Entries by karen

Making Music with Matt Finders & Friends

Matt Finders & friends Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, Karen has begun singing regularly with Matt Finders & Friends, a collection of busy professional musicians who are also music educators in East Bay. The group performs and records a range of styles, from straight-ahead jazz, to blues, funk, Motown and soul. Depending […]

Review in New York City Jazz Record

John Pietaro wrote this review, included in the April issue of The New York City Jazz Record: The tendency of poets to break out of the two- dimensional boundary is often seen as a post-War phenomenon, yet poetry was oral long before written language emerged. The African-American jazz tradition, begotten from a brutal melding of […]

Upcoming release on Origin Records: Ben Boone’s “The Poetry of Jazz”

Karen is among a stellar cadre of special guests on “The Poetry of Jazz,” a collaboration between saxophonist Benjamin Boone and the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine, due March 16 from Origin Records. Along with Karen, other guests on this album include Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Greg Osby, and Branford Marsalis. Long fascinated by […]

DownBeat Jazz Journalist Lists Karen’s Album in his ‘Best of 2016’

JazzWeekly.com’s George Harris has compiled the ‘Best of 2016’ lists of several jazz journalists, and Karen’s album “Just You, Just Me” appears on the list of DownBeat’s John McDonough. Here is McDonough’s complete list: Count Basie-Lester Young: 1936-47 (Mosaic) Bill Charlap trio: Notes from New York (Impulse!) Miles Davis: Freedom Dance (Columbia) [for the session […]

A Tasteful Arrangement by Matt Finders

Since moving to the Bay Area, Karen has had the opportunity to work with educator, composer, and arranger Matt Finders. Recently he invited her to sing on this recording of his arrangement of the Charlie Chaplin tune, “Smile,” in Berkeley’s Fantasy Studio. Featured are Matt Finders on bass, Danny Janklow on sax, Matt Clark on […]