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Catey Esler is a jazz vocalist from Chicago, IL. She enjoys singing in many styles, but most often sings jazz. Catey Esler grew up playing music. She started piano at the age of 4 and has played ever since. Catey did not begin singing seriously until middle school when she joined the choir there. She soon found that she truly enjoyed it and so she began to do it on her own time as well as piano still. Throughout middle school she sang in the choir and the honors choir. She continued to sing in the top choirs at her high school as well as singing for groups at Midwest Young Artists. Sophomore year of high school, she joined jazz choir and was completely hooked. She had always grown up listening to jazz, vocal and instrumental, but never had sung it herself. Once she did, she knew that this was her path. Catey soon went on to take specifically jazz lessons with Rose Colella (Chicago jazz vocalist) as well as classical lessons with Margaret Harden (Chicago classical vocalist in the CSO) throughout her high school years. Catey sings with jazz groups, jazz choirs and mostly rhythms sections but also big bands.
Her main performance highlights were most recently at The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, IL where she has performed 3 times with small rhythm sections. She has also performed at Harris Theater in Chicago with the Midwest Young Artist choir and was featured as a soloist with the Midwest Young Artists big band. Other venues she performed at were Millennium Park in Chicago, Ravinia in Highland Park, Norris Cultural Arts Center in Saint Charles, Civic Center in Peoria, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern and many others.
Catey has not yet been in a band of her own but she is very determined to be so that they can create Jazz/Latin/World inspired music. Although she has not been in a band, she has been in numerous choirs and jazz bands through her school and Midwest Young Artists and other camps she attended. She has received many awards from these choirs such as IMEA All-State Choir as a Soprano 2 in 2011 and 2012, IMEA District Choir Soprano 2 in 2011 and 2012, IMEA District Jazz Choir as a Soprano in 2010 and 2011. She has also received awards through her high school award call Breakfast of Champions for making the All State Choir in 2011 and 2012. She received scholarship/financial award from Berklee College of Music, which she currently attends, to study there. She also was chosen to receive scholarship to attend Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) in summers 2009 and 2010. Lastly, she received the “Best Scat Solo” award from University of Western Michigan Jazz Festival in 2010.
Catey Esler currently goes to school at Berklee College of Music to study jazz voice performance. She studies under Daniela Schachter but will soon study under Maggie Scott. Catey has also attended many summer camps where she had the opportunity to meet, work with, and perform with one of her main inspirations, the New York Voices (Lauren, Kim, Darmon, and Peter). At these camps, she also had the pleasure to work with another influential musician to her, Greg Jasperse. She has also worked and sang with Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Suzanne Pittson.

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Catey Esler is mostly influenced and inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, New York Voices, Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby McFerrin, Shirley Horne, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, Gretchen Parlato, Julie London, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, The Real Group, The Manhattan Transfer, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding and George Gershwin.