"With everything that has breath..."
June 12th, 2023
The Berkeley Pepperell
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Jazz Crush! The Karlene Marie Trio
TD Halifax Jazz Festival
5547 Young Street
"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
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
some more 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.
Highlights - Saraka! a jazzy musical meal*
Karlene Marie (vocals/producer)
with Silvio Pupo (keyboards), Jeff Torbert (guitar), Kyle Tully (bass), Andrew Miller (drums)
*All media recorded February 26, 2023, LIVE at The Carleton, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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, and with four piece combo (keys, guitar, drums, bass) wearing dark shirts.
Closing out the show, with Stevie Wonder!
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Photography: Kent Martin
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individual music therapy sessions
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