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Karen has been playing the piano since the age of four and started her career in church at the age of nine.  She performed in local clubs in Utah as a teenager.  Karen came to California in the 60’s prompted and encouraged by Gene Harris after he heard her play.  She first took up playing in the Crenshaw District in South Central Los Angeles, thanks to bassist Andy Simpkins.  Hernandez  is a very well known name in jazz circles and much in demand with singers in the area.  Karen is held in high esteem by fellow musicians and audiences everywhere.  Karen, a celebrated and accomplished pianist, plays it all – straight forward, Latin and Gospel jazz – at its finest. 

Karen Hernandez appeared many years, 1970’s  and on, at the Money Tree in Toluca Lake and Monteleone’s in Encino with bassists, Eugene Wright and Leroy Vinegar and drummer, Earl Palmer.  She also plays with bassist, Nedra Wheeler and Carol Chaikin, sax/flute. Karen is accompanist for Marilyn King, Gloria Lynne, Johnny Hartman, Jimmy Spencer, Barbara McNair, Herb Jeffries, Johnny Brown, Bill Henderson, and Lorez Alexandria to name a few.   Hernandez is the featured pianist for the annual “Instrumental Women” concert in Hollywood.  Hernandez is the 2008 honoree of the Instrumental Women “Instrumental Woman of the Year” award. She now performs with her own trio in many Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley clubs.

Karen Hernandez’s credits include original songs and performances in the movies “PRETTY WOMAN” and “FABULOUS BAKER BOYS”, as well as, many albums and CD’s.   She writes many songs for her own use, to play alone or with the trio, and also for other musicians and singers.

Karen Hernandez

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