An Ellington Evening with Charlie Caranicas and Rick Carlson

Charlie Caranicas

Rick Carlson

All Ages
NYC Trumpeter Charlie Caranicas and MN Piano Staple Rick Carlson Play the Beautiful Music of Duke Ellington.

Charlie Caranicas is a consummate performer of traditional and main stream jazz and has graced the stages of many of the finest jazz venues in the world. Charlie co-led the house band at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City and he was the trumpet soloist with the renowned Rainbow Room Orchestra.

Charlie has performed with bands as varied as Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, the Independence Hall Jazz Band, the Onyx Club Sextet, the Karrin Allyson Group, the Kelly Friesen Quintet, the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, the Vanguard Orchestra and the Flying Neutrinos. Charlie has been in the pit and on stage for several Broadway shows. Charlie has also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Charlie has been described as a "wonderfully musical, notably articulate" trumpet player with a "beautiful sound" and "impressive choice of notes" (Clive Griffin,Jazz Improv); "lyrical and emotive" (George Fendel, JazzScene); a "crispy Clifford Brown" (Still Another Jazz Show, 88.7 FM, Sacramento, CA); a "joy to hear" and "capable of making famous standards his own" (Scott Yanow, All About Jazz).

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Charlie studied music at the University of Minnesota and was part of that City's music scene before moving to New York City in the early 1990s. Charlie has been featured on many CDs, most recently on his own duet project with stride pianist Tom Roberts entitled "Move Over" featuring music from the first half of the 20th Century. See this website's music page for more information about "Move Over."

Rick Carlson taught himself to play the piano by studying the vast works of Count Basie and Duke Ellington and capitalizing on a long string of happy accidents. He has also perfected the art of “circular drinking”, whereby he can sip martinis uninterrupted while still playing a cohesive piano solo.

He has been the pianist for the Wolverines Big Band since 1980. He is a sought-after accompanist by singers and has served as pianist and musical director for various local concert series, including those for the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s “J To Z” series, the Capri Theater’s “Legends” series, and for special presentations at the Heights Theatre and performing arts centers across the United States. He has performed on concert stages in London and New York City, and has appeared with Count Basie drummer Butch Miles, trumpeter Warren Vaché, New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher, and served as musical director, arranger and pianist in the Guthrie Theater’s presentation of “Coward’s Women”. He has opened for Rosemary Clooney, accompanied Kathryn Crosby in various cabaret shows, and counts Madeleine Peyroux among his many unwitting fans.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432