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Jazz Fest 2021: Amanda Carr

Friday, May 07
Show | 8pm // Doors | 7pm
$22.50 to $40
Amanda Carr is a multi-styled vocalist/pianist that began professionally early on in the rock and pop genre playing in Boston area night clubs, but in later years adopted and focused as a vocalist on fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook receiving critical acclaim as a jazz singer from a tough bevy of reviewers. She’s performed and recorded both in the U.S. and abroad, including Australia and England. Twice a feature story by respected writer/author Nat Hentoff in The Wall Street Journal, she garnered global exposure as he hailed her, “...a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes”. Sheʼs also featured in Hentoffʼs latest best-seller, “At the Jazz Band Ball: 60 Years on the Jazz Scene.” Amanda has been a guest vocalist with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops and with such name big bands as The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Harry James Band and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, among many other guest vocal appearances. A Headline artist at EuroJazz Festival in Italy along with James Moody and George Mraz, she recorded “Live in San Giorgio” with Trio Martinale in Torino in 1999. Her Portuguese rendition of ‘Mas Que Nada’ labeled her the top 3 Vocalists of 2009 in the jazz category in Brazil’s ‘Rio Review’. Amanda successfully created and headlined a cross-country tour show of “A Tribute to Peggy Lee” which sold out 30 dates and still remains a draw for audiences. Among her corporate and commercial work, sheʼs composed and performed music for two PBS documentaries, one being ‘The Story of Golf’ which received an Emmy Nomination, and also acclaim for her musical contributions to ‘Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History’. Her original work with childrenʼs music for the ‘Lilʼ Iguana’ series is among her favorite composing and recording projects. Her most ambitious project, a big band album entitled “Common Thread”, debuted on the top of multiple Jazz Best Seller charts and in the top 50 on Billboard. Paying homage to her big band musician parents, Amanda founded ‘American Big Band Preservation Society’ in 2009, a non-profit (501c3) that preserves the essence of American musical heritage. With 5 jazz vocal recordings, global distribution and airplay, Amanda continues to performs as a solo artist in various genres, while remaining a popular guest artist with other artists and ensembles. Currently, she is Artist Liaison for the esteemed organization, ‘Boston Women in Media and Entertainment’ authoring a popular online interview series. Amanda is an official CBS Radio commentator for Boston’s prestigious annual “Boston Pops July 4th” concert on the Esplanade with WBZ News Radio.