon
Cate, Many congratulations. It was a wonderful evening and all my friends enjoyed it so much. There has been much talk of working out an opportunity to approach you for some celebration in the future. Fingers crossed.... J Steel
'Don't think I said anything to you about your CD. It's very good! I can dance around the kitchen with you now!' R Evans
'Neglected to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed the gig yesterday, please keep me on your circulation list for at least the next 25 years.' G Botley
. . I feel compelled to send you a line or two of fanmail. I would just like to say how much I enjoyed the whole festival and for me you were the star attraction. Yours is the finest jazz voice I can recall hearing live. You reminded me so much of Peggy Lee, even though the majority of songs you sang were earlier than hers. Andrew Liddle
Dear Cate, Firstly, please accept my apologies for the delay in thanking you for your contribution to the TAP Launch. Everyone said they enjoyed the music very much and I hope you had a good time. Please pass on my thanks to the musicians as well. Thanks again Cate, and I hope we can work together again in the future. Best wishes Jo
Dear Cate, It was a pleasure to see you for the first time at Upton Jazz festival and bought your last copy of Candy Lips which you kindly signed to my wife Jackie. Also with me was my 88 years old mum who looks and acts 20 years younger and very much enjoyed your show. Please send details of other C.D's. M. Ash
Cate, Just wanted to write and say what a fantastic day we had. You and the band were absolutely brilliant and we have had alot of people asking after you!!! It made it so memorable for us. I hope you enjoyed playing and had an enjoyable day. Many thanks for everything. Lindsay
Could you possibly sing "Stormy Weather" at the Roses, please? We are planning to come to hear you in the Bar. It is our 40th wedding anniversary and it is my husband's complete favourite. M. Cogbill
Referring to the request for 'Stormy Weather'. Thank you Cate, that was super. Norman told Alan that in his opinion you had sung it perfectly. We would agree with this. M. Cogbill
'You don't know me but I was privileged to be at your gig in Goring last night. I just want to say how much I enjoyed it and how stunning you were. Your feeling for the lyrics were so refreshing and your timing impeccable.''You have that magic of being able to project the mood of the thirties and forties so well and my friends and I were thoroughly impressed.' 'I must just say a word about your group. Your saxophonist is beyond praise and so versatile. Your bass player was immaculate. Words cannot express my admiration for your guitarist.' A. Seymour
Thoroughly enjoyed your excellent set at Plymouth Jazz club earlier in the year, won one CD in the raffle and bought the other! - which are now circulating amongst my daughter's friends in London. S.Brown
In the current terminology, I thought you were brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed that evening in The Mermaid. Hope they've invited you again. P.Russell
All 4 of us loved the concert. we thought you were all so talented...Neither myself nor my friend Lucie really like jazz so we were waiting with bated breath to hear you... but we were all entranced. We described it as "gentle jazz" The audience were also captivated they were not the usual twitchy jazz audience, apart from when they applauded they were motionless and very attentive. All the guys were so good, what an interesting mixture of instruments... M. Cogbill
That venue is first-class and the audience obviously enjoyed themselves. It was a great turn-out. Now they know you can fill the place, they will surely want you back! G Botley
I enjoyed every aspect - the line-up, the content and the novel presentation. It was a great idea to put the music into context with the narrative. A really enjoyable, exceptional evening - and I hope rewarding for you.
Nature Boy; I Cover The Waterfront; The Way You Look Tonight; It Had To Be You; Basin Street; As Time Goes By; Blues Skies; Lullaby of Birdland; Skylark; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Manhattan; Baltimore Oriole.
Cate Cody (vocal), Mike Graver (grand piano)
Cate, who always loved singing, moved into the jazz world after friends told her that she had a 'jazz voice'. She followed this up by listening to recordings by Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong and singing Billie's version of Lover Man. Whilst Billie is her favourite, Cate also loves Peggy Lee, Mildred Bailey, Anita O'Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Julie London, Doris Day and many others.
Cate sings songs from the 'Jazz Age' with her hot band, the Salty Dogs, but she also loves interpreting ballads from the American Songbook accompanied by solo piano. For this album, Cate is joined by Mike Graver on grand piano. Mike, who played by ear from a very young age, collects records by the jazz greats. Thus his influences include George Shearing, Art Tatum, Errol Garner, Dave Brubeck and Oscar Peterson. Mike plays solo, as an accompanist and with bands (including Tad Newton's Jazz Friends).
This album grew from the concept of a four-track demo, with a warm-up of other favourites. The selection of songs varies from the unfamiliar opening track, the haunting Nature Boy, I Cover The Waterfront and Baltimore Oriole, to standards like The Way You Look Tonight, Blue Skies and Manhattan. Also included are tunes more familiar as instrumentals - Clarence Williams' Basin Street Blues and George Shearing's Lullaby of Birdland. What they all have in common is Cate's love of the combination of their words and music and the joy that she and Mike have in performing them. This shows in the way Cate caresses each song with her lovely voice, ably abetted by Mike, who is in complete empathy. An album to relax and enjoy - anytime! I would love to hear Cate tearing it up with her Salty Dogs - by way of contrast!
"Cate Cody from Tewkesbury has been described as 'the jazz diva whose ball-gowns have revived the circulation of many a veteran jazz fan'. They, and her voice, have graced Blenheim Palace and Oxford University. The girl who started out by learning Billie Holiday's version of Loverman, cites The Greenway in Shurdington and the 'delightful' Daffodil in Cheltenham as two of her favourite places in which to perform. Billie is her all-time favourite: "her exquisite voice never fails to leave my heart pounding with its emotion and passion". Cate devised two successful shows for The Roses theatre at Tewkesbury; one was based on songs related to snippets of social history between 1914 and 1932; the other was all about love. She enjoys delving into the rich history behind the jazz era, its songs and composers, and says that with an estimated 300,000 popular songs copyrighted between 1910 and 1950, there's an amazing range of great music to choose from. You might catch Cate with her 'Salty Dogs' - a band of up to six players - at public events, but she is in huge demand for private functions, including weddings, picnic suppers and boating parties."
Written by Mark Child for Cotswold Life April 2007