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Kilgore, Rebecca

Rebecca Kilgore is a vocalist who specializes in music from the 1930s and 1940s. She was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 24, 1948, but relocated to Portland, Oregon, at the age of 30, where she still resides. She has made more than 30 recordings, some of her most notable ones featuring Dave Frishberg on piano. She has also worked with Frishberg on long standing engagements in Portland, Oregon, where they both reside. She's also part of a quartet called BED (“Becky, Eddie—Eddie Erickson, Dan—Dan Barrett”), which draws on an eclectic repertoire of classic jazz. She has also worked with the Statesmen Of Jazz, a non-profit jazz advocacy group dedicated to perpetuating the music for future generations.

Kilgore regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She is a frequent guest on National Public Radio's 'Fresh Air' with Terry Gross, has appeared on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall.

Kilgore has also performed at the Plush Room at the York Hotel in San Francisco; the Jazz Bakery in Culver City, CA: Steamers Jazz Club in Fullerton, CA; and many other venues. She was inducted into the Portland Jazz Society’s Hall Of Fame, and has performed at New York’s Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention for two consecutive years at Town Hall and Lincoln Center. In 1994 Kilgore served as vocalist on the score of the CBS animated special Tales From the Far Side, based on the comic strip by the popular artist (and jazz fan) Gary Larson.