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Kitty Margolis

Kitty Margolis

For an intoxicating taste of the San Francisco jazz scene, you’d do well to order Straight Up With A Twist by Bay Area native vocalist Kitty Margolis, recently released on the Mad-Kat Records label she co-manages with singer Madeline Eastman. “Think globally, buy locally” was the motto on the red-headed Margolis’ mind when she put the project together with co-producer and husband Alfonso Montuori.

“The right people for the job are the people you make music with on a daily or weekly basis,” the singer maintains, as she and Montuori share gourmet coffees at the fabled Enrico’s. This is the heart of North Beach, whose six decades of jazz clubs have included two incarnations of the Jazz Workshop, the second of which served as the live site of Margolis’s debut disc eight years ago. It’s also the neighborhood she’s lived in since the ’70s, when she was offered her first regular gig at the tiny Peta’s on Columbus Avenue.

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