Karen Greene

In music, originality and versatility are measures of achievement. It's something saxophonist Karen Greene strives for in her jazz improvisation. Greene is no novice to the world of music. She has been a professional musician for over 38 years, performing in a wide variety of music mediums, but jazz is her first love.









Originally from northern West Virginia, Greene immediately went on the road upon graduating from college, and began performing 6 days a week - 48 weeks a year.  She initially began her professional career performing with the show band, "Still Creek", and kept that fast-paced schedule for many years.

Greene spent much of the 80’s and 90’s in the Triad and Triangle areas of North Carolina. In addition to her own band, “The KGB”, she performed for almost 9 years with the R&B/Jazz Group “Higher Ground”. She was also a member of "The Sam Bruton Group" and the nationally-acclaimed Latin jazz band “Carnivalito”. During her years in North Carolina, she also performed with Natalie Cole, Melva Houston, Neenna Freelon, Rodney Howard, and  jazz trumpeter, Tom Browne. 

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She has opened for Santana, Diane Shuur, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Herbie Mann, Joe Lovano, Richard Elliott, The Rippingtons, David Benoit, The Brubeck Brothers, Najee, George Winston, America, and Three Dog Night. Greene has performed at many jazz festivals up and down the east coast, and has even shared the stage at the famed 'Blues Alley' in Washington, D.C. In addition, she has performed with both the North Carolina Symphony and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra on special jazz performances.

 Greene continues to perform in the Atlanta area and around the United States at various festivals, clubs, restaurants, and private functions in a variety of musical groups. She is a 'regular' in the studio, performing on commercials for companies like Bank of America, Cort Furniture Rental, and The Florida Keys Tourism Board, and on many album projects as well. She is also a member of the Atlanta-based original jazz group, 'SOLID STATE'.

Since 2001, she has appeared at Elko (Nevada) High School's annual "Jazz Fest" with Eric Marienthal, and has also performed at "Jazz Fest" with Denis DiBlasio, Mike Vax, Dan Fornero, Andy Martin, Allen Vizzutti, Gary Dempsy, Ward Durrett, Willie Murillo, Becky Martin, and Steve Wiest.



In addition to being a musician, she is also a two time Grammy Award-winning audio engineer and director, with clients including Yamaha, Ritz-Carlton Hotels Worldwide, the late Maya Angelou, Branford Marsalis, Fox Sports, Cox Communications, The Denver Symphony, ESPN, Disney, O'Neill Outside, LLC, PBS, and HBO.