Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.

Karen’s Contributions


02/24/15    Community Articles

Mardi Gras Celebration with Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts was transformed into a festive Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday party in preparation for Grammy award-winning trumpeter and bandleader, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). A pre and post-show party...


12/28/14    Community Articles

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra "Big Band Holidays" Makes the Season Bright

The holiday season got off to a swinging and festive start in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as the Lincoln Center Orchestra performed “big Band Holidays”, led by world-renowned trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. Vocalist Cécile McLorin...


12/06/14    Community Articles

Jazz Orchestra Of Philadelphia Swings The Harlem Nutcracker

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia brought in the Christmas holiday season at the Kimmel Center, with a very special swinging performance of Ellington-Strayhorn’s, The Harlem Nutcracker, directed by renowned trumpeter, and composer Terell Stafford. “The...


10/08/14    Community Articles

Chucho Valdés - Solo de piano

On Saturday, October 4th the legendary multi-Grammy Award winner Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Chucho Valdés, performed an outstanding solo performance at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, located at the University of Pennsylvania...


08/09/14    Community Articles

60 Years Looks Good on the Newport Jazz Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival kicked off its 60th anniversary with a stellar lineup of young and up-and-coming artists, as well as a few favorites. The three-day festival began on Friday afternoon at Fort Adams, with fantastic music on three stages. he venue...


04/17/14    Community Articles

Hugh Masekela’s 75th Birthday Tour in Honor of Nelson Mandela

Back by popular demand, Grammy award-winning, legendary South African trumpeter, composer, Hugh Masekela gave a very special performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in celebration of his 75th birthday and honoring the late South African leader...


03/28/14    Community Articles

Pat Metheny Unity Group

The Pat Metheny Unity Group, returned to a sold-out crowd of long time fans at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, Sunday, March 23rd. The Unity group featured Metheny on acoustic guitars, bassist Ben Williams on bass, Antonio Sanchez on drums, Chris...


03/26/14    Community Articles

Dr. Lonnie Smith “The Mystic” Guru of the Hammond B-3

The Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio brought the right Jazz medicine to Montgomery County Community College on Saturday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, A master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ, Dr. Smith is a legendary composer and musician who...


01/26/14    Community Articles

Celebrating Bob Perkins: 50 Years in Broadcasting and 80th Birthday

The Somers Point Jazz Society hosted an afternoon of jazz and tributes honoring longtime friend and supporter Bob Perkins of WRTI, as he celebrates his 80th birthday and 50 years in broadcasting. This free event was held at Clancy's By The Bay in Somers...


11/22/13    Community Articles

Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Experience, 11-16-2013

As part of its Then and Now: Jazz Cubano series, Montgomery County Community College's Lively Arts Series hosted the multi- Grammy nominated Omar Sosa and Afri-Lectric Experience. Sosa wrote a suite of music honoring Miles Davis’ and Bill Evan’s influential...


11/10/13    Community Articles

Sergio Mendes: Jazz Meets Samba - November 8

The second annual James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival was in full Bossa Nova-swing on Friday evening, November 8th. The performance "Jazz Meets Samba," featured Latin jazz icon Sérgio Mendes, joined by a stellar lineup including vocalist and pianist Eliane...


11/01/13    Community Articles

Gregory Porter: Cookin’ At the Jazz Room

Grammy nominated jazz vocalist, Gregory Porter performed on Sunday, October 27th at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey at the University’s Shea Center for Performing Arts as part of the Jazz Room Series. Porter combines a deep jazz and blues...


11/01/13    Community Articles

Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band

Multi- Grammy Award winner conguero Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, came to Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater on Saturday night, stirring up a fiery dish of music from straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music with infectious...


10/19/13    Community Articles

Pharoah Sanders Explores Coltrane and Other Cerebral Avenues

The legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders returned to Philadelphia after more than 20 years to kick-off the Lively Arts – Jazz Series at Montgomery County Community College. In her introduction, Helen Haynes, Director of Cultural Affairs said “we pulled...


10/08/13    Community Articles

The New Gary Burton Quartet - The Right Vibes

The Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia welcomed seven-time Grammy award winner, Gary Burton and the New Gary Burton Quartet. Burton is celebrating his 70th birthday year with an extended tour, a new album entitled "Guided Tour," featuring new music composed...


08/13/13    Community Articles

The 59th Annual Newport Jazz Festival - All About Diversity

Karen Brundage-Johnson and photographer Ben Johnson with another vantage of the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

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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