Keith Karns is a trumpet player, composer, and bandleader based in Dallas Texas. Keith’s credits include collaborations with jazz artists such as Stefon Harris, Rich Perry, Greta Matassa, Lauren Sevian and the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. Keith has been the recipient of awards from ASCAP, Downbeat Magazine, and the Jazz Education Network.
Keith writes for his own group, the Keith Karns Big Band. Keith’s band has toured nationally, and released two records. The most recent recording is a collaboration with Rich Perry and was released earlier this year on Summit Records.
Keith currently teaches trumpet and jazz at North Central Texas College. He is also the Artistic Coordinator for the jazz program at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.
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...an outstanding trumpeter...it's his composing and arranging that sets him apart...
-Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune