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KAREN HAMMACK | bio

A native Californian, and daughter of a studio pianist and arranger, Karen discovered blues piano at age 14, which led her into the worlds of jazz, gospel, funk, soul, rock, pop and singing/songwriting. She has toured all over the world as musical director for pop legend Melissa Manchester, jazz and gospel great Niki Haris, and currently tours with Grammy®-nominated world music artist Perla Batalla. Thanks to her mastery of many different styles Karen has performed and recorded with Michael McDonald, Bill Frisell, Jackson Browne, Tierney Sutton, Gretchen Parlato, Kate McGarry, Eric Marienthal, Vinnie Colaiuta, Joe LaBarbera and Julie Christensen, among others. Karen, now based in LA, is busy as a performer, composer, teacher, arranger, and recording artist. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and Asia. For the past 15 years Karen has been part of trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez’ Jazz Adventure which brings the wonderful history of jazz to young students all over Southern California.