Who is Orange Coffee?
Orange Coffee aka Kat Rodriguez is a beautiful multitalented, grammy nominated complete musician in all of its many splendors. She is an incredible singer, saxophonist, songwriter, vocalist, and educator.
At the age of 10, encouraged by her percussionist father, Kat picked up her first musical instrument, the clarinet. Later realizing that the clarinet and classical music was not the only musical career she wanted to pursue, she switched to the alto saxophone and began to learn jazz and other contemporary styles of music. That was the best decision she ever made.
In 2001, Kat was awarded the International Women in Jazz award by legendary bassist Caroline Ray and Vocalist Lenora Helm. And from then she received a fellowship to study music with Saxophonist/recording artist Antonio Hart. After auditioning for several colleges Kat accepted a full Scholarship to The New School University in New York City, where she graduated with a BFA in Jazz Saxophone and Composition.
In 2006 Beyonce auditioned for an all-female band. Kat was one of 1000 girls who auditioned and got hand-picked by Beyoncé herself. Since then Kat has recorded the Live DVDs; The Beyoncé Experience, the I...Am Tour, Live at Roseland, Live at Revel, Mrs. Carter Tour, On The Run Tour and most recently the Renaissance Tour. She has also performed in numerous TV appearances which include Oprah, Black Girls Rock Awards, Good Morning America, Glastonbury Music Festival, Bet Awards, American Music Awards, Grammy's, The View, Superbowl XVLII, MTV Awards, and American Idol to name a few. Kat has also performed with the likes of Jay-Z, Kathy Sledge, Nikki Minaj, Patato Valdes, JJ Hairston And Youthful Praise, Kanye West, Slim Thug, Jill Scott, Monica, Ledisi, George Michaels, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Mary J.Blige, Missy Elliot, Estelle, The Dixie Chicks, Gladys Knight, Kelly Clarkson, Erykah Badu, Common and Ciara to name a few. Kat was invited by the President of the US Barack Obama and had the honor and privilege to perform for the FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s Birthday with Beyoncé at the white house.
Kat has recorded with Destiny’s Child, DJ Mark Ronson, Rap Artist Mobb Deep, Beyonce, Michelle Williams, Gospel artist Kierra Sheard, Anthony Hamilton, 50 Cent, The Dixie Chicks, Billy Porter, Jon Batiste and Kelly Clarkson.
After being around the world a few times with the superstar Beyonce, Kat became one of the speakers for the BeyGood foundation the superstar founded. It is a Foundation that does outreach programs in communities all over the world. This opportunity made Kat realize her love for teaching. In 2014 due to her losing her dad and choosing to stay home and be a full-time parent Kat stopped touring for 9 years. During that time, Kat got her Master's in Teaching, and she directed after school programs that would reach over 1000 students. In 2020, Kat took 2 important jobs that would change her outlook on education forever. She became the high school music coordinator for JFK HS and the Jazz Big Band Professor and Director at Brooklyn College. In the span of 3 years, Kat created a curriculum she was proud of sharing across the nation, Layola University and Kansas City University being 2 of the most recent colleges to request masterclasses from Kat. In 2021, Orange Coffee made her debut and Kat divided her teaching endeavors with gigging by taking on a different stage name. Since then Orange Coffee has performed at Denver Comes Alive with Super Sonic Shorties and Nikki Glaspie. She has also headlined the prestigious Birdland Theater and Snug Harbor selling these Gems out under her Artist name Orange Coffee. On March 21st 2023, Kat was called by Beyonce to come back on the road to perform on the tour of a lifetime, The Renaissance Tour. Kat made the difficult decision to put her new love, teaching, on hold so that she could go back to her first love, the performing. The Renaissance Movie is in Theaters 12.01.23. Orange Coffee aka Kat will be in theaters all around the globe and this is just the beginning!
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