Keith Karns is an Alaskan born trumpet player, composer and bandleader. Based in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, Keith's quintet and big band perform regularly at top venues across the country. Keith is an ASCAP and Downbeat award winning composer and has composed and arranged music for professional and collegiate groups across the country. 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, Jay Saunders and Mike Steinel. Keith currently lives and teaches in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex. In addition to his private trumpet studio, Keith teaches Jazz Fundamentals and directs the Seven 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, CD Baby and this website!


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"An Impressive Debut...."

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

"...an outstanding trumpet player...his composing and arranging sets him apart as demonstrated on the splendid debut CD 'Thought and Memory'."
-Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune.


-Thought and Memory

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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