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Elizabeth Carpenter: Bio

Elizabeth Carpenter

Elizabeth Carpenter has been performing in the Seattle area for 20 years - first as a back-up singer for the band Phineas Gage - her band-mates heard her original tunes and encouraged her to play out on her own. Many became her supporting players and she embarked on producing 3 CD's of her songs plus 2 arrangements of Hoagy Carmichael standards on "Flirting".

She started playing and composing after her feet went kaput as a dancer (her last days as a modern dancer were at The Juilliard School) she took-up guitar & songwriting as her next art form. She originally set off on documentary film-making after Julliard (receiving a BFA in Film from New York University) but music became more a more compelling interest.

She performs as The Elizabeth Carpenter Quartet, Trio, Duo and solo, with a repertoire of over 60 standard jazz & pop tunes. And, she performed as a singer/songwriter/guitarist for 12 years with her original jazz/soul/folk/indie-rock songs - featured on her 3 CD's: The Blueweed Songs, Emergency Love & Flirting. For most bookings, she now concentrates as a vocalist and incorporates her original music with jazz standards. Her performances can cater to the needs of the client or venue - cocktail parties or venues that want the jazz classics or clubs/events wanting her original music.

Her work as a jazz & standards vocalist began with well-known pianist & composer Victor Janusz. She sings on his duet "Guadalupe" - on his CD "Cosmo Street": and available here on CDBaby!

The Elizabeth Carpenter Ensemble includes:
Conlin Roser on guitar
Erik Anderson on drums,
Greg Glassman on electric bass
Tobi Stone on saxophone (bass & alto) and on flute (of The Tiptons & Reptet fame)
Amy Denio on sax/accordian (of The Tiptons)
Dave Carter on trumpet/flugel horn (of Skerik's Syncopated Taint)
Ty Baillie - keyboardist
Jeff Busch - Latin Percussion (Tumbao)
Paul Rucker - cello

Original songs-style:
Carpenter's Dissonant Roots Music evolved from blues, jazz, rock, R&B, Latin and folk traditions.

She plays a finger-style guitar on an electric hollow-body Alvarez with a sound marked by the use of dissonant chords, complex rhythms, lyrics that straddle the comic-melancholic zone and sung in a rich, wide-ranging alto.

Audiences have compared her to Joni Mitchell, Beth Orton, Dido, Cassandra Wilson, Aimee Mann and the classic jazz singers like Peggy Lee and Julie London.

*Flirting... Released November 2005

*Cosmo Street - 1 track, "Guadalupe" a duet with Victor Janusz © 2004

*Emergency Love - a 14 track CD on Blueweed Records © 2003

*First, Last, Deposit - a compilation CD for the non-profit org. Noel House © 2003

*The Blueweed Songs - a 14 track CD on Blue Girl Records © 2001

Elizabeth Carpenter - a 5 track EP © 1998

Some of her Seattle performance venues are:

The Tractor Tavern
The Stratus Room - a private venue of the Columbia Tower Club
Egan's Jam House in Ballard
Experience Music Project * Liquid Lounge
Seattle Art Museum - After Hours Series
Nordstrom's, Downtown Seattle Nov. 26th, '04 with Victor Janusz - CD release of "Cosmo Street"
Northwest Folk Life Festival [2001, 2002, 2004]
Thumper's Oak Room Cabaret
Salty's at Alki (with Victor Janusz Trio)
Pellini, Madison-Renaissance Hotel
3rd Place Books
The O Lounge
Conor Byrne Pub
Seattle Academy of Fine Art Benefit
Gilda's Club Benefit
Greater Seattle Business Association Benefit
Cascades Conservation Partnership& NW Ecosystem Alliance Benefit @ Woodland Park Zoo
Le Pichet
Eva's Wine Bar & Restaurant
Panamonica's - Tacoma
Artist Trust Art Auction
Alexa's Cafe - Bothell
The Bait House
Zeitgeist Café
Jag Studios
Hop Vine Pub
Mr. Spot's Chai House
Columbia City BeatWalk
Alibi Room
Sit & Spin
Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival 2002 (Three by One & One by Three: wrote/performed 5 theatre songs for Union Actors @ Work)

*Appeared on KUOW's "The Beat" on Feb. 13th, 2006 & on Nov. 5th, 2003, live performance & interview
*Appeared on KBCS's "Lunch with Folks" on Oct. 23rd, 2003, live performance & interview

Channel 29 (Public Access, Seattle) The Swoop Show, Nov.19th, 2003 @ 8:00 PM
Channel 29 (Public Access, Seattle) Club Diversity, July 13th, 2004 @ 6:00 pm with Victor Janusz.

Seattle Public Library - 2 songs for the 2002 Annual Staff Day and for the closing ceremony of the old Central Branch in 2001.

Union Actors @ Work - for the Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival 2002 (Three by One & One by Three: wrote/performed 5 theatre songs)

Has split gigs with:

Jim Page
The Paul Rucker Ensemble
Aiko Shimada
Bill Horist
Todd Werny (of Diamond Fist Werny)
David Russell
Mische Eddins
Jill Cohn
Laura Viers
Tiger Zane
Katya Chorover

Major influences:
Chris Whitley
Waldemar Bastos
Kurt Weill
Nick Drake
Marvin Gaye
Al Green
Tom Waitts
Gillian Welch
Laura Nyro
Joni Mitchell
Duke Ellington
Hoagy Carmichael
Stephen Sondheim