Carl is an Austin-based jazz band that deals in standards from the 1940s and 50s. Michelle's flexible vocal style shifts from song to song, changing skillfully from a soft and pure intonation to a throaty challenge-me-if-you-dare growl. We create performances that range from experimental and improvisational to sweet and familiar takes on the classics. Our repertoire consists of classic jazz, bossa nova, swing and more! We have experience playing at diverse venues around Austin, so no matter if you want Ella at your bar's Gatsby party, Mingus at your wedding reception or Sinatra at your corporate holiday party, we're the right band for you.
Very pleased with our experience. Everything went smoothly!
Response from Carl:
Thank you so much! It was truly a lovely event :)
Carl was awesome! A great group of wonderful and talented people. They performed at our corporate event and everyone had an amazing time.
Response from Carl:
Thank you so much Sierra! We had a wonderful time playing for y'all :D
We hired Carl for our brunch wedding and couldn’t be happier! We had so many compliments about how wonderful they were. They were able to accommodate a special request for when the bride walked out that brought everyone to tears, then kept the party lively with beautiful music throughout the reception. We would hire them again in a heartbeat. Thank you for helping make our day everything we dreamed it would be!!
Response from Carl:
We loved playing your wedding so much, it was an honor to be apart of such a beautiful occasion.
"Carl" was fantastic. Not only do they have a great sound, but they were absolutely the perfect band for a small room. They kept an extremely watchful eye on the guests and moved seamlessly between vocals and "jamming" to more quiet background music in response to the subtle shifts in the room throughout the night. They needed zero direction. Highly professional. I can't thank you all enough!
They did a wonderful job! The music was perfect for our party and the smooth tones definitely set the mood for my guests. I would love to have them again. :)
I booked Carl for cocktail hour during my company holiday party and to be honest, I wish we would have extended our booking time. The music was absolutely lovely and I received so many compliments on their song selection. The band was on time, professional and courteous, not to mention they are such talented musicians. I can't wait to book with them again!
The whole band looks and sounds SPECTACULAR!! They were willing to work around our schedule being that it was a wedding. They were super professional and so fun. Music was GREAT! Everyone loved them.
What to Expect
We have the lovely vocalist Michelle Rueda singing the classic jazz standards you know and love, backed up by the rhythm section lead by guitarist Weldon Fulton and featuring drummer Ben Cunningham with a rotating roster of bass and horn players.
We are a group of friends and students who are jazz enthusiasts. We get together to practice and play simply for the love of jazz and live performance. Once we started playing friends' weddings we decided to make it official. This was the birth of this version of Carl.
Additional Booking Notes
The band handles their own equipment. We have our own backline including drums, amps, keyboards, cables, mics and speakers.
Past Booked Events
|February 08, 2020 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|December 20, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 12, 2019 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|November 02, 2019 • 10:30am - 2:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|September 27, 2019 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|September 14, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party|
|July 20, 2019 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Launch Party|
|May 14, 2019–May 15, 2019 • 9:00pm - 12:30am||Birthday Party|
|May 04, 2019 • 2:00pm - 4:30pm||Birthday Party|
|April 26, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|March 16, 2019 • 6:00pm - 6:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|January 31, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
Agua de Beber
All of Me
All the Things You Are
C'est Si Bon
Darn That Dream
Dream a Little Dream
A Fine Romance
The Girl from Ipanema
How High the Moon
In a Sentimental Mood
Isn't it Romantic?
My Funny Valentine
My One and Only Love
One Note Samba
Out of Nowhere
Sunday Kind of Love
Take the A Train
You Don't Know What Love Is
Influences & Inspiration