Multi-styled vocalist and pianist Amanda Carr, was born on September 20,1962 in Boston, daughter of Big Band vocalist, Nancy Carr and trumpet player, Nick Capezuto. Although she began early on in the rock and pop genre has more recently focused on fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook, following in her parent’s musical footsteps.
For three decades she has recorded and performed internationally, adding her own musical gems as well which have received critical acclaim from a tough bevy of jazz reviewers including 4-stars from All Music Guide,Jazz Review.com donned her “…a first rate vocalist” and she was featured and praised by Nat Hentoff in a back-page story/article in the September 2007 issue of The Wall Street Journal.
Among her many performances,she is currently starring in “A Tribute to Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman” with the Everett Longstreth Orchestra., starting an official U.S. Tour in 2008, traveling to various states and cities nationwide with this 14 -piece big band. Amanda frequently is the featured vocalist with The Artie Shaw Orchestra (led by Dick Johnson), Harry James Orchestra (Fred Radke) and has appeared with the Glenn Miller Band (Larry O'Brien).
She has headlined at the EuroJazz festival in Italy along with James Moody and George Mraz. Amanda has also composed and performed award-winning music for two PBS documentaries, receiving both a National Emmy nomination and a New England Emmy award. In 1999 she was awarded the Videographer Award by the NTA for excellence in Music Composition in addition to 3 Telly Awards. Ms. Carr has dozens of T.V. and Radio commercials to her credit.
Among her own recordings, her eclectic album credits include composing and performing with the late great Dave Guard from the Kingston Trio on his final album “Up & In” and a featured guest on The Old Vienna Kaufeehaus’ album (the 1st of two) featuring New England’s best folk singer/songwriters.
Amanda brings her acclaimed quartet to Boston and New York to perform music from their last 2 releases, Soon and Tender Trap and debut new material from their upcoming 2009 release. John Wilkins-guitar, Kenny Hadley-drums, Bronek Suchanek-bass and Arnie Krakowsky-tenor sax, the same rhythm section of the acclaimed Kenny Hadley Big Band.
Wall Street Journal - "Amanda Carr, a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes. . . she sings and swings with the unaffected confidence of a genuine jazz improviser. Unlike some of the present alleged jazz vocalists, Ms. Carr does not try to imitate a horn. She is an authentic musician in the front line with her longtime colleagues on Soon!” Nat Hentoff “ 9/5/2007
Brazil Daily Tribune Jazz Station Record Poll: Top 3 Jazz Vocalists of 2007- Soon Top 5 Jazz records.
Amanda Carr sings "If You Could See Me Now"
Reference - AAJ