Karen Blixt has spent the past ten years making a name for herself as one of the California Bay Area jazz scene's most respected and successful vocalists. Now to commemorate the release of her first-ever studio recording, Spin This
, Karen will be teaming with a host of the jazz's finest luminaries for a stellar performance at Berkeley's Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance.
On Saturday, June 3rd, 2006, Karen will delight audiences with another daring and bold array of jazz's finest sounds. Karen proved exactly how well her CD is being received by selling out two consecutive engagements at San Francisco's world-famous venue Yoshi's, as well as having cracked the prestigious JazzWeek Top 50 Albums Charts, making it to the top 30's.
Karen Blixt first experimented with musical styles by jazzing" up hymns at the church she attended in upstate New York while only three years old. Intrigued by the inventive and improvisational nature of jazz, Karen followed her muse to California's Bay Area, where she immediately proceeded to establish herself as a prominent figure in the San Francisco jazz enclave. She has performed with Bobby McFerrin on his score for the Academy Award -winning film Common Threads, in addition to singing extensively throughout the distinguished Northern California jazz community.
Jazzschool Tickets $15
For this exclusive appearance at The Jazzschool, Karen has enlisted an all-star line-up of celebrated musicians, the majority of whom also played on her debut disc, Spin This, which arrived March 7 from HiFli Records. The impressive collective of special guests accompanying Karen at the Jazzschool includes Alex Acua (percussion, drums), Abraham Laboriel (bass), Will Kennedy (drums), Sheldon Brown (bass clarinet), Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn), Joe Hebert (cello) and Frank Martin (piano, keyboards). Martin also served as Karen's key collaborator on Spin This, both producing and arranging the album, in addition to co-writing the CD's three original tracks with Karen.
Performance starts at 8PM. The Jazzschool is located at 2087 Addison St. Berkeley, CA. 94704.