Keith Karns is an Alaskan born trumpet player, composer and bandleader. Keith's quartet and big band are an up and coming presence in the Dallas Metroplex and its members are some of the most talented young musicians in the country. An award winning composer, Keith's music is constantly gaining ground in music circles across the country and has been featured on Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Indiana Public Radio. Keith has composed and arranged music for many music programs across the country including Indiana University, Eastern Washington University, and the University of North Texas. Many of Keith's compositions for Jazz Ensemble are available through RGM INC as well as on this website.  Keith holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Indiana University. Keith is a student of John Harbaugh, Robert Baca, and David Baker. Keith has also studied with Bill Adam, Pat Harbison, Joey Tartell and Mike Steinel. Keith currently lives and teaches in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex. In addition to his private trumpet studio, Keith teaches Jazz Fundementals and directs the Six O'Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas. Keith is a Torpedo Bag performing artist and uses Torpedo Bags exclusively to transport and protect all of his trumpets.

Keith's debut album "THOUGHT AND MEMORY" was released on May 1st 2012 and is available for download on iTunes, Amazon Mp3, CD Baby and this website!


Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

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Fairbanks, AK


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"An Impressive Debut...."

-Scott Yanow

Read the entire review by jazz critic and scholar, Scott Yanow.


by Keith Karns

Keith Karns' debut album THOUGHT AND MEMORY was released on May 1st 2012. It is available through iTunes, Amazon, Pandora and of course right here!

  1. 1 $0.99 Wednesday Came To A Crossroads 09:14
  2. 2 $0.99 Some Characters and Incidents are Fictitious 06:34
  3. 3 Interlude I 01:18
  4. 4 Free Salt Water Rocket 08:21
  5. 5 Interlude II 02:33
  6. 6 $0.99 Thought and Memory 08:22
  7. 7 Gunslinging Bird 06:39
  8. 8 Interlude III 02:57
  9. 9 Better Get Hit In Your Soul! 11:48

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