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Love Songs And Lullabies Abound in Kate McGarry Trio's New Jazz Project

photo of Versace, McGarry, and Ganz
Kerry Kehoe
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In the past few years, Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz and Gary Versace all wanted a break from the chaos of modern American politics and world events. As the Durham-based trio headed into the studio to record new songs, they quickly noticed an emerging theme in their music: love.

The album that originated from those sessions is aptly called “The Subject Tonight Is Love.” It explores romance, partnership and self-love, which they say opens them up to share more fully with others. Host Frank Stasio talks with vocalist Kate McGarry and guitarist Keith Ganz about their ongoing collaboration. The group performs with longtime-friend and collaborator Gary Versace at Sharp Nine Gallery in Durham Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team. She's currently filling in as the station's digital news editor.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.