Charlie Caranicas, trumpet
Phil Aaron, piano
Keith Boyles, bass
Phil Hey, drums
This Minnesota native is keeping busy in the New York jazz scene, but he finds time to return home during the summer to share his great sound and cool tunes with us.
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.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Tall and serious-looking, Charlie offered one shapely solo after another, playing throughout the range of his horn with a glossy brilliance, never straining for effect but making us sit up and take admiring notice. He had his own sound, his own easy swing.” -Jazz Lives
“Trumpet-piano duets are fairly rare in jazz history, particularly as full-length sets. It takes a great deal of endurance from the trumpeter, while the pianist has to function as the full rhythm section. Oscar Peterson was able to record five albums in a series with various trumpeters in the 1970s, but that is a rare exception. Charlie Caranicas is a superior swing trumpeter who can play anything from 1920s classic jazz to bop and Afro- Cuban jazz.”-Scott Yanow, Los Angles Jazz Scene