Karen Hernandez | Cross Town

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Cross Town

by Karen Hernandez

A mix of soulful, groovin' and funky interpretations with some latin jazz and originals thrown in for spice....
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angel Eyes
5:45 album only
2. Back to the Chicken Shack
5:41 album only
3. You've Changed
6:03 album only
4. Tu Noche
5:06 album only
5. The Breeze and I
5:23 album only
6. Tin Tin Deo
7:18 album only
7. My Kind of Lover
4:02 album only
8. Cross Town
5:26 album only
9. Don't Go to Strangers
6:53 album only


Album Notes

UTAH DIVA…………ONE OF LA’S BEST. KAREN HERNANDEZ, Utah’s own diva of jazz belongs to LA now and what a wonderful talent we have received.

Karen started her career at age four in church and has continued on from there. 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 South Central Los Angeles. Karen was one of a few women pianists to play soulful music in the black communities. 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. HERNANDEZ, 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 bassist, Eugene Wright and Leroy Vinegar and was accompanist for Gloria Lynne, Marilyn King, Burrel Davis, Jimmy Spencer, Barbara McNair, Herb Jeffries, Johnny Hartman, Johnny Brown and Bill Henderson, to name a few. She performed at the AME Church in Los Angeles at their annual Gospel concert. Also played for the Gospel Choir for many years at the Transfiguration Church in Los Angeles. Hernandez is the featured pianist for the annual “Women In Jazz” concert in Hollywood.

She now performs with her own trio in many Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley clubs.

Karen Hernandez’s credits include an original song 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.


Lou is an accomplished musician on the Electric and Upright Bass.

Lou Shoch was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He started his interest in music in his teen years and
just kept going from there. Lou came to California in 1975.


LOU SHOCH has toured extensively with Lou Rawls, The Fifth Dimension and Barry Manilow.
Also played with the theatre production of “Ethel Merman’s Broadway”.


Lou’s credits include tours, recording, television and/or concert work with such artists as: Vikki Carr, Big Joe Turner, Sally Kellerman, Phylis Neuman, Julie Budd, Jane Olivor, Charles Brown, Dorothy Moore, Dionne Warwick, Percy Mayfield, Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, Pee Wee Crayton, Bobby Vinton, The Lettermen and many others.



Larry Klein, a Los Angeles based drummer, has been around the circuit for some time. He has played with many bands, behind many singers in clubs, on recordings, etc.

He is a fine musician and a great asset to any group.



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J Downs

Very groovy! I couldn't sit still at my desk. Very enjoyable!

B.Comden, Jazz Scene

Fantastic....many moods....
I felt this CD by Karen Hernandez was FANTASTIC! It certainly captures many moods and is very versatile. I enjoyed the sounds and the way the trio performed in sync with each other. Keep up the good work Karen...waiting for more.