Karlsberg, who teaches at the University of Cincinnati’s acclaimed College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), said that his hometown’s rich jazz heritage is often overlooked. Examples of legendary performers who got their start in the Queen City include Fats Waller, Cal Collins, Rosemary Clooney, Sy Oliver, James Brown, Frank Foster, Fred Hersch and many more.
“You won’t find another city this size with the jazz scene we currently have, and the rich history and traditions,” he said.
Karlsberg has performed with such artists as Tim Warfield, Donald Harrison, Ted Nash, JD Allen, and many others, including the five veteran musicians he selected to join him as The ‘Nati 6:
- Bassist Jim Anderson, who has worked with Art Blakely, Ernestine Anderson, Hank Crawford and Nat Adderly.
- Drummer Art Gore, who has performed with George Benson, Teru Nakamura and Herbie Hancock.
- Pianist and trumpeter Kim Pensyl, who was twice named one of Billboard’s Top-20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year, and has had four Top-10 albums on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart.
- Saxophonist Brent Gallaher, who has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
- Trombonist Marc Fields, who toured with the late Ray Charles.
THE ‘NATI 6 features 10 tracks, five of which are originals, while others are Karlsberg’s new arrangements of pieces by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Stephen Foster and Miles Davis. (See https://youtu.be/BPaqE30GDbs) Though distinctively jazz, hints of classical, folk and pop can be heard throughout. Karlsberg describes the style as “Vince Guaraldi and Cecil Taylor meet Mozart.”
“It definitely has some avant garde aspects, but the album’s focus is mainly on beautiful melodies,” he said. “I am excited about the music. It was such an honor to work with such amazing artists.”
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