Karen Blixt's New CD "Mad Hope" Due in Stores Spring 2008

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Karen Blixt

Chanteuse Also Dazzles in Two Sold-Out Shows at World-Famous Yoshi's

Karen Blixt has spent the past ten years meticulously establishing herself as one of the California Bay Area jazz scene's most respected and successful vocalists, before choosing to make two auspicious achievements in the same week. Karen's highly-awaited debut album, Spin This, broke onto the JazzWeek Top 50 Albums Charts. Karen proved exactly how well her CD is being received by selling out two consecutive April 4 engagements at San Francisco's world-famous venue, Yoshi's - an unprecedented feat for a Tuesday evening and for a premiere appearance at the esteemed 350-capacity jazz house.

The tremendous success of the Yoshi's shows was no doubt fueled by the incredible radio play Karen's CD has been receiving all across the country. In only its fourth week of release, Spin This cracked the prestigious JazzWeek Top 50 Albums Charts, MediaGuide's national airplay monitor. After steadily climbing their “Chartbound" list, Spin This made its Chart bow at #46 this week, reflecting strong rotation on jazz, college and even classical radio stations. The two most requested tracks from the red-hot CD continue to be Karen's unique twist on Count Basie's “Swingin' the Blues" and her beautiful rendition of Cole Porter's “Night and Day."

For both Karen's recording debut and her Yoshi's premiere, a host of jazz' finest luminaries accompanied her onstage, including Alex Acua (percussion, drums), Abraham Laboriel (bass), Will Kennedy (drums), Sheldon Brown (bass clarinet), Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn), Joe Hebert (cello) and Karen's main collaborator, Frank Martin (piano, keyboards). Karen will also be performing at the San Jose Jazz Festival, taking place August 17-20.

With her debut CD having met with unanimously rave reviews, increased radio play and now delivering an extraordinary live debut at one of the world's premiere jazz venues, Karen Blixt has shown that her “decade-in-the-making" album is already surpassing even the highest of expectations... and she's just getting started!

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