Kait Dunton/Carey Frank Duo
KAIT DUNTON is a Los Angeles based composer & pianist with an unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio, best expressed by her genre-pushing super group, trioKAIT. Kait has produced and released four albums of original compositions, with a fifth featuring her inventive arranging style. DownBeat awarded 4.5 stars to Kait’s latest album, trioKAIT 2, writing that “Dunton brings a Technicolor sensibility to everything she touches.” In 2017, trioKAIT Casual, reached #5 on the Jazz Week radio charts, while her debut album, Real & Imagined, continues to draw fans, now with over 1.5 million streams on Spotify. Her third record, trioKAIT, made the Huffington Post’s list of “The Best Jazz for 2015” and was featured in Downbeat Magazine as well as on JAZZIZ Magazine’s 33⅓ Anniversary CD. Her second album, Mountain Suite, features master interpreters Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, John Daversa and Darek Oles. Prior to this, Kait was a member of Snarky Puppy during their formative years in Texas, appearing on their sophomore record, The World is Getting Smaller. Kait has been recognized on Jazz.com as one of “10 Future Female Jazz Stars” and described by critic Don Heckman as “an extraordinary talent on the rise” with “impressive compositional skills”. In addition to composition and performance, Kait is also an active educator, heading the Piano Performance program at the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena, California.
Originally from South Florida, CAREY FRANK is now living in Los Angeles, CA as an active musician, working as a soloist and with various other musicians, genres, and groups. He has worked with the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Hot Tuna, The Wood Brothers, Marty Morell, Ndugu Chancler, Marshall Tucker Band, Eric Marienthal, Jane Monheit, Munyungo Jackson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Goldings, Lenny Picket, T Lavitz, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Josh Smith, Eric Gales, Peter Erskine, Bruce Springsteen, Social Distortion, Drake Bell, and Bob Mintzer. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Carey had a residency with Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando, FL. While completing the final semester of his Masters degree at the University of Southern California, Carey released his self-produced debut album, "Keep Smiling", a #1 best seller on Amazon Music in Cool Jazz. Carey released his 2nd solo album, "Something To Remember Him By" featuring guitarist, Bruce Forman the following year. Currently, Carey is an active Los Angeles and touring performing artist, recording artist, arranger, composer, and teacher. You can see him performing solo piano, Hammond organ, keyboards, and ukulele as well as performing with his bands; Strangers On a Saturday Night, The Organ Donors, Rumproller Organ Trio, The White Blinds, as well as with groups such as Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmy Vivino, Social Distortion, Lucy Woodward, Aubrey Logan, Josh Smith, Phat Cat Swingers, and many more. Carey is also part of the piano faculty at Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) and Musician's Institute (MI).
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