Keith Karns is an Alaskan born trumpet player, composer and bandleader. Based in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, Keith is regularly engaged in various jazz and commercial performances in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas. Keith's quintet and big band are features in the Dallas jazz scene and they perform regularly across the country. Keith is an ASCAP and Downbeat award winning composer and arranger, 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.  Some of Keith's recent collaborations include arrangements for The UNT One O'clock Lab Band, Rich Perry, Greta Matassa, and Stefon Harris. Keith holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Indiana University. Keith is a Torpedo Bag performing artist and uses Torpedo Bags exclusively to transport and protect all of his trumpets. Keith is currently a doctoral candidate in the division of jazz studies at the University of North Texas.


"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.



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