Karen Hammack is a highly in-demand pianist who has toured all over the world as musical director with the likes of pop legend Melissa Manchester, Jazz and Gospel great Niki Haris, and currently with Grammy-nominated world music artist Perla Batalla. These artists have taken her from Royce Hall to the Kennedy Center. Because of her mastery of different styles she has performed and recorded with Michael McDonald, Don Was, Jackson Brown, jazz greats Chuck Berghofer, Bill Frisell, Eric Marienthal and Larry Koonse, vocalists Tierney Sutton, Gretchen Parlato, and Kate McGarry.
Karen studied jazz at Orange Coast College and studied privately with famed jazz pianist Terry Trotter. For the past fifteen years, she has been part of trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez’s Jazz Adventure which brings the wonderful history of jazz to young students all over Southern California. Karen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and jazz composer.
At MI, Karen teaches Private Lessons, Open Counseling, and LPW’s.