Kazue Patton was raised in a family full of designers and artists in Japan. She began formally studying ballet at the early age of three and piano at the age of four, while at home her father was teaching her to sing in English.
She became a member of the Light Music Club and started to sing jazz, while studying interior design at Tama Art University. She quickly took the lead of the university jazz band, participated in several other bands as the main vocalist, singing jazz, blues and soul, and joined the Chuo University Swing Crystal Orchestra, which was awarded the grand prize at Kobe Jazz Competition.
After graduating, Ms Patton began studying Jazz vocals under Yasushi Sawada, famous Japanese jazz singer, musician and teacher. In 1995, Ms Patton was awarded the gold prize in the Asakusa Jazz Festival and won the special prize at the New Star Competition at Tatou Tokyo in 1996. Kazue established herself in the Japanese jazz community performing every Friday night at The Osho & Patra Jazz Club, a well-known jazz venue in Tokyo, from 1999 through 2005.
Since her arrival in the U.S. in 2005, Ms. Patton has been fine-tuning her voice under the tutelage of Jay Clayton, Barry Harris, Jazz Master and Shayna Steele. In addition, she has been performing with internationally renowned jazz musicians in jazz venues around NYC and beyond.