You might as well , what are they gonna do, take away your birthday?
Carmela grew up in upstate New York with a love for the Great American Songbooks.
In New York City she attended ‘Theatrium’ and became involved in off-off Broadway Theater and appeared in a few independent films, later training with Eric Morris. Carmela moved to Los Angeles in ‘92 , working with such notable film directors as Rob Reiner, Wolfgang Petersen, Jonathan Lynn and Ken Kwapis.
She performed in the L. A. Jazz scene with the Jon Mayer trio and recorded “Black and White”, a straight ahead standards record with them. After appearing in many of the local clubs she recorded her second album with Paul Smith, Jim DeJulio and Joe LaBarbera. This project ‘Regarding Frank’ was a tribute record to Sinatra and his 50’s Capitol years.
Shortly after this she formed her own trio. Out of this trio “The Girl Who Dreams Out Loud” was conceived. This album was a departure from familiar jazz standards and a new exploration of original materials by such notables as Hirth Martinez, Donald Fagen, Mike Melvoin and Carmela.
Her fourth album “Joseph City” combined straight ahead covers, with some very unique standard arrangements and some originals by Carmela.
While residing in New Mexico she was nominated for a New Mexico Music Award for best original jazz song, appeared in local theater and worked on the feature film “A Bird Of The Air”. She served on the board of New Mexico Women In Film as fund raising chair, producing two highly successful events for NMWIF. One of which featured Roy Orbison’s “A Black and White Night” and benefited New Mexico’s homeless children. She was also seen as Lilith Bengalis in the web series “Cyphers”, made in New Mexico.
In New York City she continued to write and perform including recent appearances in New York’s Metropolitan Room and Joe's Pub and various clubs around town.
Her fifth album release “Myths and Legends” is a collection of original songs written by Carmela about difficult women, love gone wrong, and the dreams and spirits within us all, plus two covers from Duke Ellington and Al Anderson.
The newest release “Howlin’ At The Moon” was recorded at The Ellis Marsalis Center For Music in New Orleans and is heavily influenced by the people, culture and sounds of New Orleans. It features the great local musicians that reside in the Crescent City.
She now resides and performs in New Orleans, finally home.
"Originals could prove to be something quite formidable from this promising lady." -George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
In the woods of North Rochester Massachusettes there is a woman that I met who speaks to the owls....
This tune started out as a spam header that was sent to me "suspended out on the ground Ursula" and then became a song about a rebellious bride.
You go I'll stay home.
While particiapting in NYC's alternate side of the street parking game on 126th st, my neighbor told me a story about her son's obsession with a woman. His life gets on track, he's staying out of jail, and she phones and it's "Hello Honeymoon". I thought it was a great line...
Over heard this conversation on the #3 express train going from Harlem to 14th st. Two 'ladies' of uncertain gender were discussing a friend that they were going to never speak to again
This was written on a road trip bewteen L.A. and Santa Fe and the observation of what was happening to the enviroment along the way
Always loved mythology. Monos, the king of Crete demanded a tibute from the Athenians of 7 youths and 7 maidens every year who were then sent into a labyrinth where the Monotaur, a monster with a bulls head and a man's body would hunt them down and eat them.
So how did this get into my dreams? Woke up in the middle of the night after dreaming of dancing with a Minotaur. Shall we ask Jung?
This song was written onthe side of the road on i25 driving north after losing someone very close to me.
It features bandoneon master Coco Trivisonno, who true to form, made me weep all over again when we were in the studio recording his part.
With gratitude to the harbinger of spring, the Redwinged Blackbird...
Every few months that little bugger Mercury seemingly goes backward and so do I
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
No answer provided.
3: What was the worst advice?
Don't be you
4: What was your first concert?
that I gave? The Bushes NYC 1975 or so, that I went to? Ray Charles Steel Pier 1960's
5: What/where is the best road food?
Nick's BBQ and Catfish Cafe Ak
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
No answer provided.