2013 Guest of Honor:
Rebecca Kilgore is an American jazz vocalist based in Portland, Oregon. She has been called “one of the best interpreters of the Great American Songbook.”
Kilgore has performed with jazz pianist and composer Dave Frishberg, trombonist Dan Barrett, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, and many other musicians.
“When Rebecca sings, the sun comes out.” — Johnny Mandel
In 1990, she teamed with John Miller for Put on a Happy Face, and in 1993 appeared with Portland’s Tall Jazz Trio on their Plays Winter Jazz disc.
However, Kilgore’s most fruitful collaborations were in conjunction with pianist Dave Frishberg; after teaming for 1993’s Looking at You, they reunited a year later for Saw Stars, followed in 1997 by Not a Care in the World and again in 2001 with The Starlit Hour.
At the same time, Kilgore also fronted a ’60s-style country band, Beck-a-Roo, and in 1994 contributed vocals to the score of the CBS animated special Tales From the Far Side, inspired by the popular Gary Larson comic strip.
In 2010 Kilgore was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.