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MP3 of the Day: Kat Edmondson

Kat Edmondson probably shouldn't be a jazz singer. She's young, and from Austin, which means how she wound up singing jazz and not blues, country, folk or indie-rock is anyone's guess. (That said, if you're visiting the Capital City anytime soon, do yourself a favor and have a pint or two at the Elephant Room.) But jazz it is, and she's good at it - The New York Times called Edmonson "promising" and "kittenish," while the Boston Globe says her 2009 album Take to the Sky establishes that "she's already a confident interpreter of song."

Of course, some of the songs Edmonson chooses to interpret on Sky are hardly anyone's idea of jazz - the Cardigans' "Lovefool," for example. But listen as she brings out the inner bossa nova in the Cure's "Just Like Heaven." More traditional jazz fans, on the other hand, might prefer her take on Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things." Either way, she's playing two nights at Cezanne this weekend.

9 p.m. Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, at Cezanne, 4100 Montrose (above the Black Labrador Pub), 713-522-9621 or http://www.blacklabradorpub.com/cezanne_about.html.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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