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"This girl is IT!" - Quincy Jones “A multitasking talent who swings her bass with a Mack-truck-powered lilt that would make her hero Ray Brown proud, and who transforms her smallish voice into a thing of delight” (The New Yorker), Following her prodigious beginnings on bass at age 8 and studies under renowned vocalist Tierney Sutton at 12, Thiroux was mentored by the legendary bassist John Clayton and was awarded a Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music while gaining experience on the bandstand with artists including Terrell Safford, Terri Lyne Carrington, Branford Marsalis, Larry Fuller, Jeff Clayton, Patti Austin, Geri Allen, Helen Sung, Charles McPherson, and dozens of others. She was a finalist in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition, and her debut release as a bandleader from the same year, Introducing Katie Thiroux, received accolades from All About Jazz, the Huffington Post, the Jazz Journalists Association, and NPR Jazz, who listed the release among their Top 5 Debut Records of the Year. Her most recent album, “Off Beat,” collected rave reviews and was awarded a “Best Album Of 2018” by Downbeat Magazine. She was named “Rising Star” bassist in the 2019 snd 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll, is the director for the Monterey Jazz Festival “Women in Jazz.” Thiroux tours in the US and Europe frequently and also believes believes in passing on jazz knowledge through workshops and masterclasses worldwide.