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Karen Stachel

Jazz Flutist Extraordinaire

Karen Stachel, an exceptional jazz flutist whose passion for music and unparalleled skill captivates audiences worldwide. Karen Stachel, a true gem in the realm of jazz music.  Experience the magic she brings to every performance.

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Karen Stachel's "A Whim and a Prayer" is a gorgeous festive album with great variety and dynamics. The performances are top notch, and of course Karen shines right through with her virtuoso, yet subtle playing. The guest vocalists are fantastic and add a lot to the energy. I particularly loved the renditions of The Christmas Waltz, Let it Snow, A Child is Born and In the Bleak Midwinter. Even beyond the holiday season, sit back, let it play from beginning to end and feel a smile on your face, and maybe a nostalgic tear drop too! ” - Ricky Kej

— 2X Grammy Award Winner

LehCats, which is co-led by reed player Norbert Stachel and flutist-singer Karen Stachel, can be thought of as their version of World Jazz as reflected by the mixture of musical cultures that they experience in the San Francisco Bay area. The Stachels, who are joined by a variety of rhythm section players who bring in rhythms from across the globe, perform original melodies that reflect the influences of many cultures, particularly from Latin and South America with a taste of the Mideast (“Meshugaza”) and Africa. Movement To Egalitaria salutes a fictional land where human rights reign supreme; sort of like the idealized (if somewhat lost) dream of the United States. Norbert Stachel is featured on flute, tenor (taking a fiery solo on “Step On It”), alto, soprano and bass clarinet while Karen Stachel is heard on flutes, piccolo and an occasional vocal. Among the other soloists who make strong impressions are pianists Axel Laugart and Edsel Gomez, guitarists Mike Stern (who is blazing on “Doppler Effect”) and Bob Lanzetti, and bassist Peter Washington. The large supporting cast includes such notables as drummer Lenny White, bassist Lennie Plaxico, guitarists Ray Obiedo and Will Bernard, and percussionist Pete Escovedo. The music, even with its variety of rhythms, is primarily straight ahead (although with a few funkier selections), melodic and swinging. The fresh melodies, happy and optimistic vibes, and high musicianship make Movement To Egalitaria a musical journey well worth taking.” - Scott Yanow

— Los Angeles Jazz Scene