Elizabeth Carpenter

Elizabeth Carpenter

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If Mae West & Dorothy Parker played music, you'd get Carpenter's songs of love, lust and loss. A Jazz/Pop/SoulFolk cocktail of sultry vocals, smart lyrics and great melodies. Some compare her to Aimee Mann, Nora Jones & always to Joni Mitchell.

Biography

Elizabeth Carpenter has been performing in the Seattle area for 14 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 film-making after Juilliard (receiving a BFA in Film from New York University) but music became more a more compelling interest.

As of May 2008 - she has reformed her band and career as a jazz vocalist covering all the classics from Ellington to Porter to Strayhorn and beyond (she & Richard have alsoarranged and performed more obscure jazz tunes such as Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" and Nat Adderly's "Old Country") Her Trio has a 70 song repertoire for parties, weddings, restaurants and clubs. She will record a 3 song demo this Feb 2009 ("It Could Happen To You", "Angel Eyes" & Sondheim's "Losing My Mind").

From 1998 - Dec 2007:
She has performed & recorded as as The Elizabeth Carpenter Quartet, Trio, Duo and solo, with a repertoire of over 50 original songs & 15 arrangements of jazz & pop standards (from "My Funny Valentine" to Aerosmith's "Jaded").

Some of Seattle's best instrumentalists have collaborated with her on her CD's and in live performances, including:

*Amy Denio, Tobi Stone & Elizabeth Pupo-Walker of the Tiptons

*Trumpeter, Dave Carter of Skerik's Syncopated Taint

*Violinist, Tyler Reilly, who has toured with Rickie Lee Jones and been recorded on 2 Modest Mouse CD's

*Percussionist, Jeff Busch who appears w/many fine Seattle jazz & Latin bands, including Timbao

*Composer, Cellist & Bassist, Paul Rucker - One of Seattle's best Jazz composers who has won many awards and grants and featured in Earshot's Jazz Festival these last 2 years.

*Guitarist, Bill Horist - one of Seattle's most innovative experimental guitar artists.

She also performs as a jazz & standards vocalist with well-known pianist & composer Victor Janusz. She sang on his track "Guadalupe" - a duet, on his CD "Cosmo Street" [JazzImprov Magazine, Spring 2005, noted this duet as one of the most "memorable songs" in a review of the CD]

Style:
Carpenter's Dissonant Roots Music evolved from blues, jazz, rock, pop, soul, Latin and folk traditions.

She is a self-taught guitarist specializing in finger-style guitar on an electric hollow-body Alvarez. Her sound is marked by the use of dissonant chords, complex rhythms, lyrics that straddle the comic-melancholic zone and sung in a sultry 3-Octave range.

Audiences have compared her to Nora Jones, Sam Phillips, Joni Mitchell, Nellie McCay, Dayna Kurtz, Beth Orton, Dido, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Aimee Mann and Michelle Shocked.

Some of her Seattle performance venues are:

The Tractor Tavern
Egan's Jazz Jam
Tutta Bella
Experience Music Project * Liquid Lounge
Seattle Art Museum - After Hours Series
1412 Gallery (a Jazz Listening Space)
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
ToST
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
GSBA - 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
LoFi
Alexa's Cafe - Bothell
The Bait House
Zeitgeist Café
Jag Studios
Hop Vine Pub
Mr. Spot's Chai House
Columbia City BeatWalk
Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival 2002 (Three by One & One by Three: wrote/performed 5 theatre songs for Union Actors @ Work)

Radio:

* (NPR) KUOW's "The Beat" on 2/13/06 & 11/ 5/03 - live performance & interview

* KBCS's " on Oct. 23rd, 2003 - live performance & interview & all 3 CDs are on the jazz & folk radio station KBCS's playlists

* THE FEMININE GROOVE'S playlist - an internet radio broadcast

* DESERT HIGHWAY RADIO - which dedicates itself to promoting, producing and preserving roots music

* WOMEN OF THE 90'S - A great internet radio show dedicated to pormoting new women singer/songwriters of all genres

TV:
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.

Commissions:
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
Picoso
Cuchata
Todd Werny (of Diamond Fist Werny)
David Russell
Laura

Lyrics

Flirting...

