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Kristin Korb

Kristin Korb

Sixteen bars into a rehearsal of Thad Jones’ “To You,” Kristin Korb stopped Central Washington University’s top jazz band and laid down a guideline that might serve as her credo: “Twice the intensity, half the volume.” The 21-piece band’s next try earned a smile that lingered as Korb counted off Joe LaBarbera’s “Message From Art.”

Later, she tells me that in her second year as CWU’s director of jazz studies she and the band are more comfortable with each other. “They were a little leery when the ‘chick singer’ took over,” she says. There is no mistaking her quotation marks around “chick singer.” In any conversation about her work, Korb makes it clear that her job description of choice is “bass player,” a claim supported by Where You’ll Find Me, her new CD on Double K Music. Her sidemen are pianist Mike Wofford and drummer Jeff Hamilton.

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