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Karen Tennison


Karen Abigail Tennison NYC based jazz vocalist.


Her sound is sweet, emotional, and will always leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. The moment after 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. Karen attended 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. She currently holds a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College and studied under vocalist Aubrey Johnson and saxophonist Tim Armacost.

Karen is currently working on her new project of original compositions and arrangements. Her intent is to break through how the voice is used in a jazz setting, whether that's being a side person, arranging vocal parts along side brass and woodwinds, or writing complex melodies without lyrics. 

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