Florida jazz vocalist Kathryn Taubert recently signed with High Note Multi-Media Corporation of Taiwan and China to distribute two of her songs on their upcoming release of jazz standards, “Jazz Café 4” to be sold throughout China and Taiwan.
Fans will remember Taubert’s internationally acclaimed CD released in 2007, “Where I Can I Go Without You,” when after a hiatus of almost 30 years, she was convinced by Naples own “Mr. Music,” the late Claude Rhea, to resume performing.
“I left music years ago for a business career,” said Taubert. “But the music never really left me. With Claude’s mentoring, I started singing again, turning an old dream into a new passion. He convinced me to record, something I never imagined doing at this point in life.”
“Where Can I Go Without You,” garnered immediate attention by becoming the featured selection of France’s Nina Simone Fan Club. Connecticut School of Broadcasting founder Dick Robinson, in his syndicated radio show “American Standards by the Sea,” called Taubert’s singing “elegant, eloquent, and The Real Deal.”
The release of this album, co-produced by guitarist-vocalist Rick Howard and recorded at Shelton Studios of Naples, Florida, resulted in a recording contract with D and M Music of Branson, Missouri.
“Somewhere In Time,” released in 2008, includes 12 jazz and Latin standards, with original lyrics for three well-known melodies written by Taubert herself.
“I was a writer before I was a singer,” she says. “After being asked to become a blogger for the “Naples Daily News,” I soon realized I wanted to write even more than sing. Never entirely comfortable with the visibility required of performers, I decided to step back again into the shadows where frankly I’m more comfortable. My blog with the Daily News, “Life in the Slow Lane,” pretty much says how I really prefer to live.”
Taubert’s series of articles on her humanitarian trip to Africa resulted in her book published in Oct 2012, “Yevu: (White Woman): My Five Weeks With the Ewe Tribe in Ghana, West Africa.” She’s working on a second book to be published by the end of 2013.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” says Taubert. “I’m grateful for having performed with so many fine musicians. It’s nice to know that people who still want to hear that music can do so on our recordings. The High Note Corp. is opening up a whole new market for the Great American Songbook. Our countries may not agree on many things, but with music as a universal language, it’s another bridge between us. I’m proud to be some small part of that.”
Taubert is especially pleased that one of the songs chosen by producers at the High Note Corporation is Michel Legrand's beautiful "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"
"It was the last tune my musical mentor Claude Rhea ever recorded before his untimely death a few weeks later," she says. "I know Where he is now, he's smiling."