Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The New Year and our music!

 The beginning of a new year is here and I have been visualizing 2013 as a year of peace, movement towards positive constructive change, health, much time with those you love and a year of creative inspirations fulfilled.

What's coming up in my world of music?
Mark your calendars for the first Casa Karen Concert of 2013!
photo by Victor Engel
"A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn"
Sat. January 26th
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
tickets are $20
Call for reservations at: (512) 459-9900 c.c. accepted over the phone.
Free refreshments of all sorts!  Easy breezy parking!! Note that Casa Karen has not been located on Karen Ave. for a couple of years now!  We are at 7402 Greenhaven Drive, 78757

The Line up:  Suzi Stern vocals, George Oldziey piano, John Fremgen Bass, Wayne Salzmann drums and John Mills sax

I hope you can join us!!
And check out Casa Karen In February!!

Sunday, February 10th
       ON TOUR
The Fred Hamilton Group!!!

from UNT Jazz Guitarist Fred Hamilton with Marc Seales, pianist and director of jazz studies at the University of Washington /  Drummer Gary Hobbs from Portland Oregon and from Seattle Washington bassist Jeff Johnson

Early Sunday show Doors open at 7:00 / show at 7:30
Free refreshments!!  This very special show is $25
Call (512) 459-9900 to make a reservation now! C.C. accepted over the phone.
Sat. the 23rd at Casa Karen
The power trio of  Scott Laningham on drums, Chris Maresh on bass and Kevin Lovejoy on the incredible 9 foot concert grand piano!
Doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
Must call for reservations at: (512) 459-9900
Free refreshments, no big loud crowds (just the coolest audience) and parking is so easy!
In March I will be singing with the fabulous latin/jazz band GATO 6 which has been selected to showcase at the 2013 SXSW!!  I'll let you know the exact day and time when they let us know!
Keep your eye on this site!
In April The Pamela York Trio will be at Casa Karen!!
Sat. April 20th!
My long awaited c.d. "Romancing the Dark"is being mastered in NYC at The Engine Room as we speak!  It will hit the streets in May!

Scroll down in this blog to see what other fun things have been happening recently and thanks for reading my Blog!!



Monday, November 19, 2012

Suzi Sings with GATO 6 at the Elephant Room!

 I'll be singing this coming Friday November 30th at the Elephant Room with the high energy latin jazz group, GATO 6!!

The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
Austin Texas

Fri. Nov. 30th
9:30 P.M. to 1:30 A.M

Suzi Stern vocals, GATO piano, Gabriel Santiago on bass...that's right!  Bass, not guitar!
Michael Longoria drums, Luis Coutinho percussion, Dr. John Mills sax, Dennis Dotson trumpet!  This will be such a blast!   I love all of these guys so much.  Hope to see you there!
 News Flash!!  The Casa K Concert featuring Pamela York on December 1st has been postponed...keep your eye on this blog for the new date in early 2013.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a beautiful holiday season, filled with light and love...and a new year of peace, inspiration and good health. Thank you for helping to make the music happen. I appreciate your constant support of live jazz in Texas beyond words!  See you soon!
Much love,

Scroll down to check out the past years events, and up coming recording projects underway!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

GATO6 at Casa Karen!!

Coming up next at Casa Karen!
The much talked about, all original Latin Jazz Band: GATO6 !!

 doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
7402 Greenhaven Drive 78757
tickets $25 / free refreshments
GATO 6 celebrates the release of "EL VIENTO" on Bus Biscuit Records!
CD's at the concert or at, and itunes download-able!

GATO6 has been selected to showcase at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival in March but you can hear them in the markedly more civilized and relaxed environment of Casa Karen on Nov. 17th!!

Must call to reserve seats as seating is limited: (512) 459-9900

GATO 6 is: George Oldziey
piano, Dr. John Mills sax, Dennis Dotson (of Woody Herman fame!) trpt, Wayne Salzmann (of Eric Johnson fame!) drums, Kris Afflerbaugh bass, Luis Coutinho percussion and Suzi Stern vocals.

It will be a great night of music and I hope you can make it out!

Thanks for supporting live music in Austin!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What's coming up next!

