6-piece jazz ensemble Carte Blanche keeps vintage standards white-hot with classic French, Latin and American jazz standards from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
Carte Blanche has become a familiar late-night act at New York’s most popular speakeasies and music venues: from Chinatown’s well-hidden Apotheke to the notorious NYC staple Rockwood Music Hall, the 6-piece ensemble in white silk and sequins has gathered a following who love them for their look as much as their commitment to preserving the standards of a bygone era.
Lead vocalist Cristina Kaminis gives the group a sound in the tradition of jazz greats Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lola Beltran. But as effortlessly as Kaminis transitions from classics of chanson realiste-era Paris to Brazil’s sultrybossa novas, her native Mexico shines through on the bands Cuban son tracks, and the danceable, percussion-driven dance rhythms of vintage Colombian cumbia. The group has a long list of celebrity clients and has been featured in multiple prestigious media, arts and fashion events both nationally and internationally.
“Listening to New York-based jazz ensemble Carte Blanche will make you feel like Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris after he stumbles back in time.” BizBash
“I love the look in the eyes of lead vocalist Cristina Kaminis- I’m guessing she sensed the magic [of the performance] too” Editor-In-Chief, Michael McCarthy, D.C Magazine
"This band is amazing!" Darcy Miller, Editorial Director for Martha Stewart Weddings