Karen is currently receiving some notable attention on the French airwaves. She is currently playlisted on Radio France’s FranceMusique show “Open Jazz,” hosted by Alex Dutilh and on the internationally syndicated Radio Fidèlitè weekly Jazz á tous les ètages show, as well as, Montpellier’s Divergence FM 93.9 MHz Planete Jazz show on Cofrac International.

Meanwhile, back home Karen gained regular airplay on Jim Wilke’s Jazz After Hours radio show, which is syndicated to stations all over the country on Jazz After Hours. Jim played Karen’s album every week for nearly four months. The program is regularly named one of the top four national jazz radio programs by the JazzTimes Readers Poll and Jim has been frequently nominated for the Willis Conover/Marian McPartland Award for Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting by the Jazz Journalists Association. The show is produced at Hatchcover Productions in Seattle and distributed by Public Radio International from Midnight to 7 a.m. Eastern Time each weekend. It also reaches an international audience via many US stations who also stream the program to the internet. So log-on now HERE.

Karen was recently interviewed by Helen Borgers over at Los Angeles radio station KKJZ, who’ve also been playing the album regularly. We have the audio of that available on the post above, titled KKJZ Interview.

You can also stream the recent in-studio interview and performance Karen did for Fresno radio station KFSR HERE.

Canadian Public Broadcasting’s show, Tonic, has also been playing the album, as has Sirius XM‘s Real Jazz Channel, Channel 70!

Album News:

Karen’s album was listed in Bob Parlocha’s top 40 list the week of Feb 22 – Mar 1, 2010.

It has also featured on the Roots Music Report’s top 50 jazz albums list seven times, so far.

In addition, it has spent  twenty six weeks, so far, on JazzWeek’s list of the nation’s top jazz albums!

Recently published in Jazz Magazine (France)

We regularly receive CDs from musicians who are totally unknown to us.  Sometimes, we understand quickly why we’ve never heard of them, but sometimes we are pleasantly surprised.  Such is the case with Karen Marguth, a Californian from Fresno, about whom we know little, except, after listening to this CD, that she has all the talent of a great jazz singer. In the line of white singers, which the world of jazz has often disdained in the past, she carries it today to the pinnacle.

Karen Marguth has no reason to envy Stacey Kent. Gifted with technique without flaw (great precision in all registers and impeccable articulation) her excellent phrasing permits her to easily scat and swing.  She is at ease in all musical genres, from the standards that she has on the tip of her vocal cords (Daydream, All of Me, Squeeze Me) to Latin pieces (Lagrimas Negras which reminds us of Vaya con Dios) to folk ballads (Admit It).  Accompanied by the group Espacio whose originality is mainly due to a wonderful mandolinist and whose only failing is a drummer who is a little too heavy-handed at times, Karen also shows that she knows how to do without harmonic support for much of her album, offering beautiful duos with bassist Kevin Hill.  If purchasing via internet doesn’t bother you, Karen Marguth’s clear and smooth voice will charm you.  A Californian to discover.

-Phillipe Vincent, Jazz Magazine, France