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Amanda Carr … BIO
Boston based daughter of Big Band vocalist, Nancy Carr and late trumpeter, Nick Capezuto (most known for Herb Pomeroy Band), Amanda Carr is a multi-styled vocalist/pianist that began early on in the rock and pop genre, but has in recent years focused on fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook, following in her parent’s musical footsteps. For over three decades she’s performed internationally, adding her own musical gems as well which have received critical acclaim from a tough bevy of jazz reviewers. In her national recording debut in 2005, Tender Trap hit the jazz charts at #55 and received 4-stars from All Music Guide. Jazz Review.com donned her “…a first rate vocalist”and she was the feature story by Nat Hentoff in The Wall Street Journal in 2007 which catapulted her to global exposure. She is also featured in Nat Hentoff’s upcoming book, “Jazz Ball” expected to hit stores in the Summer of 2009.
Among her many big band performances, she stars in “A Tribute to Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman” with the Everett Longstreth Orchestra., traveling to various cities nationwide and just completing a 2008-09 touring season. Amanda frequently was the featured vocalist with The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Harry James Band and has also appeared with the Glenn Miller Band.
She has headlined at the EuroJazz festival in Italy along with James Moody and George Mraz. Amanda has composed and performed award-winning music for two PBS documentaries, receiving a National Emmy nomination for “The Story of Golf”, narrated by Jim McKay and recognition for her contributions to “Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History”. In 1999 she was awarded the Videographer Award by the NTA for excellence in Music Composition in addition to 3 Golden Telly Awards. She has dozens of T.V. and Radio commercials to her credit and owns and operates a successful recording studio in the Boston area.
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 and is noted in the Smithsonian’s Folk Archives.
Along with 3 other CD releases since 1995, Amanda released SOON in 2007, with drummer/producer Kenny Hadley, acheiving Amazon’s Jazz Bestseller list at #2 and remaining on their top 100 for weeks. With distribution and airplay in over a dozen countries, including Japan and the Netherlands, and a growing international fanship, Amanda is recording and releasing her next project in the Summer of 2009 with the Kenny Hadley Big Band featuring stellar musicians and arrangers. This recording will echo the sounds Boston’s notable jazz greats.
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