Women In Jazz 7.14.16

Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart is the voice many regard as “Austin’s [Texas] First Lady of Jazz” as expressed by Austin Woman Magazine.   She is a beautiful woman who steals the heart of any Jazz aficionado–no not just Jazz, but music, period.  Her perfectly phrased renditions of classic Jazz standards, contemporary music and compositions composed just for her, win immediate acceptance by any audience as she consistently gives a stunning performance.

Karen Tennison

Karen, like Anita O’Day, considers herself a “song stylist,” meaning she uses her voice like an instrument, considering herself more of a jazz musician than a vocalist. Her sound is sweet, emotional, and will always leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. After the moment she bought her first Ella Fitzgerald CD at a used bookstore at the age of twelve, Karen has been hooked, finding herself always listening to jazz. Her passion only grew larger after attending The University of Northern Colorado for two years where she dove head first into the jazz scene, attending as many clinics, lectures, and performances that she could, and participating in the jazz choirs the university had to offer. Once moving back to Texas, Karen decided to attend Texas State University where she quickly became the leading vocalist in the top combo, directed by Butch Miles, and top big band, conducted by Dr. Russell Haight.

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