Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

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Hip, harmonized arrangements, inventive lyrics and fresh, swinging renditions of classic jazz, pop, doowop, and American songbook standards have propelled this polished vocal quartet and their band onto the international jazz scene. A stunning feature for your concert series or special event.

Biography

Check out the live performance video with France's Cote Ouest Big Band! Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has captivated audiences internationally with its creative vocal arrangements sung against a blazing jazz rhythm trio. The art of the harmonizing jazz vocal quartet wows audiences with its uniqueness and infectious , utterly appealing delivery. UVJQ has consistently received standing ovations at the esteemed jazz festivals and concert venues they have played .

Among the group's many career highlights are the following:

• La Nuit Du Jazz, Nantes, France, guest artists with Cote Ouest Big Band
• Clearwater Jazz Holiday 25th Anniversary, shared headliner stage with Branford Marsalis, Neville Brothers, Chris Botti, others
• Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival, shared headliner stage with Nancy Wilson, Mingus Big Band, Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. John, Abbey Lincoln, others
• Ottawa International Jazz Festival, shared headliner stage with Tony Bennett
• Four Freshmen, opening act
• NPR's Weekend Edition, profiled by Susan Stamberg
• Jazz Smithsonian’s “Jazz Singers” series, profiled by Al Jarreau
• Radio Jazz Copenhagen, profiled by Palle Christiansen
• Extensive airplay on jazz and public radio across the world
• Richmond Jazz Society concert series
• Blues Alley, famous DC jazz club - sold-out performances
• Heralded by the Washington Post, JazzTimes, Cadence and top jazz web magazines as an exciting vocal jazz group of today
• Symphony Orchestra Pops series guest artist
• #2 spot of top jazz sales on Amazon.com
• Chestertown Jazz Festival (Maryland's Eastern Shore), headliner stage
• "Radio From Downtown", musical guests, with NPR personalities

Uptown Vocal Quartet members are Ginny Carr, Robert McBride, Holly Bingham, Roger Reynolds. They perform live with a rhythm trio, and feature a variety of horn sections and rhythm sections on their CD’s. The group is based in Washington, DC.

What the pro’s are saying about Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet:

"Make some room, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices and Four Freshmen, for the innovative, completely ear catching multi voiced renderings of Washington, D. C.' s Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet...There are few groups extant whose voices blend together with such exciting harmonic synergy as this outfit from the Nation's Capitol." - Dave Nathan, AllAboutJazz.com

“UVJQ sounded great…great feel - great intonation - very high level stuff.”
- Brian Eichenberger, lead voice, The Four Freshmen

"Proof that one of the most fanciful, engaging and challenging expressions of jazz artistry never goes out of style… a vocal ensemble blend that sounds utterly natural and seamless, as if it were simply meant to be. Swings with a nonchalance that belies the group’s remarkably fine-tuned vocals."
- Mike Joyce, The Washington Post, CD review

"UVJQ celebrates swing and bop harmonic designs in ways that trick and delight the ear. The group's vocal blend was constantly in flux, shifting in size, power and dynamics while conjuirng the sound of piercing trumpet flourishes, lush saxophonic weaves, growling trombone interjections, bowed bass lines, and a Brazilian percussion ensemble."
- Mike Joyce, The Washington Post, live performance review

“These folks are not imitators and have developed their own bright jazz style… They have no fear and stride effortlessly between the diverse compositional styles of Chick Corea, George Gershwin and Dizzy Gillespie.” - Richard Bourcier, The Jazz Review

"They knocked us all out!" - Randall Kremer, Director of Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Jazz Cafe concerts

“Well worth hearing live.” – Bill Donaldson, Cadence

“Evident throughout are the Manhattan Transfer's tight boy-girl-boy-girl harmonies, sharp jazz instincts and same good taste.... UVJQ deserves to be heard.” - Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes

“The first time I heard their first CD I was very sure that the UVJQ was one of the best around if not THE very best.” - Jacques Emond, Artistic Director, Ottawa International Jazz Festival and Canadian jazz radio host

“I can assure you that there's nobody out there recording music of that quality in this genre these days. You really honored me by your great performance.”
- Doug Bickel, Associate Professor of Jazz Piano, University of New Orleans

“They create an incredible sonic whole, much greater than the sum of its parts, though all are fine singers.” - Eric Brace, The Washington Post

“Hartford loves them! They are #12 on our Top 30 for September. That’s extraordinary for a release that has been out such a short time.” - Chet McPhee, veteran jazz host, WRTC (Hartford, CT)

"Four Voices blending together and just swinging like mad!" - Susan Stamberg, NPR

"If there's a space for another vocal-jazz ensemble on the national scene, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet is poised to claim it." - Joel E. Siegel, The Washington City Paper

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Discography

"When the Sun Goes Down" (2002)
"Half-Past Swing" (1999)

and now...
"After All These Years" (2005) -
UVJQ leader Ginny Carr's new release of original songs, featuring Ginny on piano/vocals and UVJQ on background vocals

Uptown VJQ's CD's have had extensive radio airplay internationally, including portrait programs on NPR, Jazz Smithsonian, Radio Jazz Copenhagen, Buenos Aires radio.
Track samples available on websites: www.uptownvocaljazzquartet.com
www.ginnycarrmusic.com

Set List

Sets include UVJQ's harmonized arrangements of jazz, pop, blues, and standards. Setlists vary by event and venue.