Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.

Karen’s Contributions


06/22/13    Community Articles

Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - June 15, 2013

Leading his 15-man Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on its 25th anniversary tour, at Verizon Hall located in the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA, Grammy award-winning composer, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, looking very dapper alongside the orchestra, provided...


05/04/13    Community Articles

Giacomo Gates - Vocalese

Poised with jazz aficionado coolness, jazz/vocalese singer Giacomo Gates ventured into the music of the legendary Miles Davis at Chris’ Jazz Café, in Philadelphia. With his deep baritone and hip vocabulary, Gates engaged the audience immediately with his...


04/16/13    Community Articles

Hugh Masekela - Jabulani Tour

Back by popular demand, Grammy award-winning, legendary South African trumpeter, composer, Hugh Masekela gave a special performance in the Zellerbach Theatre featuring classic favorites and works from his latest album, "Jabulani". Mr. Masekela was joined...


04/16/13    Community Articles

Diana Krall - Glad Rag Doll Tour

With the Borgata Event Center stage set to date back to the days of vaudeville, Diana Krall’s “Glad Rag Doll” tour included a mix of jazz and blues tunes from the roaring '20s and '30s. The stage was decorated with a gramophone, upright player piano and...


04/16/13    Community Articles

Rudresh Mahanthappa & Gamak

Indian-American alto saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa captured the audience’s imagination with his adventurous, innovative blends of Jazz and Indian music this evening at Montgomery County Community College, Science Center Theatre in Blue Bell, PA...


04/12/13    Community Articles

Unmistakably Incognito - Featuring Maysa

We were up close and personal with British acid jazz band Incognito featuring Maysa as they wowed a sell-out crowd at B.B. King Blues Club New York, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. This was the first night in New York on their ten day US tour. For 34 years, this...


03/22/13    Concerts

Concert Review: Tuck & Patti in Pennsylvania 3/13

Extraordinary musicianship and vocalizing


02/22/13    Concerts

Review: Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Tour

McBride, Bridgewater, Potter and more take the festival on the road


11/15/12    Concerts

Ramsey Lewis in Cape May, NJ, 11-10-12

Pianist performed at the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival


11/13/12    Concerts

Concert Review: Chick Corea and Gary Burton in Philadelphia, 11-9-12

The duo are joined by the Harlem String Quartet


10/24/12    Concerts

Concert Review: Melody Gardot, Philadelphia, 9/29/12

A triumphant homecoming for a vocal favorite


10/12/12    Concerts

Review: Toots Thielemans' 90th Birthday Concert at JALC

The harmonica master is joined by friends at NYC bash


08/10/12    Photos

2012 Newport Jazz Festival Review - Legends and Lions

2012 Newport Jazz Festival Review by Karen Brundage-Johnson Photos by Ben Johnson August 3- 5, 2012 Produced and co-founded by legendary Jazz impresario George Wein, the Newport Jazz Festival was back on August 3-5, fifty eight years after it began in Rhode...

06/24/12    Community Articles

24th Annual DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

The 24th Annual DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival opened Monday evening, June 18th to a very appreciative audience. This free, week-long, outdoor music festival is held in Rodney Square in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Delaware Monday, June 18th...


05/23/12    Concerts

Sonny Fortune Quartet: LIve in Atlantic City

Celebrating Sonny’s 73rd Birthday

04/28/12    Community Articles

Philadanco - The Philadelphia Dance Company

Kimmel Center for the Performing, Philadelphia, PA Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:30PM

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About Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.


Karen is an executive in the Hospitality industry. She is a contributing author in “Beyond the Body! Developing Inner Beauty”, a dynamic twenty-five chapter book and journal dedicated to the emotional, mental & spiritual wellness of women.

Karen volunteers as the Public Relations Chairperson and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As Public Relations Chairperson, she informs the public of the activities of the Chapter, prepares the press releases, and schedule media interviews.

Karen founded the Readers Journey Book Club Network with the goal of bringing book clubs together to fellowship and experience African-American author discussions. In 2008, the Readers Journey Book Club Network was featured in Essence Magazine with author Gloria Naylor (The Women of Brewster Place).

Karen enjoys jazz music, writing, and volunteering for charitable fundraising initiatives.

Karen and her husband Ben Johnson a noted Jazz photographer, collaborate on documenting live jazz performances.

Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD. joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 28, 2010