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, the new album from internationally recognized jazz artist Kristin Korb answers that very question with 12 timeless tunes that celebrate her story as a jazz vocalist and bassist. Whats Your Story? will be released on Korbs own label, Double K Music in the U.S. and Europe on April 2, 2013. The album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, www.kristinkorb.com and select retail outlets. A singing double bassist with a deep sense of swing, Korb combines the instrumental influence of Ray Brown and Charles Mingus with the vocal styling of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald to create a sound all her own. Exhilarating to watch live, she sings and plays the bass as effortlessly as she breathes. Each song performed on the album has its own personal significance for Korb. Introduced by mentors, colleagues and idols, these songs tell the story of a young girl in a Montana middle school who sees her first jazz ensemble and grows up to become a consummate jazz artist. Korb and her All-Star trio featuring musical powerhouses Bruce Forman on guitar and Jeff Hamilton on drums, share an inspired set of popular songs using innovative arrangements. From Porter to Pinkard, Grouya to Caymmi - Whats Your Story? treats listeners to fresh renditions of some of the all time great compositions and introduces an original song. The album hits the groove running with track 1 Will You Still Be Mine. The big band arrangement for this version was a wedding present to Korb from jazz veteran Kim Richmond. She adds, We were colleagues at University of Southern California for several years. I also played in his band. Hes a creative soul and a great writer. Playing in his band made me stretch beyond what I thought I could do and allowed me to color outside the lines. Track 2 moves to the Poinciana sway of Flamingo. Herb Jeffries famously performed the song with Duke Ellington in 1940. Korb had the thrill of meeting Mr. Jeffries at one of her gigs, but was introduced to the song by fellow musician Bruce Forman. She is happy to be able to pay tribute to both. Track 4 is a charming take on Doralice where Korb sings in Portuguese and meshes lyrics in English from You Made Me Love You." Korb shares her connection, Jazz percussionist, Aaron Serfaty encouraged me to learn this song. A colleague and friend, he inspires me to explore the music of Latin America. Another highlight is Track 6, a fun and unusual version of Cole Porters Dont Fence Me In. Just when you think youve heard every possible version - Korb, Forman and Hamilton kick in the coolest, hippest jazz-on-the-prairie version yet. Track 7 is a smoking hot take on Pinkard, Tracey and Taubers Them There Eyes. Kristin doesnt merely perform the song made famous by Billy Holiday; she makes it fly in a new direction, re-inventing the song for a whole new generation of jazz lovers. When the song hits fulltilt and words loose all meaning, Korbs skilled scatting completes the ride. Track 10 features Korb alone with her bass putting her stamp on Green Dolphin Street. Grammy-winning bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton (Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Quincy Jones) is the inspiration behind this track. Korb adds, John has been a mentor of mine for many years. He has opened doors for me probably more than I even know. He is a consummate educator, composer, arranger, and encourager of young talent. He gave me an assignment years ago to transcribe Oscar Petersons solo on this song. I didnt think so much about it at the time, but the seed was certainly planted. Track 12 brings the story current by introducing a new contemporary song Always Searching for My Baby written by Amber Navran.

For more stories behind the songs: visit www.dernierpr.com/kristin_korb. Whats Your Story? has something for every fan of traditional and contemporary jazz and blues. Perhaps this collection of songs will become part of your own story. Additional background information: Korb earned her Music Education degree at Eastern Montana College and her masters in Classical Bass Performance the University of California, San Diego. It was while she was a student at UCSD that her professor, Bertram Turetzky inspired her to sing and play bass at the same time. She also studied with Ray Brown, with whom she made her recording debut, Introducing Kristin Korb with the Ray Brown Trio released in 1996. She has taught at the University of Southern California where she was coordinator of vocal jazz studies, Azuza Pacific University, Grossmont Community College and was Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University. Korb is still very involved in educational outreach and teaches at universities, jazz camps and festivals with young students. As President-Elect of the International Society of Bassists, Korb is artistic director for the upcoming 2013 ISB Convention in Rochester, NY (Eastman School of Music). Kristin tours across the world and has performed with jazz artists such as Llew Matthews, Kim Richmond, Pete Christlieb, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Riel and Jan Lundgren. She now lives in Denmark with her Danish husband. Track listing: 1. Will You Still Be Mine 2. Flamingo 3. Traveling Groove Merchant 4. Doralice 5. Whats Your Story Morning Glory? 6. Dont Fence Me In 7. Them There Eyes 8. Moments Like This 9. Red Wagon 10. Green Dolphin Street 11. Always Searching For My Baby 12. I Wanna Be Loved Credits: Kristin Korb - Bass / Vocals Bruce Forman - Guitar Jeff Hamilton - Drums Recorded October 23-24, 2012 Sunset Sound (Hollywood, CA) Mixed at Cane River Studios (Sherman Oaks, CA) Mastered at Timbre Music (Copenhagen, Denmark) Recording & Mixing Engineer: David Rideau Assistant Engineer: Geoff Neal Mastering: Mikkel Nymand Produced by Kristin Korb & Morten Korb Stve