Entries by karen

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 […]

Bay Area Jazz and Arts (BAJA) – The Sound Room

Karen will perform on February 25, 2017, at The Sound Room, in Oakland, California. Joining her will be Matt Finders on bass, David Aus on piano, Brian Hamada on drums, and Guido Fazio on reeds. The evening’s setlists will include tunes from Karen’s upcoming release, including originals and new arrangements not yet performed for a […]