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Beat Goes On

Vocalist Beat Kaestli is happy, sad and satisfied

Beat Kaestli
Beat Kaestli

According to Hollywood folklore, when Jack Lemmon was just starting out an overzealous agent advised him to alter his last name. Critics disappointed with one of his films or performances would, he insisted, surely find it too irresistible to link “Lemmon” to its homonym. The same advise might apply to a jazz singer whose first name is Beat.

But, just as Lemmon rarely needed to worry about negative reviews, Swiss-born vocalist Beat Kaestli is simply too gifted to be concerned with censuring, homonymic wordplay. (For the record, Kaestli’s first name is pronounced “bay-at” and was originally spelled Béat, before the accent disappeared several years ago).

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