We hosted an amazing concert last weekend with Alex Sipiagin, Rich Perry, Donald Edwards, Lynn Seaton and Stefan Karlsson.  Thanks to the band and to everyone who came out and made the night a beautiful musical experience.

On the horizon for music in my world:
I will be singing with the extraordinary latin / jazz ensemble:
GATO 6 at Casa Karen on Sat. November 17th
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
7402 Greenhaven Drive 78757
Must call to reserve seats at: (512) 459-9900
It will be a great night of music and I hope you can make it out!
GATO 6 is: George Oldziey piano, Dr. John Mills sax, Dennis Dotson (of Woody Herman fame!) trpt, Wayne Salzmann (of Eric Johnson fame!) drums, Kris Afflerbaugh bass, Luis Coutinhu percussion and Suzi Stern vocals.
music downtown!!
GATO 6 at the Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
9:30 P.M. to 1:30 A.M.
Friday November 30th
On December 1st at Casa Karen...
From Houston Texas we welcome Jazz Pianist extraordinaire:
Pamela York
with Pamela York piano, David Craig bass and Sebastian Whittaker drums
This is a show not to be missed!!
Call now for reservations! (512) 459-9900
Free refreshments and snacks! lots of easy parking! A warm and inviting room to hear this remarkable trio.
Scroll down to see what wonderful music has happened in my world this past year!  Eddie Gomez, Stefan Karlsson, Ed Soph, David Amram. Peter Stolzman, Bruce Saunders, Elias Hasslanger, Rich Harney, Peggy Stern, G. Pat Harris, Gabrielle Santiago on and on....It's been a great ride!
Recently I was featured on the new GATO 6 c.d. which came out last month on Bus Biscuit Records called "El Viento" and can be purchased on iTunes or at or In the mixing stage right now is my soon to be released c.d. "Romancing the Dark"which is a collection of songs that I've written and arranged for various interesting different combinations of instruments! Definitely not the approach I've taken on my last 5 recording projects and I'm totally excited about getting it finished so you can hear it!
Here's an early Happy holidays to everyone!!  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza...all those wonderful holidays of light!!Looking forward to 2013 and it's many musical offerings!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

This Saturdays Casa Karen Offering!

Suzi Stern, George Oldziey & The Casa Karen Concert Series proudly presents:

In Austin for one night only…

The Stefan Karlsson Quintet

featuring these 5 world renowned artists... 

  Stefan Karlsson (piano)    Alex"Sasha"Sipiagin (trpt)    Rich Perry (sax)    
Donald Edwards (dr)    Lynn Seaton (bass)

This truly will be a concert not to be missed!!

This Sat. October 6th

Doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00

Tickets $25 (c.c. accepted over phone!)

Free refreshments all evening!

Call for tickets, directions and more details!!

(512) 459-9900

Scroll down in this Blog to read about what's been happening in our world of Jazz!  A brand new GATO 6 release called "El Viento"  and "Romancing the Dark" is a soon to be released Suzi Stern all original c.d. on Bus Biscuit Records...
Nov. 17 GATO 6 at Casa Karen,
Nov. 30th GATO 6 at The Elephant Room,
Dec. 1st The Pamela York Trio at Casa,
Jan. 4th GATO returns to the Elephant Room
 and at Casa on Jan. 26th The Billy Strayhorn tribute Concert.  See more details below....and thanks for reading my blog!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Updates for the Casa Karen Concert Series!

Here's some details about our next exciting Concert on the Casa Karen Concert Series:
The Stefan Karlsson Quintet  
Alex"Sasha"Sipiagin (trpt)    Rich Perry (sax)    Donald Edwards (dr)    Lynn Seaton (bass)
Casa Karen is truly honored to be presenting these 5 world renowned artists via NYC, Russia, Sweden to our humble stage in Austin Texas!

The Stefan Karlsson Quintet

 Sat. October 6th

doors open at 7:30 / show 8:00

Tickets $25  with free refreshments

call (512) 459-9900 for reservations and more detailed info.

