Jazz musician and song stylist Karen Tennison‘s voice shapes her music with polish and ease.
Born and raised in Austin, Karen Tennison’s passion for jazz began at the age of 12 after purchasing her first Ella Fitzgerald album. A student at Texas State University, where she is lead vocalist in the top combo and top big band, Tennison’s clear and meticulous vocals effortlessly drape over her band’s arrangements with commanding power and grace. The Kate Tennison Quintet includes Dave Sayers on tenor saxophone, Andrew Friedrich on guitar, Richard Mikel on bass, and Brandon Guerra on drums.
You can watch Karen Tennison’s live performance at the Highball this Saturday, July 11th, and at the Austin Jazz Society Sunday Jazz set at Chez Zee on July 12th. You can also stream her music right here on KUTX.