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“A Way With Words” Listed Among DownBeat’s Best Albums

Karen’s latest album made the list in DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of 2013” issue:


Karen on WGLT’s “Jazz Next” Podcast


Listen in to Karen’s recent contribution to WGLT’s show “Jazz Next” at the link below…


Karen to sing with the Fresno Philharmonic

Karen will perform on December 7th with the Fresno Philharmonic as part of their Home for the Holidays Concert, under the direction of Tony-Award winning conductor Stuart Malina.  She’ll solo on several tunes arranged by Maestro Malina, and also perform a duet with him.

An accomplished pianist, Maestro Malina has impressive credits as soloist and chamber musician. In Harrisburg, he has had annual performances with Market Square Concerts, as well as the highly successful Stuart and Friends concerts with members of the HSO.  He has performed concertos in Harrisburg, Greensboro, Charleston, New York and Chautauqua, most often conducting from the keyboard.

As a composer and arranger, Maestro Malina has created dozens of orchestral works, ranging from entire pops shows to works for symphony orchestra.  His most recent composition,Brahms Fan Fare received its world premiere by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in May of 2011.

Maestro Malina’s activities also extend to Broadway. In June 2003, he won the TONY award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out, which Malina helped create with director/choreographer Twyla Tharp. Maestro Malina has also served as Associate Conductor of the National touring company of West Side Story and as conductor of the Charleston production of Porgy and Bess with performances throughout the United States, Canada, and at the Israel Festival in Caesarea. In 1995, in a strange turn of events, Malina appeared on stage, acting opposite Broadway legend Zoe Caldwell in Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning drama Master Class for its run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Maestro Stuart Malina


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Performance coming up at Yoshi’s Lounge, San Francisco

Karen will perform on Dec 27th in the Lounge at Yoshi’s.  She’ll be joined by members of Espacio, including Mike Taylor on guitar and Eva Scow on mandolin.

Tickets available at this link:



Karen’s latest album lands on the Grammy ballot

Karen’s latest album “A Way With Words,” is listed on the initial ballot for this year’s best Jazz Vocals category. It’s not an official nomination– those will be announced after the voting members of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences submit their final choices — but it puts her in the running and is an honor in itself.