SHE’S a major jazz talent and her arrival in Huddersfield tomorrow is another coup for Huddersfield Jazz.
Karen Sharp has toured extensively with her quintet for the last two years while playing regularly with the band of the late Humphrey Lyttelton.
Tomorrow, Karen is at the Lawrence Batley Theatre with her quintet which comprises Adrian Fry (trombone), Richard Busiakiewicz (piano), John Day (double bass) and John Perry (drums).
She is widely praised for her engaging tone and fluid technique and leads a group of accomplished musicians in a programme which includes standards, some lesser known tunes as well as some of her own compositions.
Karen took up the tenor saxophone while studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.
A friend introduced her to a recording of Dexter Gordon and she was instantly hooked, quickly joining the college jazz band and finding regular work in a busy soul band based in Liverpool.
Since moving almost 10 years ago to London, Karen has become a busy freelance musician working alongside the likes of Sir John Dankworth, Roy Williams, Clare Teal, Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale, Tina May, Nikki Iles and Esther Miller.
Four years ago, Karen took over from Kathy Stobart in Humphrey Lyttelton’s band playing saxophone.
The move was to have a real influence on the direction of Karen’s playing for it was Lyttelton who persuaded to add the baritone saxophone to the tenor instrument that she was already playing.
Tickets on 01484 430528. The music starts at 8pm.