The High Museum of Art is pleased to present Karla Harris for March’s Friday Jazz artist.
Friday Jazz is an evening of art and music every third Friday of the month with extended hours with full gallery access including special exhibitions.
Free with museum admission and free to members.
Engaging listeners with vibrant vocals that range from velvety vulnerability to soul-tinged power, jazz singer Karla Harris delivers her music with sensuous expression, sheer energy and a sophisticated warmth. She weaves her American influences of swing, standards, blues, soul and rock, as well as an affinity for Latin music, into a multi-textured jazz tapestry for audiences to enjoy, and delivers it with a compelling stage presence all her own.
A native of St. Louis and a busy vocalist working throughout the Gateway City region for years, Karla in 2005 relocated to the Pacific Northwest, a move that propelled her into Portland, Oregon’s highly regarded jazz scene. She began working with acclaimed players such as Latin percussionist Bobby Torres (Joe Cocker, Etta James), and pianists Randy Porter (Diane Schuur, Gino Vanelli, Madelaine Eastman), Steve Christofferson (Nancy King) and more. Karla became a regularly featured artist at premier jazz rooms in the area and has performed at events such as the Newport Jazz Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Portland Jazz Festival and Nantucket Arts Festival, gaining fans drawn by her dynamic delivery and tasty repertoire.
Karla recorded a CD in 2007 with internationally acclaimed jazz bassist Tom Kennedy, with whom she performed frequently in St. Louis and whose credits include such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Ben Vereen and others. Of the recording, titled “Twice As Nice,” Jazz Scene Magazine writes, “Always respectful of her American Songbook choices, Harris has superb intonation and a contemporary, appealing approach to the songs.”
In 2012, Karla relocated to Atlanta. She has opened for Grammy-nominated jazz singer Kate McGarry and performed as featured vocalist with some of the area’s finest bandleaders, including Joe Gransden, Kevin Bales and Ted Howe. She also works with top jazz musicians in her own combos in the Atlanta area and on tour. Of her performances, WSIE Radio says Karla is “a powerful singer at ease in any setting, a singer for all seasons who makes any song memorable.” Clubscene writes, “She engages us and makes us happy to be spending the evening with her.”