Smooth Kats is a funk and acid jazz all-female band from Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The music of these six beautiful young ladies combines intelligence and European music tradition with the new creative ideas, positive energy, spontaneity, and improvisation. It’s a good mix of acid jazz, funk, disco, and lounge.
Smooth Kats has participated in number of international music festivals and competitions, such as Petrojazz 2014, Petrojazz 2015, Petrojazz Autumn, Lady in Jazz (first prize), Czech Jazz Contest (audience prize), “Cover Party” (first prize), and “Harley Days” in Saint Petersburg. The girls have shared stages with Andreya Triana, Club Des Belugas, Alice Francis, and many other great musicians. They have already toured Czech Republic, Latvia, and Estonia.
Smooth Kats is a frequent guest on TV and radio (“5th Channel” Spb, “Saint-Petersburg Channel”, “Life News 78”, “Latvijas Radio”, “Raadio 4 Tallinn”).
Yulia Gauchenova - vocal
Kate Alpatova - bass, back-vocal
Tanya Ryabkova - saxophone, flute
Kate Vasilieva - guitar, back-vocal
Yuliya Pankevich - keyboards
Maria Brewster - drums
Sound producer - Michael Bantsev
(band leader and tour manager Kate Alpatova)