Written By: Elizabeth Carpenter

Flirting with Moroccans in the sun on a Monday in Seattle
People ask me why I waste my time at this café in Seattle
Blame it on a holiday to Spain in 1967
I fell in love
I was only 6 years old
He said he was from Fez
Our waiter was from Fez

Ever since that holiday to Spain in 1967
I have has a thing for men
Foreign dark handsome
People ask me why I waste my time with these fly-by-night affections
I fall in love
At the sight of a man
Too gorgeous to ignore
What a waste if I ignore …

All the
Beautiful men
I like beautiful men
Even better when they say
I’m their type, too
How nice, he says I’m his type, too…that’s why I’m

Flirting with Moroccans in the sun on a Monday in Seattle
Is there any better thing to do at this café in Seattle?
Blame it on a holiday to Spain in 1967
I fell in love…
What’s wrong with liking beautiful men?
They like me, too,
They like me, too
It’s a fun thing to do…
Flirting in the sun

Emergency Love

Written By: Elizabeth Carpenter

You’ve been a leavin’ since the day I met you
You’ve been a leavin’ since the day we met
Emergency Love, Emergency Love
I’m on call, on edge, until that final goodbye

That never seems to come
Imminent departure don’t arrive
For a guy who hates this town
You sure do stick around

I took to you 'cause you said
You were checkin’ out
Affordable passion, on short term loan
But our one-month stand slid into a year
You’re always when-ever-man
Sex is better threatened with the end, and…

You’ve been a leavin’ since the day I met you
You’ve been a leavin’ since the day we met
Emergency Love, Emergency Love
I’m on call, on edge, until that final goodbye

That never seems to come
Imminent departure don’t arrive
For a guy who hates this town
You sure do stick around

You’re makin’ me insane
The way you wax and wane
You ain’t stayin’, when you goin’
Oh, get on with that long distance plan

Disasters cross your path like bad luck cats
Excuses follow like some mangy dog
But the stop sign’s in your brain.
That’s the real reason you remain
Resignation, not love
Is behind most of your moves
Mr. - Cake – and – Eat - It – Too
I make too many exceptions for exceptional you, and …

You’ve been a leavin’ since the day I met you
You’ve been a leavin’ since the day we met
Emergency Love, Emergency Love
I’m on call, on edge, until that final goodbye

That never seems to come
Imminent departure don’t arrive
For a guy who hates this town
You sure do stick around

Mauvais Foi

Written By: Elizabeth Carpenter

Mauvais Foi

Let’s call it a day
Split a bottle of Beaujolais
You say you’ve got the time
To hear me whine on & on
All about my…

Mauvais Foi
It sounds so la-dee-dah
Mauvais Foi
How you ewh & ahh
When I spout my existential angst in this erudite manner
Mauvais Foi
There’s no mistaking it
Mauvais Foi
It’s all about faking it
Inauthentic living, it has got me singing these
Bad Faith Blues

The Bad Faith Blues are all about those dead-end ways (dead-end ways)
All those foolish moves and all those no-love lays, no-love lays
Oh, how I’ve paid for singing these blues
Mauvais Foi
The bottle’s empty now
Mauvais Foi
You look delectable
Nothing like a buzz-on when I’m x-plee-cay-ing
These bad faith views
Mauvais Foi
Your mood is seizing me
Mauvais Foi
Or are you just teasing me?
When you say you think you could be the end to my
Bad Faith Blues

You say you & me could really go somewhere (go somewhere)
Are you just the one to end all this despair? Dare I care?
Fool beware!
Mauvais foi,
Or are you faking it?
Mauvais foi,
Are you my next mistake?
Mauvias foi – you sound so la-dee-dah, la-dee-dah…
(Riffing improv…)
Mauvias Foi, I ‘m tired of you
Mauvias Foi, find me a new point of view
You just don’t do, you just don’t do
Mauvais Foi, Mauvais Foi
Oh, won’t you take me away,
Take me away, take me away
…from all these blues?!

