Kait Dunton is a Los Angeles based composer & pianist with an unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio, best expressed by her genre-pushing supergroup, trioKAIT. Fused together via Kait’s unconventional compositions, the trio melds into a laser-focused single entity, bringing a modern, tight and groovy concept to the piano trio format. Six years and three albums in, trioKAIT has developed a dynamic group sound and acquired many accolades along the way, including 4.5 stars in DownBeat and top spots on the JazzWeek charts for each album (#5, #11, #20).
Kait has produced and released six albums of original compositions and arrangements as a leader. Her latest album, Planet D’earth, reached #9 on the JazzWeek charts and was featured on Tom Schnabel’s KCRW Rhythm Planet. DownBeat awarded 4.5 stars to Kait’s latest trio album, which reached top twenty on the JazzWeek charts. trioKAIT Casual reached #5 on the radio charts, while her debut album, Real & Imagined, continues to draw fans, now with nearly 2 million streams on Spotify. Prior to this, Kait was a member of Snarky Puppy during their formative years in Texas, appearing on their sophomore record, The World is Getting Smaller.
In addition to composition and performance, Kait is also an active recording artist and educator. She records often for film, television and other artists, and has taught at the University of North Texas, USC’s Thornton School of Music, Musician’s Institute, Chaffey College, and most recently at Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena, where she developed their new Piano Performance program and served as its inaugural chair.