"She swings fiercely... scats with a proper abandon... commanding zest."
★ ★ ★ ★ ½ - Downbeat Magazine.
"Jazz from Central California? Believe it." - All About Jazz
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About Karen

Song stylist, radio host, educator, and choreographer Karen Marguth is receiving rave reviews since the release of her eponymous CD.

★★★★½ - Downbeat Magazine

"Karen is one of the essential 101 chanteuses of all time."-Jazz Magazine, France

"Karen is, indeed, a jazz singer, with pinpoint intonation and a supple voice allowing her to phrase and scat with audacity."-Cadence Magazine

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Upcoming shows

  • 04/13/15 Karen Marguth in Fresno at Fig Garden Village’s Spring Fest
  • 05/14/16 Karen Marguth in Livermore, California at The Bankhead Theater

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Karen to Serve on Faculty for Milestones Youth Jazz Summer Camp


The Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop is a JazzFresno project providing jazz performance and education opportunities for the youth of the Central Valley. Their summer jazz camp will take place this year from June 15th through June 20th. The camp is for jazz musicians and aspiring jazz musicians alike, from those just entering middle school to college students 20 years and younger. The faculty is made up of outstanding jazz educators and musicians who will lead small group ensembles and provide master classes and instruction in jazz theory and improvisation for kids playing at every level.

New for 2015 is the addition of a vocal jazz program, headed up by jazz vocalist Karen Marguth

Serving as artist in residence will be Gilbert Castellanos, one of the nation’s premier jazz trumpeters and a fixture on the Southern California jazz scene. Castellanos will also perform in concert for the public.


Registration for the camp is now online! Register and pay by February 28 to save $50.




“A Way With Words” Listed Among DownBeat’s Best Albums

Karen’s latest album made the list in DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of 2013″ issue:


Karen on WGLT’s “Jazz Next” Podcast


Listen in to Karen’s recent contribution to WGLT’s show “Jazz Next” at the link below…



Karen to sing with the Fresno Philharmonic

Karen will perform on December 7th with the Fresno Philharmonic as part of their Home for the Holidays Concert, under the direction of Tony-Award winning conductor Stuart Malina.  She’ll solo on several tunes arranged by Maestro Malina, and also perform a duet with him.

An accomplished pianist, Maestro Malina has impressive credits as soloist and chamber musician. In Harrisburg, he has had annual performances with Market Square Concerts, as well as the highly successful Stuart and Friends concerts with members of the HSO.  He has performed concertos in Harrisburg, Greensboro, Charleston, New York and Chautauqua, most often conducting from the keyboard.

As a composer and arranger, Maestro Malina has created dozens of orchestral works, ranging from entire pops shows to works for symphony orchestra.  His most recent composition,Brahms Fan Fare received its world premiere by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in May of 2011.

Maestro Malina’s activities also extend to Broadway. In June 2003, he won the TONY award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out, which Malina helped create with director/choreographer Twyla Tharp. Maestro Malina has also served as Associate Conductor of the National touring company of West Side Story and as conductor of the Charleston production of Porgy and Bess with performances throughout the United States, Canada, and at the Israel Festival in Caesarea. In 1995, in a strange turn of events, Malina appeared on stage, acting opposite Broadway legend Zoe Caldwell in Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning drama Master Class for its run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Maestro Stuart Malina


For tickets to the concert, visit http://fresnophil.org/concert.php?page=pops

For more information on Stuart Malina, visit http://www.stuartmalina.com/index.html


Performance coming up at Yoshi’s Lounge, San Francisco

Karen will perform on Dec 27th in the Lounge at Yoshi’s.  She’ll be joined by members of Espacio, including Mike Taylor on guitar and Eva Scow on mandolin.

Tickets available at this link: