Monday, November 10, 2014

November Jazz!

This weekend!
The 20th Annual
Jazz at St. James Festival!
I will be singing with the high energy, all original latin jazz group
opening up for
The wonderful Jeremy Pelt and his group!
get all the details at:
Our set starts at 7:00 p.m.
Music all weekend!

and looking ahead to next week:
Friday Nov. 21st
The Elephant Room
9:30 to 1:30

And on a side note (no pun intended) remember that physical CD's are still a great way to play music! You can support local artists and a fantastic local store when you purchase music from Waterloo Records on Lamar in Austin. All of my releases can be found there or you can visit  and to purchase on line.
Please feel free to peruse my web site and check out sounds from past projects at
as well…while you're there please click on the "like" icon which is a nice thing to do for some odd cyber popularity reason and it is so much appreciated!

If you are Casa Karen fans, circle the date!
Sat. Dec. 6th
We will be hosting
From The Netherlands
Sandhya Sanjana and her 6 piece band
Buy your tickets and get the details at

Happy fall to everyone!  I think we're past the big heat and I am loving these cooler temps!!
With love and appreciation!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Brass House and Europe!

I hope you can join us next Friday October 17th
For a wonderful evening of jazz!!
The Suzi Stern Quintet
At the Brass House
2nd and San Jacinto
Downtown Austin
9:00 to 1:00
(512) 296-2188

featuring Seth Carper woodwinds, George Oldziey piano, John Fremgen Bass and Roberto Morales drums

Then George and I take off for Vienna, Bratislava, Prague and Amsterdam!

Hope to see you at the bon Voyage party at the Brass House!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Way too long!!

It has been months since I've written in this blog!  If you're reading this glad to have you here!
Since my last entry I have been to NYC several times, San Francisco, western NY and Canada!
But settling back into Austin Texas news I'm happy to say that our house concert series has really taken off and has become a very important contribution to the Austin jazz and world music scene. We always have an incredible crowd for these monthly performances.  Starting off our 2014 series was the remarkable NYC based vocalist Rosanna Vitro and her quartet. In February George Oldziey's latin jazz group Gato 6 was featured bringing the audience to their feet to dance and cheer!  Jazz pianist Peggy Stern's artistic and sensitive trio was featured in March, and in April we had a joyous reunion gig with my old S.S.Q. group. (I had such a blast!)  May was Carmen Bradford of Count Basie fame singing her heart out with a stellar quartet and our most recent feature was the Brazilian super star RogĂ© with his quintet!  Not only did they fill the house with magical music played brilliantly they are 5 of the nicest guys I've ever met.  They plan to head back to the states in the fall and we hope to have them back.

On the horizon…September 6th is guitarist extraordinaire Mitch Watkins fresh off the road from a 2 year world tour with Leonard Cohen. Joining Mitch is guitar wiz Carter Arrington and David Sierra on drums, & Pat Harris bass.  It will be a special night of music. (even if we don't get to hear our 9 foot grand piano played that evening!)  details

In October George and I will be in Europe recording the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra performing his Wing Commander Suite. We'll spend time in Slovakia, Prague, Vienna and Amsterdam while there. I'm THRILLED!

November 15th mark your calendars!  I'll be singing with Gato 6 at the Saint James Jazz Festival in Austin, Texas. jazz

December 6th Casa Karen welcomes Sandya Sanjana from The Netherlands performing a fantastic mix of east Indian vocalizing and American jazz with her quintet. check the site for details

On December 21st a special holiday treat!  Make note of what has become a yearly Austin Tradition. A musical rendition of the Dylan Thomas Classic "A Child's Christmas in Wales"  I will be singing and also reciting the entire work with Alex Coke on woodwinds whistles, drums, noise makers, shakers and toys of all sorts…Evan Arredondo on Bass and Rich Harney on piano and key board. Alex will be coming in from Amsterdam just for this so don't miss it!
If you'd like to be notified about my other local club gigs check out my web site
or email me to get added to my info. emailing at

In other news:  My first born…my son Rene got married in April to the lovely Selena and they now reside in the SF / Oakland area.  My daughter is getting all A's in Grad school at North Texas and I'm so proud of her!
My last release "Romancing the Dark" got GREAT reviews…I was so happy about the kind words from reviews at Jazz Times, Yahoo, Amazon and many many online jazz journals. RTD is a featured CD on the listening tree at Waterloo Records on Lamar and it's on sale all month so pick up a copy if you're in the hood!
I had a big BD in June…60!!!
George had his 60th in Feb.
We had a stellar show at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio last month celebrating their 60th as well! (I loved playing in SA…great audiences there!)

Thanks for reading all of this!

Here's to music, art, education, health…peace….not necessarily in that order!