With his sophomore CD "Happy, Sad and Satisfied", a tribute to the American Standard, critically acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Beat Kaestli captures the mood of classic songs in a contemporary setting. In a time where aged Rock stars are recording Jazz Standards and record labels recycle the era of Big Band singers like Sinatra and Bennett, Beat Kaestli stands out as a unique and true Jazz Vocalist. His versatility as a singer only adds to his charm, lending him a contemporary yet never overly commercial touch. Beat has the ability to take a song from Baroque Aria into Jazz and then turn around and mold a popular Jazz Standard into a groovy R&B tune. This ability to create something new and fresh out of the old and established stems form his universal sense of music and his understanding of Jazz, truly the music of invention and change.
Beat Kaetli - voice
Ben Stivers - piano, rhodes, organ
Marcus McLaurine - bass
Steve Doyle - bass
Jochen Rueckert - drums
Andres Patrick Forero - percussion
Kenny Rampton - trumpet, flugelhorn
Joel Frahm - tenor sax
Lance Murphy - tenor sax
"There's a real great vibe throughout the disc... it shows your range and abilities, but also your "soul" as a singer." (Luciana Souza, Grammy Nominee, Sunnyside Records)
"Beat can swing standards and in the blink of an eye, escort his willing audiences into the pop idiom. His lovely vocal instrument is rich, unique, personal..." (Nancy Marano, Munich Records)
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A native of Switzerland, Beat Kaestli always felt akin to American Popular Music, Jazz and R&B. When faced with the choice of a promising singing career in his homeland or broadening his musical horizon in the US, he decided to make New York City his new home. A Scholarship Recipient at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, he enjoyed special attention from lauded Jazz vocalists Nancy Marano and Luciana Souza. While honing his craft alongside noteworthy Jazz performers like Jane Monheit, Stefon Harris and Jason Moran, he immersed himself in Manhattan’s fiercely competitive music scene, emerging as a seasoned performer. He now appears at renowned clubs such as Birdland, The Jazz Standard, B.B. King’s, 55 Bar and The BlueNote in New York, Scullers in Boston and Twins Jazz in DC. In 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA. In 2006 he embarked on a promotional tour for his CD “Happy, Sad and Satisfied”to Europe, performing in notable clubs like the B-Flat in Berlin, Die Unterfahrt in Munich and Moods in Zuerich.
Besides Jazz, Beat’s versatility as a vocalist has led him to excel in many other styles of music. He sang on Dario G.’s club-smash Sunchyme and with his solo projects Beat performed at festivals in the USA, such as the CMJ Festival, NYC, toured Europe and he appeared at award shows like the Swiss Oscars (Prix Walo), with Nubya. Additionally, he traveled the world, producing and starring in the Orange Gospel Tour 99. Beat is part of the original cast of various musicals, like Neil Goldberg’s Christmas Dreams, Job and the Snake (Lambs Theater, NYC) and the Off-Broadway hit Pure Gospel Christmas directed by David Tobin.
As a songwriter Beat’s collaborative works boast a roster that includes Grammy Winners James Lloyd (Pieces of a Dream) and Peter Eldridge (New York Voices), as well as Grammy Nominated Songwriter Schon J. Crawford (Love like this, Faith Evans). His music is getting Radio Play on CD 101.9 Smooth Jazz and WBAI in New York and on over 100 stations in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Argentina and Brazil and his songs can be heard in clubs such as The Culture Club and China Club in New York City and Feathers
in New Jersey.
Beat is featured on numerous recordings in the US and Europe and he released two solo CDs, his critically acclaimed debut CD Reasons (Billboard 10/05/2002), a collection of original songs, and the 2005 release Happy, Sad and Satisfied, his tribute to the American Standard.