Elizabeth Carpenter

SEATTLE, Washington, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Jazz / Neo-soul / Pop
If Mae West & Dorothy Parker played music, you'd get Carpenter's songs of love, lust and loss. She's a Jazz/Pop/Rock cocktail of sultry vocals, smart lyrics and great melodies. 50% JAZZ 20% NEO-SOUL% 20% ROCK 5% Electronic-Dance 5% Latin (her other CD's have the folk thang going on, too).
Elizabeth Carpenter has been performing in the Seattle area for 16 years and has been composing and playing guitar for 25 years. 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 filmmaking after Juilliard (receiving a BFA in Film from New York University) but music became more a more compelling interest. Meeting Chris Whitley at age 19 was a major influence in her guitar-playing and wanting pursue music. A childhood listening to Lotte Lenya, Frank Sinatra & Marlene Dietrich started her on her road to being a torch singer. She also was inspired to further her exploration of finger-picking and complex chords after being introduced to Nick Drake. Guitarists from Mali and the Angolan guitarist/singer-songwriter Waldemar Bastos also were heavy influences.
She performs as The Elizabeth Carpenter Trio, as a jazz vocalist since May 2008 (guitar-playing for her now a medical problem) with a repertoire of over 60 jazz standards including "Skylark", "Baltimore Oriole" and her own song "Flirting" from her CD Flirting (she specializes in Cole Porter tunes, plus just added Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman".
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