Kathleen Landis has been a recognized name in live music in Manhattan since the mid-eighties when she began a 22-year-long residency as pianist-vocalist at the Cafe Pierre of the Pierre Hotel. Prior to her move from Detroit to Manhattan, she did eight years of postgraduate study with Boris Maximovich, a student of Simon Barere and previously professor of piano at the Conservatory of Kiev.
Landis’s interest in improvisation led her to front many jazz ensembles and to lecture on improvisation at Steinway Hall and many college campuses. In the 90’s she heard Arminda Canteros’s CD of tangos and fell in love with both the traditional ones and the new tangos created by Astor Piazzolla. Kathleen spent several years studying with Arminda, gaining the feel of the left hand's variable use of rhythm and the right hand’s use of rubato.
Kathleen has presented several concerts of Gershwin with a 12-piece orchestra at Weill Hall, in some of which she featured her own jazz arrangement of Gershwin's “Cuban Overture.” Her CD “Island to Island” arranges many of his songs from shows, overlapped with his five Preludes.
Landis was a regular on the Cole Porter piano in Peacock Alley of the Waldorf Hotel until its closing last month. She is currently preparing for an April 26th debut with her jazz trio at Kitano Jazz in the Kitano Hotel. Along with her ongoing weekly performances at the New York Athletic Club, she teaches piano to adults and children in her East Side apartment.