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2012.OCT.30. DC. NEW ALBUM. The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

Publicat in: 10.09.2012, 06:54AM
Autor: Richard Constantinidi
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Etichete: Ginny Carr, Hustlin For A Gig, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, Washington Dc
2012.OCT.30. DC. NEW ALBUM. The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been serenading audiences in its native Washington, D.C., across the country and even as far as France for more than two decades. But its members are finding ways to bring something new to their performances. Bandleader and co-founder Ginny Carr says she wrote the words and music to all 10 songs on the quartet’s new album, Hustlin’ for a Gig — a relative rarity in a jazz world defined by time-tested standards.

“For me, this is the culmination of what I’ve always wanted to do with this group,” Carr tells NPR’s Susan Stamberg. “I’ve been kind of stealing other people’s material, writing other people’s material for years, and it was really, definitely, clearly time for us to put our own stamp on the genre and write our own stuff.”

Carr says her group’s No. 1 focus will still be perfecting its intricate vocal harmonies — a task that, she says, requires a special kind of singer.

“You have to think like an instrumentalist. You have to be an instrumentalist in your head and your voice,” she says. “It helps if you have a good voice, but I’m looking for a horn section.”

We hope you will tune in and listen to us sing, chat, and play excerpts from our new CD, "Hustlin for a Gig."

Best wishes,


Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: 
Ginny Carr
Robert McBride 
Holly Shockey 
Andre Enceneat


Our new CD, "Hustlin' for a Gig," is available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, or our website.

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR (check our website for updates)
Aug. 25 - with the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, Glen Echo Park, MD
Oct. 27 -  with the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, Glen Echo Park, MD
Oct. 30 - BLUES ALLEY, Washington, DC:
Nov. 15 - 17 - Les Nuits du Jazz Festival, Nantes, France
Jan. 12, 2013 - Germano's Trattoria Cabaret Room, Baltimore

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