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Karen Stachel

Jazz and Classical Flutist

About Me

Karen was born in Washington State. She got a Bachelors of Art in Music from California State University, Hayward, CA and a Masters in Music from San Francisco State University. While in college she studied with such great teachers as: Paul Renzi, principal flutist of the San Francisco Symphony, Denis de Coteau, musical director of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and Chuck Israel, jazz professor and world-class bassist. With a jazz background university classical and jazz training, and listening and loving popular music of the day, Karens’ flute playing is a strong and solid convergence of sound. The Karen Anderson Jazztet was formed in 1991. It was an active San Francisco based acid jazz quartet. Members were John Schott, Guitar, Norbert Stachel, Bass, and Elliot Kavee, Drums. In 1993 Karen debuted her first album “In The Name Of The Father”. She was performing regularly at the Laguna Honda Hospital in the Hospice ward and that experience had a big influence on the music on that album. Most of the songs were performed regularly for the patients in the hospice who were truly appreciative. In 1996, Karen married saxophonist Norbert Stachel. In 2000 the Christmas CD “And Of The Son” was released with her married name of Karen Stachel. Twelve versions of the Christmas classics are performed in a peaceful, calming, reflective and introspective way. It is mostly solo flute with a few songs of duets and trios overdubbed by Karen. Since moving to New York City in 2002, Karen released her third CD “And The Holy Spirit”. Most of the musicians on the CD are people she met at jam sessions around New York City, i.e. Spike Wilner, Dan Nimmer, and Juni Booth. All the while playing jazz, Karen consistently plays in orchestras, chamber groups, and musical theatres. She has performed with New Amsterdam Symphony, Broadway Bach Orchestra, Composer’s Orchestra, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Marin Civic Light Opera, Herperian Chamber Orchestra. She is currently involved in the Wayne Shorter album recording of his never before recorded music “Universe” with the Wallace Roney Orchestra. In 2013 LehCats was formed with her husband Norbert Stachel. It is a jazz septet which performs original compositions in the style of jazz, world, latin, r & b, classical, and even folk. All compositions are written by herself and Norbert. Karen’s musical influences are Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, Ian Andersen, Paul Horn, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Jim Croce, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Brahms, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, and Jean Pierre Rampal, (to name just a few).

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2016-11-08

I was first exposed to jazz by my parents. They both loved jazz. My Dad was a saxophonist and he would play his horn filling up the whole house with beautiful sounds.