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Saxophonist Michael Karn jazzes on Jan. 27

Jazz musician Michael Karn
Jazz musician Michael Karn

Penn State Hazleton's next installment in the Arts & Music Series takes place on Thurs., Jan. 27 with Michael Karn and Manhattan Jazz performing at 8 p.m. in the Slusser/Bayzick Building at the campus. The event is free and open to the public.


Jazzman Michael Karn brings a sound to Penn State Hazleton that he has perfected in legendary venues. A tenor saxophonist, Karn has played The Blue Note, The Hollywood Bowl, Wolftrap, Lincoln Center, the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center and the Newport Jazz Festival.


He toured two years with the Ray Charles Orchestra in the United States, Europe and Japan and spent five years crossing the States and Canada with the big band of Harry Connick Jr.


Versatility is a hallmark for Karn, who can put down the sax and pluck the bass. As a headliner, Karn made two albums on the Cross Cross label: “In Focus” in 1999 and 1998’s “Head to Head” that he led with another Connick band member, Jerry Weldon. As a studio musician, Karn has played on the soundtrack for ESPN’s documentary “Black Magic,” accompanied jazz greats and even rappers Run-DMC.


With his group and as a sideman, Karn performs in clubs in the New York City area, where he lives, graduated from New York University and teaches at the New School University.


The next performance in the series, scheduled for 8 p.m, Wed., Feb. 2, will feature the high energy dance group "Soul Steps."   


For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (570) 450-3180. 

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