KATHRYN BALLARD SHUT (pronounced /shoot/) is an accomplished composer, author, jazz pianist and vocalist, based in Denver, Colorado and who grew up surrounded by both music lovers and working musicians.
Classically trained on the piano beginning at age 8, reeds at age 10, and incorporating jazz theory by age 14, Kathryn has served as both pianist and woodwind "doubler" in big bands (clarinet/flute/saxes) as well as small combos. Most recently, she served as a prominent member of several jazz orchestras within The Colorado Jazz Workshop under the leadership of trumpeter Hugh Ragin.
Kathryn is co-founder of the classic jazz small ensemble, 'Lost Soul Jazz Combo' (album: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lostsoul3) and has played major venues in Denver (including a sold out show in the dining room of the famous Dazzle Restaurant) with this and several other prominent groups.
In addition to collaborating with jazz master and father, the late Tim Ballard, Kathryn has also worked closely with Latino film and music stars composer Daniel Valdez (of 'Zoot Suit','La Bamba','The Westside Oratorio'), as well as with Denver jazz artists Mark Diamond, Keith Oxman, Drew Morell, Hugh Ragin, Linda Theus-Lee, Mike Evans, Kevin MacInness, Jared Johnson, Jean-Luc Davis, and many other excellent artists.
Most recently, she has been very honored as an ASCAP-affiliated songwriter-publisher to collaborate with master composer brothers Piero and Pippo Lombardo, by co-composing and authoring 8 tracks on Camera Soul's powerful hornline-celebration albums, "Dress Code" (2015) and "Not For Ordinary People" (2013), with several more credits on forthcoming album, "Connections" (2016).
Kathryn keeps busy as president of Denver-based TIMKAT Entertainment, a record label and booking agency that focuses on promoting world-class, independent jazz, soul, and R&B talent for live performances, multimedia projects, and digital album sales online. She has been an active NARAS Member since 2008 (LA Chapter) and a Voting Member since 2012.
In her "spare time", Kathryn is an active jazz blog contributor and her ideas can be found on respected music publications such as CoffeeTalk Jazz Magazine, AllAboutJazz, and JazzTimes Community Pages.
To relieve stress, Kathryn also loves to dance (mostly West and East Coast "Jitterbug" swing), is an avid online gamer, and has been known to throw down some mean arrows in archery.
For more information about TIMKAT Entertainment and/or Kathryn, please visit and follow the company's social media sites:
From December 30 (2015) until January 3, 2016, Italian jazz-funk sensation Camera Soul will debut at the prestigious Umbria Winter Jazz Festival to perform nine shows throughout the five-day event. Info at http://www.umbriajazz.com.
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