 I feel so fortunate to be hosting this concert. It really truly honestly will be a performance not to be missed!!!!
Scroll down to see what's up ahead in the fall months:
I will be performing at the Elephant Room B.T.W. on September 22nd with a great band!!
I'm looking forward to singing with: Elias Haslanger sax, Scott Lanningham drums, John Fremgen bass, George Oldziey piano!!
Come downtown if your in Austin and join us!
 9:30 to 1:30 / The Elephant Room/ 315 Congress Ave.
Ok, back to the C.K.C. calendar for the fall...we have Stefan's amazing group on Oct. 6th
Then on Nov. 17th Casa Karen presents GATO 6!!
George O.J. / Kris Afflerbaugh/ Mike Longoria/ Suzi Stern/Dennis Dotson & Dr. John Mills!!!
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
Call for Tickets!! Free refreshments as usual!  (512) 459-9900
Friday Nov. 30th
I will be singing with GATO 6 again at the Elephant Room and we will be welcoming the amazing Gabriel Santiago on this gig, playing not guitar but Bass! Come check it out!
The Elephant room
315 Congress Ave.
Gig starts at 9:30 and goes till the wee hours!
Sat.Dec. 1st
Casa Karen is proud to present:
From Houston Texas..."The Pamela York Trio"
Jazz pianist/vocalist extraordinaire Pamela York with her trio!!!!
(512) 459-9900 for reservations!!!
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
January 26th 2013 A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn...details t.b.a.

The beautiful haunting music of Strayhorn examined...hope you can join us!!!
at: Casa Karen
Call (512) 459-9900
scroll down to see what amazing past concerts were hosted at Casa and get the scoop on the newly released GATO 6 c.d. on Bus Biscuit Records and my upcoming c.d. of all original material to be released in December!
Thanks for reading all of this!! I feel a change in the air!  Cooler temps on the way! Whoo Hoo!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Up Coming Suzi Stern Concerts!

Hello Friends!  The autumn months are busy and filled with inspiring musical events for me!

First off I'll be singing at the GATO 6  C.D. Release Party!!
 Come celebrate the release of the beautifully produced long awaited GATO 6 recording project "EL VIENTO" on Bus Biscuit Records!!
 Friday, September 7th / at: The ELEPHANT ROOM
315 Congress Ave.
(512) 473-2279

with: Gato O.J. piano, Dr.  John Mills sax, Dennis Dotson & Adrian Ruiz trumpets, Kris Afflerbaugh bass, Wayne Salzmann drums, Mike Longoria and Luis Coutinho percussion, and vocalist Suzi Stern!!

9:30 P.M. to 1:30 A.M.

Come dance! Be the first on your block to have your own signed copy of "El Viento"!
Looking forward to seeing you there! 
GATO 6  El Viento is available at:   i tunes download  or locally in Austin at Waterloo Records on Lamar Ave.
Then on Sat. September 22nd I'll be back at the Elephant Room fronting my own quintet:


at: The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
9:30 P.M. to 1:30 A.M.
(512) 473-2279

with: Elias Haslanger sax / Wayne Salzmann drums / John Fremgen bass / George Oldziey piano  and special guests!!

October 6th 2012  Suzi Stern & George Oldziey & Casa Karen Concerts welcome back the remarkable   jazz pianist and composer STEFAN KARLSSON !!
This is a rare opportunity to hear Stefan with his full band.
This is a show not to be missed!!
Stefan Karlsson piano / Alex "Sasha" Sipiagin trumpet / Rich Perry tenor sax / Donald Edwards drums / Lynn Seaton bass
This world class touring Quintet will be performing at Casa Karen on Sat. Oct. 6th
Reservations and more detailed info. at: (512) 459-9900
doors open at 7:30  /  show at 8:00 
tickets $25  free refreshments!
Sat. November 17th at Casa Karen:  I will be hosting very special guests:
(512) 459-9900 for tickets and info!
tickets $20 
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
herald in the holidays with this beautiful classical ensemble!
Sat. December 1st Casa Karen presents:
from Houston Texas...amazing jazz pianist Pam York!
The Pamela York Trio!!
with Lynn Seaton bass and Sebastian Whitaker drums!
Call (512) 459-9900 for more details!!
Sat. January 26th
GATO 6 at Casa Karen!!
Scroll down on this blog to read about exciting past events!! Eddie Gomez, David Amram and more!!
thanks for reading this and keeping up with my musical events!  Watch for my up coming Suzi Stern c.d. to be released in December!!

GATO 6  C.D. Release Party!! 

