A student of classical piano since age five, Kate has spent most of her life playing piano. As a teenager she became drawn to the worlds of mainstream jazz, and jazz fusion. Listening to such great artists such as McCoy Tyner with John Coltrane, Chick Corea and “Return to Forever”, Herbie Hancock with his groups, and Joe Zawinul with “Weather Report” had a profound influence on her emerging style and sensibilities. At a later time she became fully engaged in the jazz world where Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, and Barry Harris became major influences.
Since college, Kate has worked continuously as a commercial player, endeavoring in the pop, rock, R and B, funk, latin, blues and gospel genres of music. She is an adept synthesizer/keyboard player as well as a pianist. She is also a composer of jazz, new age and indie music. Her fondness for many types of music has made her an extremely versatile and skilled performer. Kate has always been happiest performing live with high energy bands and great musicians.
Kate Cosco is a talented NYC based jazz pianist. Kate began studying classical piano at the age of five and continued her formal musical education through college, where at Indiana University she received a degree in piano and audio engineering. She also completed a master’s degree in jazz piano performance at the University of Memphis.
Her professional experience ranges from jazz to pop and gospel styles. She has performed in many concert venues, casinos, hotels and clubs in Las Vegas, Chicago, Philadelphia, Memphis and Manhattan. Her credits include playing with well-known recording artists; retaining a notable job as traveling keyboardist with the world famous Four Tops. Others include Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, Little Anthony and theImperials, The Coasters, The Duprees, Ben E. King, The Chiffons, Lesley Gore, Peggy March, Michele Lee, Jerry Van Dyke, Charo, Jack Sheldon, Billy Swan, Clint Holmes, Thelma Houston, Michael Crawford, and Billy Eckstein. Under the direction of Alan Balter and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra she has performed many concert events with featured artists such as Mercedes Ellington, Michael Berkowitz and Bill Conti. She was the musical director and arranger of the "Tribute to the Rat Pack" show at Goldstrike Casino in Tunica, MS.
In New York City, she performed as the keyboardist/leader for Tony and Tina’s Wedding at the Edison Ballroom on 46th St and Broadway. She occupied the conductor/pianist chair with Little Anthony and the Imperials at Feinstein's in the Lowes Regency Hotel and at the Mohegan Sun casino. Kate has been selected numerous times in recent years to perform with her group at the annual International Women in Jazz and Lady Got Chops festivals. In addition to teaching and playing private events, Kate currently retains weekly residencies at the Hotel Giraffe and Robert at MAD Restaurant in Manhattan She also freelances as an independent and in-demand pianist across the tri-state area.