Led by jazz chanteuse Shawn Aileen Clark, Lapis Luna transports you and your guests to a long-gone era of genuine romance and spirited swing. The lounge quartet with guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals will truly delight. Add sax, trumpet, and vibraphone for an extra degree of hip – the swinging 6 & 7 piece Lapis Luna Orchestra for weddings & larger soirees will keep your toes tapping! The music sparkles throughout cocktails, dinner, and dancing.
Not only does Lapis Luna create festive music and an elegant atmosphere, but the band is visually striking as well. Performance attire sets the mood with Shawn in a chic cocktail dress and the fellas decked out in dapper suits. One-of-a-kind instruments and a vintage microphone complete the look. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill wedding band. Your guests will never forget the night you threw a party and invited Lapis Luna!
Some fun facts:
Lapis Luna was the wedding band for Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Geoffrey Arrend’s (500 Days of Summer) nuptial celebration. “Every single one of our guests raved about you and everyone danced because Lapis Luna is pure, swinging, romance!”
The band is proud to announce that they have been rated by brides & grooms and voted The Knot Best of Weddings Pick from 2008 to 2013! New York Magazine has identified the band as an ‘Ultimate New York City Wedding’ band choice for past 4 years running.
Lapis Luna is the swing band in the ad campaign for Kate Spade’s new fragrance ‘Twirl.’ The band played live during the shoot while dancers spun, champagne flowed, and glitter bombs burst in the air!
The Lapis Luna Orchestra can be seen on the Gatsby Bride episode of David Tutera’s ‘My Fair Wedding’ on the WE Network. The band is also in his 2011 wedding book. The Orchestra played for hundreds at Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine 15th Anniversary Gala at the Plaza Hotel in NYC, and for the knot’s annual gala at the New York Public Library. They also performed for thousands at the Library’s 100th Anniversary Gala.
Lapis Luna provides music for all occasions, public and private, intimate and grand, at places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ellis Island, the Carlyle, ‘21’, Rainbow Room, Grand Central Station, New York Botanical Gardens, Museum of Natural History, Waldorf=Astoria, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Russian Tea Room & Bryant Park Grill, as well as gardens, restaurants, lounges, lofts, vineyards, boats, casinos, estates & private homes. The band is comprised of female vocalist/ukulele, guitar, upright bass, drums, saxophone/clarinet/flute, trumpet, and vibraphone. Combinations may be tailored for different events.
Chris Pistorino: bassist and bandleader
John Merrill: guitar
Brian Floody: drums
Shawn Aileen Clark, vocalist: bandleader, vocals, ukulele
Tom Beckham: vibraphone
Tom Abbott: tenor sax, clarinet, flute
Dan Blankinship: trumpet
Nat King Cole
.....all the greats from the golden age of song
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 360 minutes
Lapis Luna is a unique and absolute romantic addition to any event. Hot jazz, old-school swing, enchanting ballads, obscure vocal tunes, retro cha cha, rumba and bossa (and a few secret surprises) are on hand to keep your party spirited, different, and dancing!
For cocktails, lounge & background dinner music - Lounge trio with guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals.
Add horn or vibraphone for an ultra hip quartet or quintet for cocktails & dinner
For dancing & weddings - The swingin’ 6/7 piece Lapis Luna Orchestra is available
additional horns (saxes, trombone) can be added to make a big band.
Performance attire is vintage cocktail dress or gown, suit or tuxedo.
Each event is tailored to sometimes a small sound system is all that is needed, while other events require a sound company, lighting, staging, etc.
Each event is tailored to expectations of the hiring party - sometimes a small sound system is all that is needed, while other events require a sound company, lighting, staging, etc. This is all discussed before going to contract.
The band does require complimentary meals if contracted for 3 hours in the NYC area, 2 hours if event requires travel.
Lapis Luna’s distinctive sound is reminiscent of the 1930s through 1950s jazz era. The repertoire has been carefully selected & is full of their own arrangements of vintage favorites & little-known gems. An assortment of first-rate vocal and instrumental jump blues, bossa nova, cha-cha, samba, mambo & rumba tunes are added into the mix.
Here is a glimpse of just a handful of songs (we have over 200 jazz songs in our repertoire)…
All Of Me
Almost Like Being In Love
Close Your Eyes
Come Rain or Come Shine
Deed I Do
Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
Down With Love
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Fly Me To The Moon
Getting Some Fun Out of Life
I Could Write A Book
I Only Have Eyes For You
I Wish You Love
I’m In The Mood For Love
I’ve Got A Crush On You
I’ve Got the World On A String
It Had To Be You
It Might As Well Be Spring
Kiss To Build A Dream On
Let’s Get Lost
More (Theme From Mondo Cane)
My baby Just Cares For Me
My Kinda Love
Night and Day
Oh What a Night For Love
Old Devil Moon
So Danco Samba
So Nice (Summer Samba)
Stairway to the Stars
Take Love Easy
Them There Eyes
They Can’t Take That Away
Til There Was You G
Under A Blanket of Blue
They All Laughed
Way You Look Tonight, The
Where Or When
You’re Nobody Til Somebody Love You
Lapis Luna is also New York City's premier holiday music band! Check out their winter album 'Snowbound' on itunes. If you want the coolest holiday music around, this is your band!
Past Booked Dates:
03-28-2013 — The Plaza Hotel
03-21-2013 — The Plaza Hotel
03-21-2013 — The Plaza Hotel
03-14-2013 — The Plaza Hotel
03-07-2013 — The Plaza Hotel
02-28-2013 — The Plaza Hotel
02-21-2013 — The Plaza Hotel
02-14-2013 — The Plaza Hotel
01-31-2013 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
01-24-2013 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
01-17-2013 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
01-10-2013 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
01-03-2013 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
12-27-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
12-20-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
12-13-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
12-06-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
11-29-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
11-22-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
11-15-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
11-08-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
11-01-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
10-25-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
10-18-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
10-11-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
10-04-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
09-27-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
07-26-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
07-19-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
07-12-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
07-05-2012 — The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club, 1 East 59th/5th Ave NYC
CDs For Sale
Lapis Luna 'Take Love Easy'
2006: 270 gigs
2007: 280 gigs
2008: 260 gigs
2009: 250 gigs
2010: 250 gigs
2011: 280 gigs
2012: 280 gigs
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