 Come celebrate the release of the beautifully produced long awaited GATO 6 recording project "EL VIENTO" on Bus Biscuit Records!!

This Friday, September 7th
315 Congress Ave.
(512) 473-2279

with: Gato O.J. piano, Dr.  John Mills sax, Dennis Dotson & Adrian Ruiz trumpets, Kris Afflerbaugh bass, Wayne Salzmann drums, Mike Longoria and Luis Coutinho percussion, and vocalist Suzi Stern!!

9:30 P.M. to 1:30 A.M.

Come dance! Be the first on your block to have your own signed copy of "El Viento"!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

What's coming up next...

Hello everyone!  I hope you're having a lovely summer and finding a way to keep cool!
I'm back from some fabulous travels and looking ahead to some great music that we have planned for GATO 6, The Suzi Stern Group and a wonderful line up for our fall Casa Karen Concerts.

I'll give you more details as we approach some of these up coming shows but briefly here's what's on the horizon:

Starting off our Fall season at Casa Karen is one of the worlds most accomplished and cutting edge jazz guitarists: Don't miss "The Bruce Saunders Quintet" on Sat. August 18th!!
Doors open at 7:30 / show tome is 8:00
(512) 459-9900 for details and reservations!

Sat. Sept. 1st: The Casa Karen Concert Series will be presenting the legendary Robert "Beto" Skiles and The Fairlanes!
Call (512) 459-9900 for reservations and more details.

Fri. Sept. 7th: GATO 6  at the Elephant Room!!
 The release of the long awaited C.D. of all original latin jazz "El Viento"
Dennis Dotson trumpet, John Mills sax, Wayne Salzmann drums, Kris Afflerbaugh bass, Suzi Stern vocals, Luis Coutinho percussion, Mike Longoria percussion and Gato piano.
 9:30 to 1:30
315 Congress Ave. 

Sat. Sept. 22nd:  The Suzi Stern Group at the Elephant Room!!
featuring renowned bassist Paul Unger with George Oldziey piano, Wayne Salzmann drums and special guests!
9:30 to 1:30
315 Congress Ave.

Sat. Oct. 6th: Casa Karen is honored to announce the return of remarkable Jazz pianist Stefan Karlsson! Coming down to Austin from NYC to join Stefan will be:  Alex "Sasha" Sipiagin trumpet, Rich Perry tenor sax, Donald Edwards drums and from North Texas the world renowned Lynn Seaton on bass!
Call (512) 459-9900 for more info. and reservations!

Sat. November 17th: The fantastic string quartet Aiana will perform at Casa Karen!!
Call (512) 459-9900 for more details and reservations!

Sat. Dec. 1st: We are very excited to be hosting, from Houston Jazz Pianist Pamela York and her group at Casa Karen!!
The Swingin' Sabastian Whittaker on drums and famed bassist Lynn Seaton join Pam! A concert not to be missed!

I'll send along more info. as dates come closer but that's a quick over view! 
On other musical project notes: It's been exciting helping George get his own record label "Bus Biscuit Records"started...The GATO 6 C.D. really is beautiful...I can't wait for everyone to hear it...and I'm almost finished with my own all original C.D. which will hopefully be released in December.
Thanks for checking out what's coming up for us and have a wonderful summer!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Suzi Stern Group at Cezannes in Houston!

The Suzi Stern Group...Sat. June 16th at Cezannes!
 If you live in the Houston area I hope you'll be able to join me at my favorite little jazz club in the world!  Joining me will be the wonderful George Oldziey on piano,  and from the Dallas / Fort Worth area the fantastic Paul Unger on bass and from Austin rising star Wayne Salzmann on drums.
9:00 to midnight
Cezannes is located at 4100 Montrose Blvd... in Houston
For more info. call (832) 592-7464

"A Rare Gem and gifted artist who simultaneously defines and reinterprets what jazz is today."
Beth Hoskins
Buffalo Evening News

"Suzi Stern is a creative song stylist who adds new dimensions of color and musical interest to the music she performs...making artistic use of her delicate and beautiful voice, Stern parlays in-depth knowledge of the tunes and an uncanny sense of timing."
Cadence Magazine

Scroll down to view past Blogs and see what's been going on in my world of music....several new recording projects coming up...Casa Karen Events that we've been producing and some traveling!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Rich Harney Trio at Casa Karen!

