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 super group, trioKAIT. Kait has produced and released three albums of original compositions, with a fourth featuring her equally out-of-the-box arranging style. Her third record, trioKAIT, made the Huffington Post’s list of “The Best Jazz for 2015” and was featured in Downbeat Magazine as well as on JAZZIZ Magazine’s 33⅓ Anniversary CD. Her second album, Mountain Suite, features master interpreters Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, John Daversa and Darek Oles. Recently, she has also collaborated with German pianist Albrecht Gündel-vom Hofe on the two-piano album Piano Conversations, and with German vocalist Erik Leuthäuser, who’s debut record, Im Land von Oo-Bla-Dee, features trioKAIT and Kait’s original arrangements.
Classically trained, Kait now works primarily in jazz and contemporary genres, maintaining a balanced career of performance, composition and education. Holding a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music, she now heads the Piano Performance program at the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena, California.