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Carte Blanche is an exceedingly distinct revivalist jazz group famous for performing a combination of American jazz from the Twenties and Thirties, Latin American and French music. The band provides quite the sought-after live authentic experience from a broad range of jazz played with various international genre styles. The group has been heralded by the David Stark, Martha Stewart, and Darcy Miller, among others, for taking their listeners on a journey through heartwarming classic sounds selected strategically from an eclectic mix of lush world music such as jazz and bossa nova.
They roll through an American vintage speakeasy one minute and transfer the audience to Parisian café the next moment from where they could then swirl them onto the streets of Havana. Their songs comprise of female sultry vocals in five languages that truly recall sounds of celebrated artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lila Downs and Edith Piaf in a fascinating mix with the group’s versatile manner of performing carefully selected music. Their music is available in varying arrangements ranging from the full six-piece to a trio band. Their lineup comprises of Cristina Kaminis on vocals, Cristhian Quimbay on percussion, Dan Parra on bass, Sean Clapis on guitar, Tomoko Omura on violin and Kate Dunphy on accordion. Owing to their breezy vintage tunes with finesse lyrical sensibilities and suavely delivered vocals, it is no surprise to see jazz fans and eclectic music lovers go running after Carte Blanche ticket each time the group announces a show in town.
Carte Blanche was formed in late 2005 after gathering talents from New York, London, England and New Jersey. They started playing their music in early 2006 and soon made appearances at a host of famous places such as The Baggot Inn, Snitch & Arlene’s Grocery, Pussycat Lounge, Underground, The Continental, Sin-E, McGurk’s Pub, The Delancey, CB’s Gallery, Fat Baby, and Kenny’s Castaways.
Based in New York City, Carte Blanche have credited a diverse range of acts from various genres as their sources of influence, including Astor Piazolla, Fania All-stars, Yann Tierson, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughn, Manu Chao, Billie Holiday, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carla Bruni, Marisa Monte, Pink Martini, Ella Fitzgerald, Lila Downs, Chico Trujillo, Edith Piaf and Buena Vista Social Club. Some of their most popular songs include Texan Tail, Mystery Girl, Manhattan,After You’ve Gone, Loca, Raphael, Corcovado, Milord, Chan Chan, God Bless the Child, Cucurrucucu, Cette nuit La, As Time Goes By, Quizas, Quizas, Quizas, On The Slow Boat to China, Precise Me Encontrar, Padam Padam and The Fast Track. Their hit French songs comprise of Zou Bisou Bisou, Sympathique, Sous le Ciel de Paris, Rafael, Padam, Non, Je ne Rien Regrette, Milord, Les Escaliers la de Butte, La Vie En Rose, La Foule, L’ Accordeoniste, Jardin d’Hiver, Cette Nuit La and C’est Juste Un Tango. Some of their songs featuring a full band include sparkling romantics such as Love for Sale, Tea for Tow, Unforgettable, Embraceable You and our Love’s Here to Stay, among a host of others. Their album releases include Carte Blanche, Party Night, Vol.2, Fitness Fiesta, Vol.2, Head for the Stars, Summer’s End and Do You Like This Like That.
Carte Blanche has brought together a large audience with its trademark magical vintage sound from all over the world, performing before a house full of royals, celebrities as well as on high-end exclusive events. They have played in some of America’s most renowned performance venues such as the JCC Klein Branch in Philadelphia, Armenian Cultural Center in Fair Lawn, the Millenium Theater in New York, the Maurice Levin Theater in West Orange, the Makor Center in Boston and JCC of Greater Washington in Washington D.C., among many others. Their shows have been best described posses the ambiance of Casablanca and really come across as a scene from the romantic classic. So don’t just sit there admiring their talents; hurry to get hold of some Carte Blanche tickets and be there to reminisce times long gone by.
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