Marybeth Kern, (Kerrnie), is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist and composer New Jersey who has a driving passion for film scores, pop music, and jazz. Her active music career has allowed her to tour and perform at various venues throughout the country including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Nokia Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and The American Music Theatre. Marybeth has recorded for TV Networks such as Lifetime, Pivot, and YouTube Original Specials. Her compositions, arrangements, and recordings were used on both seasons of the Emmy award-winning series HitRECord On TV. Marybeth is also featured in the national LG V20 commercial Everyday, Spectacular playing baritone sax and clarinet. She is a current member of the The New York Jazzharmonic and recently appeared in Band Together with Logic which premiered at SXSW in 2019. In 2019 she became a Roland Artist, and a Featured Audio Curator for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s collaborative platform, HitRECord.
Marybeth’s musical inspiration comes from composers and musicians like Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, Alan Sylvestri, Dan Higgins, Cannonball Adderley, and David Sanborn. Her teachers and mentors include Broadway musicians Allen Won and Adam Kolker, as well as the legendary LA studio recording artist Dan Higgins. Marybeth remains the first and only student of David Sanborn, the most recorded and imitated saxophonist of all time.
Due to her training across many genres, Marybeth has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of musical settings including Cirque Productions, National Broadway Tours, Central Park Summer Stage Series, The New York Jazzharmonic, and SONY promotional ads.
Other credits include:
TV and Movies: Buffaloed (with Matthew Margeson), to premiere at Tribeca film festival), Stalked by My Doctor: The Patients Revenge, Band Together with Logic, HitRECord on TV Seasons 1 and 2, La Llave de mi Corazón
Video Games: Beyond Good and Evil II
Broadway National Tours: How Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical, Cirque Dreams, Illumination, Cirque Dreams Japan
“Saxophonist Marybeth Kern (USA) strolls through the show like a wandering minstrel making merrily magical music with her sexy saxophone, producing amazing riffs and hauntingly soulful musical memories.”
-Buzz Bellmont, The Houston Chronicle
“An energetic, varied score accompanies the performances featuring vocal performance by the reporter and incredible saxophone solos by Marybeth Kern.”
-Kara Pohlkamp, BroadwayWorld.com
“Marybeth Kern’s moaning saxophone emits waves of seduction.”
-Bradley Troll, The Times-Picayune
“What makes this production special is the work of the 26 performers and the brilliant saxophone playing by Marybeth Kern.”
-Alan Bresloff, Chicago Critic
“Musically, it’s saxophonist Marybeth Kern as a street musician who steals the show.”
-Philip Potempa, Northwest Indiana Times
“Another standout number is when AMT veteran Wess Cooke sings Billy Joel’s moody “New York State of Mind,” accompanied by Marybeth Kern, who steps down from the orchestra dais to blow a bluesy saxophone. Joel would be impressed.”
-Larry Alexander, Lancaster Online