Coming up! Our last Casa Karen Concert until the end of summer! 

 Sat. June 2nd, We are truly excited to be hosting the incomparable jazz pianist, composer and singer Rich Harney with Spencer Starnes on bass and Scott Lanningham on drums!!

This is a show not to be missed!  
Doors open at 7:30 / concert at 8:00
Tickets  $20  (FREE REFRESHMENTS!)
Reserve today at (512) 459-9900
Credit Cards accepted over the phone!

See you there!

About our featured Artist:
Rich Harney has been illuminating the Austin jazz scene as one of its brightest stars for the last decade. His remarkable talents as pianist, composer, and vocalist have gained him acclaim from the Austin American-Statesman as “one of Austin’s most valuable musical resources.” The Austin Jazz Players and Critics Poll honored him in 1993 as Composer of the Year, Best Songwriter, and Best Male Jazz Vocalist. He also received second place honors in the Austin Music Umbrella’s 1992 Composer Competition. In a 1990 competition adjudicated by Branford Marsalis, MUSICIAN magazine named Harney’s sextet as one of the twelve Best Unsigned Bands nationwide.

Harney has performed extensively as band leader and ensemble pianist with Gene Ramey, Tony Campise, Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra), Martin Banks (Duke Ellington Orchestra), Clifford Scott and Ted Piltzecker (Director, Aspen Music Festival’s Jazz Program). In addition to playing jazz festivals and local venues, he and singer Beth Ullman co-produced the popular concert series “Jazz at St. David’s” and the highly acclaimed theatrical concert “Dyin’ to Swing.
 hear Rich's sounds here!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Suzi Stern Quintet with Stefan Karlsson

On Wed. May 16th tune into Live from Gueros! Larry Monroes radio broadcast from 6:00 to 8:00, or better still come on down to "Gueros" on south Congress.  I'll be interviewed and I'll be singing with George Oldziey, John Mills, Kris Afflerbaugh and Wayne Salzman. Should be a lot of fun!

Circle Sat. May 19th on your calendars for a great night of Jazz coming up!

If you were one of the 60 fortunate people who attended the Eddie Gomez Trio performance at Casa Karen in Feb. you heard the phenomenal Stefan Karlsson on piano!  Stefan will be joining me for a very special performance of The Suzi Stern Quintet at Casa Karen on Sat. May 19th, along with John Fremgen on Bass,  Wayne Salzman on Drums, and Dr. John Mills on sax.

I am truly thrilled to be performing with this stellar line up of jazz musicians and I hope you can join us!

Call (512) 459-9900 for reservations as seating is limited.
Credit Card accepted over phone.
Tickets are $25 ea.  (free refreshments will be served)

We'll all celebrate one year of Casa Music at this new location!!

7402 Greenhaven 78757 in Austin

Some of my sounds can be found here:

Or at my Web Site:

Check out Stefan Karlsson with Eddie Gomez on You Tube as well...he's a monster player!

I want to thank all of the fantastic consistent supporters who have come to these Casa Karen Events and are continuing to make it happen....thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love of Art and the love of live music, jazz in particularly here in Austin.

Sat. JUNE 2nd:  I will be hosting the amazing Rich Harney and his ensemble at Casa Karen!!  Watch this blog for more info!  Also, scroll down to read past blogs about some great events that we've hosted at Casa Karen!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Suzi Stern's Music update

