The October issue of In Tune International has this to say about Karen’s latest album:

Wow, What a remarkable, non-stop, carefully selected 17-song programme. Just where to begin? Karen’s album has bebop jazz and beautiful standards. During her Spanish singing of “Lagrimas Negras,” you can hear some remarkable mandolin solos by Eva Scow. It’s most endearing, and will remain with me for a long time. The lovely ballad “Daydream” is a delight. There’s Mike Taylor’s exciting guitar solo to look for, but it’s Karen who’s really in charge throughout with her superb vocalizing. Her most imaginative version of “That Old Black Magic” will delightfully stun you. It’s so fresh and absolutely unforgettable. Imagine just what sparkling colours a mandolin solo does here to enhance this version. Another oldie, “All of Me,” has her scat singing with her great bass player Kevin Hill. Together they bring such luscious newness to a most familiar song. On “The Nearness of You,” her guitarist Mike Taylor’s unbelievable assist makes this sweet endearing ballad one of her many highlights. What a high note to conclude this amazing CD. It’s certain to appear on my ten best list of the year. -Dan Singer

Karen is thrilled to have been asked  to perform the opening set at the first-ever Yosemite International Jazz Festival.

Tickets are now on sale for the  3-day event put on by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Several well-known artists will be performing, including Spyro Gyra, Richard Elliot and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

The event will also give amateur musicians the chance to take part in musical workshops and other activities.  Proceeds will go to the building fund for a new Visitors and Performing Arts Center in Oakhurst, California.

“We’re really excited about this jazz festival, which is the first of what will be an annual event. We hope to attract jazz enthusiasts from across the country,” said Kathy McCorry, executive director of the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce.  “We’ve timed it to be an extension of the West Coast Jazz Season allowing time for season followers to visit Yosemite and enjoy the beauty of the Sierras in the fall.

Ticket prices for the Yosemite International Jazz Festival start at just $25 and can be purchased at http://www.yijazz.com/#.

The festival website is currently under construction, so please check back soon for more information.

 

Karen will be performing ten sets at this year’s Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival, including nine sets with Espacio, and one special set with pianist Jason Wanner.

This festival in the beautiful Sierras will feature 30 different bands playing at 10 venues over the course of 5 days.  Born in 1989, this festival has an average attendance of 20,000 spectators.  The co-directors, Ken and Flossie Coulter, search out the best bands they can find.  In the early years, the festival featured primarily trad jazz, but Ken and Flossie have expanded the festival to now include a full variety of jazz.

For information and tickets, visit:

http://www.mammothjazz.org/index.html

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

http://www.sjvjf.net/artist.html