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Fresno's Karen Marguth Brings Jazz Stylings to International Audiences

It's not often that international jazz critics and festivals turn their attention to artists from Fresno. But Central California vocalist Karen Marguth is the exception to that rule. In 2010, veteran jazz critic Christopher Loudon called Marguth "one of the finest American jazz vocalists" in a JazzTimes article about the singer. Loudon continued, saying "it’s high time that Marguth advanced to her rightful place on national and international stages."

Her new album "A Way With Words: Karen Marguth Sings the Songs of Carroll Coates" is garnering similar praise from top publications. The double cd set recently received a four star review by the esteemed jazz magazine Downbeat, and was also featured in the French publication Jazz Magazine.

It features Marguth and her band tackling the creative songwriting of Coates, who has been the scribe of choice for artists including Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Tony Bennett. The album also features a number of Fresno musicians, including mandolinist Eva Scow, and Gilbert Castellanos, a former Fresno resident, on trumpet. Coates is the author of songs such as "London By Night," "No One Ever Tells You," and "Afterglow."

Marguth visited Valley Public Radio's Bonner Performing Arts Studio for a live interview and performance, with special guests Darrel Devaurs piano, Rick Canfield drum, and Robert Ruffnertrombone. We talked about her career, working with an iconic songwriter in Coates, and much more. 

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Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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