Hosting The Eddie Gomez Trio here at Casa Karen in Feb. was fantastic! They played to a sold out house and we're still smiling from the effects of their music!
Our next Casa Show is not to be missed! Casa presents: the remarkable David Amram Quartet. Don't miss the opportunity to catch this tour de force of the arts scene in the intimate setting of Casa Karen...Call (512) 459-9900 for details, directions and reservations. Tickets can be purchased over the phone with credit card!
In April: The amazing Jazz Pianist Peggy Stern will be featured at Casa Karen. Joining her are: G.Pat Harris bass, Steve Schwelling drums, Dr. John Mills Sax and I am very much looking forward to sitting in on a few tunes with the group!
Sunday April 15th. doors open at 7:00 show at 7:30 tickets: call (512) 459-9900 for reservations, directions and more details!
On Tuesday April 17th I will be singing and narrating a Dylan Thomas Classic at the Perry Castenada Library (21st and Speedway in Austin Texas) with Rich Harney on keyboards and Alex Coke in from Amsterdam on sax and flutes, and Buddy Mohmad on Bass. This performance is FREE and starts at 7:00...sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin. How fun will this be...Christmas prose in April! Musical improvisations from the guys and several of my original compositions strung throughout the performance. Hope to see you there!
Yours truly, Suzi Stern will be the featured vocalist with the high energy latin jazz ensemble GATO 6 at Sunset Valley on Sunday April 22nd. Call (512) 459-9900 for time, directions and more details. GATO 6 with John Mills, Dennis Dotson, George Oldziey, Kris Afflerbaugh, Wayne Salzman, Luis Coutinhu, and special guests!
On Sat. May 19th Casa Karen will celebrate one year at our new location with an exciting concert by my own ensemble...The Suzi Stern Quintet...I am thrilled to be performing with the incredible Stefan Karlsson (From the Eddie Gomez Trio) on piano, John Fremgen bass, Wayne Salzman Drums (from Eric Johnson group) and John Mills sax.
Call (512) 459-9900 for reservations over the phone with C.C. or check in advance!
JUNE 2nd at Casa Karen: we will host the wonderful jazz pianist and composer Rich Harney and his group! Call (512) 459-9900 for reservations!!
Sat. June 16th IN HOUSTON: The Suzi Stern Quartet at: Cezannes on Montrose Blvd.
I love playing this club and hope you can make it out!
And behind the scene: The GATO 6 c.d. is in the final stages of mixing and sounds amazing. I'll let you know when it's out on the market!
And I'm currently deep into production of my all original music C.D. called "Sleep Walking Girl" with Paul Unger bass, George Oldziey piano & Accordion, Steve Schwelling drums and percussion, James Anderson violin, John Mills sax, and Gabriel Santiago & Mitch Watkins guitar.

Thanks for checking out this blog! Wishing you all the best and see you soon!


feel free to scroll down and view past blogs to see what musical adventures we've taken in the past several months! You can sample some of my sounds at:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

David Amram at Casa Karen!

Suzi Stern, George Oldziey and Casa Karen Proudly Presents

David Amram in Concert

Sunday March 25th

doors open at 7:30 show 8:00...

this is truly a very rare opportunity to hear this tour de force of the arts world (see below) in the intimate setting of Casa Karen!

Tickets are $35

Refreshments are FREE

Reservations (512) 459-9900

7402 Greenhaven Drive

Austin, Texas 78757

George and I are absolutely thrilled to be hosting his quartet. It will be a once in a life time event. Hope to see you all there!

David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for the films "Splendor in The Grass" and "The Manchurian Candidate;" two operas, including the groundbreaking Holocaust opera "The Final Ingredient;" and the score for the landmark 1959 documentary "Pull My Daisy," narrated by novelist Jack Kerouac. He is also the author of three books, "Vibrations," an autobiography, "Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac," a memoir, and "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" published in the fall of 2007 by Paradigm Publishers.

A pioneer player of jazz French horn, he is also a virtuoso on piano, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments. He has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, who chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence in 1966, Langston Hughes, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Odetta, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, E. G. Marshall, and Tito Puente.

Today, as he has for over fifty years, Amram continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five different languages.

David will be in Austin for the showing of a new documentary film : David Amram: The First 80 Years

From the reviews:--

"David Amram is one of the most versatile and skilled musicians America has ever produced ..."-- Washington Post

"Amram was multicultural before multiculturalism existed."-- New York Times,

"...Orchestra audience; On feet for Amram. The audience repeated this tribute twice for Amram and the Philadelphia Orchestra."-- Philadelphia Inquirer

"If you have not yet encountered this extraordinary man of music, you will probably be as fascinated as the children ... and will marvel at his multiple gifts as a Composer conductor and solo instrumentalist."-- New York Times

"Amram dazzled with his versatility ... one could be but awed by his range. .. Amram was constantly enlightening."- The London Times

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentines Day at Chez Z!

