A native of Eugene, Oregon, Katie King began listening to jazz at the age of eleven. Beginning with Billie Holiday and moving to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Carmen McRae, she learned how to stylize her vocals through listening to their albums.
Since landing in Seattle in 1990, Katie has become a bright light in Seattle’s already glowing cadre of jazz performers, building her reputation as one of the area’s best and most versatile jazz singers.
Katie shares her wealth of knowledge and experience as a jazz artist with vocal students at Seattle Central College.
She emphasizes breathing, rhythm, intonation, how to begin and end a song, finding and remembering the right key for each tune, and above all, how to use your uniqueness as your strongest tool.
Nice community, positive & supportive. Katie is a damn sharp musician and fabulous/talented education. — Jazz Vocal Workshop
I enjoyed that we jumped right into singing with a mic. There wasn’t much time to be nervous. The environment was very supportive and Katie gave individualized attention to meet everyone’s needs. — Theresa Hawkins, Jazz Vocal Workshop
I enjoyed learning about the blues in a small setting. It gave me the opportunity to sing and grow as an artist King is a phenomenal instructor! — Jackie Argueta, Singin’ the Blues