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"With everything that has breath..."



November 6, 2023

New Video - First Look

"Unshed Tears" by Karlene Marie



December 9, 2023

JMS Big Band Holiday Concert

James Shaw, Director

Karlene Marie, vocals

2535 Robie Street, Church Sanctuary

2:30 pm



December 31, 2023

New Year's Eve (Private)

Karlene Marie, vocals/piano

7:00 -10:00 pm

Past Events

"And if there come the singers and the dancers and the flute players, buy of their gifts also.

For they too are gatherers of fruit and frankincense, and that which they bring, though fashioned of dreams, is raiment and food for your soul." -The Prophet Khalil Gibran


Karlene Marie bxw photo profile with hand resting on right cheek, promo with text in African Heritage month colours - Saraka, a jazzy musical meal with four piece jazz combo Sunday, February 26, 7 pm

Saraka! a jazzy music meal

Saraka! is a new production by Karlene Marie Soprano Songstress that takes its inspiration from a Caribbean immigrant mama’s name for day-old food mixed with a fresh, simple ingredient to bring one nourishing, completely delicious and affordable, new meal to the family table.


The inaugural event  Saraka! A jazzy musical meal happened during African Heritage Month, February 26, 2023, from 7:00 - 9:30 pm LIVE at The Carleton in Halifax, Nova Scotia with Karlene Marie (vocals) and the four-piece combo of Silvio Pupo (keys), Jeff Torbert (guitar), Kyle Tully (bass) and Andrew Miller (drums).

The creativity of Saraka! is celebrated through the songs of prolific, inspirational artists of which Karlene chose 26 to share, 18 that she performed in the show leaving others to mix-in for the next time.

The musical menu consists of feel good jazz and other tasty genre-adjacent songs from eras past and present made legendary by African-American composers and interpreters including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Esperanza Spaulding, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Donny Hathaway, Anita Baker, k-os, Stevie Wonder and more.

MIKE HIRSCHBACH - Artist Director, Halifax Circus, NS

The energy and spirit between Karlene, the musicians and the audience was infectious. She interspersed entertaining chats on the history of jazz in between the numbers, priming us for her phrasings and interpretations of jazz standards and lesser known works. 
It was an electric evening, and appreciated by the receptive, full audience.
Karlene Marie

Karlene Marie

singing at the mic center stage with band left to right, Andrew Miller, drums, Kyle Tully, bass and Silvio Pupo, keyboards

Karlene Marie

Karlene Marie

with eyes closed at microphone during a band member solo with Kyle Tully, (bass) to the left and Jeff Torber (guitar) to the right. b & w

Karlene Marie

Karlene Marie

stepping to the music across the stage snapping fingers, with Kyle Tully (bass) to the left. Colour

Karlene Marie

Karlene Marie

singing with arm extended in backgroud Kyle Tully (bass) to the left and Jeff Torbert (guitar) to the right. b & w

Karlene Marie

Karlene Marie

at microphone, head slightly looking up while smiling with Kyle Tully (bass) behind her to the left. Colour

Karlene Marie

Karlene Marie

Headshot for promotional poster. Profile with right hand at chin in long-sleeved dress with small flowers. b & w

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Photography: Kent Martin


Highlights from Saraka! a jazzy musical meal Live @ The Carleton, February 26, 2023:

Karlene Marie, vocals/producer

Silvio Pupo, keyboards

Jeff Torbert. guitar

Kyle Tully, bass

Andew Miller, drums

At the opening of the show, Karlene Marie sings a song by Spencer Williams first recorded by Louis Armstong in 1928.

She is wearing a long, dark skirt with golden flower pattern and black sheer long-sleeved top, over a black halter top.

Karlene Marie singing jazz adjacent songs by Alicia Keys and k-os, with four piece combo (keys, guitar, drums, bass) wearing dark shirts.

Closing out the show, with Stevie Wonder!

Video 1,  2 (first half) and 3 recorded by Kent Martin


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Get in touch for inquires to:

  • ​engage Karlene Marie for your next event​

  • engage as a side musician and/or session musician (cello)

  • individual music therapy sessions

  • piano and/or vocal instruction for children and adults

  • access to private performance video reels/press kit (presenters)

  • discuss collaborations 

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