Saturday, March 5th, Karen will perform as a featured artist at the annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival.  This festival is one of many around the country which bring together youth jazz bands in an environment where jazz  is celebrated.  The bands will perform, receive feedback from mentor/judges, and the students will also get to see three concerts by world-class, professional jazz artists.

Karen’s set will be at noon on Saturday, and she’ll be joined by the band Espacio. The other featured artists at the festival will be The Jeff Hamilton Trio, performing Friday night, and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, performing Saturday night.

Festivals like this one are integral to keeping jazz meaningful to young musicians.  The students learn from the chance to perform, receive feedback, and attend professional jazz performances.

For more information about this festival, visit