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"With everything that has breath..."
November 6, 2023
"Unshed Tears" by Karlene Marie
December 9, 2023
JMS Big Band Holiday Concert
James Shaw, Director
Karlene Marie, vocals
2535 Robie Street, Church Sanctuary
"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 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.
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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
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)
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