Karen Henderson
Washington DC's own  
       hometown singer 
                and radio broadcaster

Music & Performances

"A day without music is like a day without sunshine."  

- Bill Mayhugh

Karen Henderson's roots are in the  entertainment industry, as a singer, radio broadcaster and performing vocalist of  jazz standards to audiences of thousands over the past four decades. The time she has spent with thousands of people has strengthened her energetic wisdom. From this came Deep Relationship.

Karen is considered one of Washington D.C.'s monuments of living history and  leading music preservationists. She specializes in the Great American songboook and tunes written by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and others.   


Karen performs only for exclusive events and gatherings. Her public speaking engagements occasionally blend the message with her music.


Luminous Double CD Set - American Jazz Standards and Archived Original Tunes performed by Karen Henderson
One of Karen's original oil paintings adorns the back cover of her Luminous CD.


About Luminous:


Some music is simply luminous. These American standards, many of them jazz, have been loved for so many years, they have taken on a glow all their own. Time does not dim the strength of this music - it has universal power - and I chose songs that retained their character and endured the test of time. The old tunes have power to overcome many obstacles, including time and memory. Music can evoke exacting memories for people, as they fondly remember the past while the notes glide through them.  Even people with memory debilitating diseases, who can no longer even remember their spouses or children, can often sing along with most of these, recalling every word. The flame doesn't go out on a classic when it lives in the seat of our soul.  


I hope you love every minute of it. I sure loved creating this collection of past and present, inspired by such greats (and my heroes) as Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.  


It can be taken as music preservation, therapy, medicine, even as a stimulant - and like a fine glass of Virginia wine, each tune has a certain bouquet and flavor, based on many variables. Please drink deeply of these songs, and enjoy the harvest. 


May you swing and sing and dance in joy while you listen, recalling the past and living the present. We are standing smack dab in the middle of a memory, right here and now. 






This CD would not have been possible without the efforts of the following friends:

Bob Dawson of Bias Studios

Calvin Hall  provided the stunning cover photography The cover font is from  Joe Vanderham  from the Netherlands

Booking by Sidney's Music & Entertainment of Washington, D.C.

Archived Performances
Karen Henderson on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - June 30, 2002.