- violin, vocals
When you hear the deep, sultry voice of this Calgary musician or hear the sweet sound of his violin, you might be fooled for a moment into thinking that singing and playing jazz is easy. At least that’s the way karl roth makes it sound.
Beautiful, carefree jazz seems to fall from this man about as effortlessly as strolling down the beach or sipping a cool drink on the patio. But make no mistake. Roth is one of Calgary’s strong voices in jazz, with over 30 years of performing in Calgary and Western Canada to his credit.
Roth’s repertoire includes jazz standards and oddball treasures. With a song list containing such favorites as “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “In a Mellow Tone,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and “Tenderly,” you can enjoy the beauty of classic jazz played and sung by a true veteran of the genre.
Roth has performed with Amos Garrett and Oscar Lopez as a member of the Cold Club of Canada, toured nationally and internationally with Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit theatre company, and performed in venues ranging from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to the bowling alley in Black Diamond, Alberta. Roth can be heard on CKUA and CBC both regionally and nationally.
He has released three CDs to date: Everybody Wants to Be Cat (1997), a Christmas CD (1998), and Almost Behavin’ (2001). His approach to the violin reflects the influences of Joe Venuti, Stéphane Grappelli, and Stuff Smith, and his vocals follow Louis Armstrong’s style of “singing from the heart.”
Working hard to finish producing his newest album, karl continues to perform throughout Southern Alberta.