The Brooklyn Bridge

Written By: Elizabeth Carpenter

The Brooklyn Bridge

There’s a view from the bridge
From the bridge
Where I go in my mind
In my mind
I cross the Brooklyn Bridge
I cross the Brooklyn Bridge

Long ago and summers away
I saw the city at her best
At her best
And there’s a view from the bridge

My cathedral between two shores
You’re my cure
You’re my cure for what ails me
Refuge from the city
From the city

There’s a view from the bridge
I cross the Brooklyn Bridge
I cross the Brooklyn Bridge
And there is a rapture
To be found between two shores
[5 measures for Bass & trumpet]
And there’s a view
And there’s a view
And there’s a view

And I want you to go there, too
Yes, I do
You can go there, too
You can go there, too
You can go there, too

Night Song For Chloe

Written By: Elizabeth Carpenter

Night Song For Chloe

Cats & Frogs & Moths & Owls
Roam the dark
Leaping Swooping Slinking
Through the night
While you sleep
Baby Chloe

It takes the moon to light the trail
Of the tiny snail
Gleaming silver
She paints it just for you
Baby Chloe

And in your dreams
Are you flying?
In your dreams
Just like a little bat, flying
Like a little bat flying
Ballet in the dark

Do you see?
Do you see?
Do you see all the fireflies ?
All the fireflies, they’re lightin’ up?
They glow on
Then they’re gone
They glow on
Then they’re gone
To sleep…
Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Birds & light, shreds of dreams
Greet you every day
Oh the Sun says
Won’t you come out to play?

You Can't Make The Girl Come

Written By: Elizabeth Carpenter

You Can’t Make the Girl Come

You can’t make the girl come
No Sir! You can’t make the girl come
Come join the party, come join the fun,
But, you can’t make the girl come

I said, you can’t make the girl come
Oh no! You can’t make the girl come
You don’t know what your missing, she said, “Ho-Hum”
But, it didn’t make the girl come

She said, “I got nothing to wear”
I said, “You can come naked, you can come bare”
It’s just a casual affair
It didn’t make the girl come

Take it away…

Wishing and dreaming and thinking of you
It seems my message won’t get through
I’m wishing and dreaming and thinking of you
No convincing was done
Not with her!

Aw, I said you can’t make the girl come
No Sir, you can’t make that girl come
I tried my finger, I tried my thumb, but…
It didn’t make the girl come!

She says she wants to be alone every Saturday night
I said your Garbo routine, Baby, just ain’t right
Your captain was here, but you missed the flight
Oh-a-woah-a-woah-ew! Oh-a-woah-a-woah-ew!
I said, you can’t make the girl…
COME!

Clint Eastwood Dream

Written By: Elizabeth Carpenter

Clint Eastwood Dream

I kicked Clint Eastwood out of my dream last night
Out of my dream Out of my dream
I kicked Clint Eastwood out of my dream last night
Out of my dream Out of my dream
I said you’re not really here
Not really here for me, at all
Not here, not there, not anywhere near
What I need What I need
Other girls might fall for that long tall drink of water silent guy crap
I need a man, I need a man, I need a man, I need a man, I need a man
Who’ll interact, interact, Awh…

Why don’t you ask any questions about my life, about me?
You lack fundamental, fundamental curiosity
Killed the cat
I am that cat I am that cat
You fed just scraps of affection,
Scraps of affection, scraps of affection
Now I’m wasting away I’m wasting away
I’m wasting away & you got the nerve & you got the nerve to ask
Am I feeling lucky? Am I feeling lucky? Am I feeling lucky?
And I say, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, Punk, ‘Cuz!
I ‘m kicking you out of my dream
I ‘m kicking, I’m kicking you out of my dream
Out of my dream
Out of my bed
Out of my head
Out of my heart
(repeat)
Out of my life
You got to say goodnight

Discography

Recordings:
*Flirting... 11 Track CD - Released December 2005

*Cosmo Street - 1 track, "Guadalupe" a duet with Victor Janusz © 2004, which received special mention in JazzImprov Magazine's review of COSMO STREET

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

Her song "Unexpected" is hit the Top 50 on American Idol Underground's Jazz Catagory in the Spring of 2006. *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

Set List

9 - 11 songs (45 min. to an hour, unless 2 sets required and then I add songs from my CD "Emergency Love" and more jazz/pop standards)
Normally I do 10 songs from my new CD "Flirting..." (except for the remix of "SkinDiving") & usually the hit from my previous CD, Emergency Love. The covers are the jazz standards by Hoagy Carmichael on my new CD. All these songs are in mp3 format on my website www.blueweed.com and on my cdbaby.com pages (linked through my website).

Songs:
Mauvais Foi (Bad Faith Blues)
Baltimore Oriole * Cover
I like You ‘Cuz
Flirting
Foxxy Boy
Skylark * Cover
SkinDiving
Bad & Lonely End
½ Way Thru
Clint Eastwood Dream
Emergency Love