Keith Karns is jazz trumpet player, composer, and bandleader based in Dallas Texas. Keith is regularly engaged in various jazz and commercial performances in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Kansas City. Keith’s quintet and big band can be heard regularly in Dallas and at venues across the country. An ASCAP and Downbeat award winning composer and arranger, Keith has written music for many top professional and collegiate groups. Some of Keith’s recent collaborations include arrangements for Rich Perry, Greta Matassa, Stefon Harris, and the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. Keith’s second big band album as a composer and bandleader, An Eye on the Future: Featuring Rich Perry is set to be released in January 2017 on Summit Records. Keith is a Torpedo Bags performing artists and uses Torpedo Bags to transport and protect all of his trumpets. Keith holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Indiana University, and the University of North Texas.

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"An Impressive Debut...."

-Scott Yanow
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"...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.



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