Jazz bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux received a presidential scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 2006. Within her first year, she gained the attention of Terri Lyne Carrington and Branford Marsalis and performed at festivals in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America both as a sideman and leader. Upon returning to her native Los Angeles, she formed a quartet of the brightest young talents in jazz, featuring Graham Dechter, Matt Witek, and Roger Neumann.
Thiroux recently completed her self-titled debut album under the guidance of her mentor, John Clayton, and coproducer, the Grammy Award–winning Jeff Hamilton; it is set to be released in January 2015. DownBeat author and critic Kirk Silsbee remarked, "Her musicality, swinging drive, and attention to detail are values seldom heard in players of her age group."
Famed New York–area radio station WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org, NPR Music, and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the fourth year of The Checkout—Live at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New York–based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in the Red Room @ Cafe 939. The shows are broadcast in New York over WBGO FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new on New York’s jazz scene. In addition, selected shows are webcast live worldwide in high definition and are also available for on-demand listening at NPRmusic.org. They are also archived at Checkoutjazz.org.