Keith Karns


Artist info

Keith Karns is an Alaska born trumpet player, bandleader, and ASCAP and Downbeat award winning composer. Keith has performed, composed for, and recorded with some of the top artists in jazz such as Benny Golson, Jamey Aebersold, Joel Harrison, David Baker, and the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band. Keith's Quintet and Big Band can also be heard in top venues across the country. Keith's debut album "Thought and Memory" was released in May 2012 to critical acclaim. Keith is a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas where he teaches jazz performance fundamentals, and directs the Six O'Clock Lab Band. Keith holds a Master's degree in jazz studies from Indiana University's Jacob's School of Music and a Bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Keith uses torpedo bags exclusively to transport and protect all of his trumpets.

Years taught2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
SpecialtyBig Band

Teaching schedule
Private lesson - Keith KarnsTBA2017
Instrumental Jazz ImprovisationMTWThF/MTWThF 1:30–2:20pmMusic 3112017
Afro-Cuban BandMTWTh/MTWThF 5:30–6:20pmMusic 3012017
Festival Jazz EnsembleMTWTh/MTWThF 6:30–7:50pmMusic 3012017
Festival Jazz EnsembleMTWTh/MTWThF 6:30–7:50pmMusic 3012015
Listening to JazzMTWThF (week 1) 9:00–9:50amMusic 3012014
Jazz CombosMTWThF/MTWThF 11:00–11:50amMusic 3012014
Afro-Cuban BandMTWTh/MTWThF 5:30–6:20pmMusic 3012014
Festival Jazz EnsembleMTWTh/MTWThF 6:30–7:50pmMusic 3012014
Jazz CombosMTWThF/MTWThF 11:00–11:50amMusic 3012013
Conducting / Teaching Ensembles — Jazz BandW (week 2) 1:30–3:20pmUCPC Music Room2013
Afro-Cuban BandMTWTh/MTWThF 5:30–6:20pmMusic 3012013
Festival Jazz EnsembleMTWTh/MTWThF 6:30–7:50pmMusic 3012013
Conducting / Teaching Ensembles — Jazz BandW (week 2) 1:30–3:20pmUCPC Music Room2012
Festival Jazz EnsembleMTWTh/MTWThF 6:30–7:50pmMusic 3012012


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