Katie Cavera

Redwood Coast Music Festival 2020 Performing Artist

Katie Cavera has made a name for herself on the West Coast and in Europe playing 20’s and 30’s classic jazz. She is a rhythm guitar specialist in the style of Freddie Greenand Al Casey. She also plays hot 20’s plectrum and tenor banjo, New Orleans style string bass, and sings in the 20’s pop style of Helen Kane and Ruth Etting.


Jazz critic Jim Leigh and bandleader/multi-instrumentalist Clint Baker have dubbed her the “California Sunshine Girl” because of her upbeat singing style and sunny stage personality. She currently works at Disney California Adventure with the Ellis Island Boys and with the cabaret perfomance group Vaud and the Villians.


Katie Cavera is originally from Southern Indiana. She attended Indiana University and studied jazz performance and composition with Dr. David Baker, playing with his Jazz Ensemble in a special presentation of Duke Ellington Masterworks at the Smithsonian Institution.


Since moving to Southern California, Katie has become a sought-after guitarist, banjoist, and bassist. Her credits include working with Jug Bandlegend Jim Kweskin, Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band at The Landing in San Antonio, Texas, and members ofTurk Murphy’s Jazz Band including Bob Helm, Leon Oakley, and Ray Skjelbred.


From 2006 - 2009 she was part of the Jerome Savary production of "à la recherche de Josephine (Looking For Josephine)" a musical about New Orleans Jazz, Hurricane Katrina, and Josephine Baker. Katie played guitar and tenor banjo in the prodution, and notated the original score written by David Boeddinghaus. The musical premiered at the Opera Comique in Paris, France in the fall of 2006 and returned for an encore presentation in the spring of 2007. The show was nominated for a Molière Award (the national theatre award of France bestowed by APAT, the Association Professionnelle et Artistique du Théâtre) and toured extensively through France and Spain from 2007 - 2008. In 2009 the show toured Austria and Germany and had its American premiere in Montclaire, New Jersey.


Olympia Jazz Fest 2015: Katie Cavera & Terriers: Tutti Frutti, Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
Katie's Lost Boys

Performance Times:

VENUE                               DAY                      START 

Eagle House                       Friday                   3:00pm

Ben Polcer's Swingin' Six - Clint & Riley Baker

Morris Graves                     Friday                   6:00pm

Sam Rocha & His Really Cool Friends

Adorni Center                     Friday                  7:30pm

Western Swing Allstars with Elana James

Sequoia Center                  Friday                 10:30pm

Jonathan Doyle Swingtet

Morris Graves                    Saturday               1:30pm

Charlie Halloran & His Calypsonians

Saturday                TBA                    

Sunday                    TBA

Friday                    TBA