Southern California native, Romy Kaye, is known for her savvy jazz phrasing and belting blues. Romy’s music career began in back in San Diego where she teamed up with A.J. Croce to form Romy Kaye and the Swingin’ Gates. Romy also fronted and wrote songs for the critically acclaimed western swing band, the Shapiro’s.
Romy moved to New York City for a few years. During her time in NYC, Romy performed in clubs such as Deanna’s, Zinc Lounge, Fez, CBGB’s and the Knitting Factory. Romy also performed with the hauntingly twangy band, Big Lazy.
Romy returned to San Diego and caught the ear of ex- Beat Farmer, Buddy Blue, who asked her to join his band. Romy wrote one song for Buddy’sDipsomania CD and recorded several more. The band toured throughout the Southwest, including the 1999 Hootenanny Festival, opening for Mike Ness. In 2001, Romy left Buddy’s group and recorded her solo CD, My Mother’s Daughter. Romy Kaye headlined the San Felipe Jazz Festival, 2000 and the Ensenada Jazz Festival in 2003 in Baja California, Mexico.