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Schutt, Kate

Schutt, Kate, guitarist, vocalist; b. Wilmington, DE, 31 January 1975.

Schutt grew up in Chadds Ford, PA.  Surrounded by music as a child, Schutt's father (Charles P. Schutt, Jr., born 1942, harmonica) and mother (born Katharine Draper, 1944) insisted their youngest and last child (Schutt has two older brothers: Porter, b. 1969; Jake, b. 1971) study music seriously.  Schutt had piano lessons from age 10-14, adding the guitar at the age of 11, playing in a rock band by age 12, studying voice for a year at age 13, writing her first song at age 14.  Guitar became her main focus from age 11 on. At the time she began studying with noted jazz guitarist John Dougherty (with whom she still studies today).  Schutt attended boarding school in Watertown, CT where she played in multiple settings (duo guitar, ensemble rock bands) and sang in both the choir and the female accapella group.  She then attended Harvard University for two years (1993-1995), continuing her studies with Dougherty (who moved to Boston in 1993), dedicated herself to jazz guitar while dabbling in composition classes in Harvard's music department, all while playing two Division I collegiate sports (women's ice hockey and women's lacrosse). In the summer of 1995, she enrolled in Berklee College of Music, devoting herself to jazz studies, and completed six semesters of classes there as dual Performance and Traditional Composition major, principle instrument guitar.  Mentor teachers include jazz trombonist Phil Wilson.  She performed in all styles -- jazz trios and duos, folk rock combos -- on campus and around Boston during her time there.  In the fall of 1997, Schutt returned to Harvard to finish her athletic career and her BA, graduating Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors in English and American Literature and Language in 1999.  During her final semesters she conducted original research and wrote a Summa Cum Laude thesis with renowned poetry critic Helen Vendl er on the influence of jazz and blues on Elizabeth Bishop's poetry.  In 2000, Schutt founded an independent record label, Wild Whip Records.  During the years 2000-20003, Schutt performed regularly, touring nationally, playing in cities from Provincetown, MA to San Francisco, CA. Currently, in addition to writing two original albums, producing a compilation CD, and performing, Schutt is preparing to return to Berklee to finish her degree in jazz Performance and Music Production and Engineering. She is studying guitar (jazz and classical/Brazilian) with two private teachers, drums, piano, and the eight string guitar-bass hybrid.

Recordings, broadcasts:
brokenwingtrick (2001); brokenworld (2001); broken (2002); 2000-2002 about 40 hours unissued recordings of performances around the country; Live radio performances and interviews on WOMR (Provincetown, MA)

'Queerly Independent' in Windy City Times, 3/26/03
'Check it out' in Girlfriends Magazine, 10/00
'Drew Digs Dykes With Guitars' in Curve Magazine, 04/02
'New Sounds' in Jazz Now, 3/03
'Rock, Pop and Genre Hop' in Wilmington News Journal, 3/14/03

Contact information:
Kate Schutt
Wild Whip Records
PO Box 391791
Cambridge, MA 02139
Toll Free: 866-WHIP-THIS

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