UTAH DIVA… ONE OF LA’S BEST.
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.
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
CD's available at performances and
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