Karl studied trumpet at the Royal College of Music and spent many years playing in stage bands for numerous West End musicals such as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guys Named Mo, Sophisticated Ladies and Soul Sister. He’s also played with Joe Loss Big Band and UB40.
Karl finally arrived inevitably, into the world of jazz, inspired by the songs of Chet Baker, Mark Murphy, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Antonio Jobim.
Whenever Karl performs, he takes the audience with him on a musical journey. He sings from the heart and his natural warmth always wins them over!!
Karl is thrilled to have recorded his own album “Calling Card” produced by Liane Carroll and mixed by Derek Nash at Crowne Pocket Recording Studios.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Karl over many years and without exception, the man delivers a true, complete performance and makes the musicians want to rise to his instinctive level.”
He has now amassed an impressive collection of Jazz Standards including all the favourite hits
from the Great American Songbook, Gershwin, Sondheim, Kurt Weill. Karl produces several shows with his band - Liam Dunachie on Piano, Misha Mullov Abbado on Bass and Scott Chapman on drums. Shows include tributes to Chet Baker and Nat King Cole plus music from the shows 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, Wild Party and West Side Story.
Karl has appeared in many of the top jazz venues around London including Ronnie Scott’s, The Pheasantry, Chelsea, Toulouse Lautrec, Tower 42, Crazy Coqs, Roux at Parliament Square,The Acoustic Jazz Lounge, Upstairs@Ronnie’s, Jazz After Dark, Soho, 606 Club Chelsea, Le Gavroche, Mayfair, Pizza Express, Dean Street, Lambeth Palace and Annie’s Jazz Club.
Karl has played at festivals and theatres around Europe and South America. In recent years Karl has been asked to collaborate on stage with some of the great jazz performers Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Tina May, Derek Nash, Renato D’Aiello, Kitty La Roar and Nick Shankland.