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Singing Straight-ahead, Latin and Original JaZz...

... with some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest!

Visit the Videos page to see Carolena and her musicians in action!

Upcoming Public Gigs

Hotel Sorrento
September 22, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
900 Madison St.
Seattle, WA  98104

Patriot's Landing Veteran's Day Celebration
November 11, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
6008 Mount Tacoma Dr., SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

The Bleu Note
November 29, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
and Osama Afifi (bass)
6008 Mount Tacoma Dr., SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

Please visit Carolena's Calendar page for additional upcoming public performances.

PLEASE NOTE:  Private events are NOT reflected on the calendar.  Please use the Contact Artist page to inquire about open dates and booking Carolena for your special event.

Tunes - with John Stowell, guitar

Offering Online Voice Lessons

Technology makes it possible for Carolena to teach students from all over the world via Skype, ooVoo and FaceTime in real time.


What is necessary is a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, an external mic (unless your computer is equipped with a good one) and Voila!  You can enjoy the benefits of private voice lessons in the comfort of your own home.

Voice Studio Gift Certificates

Voice lessons make the Perfect Gift for friends and loved ones!  Purchase your Gift Certificates today and give the gift of song.

Louis Armstrong described swing this way, "Ah, swing.  Well, we used to call it ragtime, then blues – then JaZz.  Now, it's swing.  White folks, y'all sho is a mess.  Swing!"

I recall a few years ago doing a gig with an accompanist who was not a JaZz cat.  I pulled out some charts and introduced him to a few tunes.  Upon reviewing the chart for a swing tune, the pianist exclaimed, "Oh, a bouncy tune!"  That was certainly an interesting manner in which to describe swing, but not necessarily inaccurate.

To read the entire article, please click on the title of the blog post.


"You have to practice improvisation, let no one kid you about it!"
~Art Tatum

In case I didn't say it loud enough, the main hallmark of JaZz is its improvisational nature.  Improvisation is instant composition.  It is musical creation that is spontaneous and in the moment.  It is an interactive conversation between the musicians and vocalist (if a vocalist is present) that expresses their unique individuality.  This improvisation may be centered in the melody or harmony being played or sung.  However, it may also be expressed through the rhythm, time signature, syncopation and/or lyrics.

Joachim Berendt contended that JaZz differs from European music in that JaZz has a "special relationship to time, defined as 'swing'."  So what is 'swing?'

More later . . .

Hugs, Carolena

That's an excellent question!  What IS JaZz

JaZz is an umbrella term which encompasses an evolving musical art form that is comprised of multiple styles.  Dixieland, swing,
bebop, cool, hard bop, modal, funk, Latin, post bop,
free JaZz, JaZz fusion, smooth JaZz, etc., are all examples of the different evolutions of the musical phenomenon that is known as "JaZz."

More later . . .

Hugs, Carolena

I've been threatening to launch my new website since last Summer and here it is ... finally! Woo-HOO!  And can you believe it, I'm actually blogging!  "I'm writing a blog," are words that I never imagined passing these lips (or fingertips, to be more accurate).  :O)

Welcome to all lovers of vocal JaZz!  And welcome to all voice students: old, new and prospective, too!  Perhaps you are a client who desires to book some high quality entertainment for your business or private event?  On the other hand, you may have music aspirations of your own, would like to take voice lessons and learn to sing?  In either event, you've come to the right place!  :O)

I still have a few tweaks to make here and there in regard to the site.  Additionally, I will be adding pages and content as I go along. However, in the meanwhile, grab a cup of joe (unless you're singing; you know caffeine is a no-no), make yourselves comfortable and take a look around.  Thank you for your interest. Come back to visit soon!

Hugs, Carolena

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