This Valentines Day it would be lovely to have you join George Oldziey and myself Suzi Stern at Chez Z for romantic music, dinner, and the best desert in town!

Tuesday Feb. 14th
music from 6:30 to 9:30

Chez Z Bistro is on Balcones just south of 2222

It would be great to see you there...have a sweet holiday!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Eddy Gomez Etc. at Casa Karen...

George and I are thrilled to be hosting Eddy Gomez, with Stefan Karlsson and Ed Soph at our performance space Casa Karen on February 29th.

The Show is SOLD OUT! But watch my blog for exciting performances coming up over the next few months!

The brilliant David Amram and ensemble is next up on March 25th! This show will most likely sell out quickly as well so call for reservations and more details at (512) 459-9900!

Thank you all for making the dream of a quiet, intimate concert space in our home possible! It's always an adventure and a joy!!

Musically Yours,

Scroll down on this blog for more upcoming show details...valentines day etc!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This Friday at the Elephant Room!

This Friday, Feb. 3rd
I hope you can join me for a fantastic evening of Latin Jazz at the Elephant Room
with G.A.T.O. 6 !

9:30 to 1:30
The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.

G.A.T.O.6 is: John Mills sax & flute, Dennis Dotson trumpet, Wayne Salzman drums, Kris Afflerbaugh bass, Luis Coutinho percussion, Suzi Stern vocals and Gato himself on piano!

We'd love to have your energy there with us! Thanks for supporting live music in Austin!

Scroll down on this blog to see what's coming up this spring at my performance space Casa Karen! Eddie Gomez, David Amram, Peggy Stern the Suzi Stern quintet and more!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Eddie Gomez Etc. this Spring!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Feel free to scroll down to see what we've been up to in the past few months! Great shows with Gabrielle Santiago, Estrella Acosta, Peter Stolzman, Austin Civic Orchestra, Austin Piazzola Quintet, Alex Coke to name only a few of the special events...

And Coming Up This Spring:
Some Casa Karen Concerts and some exciting gigs around Texas that I'll be featured on:

Jan. 21st
I am proud to host G.Pat Harris and Anna Mae Mitchell Group at Casa Karen!
Americana Roots music with a touch of Blues, Rock and Jazz in the mix!
Celebrating the release of their c.d. "Traveling By Moonlight"
Reservations more info. and directions: (512) 459-9900
doors open at 7:30 show at 8:00
Free refreshments with the $20 ticket price!
Credit card payment accepted over phone!
Friday Feb. 3rd
G.A.T.O.6 featuring Suzi Stern
At: The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas
George Oldzieys exciting latin jazz ensemble will be keeping the room jumping!
with Gato piano, John Mills sax, Dennis Dotson trumpet, Wayne Salzman drums, Kris Afflerbaugh bass, Coutinho percussion and Suzi Stern vocals.
9:30 to 1:30
Come join the party!!
Tuesday Feb. 14th
Celebrate Valentines Day with Suzi Stern and George Oldziey
at Chez Z on Balcones Drive in Austin
7:00 until ?
Come on down and join us!
No reservations needed!
Just come on in donning your red and pink festive garments!
Great food...great music.
Wed. Feb. 29th we are proud to present:
The Eddie Gomez Trio
At Casa Karen
It is truly my distinct honor to be hosting this world class trio at Casa Karen!
Eddie Gomez bass, Stefan Karlsson piano and Ed Soph drums
Reservations are required: Call (512) 459-9900 for directions and details!
Credit Card payment accepted over the phone. $35
Free refreshments!
Doors open at 7:30 show at 8:00
Sunday March 25th
David Amram in performance at Casa Karen!!
From Abu Dhabi to Austin, At Home Around The World With David Amram
This quartet is not to be missed!
Doors open at 7:30 show at 8:00
Call (512) 459-9900 for details, reservations and directions!
Credit Card payment accepted over phone.
Free refreshments.
In April from Washington D.C.
At Casa Karen
Jazz pianist extraordinaire Peggy Stern!
Check Blog for exact date and details!
Sat. May 19th
The Suzi Stern Quintet
Celebrating one year of amazing concerts at Casa Karen!
7:30 doors 8:00 show
(512) 459-9900 for reservations and details!
Free refreshments!
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Have a beautiful spring filled with music!