Karin Carson is a talented and highly appealing jazz singer as can be heard on her recent recording debut, The Time Is Now. However Miss Carson is more than just a vocalist for she is an organizer, a spokeswoman, and an activist for the jazz music that she loves. She makes things happen, whether it is gigs for her fellow musicians, publicity for jazz, or new musical partnerships.
The granddaughter of a trumpeter Peter Sirna, who played jazz in the San Diego area in the 1950s and '60s, Karin Carson grew up around music and, even very early in life, she was organizing musical events. I sang every chance I could get. I sang in choruses and put together my own shows when there wasn't anything going on. In classes I was always very eager to organize groups, even as a child. She put together kid productions that had dancing, gymnastics and puppet shows. In high school Karin sang jazz-inspired arrangements with a gospel choir, became involved in musical theater, and organized a group that performed at festivals. We paid our own way and choreographed moves to all of the music ourselves.
While attending Grossmont College where at first she took classes that trained her in classical music, Karin became drawn to jazz while taking a big band course. I started singing with a jazz band but I did not quite understand the music. Kristin Korb, one of my teachers, suggested I see her perform at an IAJE conference in Los Angeles. While there, one day I walked into a room where Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler were playing passionate music before an enthusiastic and large audience. The vibe was so sympathetic that I got a rush of joy. I looked around the room and I knew that this was home. This was what I was supposed to be doing and, if I could make people feel the way I felt at that moment, that is what I should do with my life.