Kareem played our wedding and was great to work with. He and his trio-mates were professional, friendly, and very talented. We had a rough idea of what we wanted for music during cocktail hour and Kareem and co. played it beautifully with little input. Several times, I took a break from greeting guests to simply enjoy the band. We also had Kareem play us out of the ceremony and he modified the song we selected for the ceremony, fitting it in perfectly for tempo and dynamic range, again with little input. All around cool cats, I will catch them live whenever I can!
Kareem is a versatile musician with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, and Funk, and has been performing on the scene for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike. While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye towards the future by composing original music as well as new arrangements of timeless songs from the great American songbook.
Since 1996, Kareem has been performing both as a bandleader and as a sideman to enthusiastic audiences around the world at concert halls, festivals, and clubs. Over the years Kareem has performed, toured and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the music industry including: Pete Christlieb, Ali Jackson, Patti Labelle, Bill Watrous, The Seattle Symphony, Julian Priester, The Paperboys, The Tacoma Symphony, The Northwest Repertory Singers, Thomas Marriot, Alex Duncan, Frazey Ford, DJ Hapa, The Polyrhythmics, Bill Ramsay, The Staxx Brothers, Jay Thomas, The Sabella Consort, Greta Matassa, The Temptations, Hadley Caliman, The Four Tops, The Harry James Orchestra, Wayne Bergeron, and many others. Because of his musical diversity, his group, The Kareem Kandi Band has a sound that is fresh, innovative, and appeals to a wide variety of audiences.