karl roth - violin, vocals

when you hear the deep, sultry voice of this Calgary musician or hear the sweet, distinctive sound of his violin style, you might be fooled for a moment into thinking that singing and playing jazz is easy. At least that’s the way karl 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. karl has performing for over 30 years.

the repertoire includes mostly jazz standards and the occasional oddball treasure. the song list contains such favorites as “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and “Tenderly,”  you can enjoy the beauty of classic jazz played and sung by someone who loves the genre.

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. karl’s music can be heard on CKUA radio online http://listen.streamon.fm/ckua) and CBC both regionally and nationally.

has released three CDs to date: Everybody Wants to Be Cat, a Christmas CD, and Almost Behavin’. His approach to the violin reflects the influences of a classical music upbringing and players like Joe Venuti, Stéphane Grappelli, and Stuff Smith, his vocals are in the style of Louis Armstrong’s “singing from the heart.”