Lapis Luna is the front runner of the vintage 1930s, 40s, 50s jazz scene with a one-of-a-kind glittering sound. They wow you with timeless melodies the way they were meant to be heard: vibrant, fun, romantic & cool.
The popular and dynamic band of prominent NYC jazz musicians set themselves apart with their authentic presentation of vintage jazz standards, enchanting ballads, and obscure swing era gems. The band’s style embraces music from the first half of the 20th century including hot jazz, early blues, big band, bebop and bossa nova.
Thank you for making our wedding spectacular! Shawn, you have a voice like honey! Thanks to you and your talented band for helping achieve the party of our dreams. You were easy to work with and we greatly appreciate the time you took to learn our first dance song. Beyond that, your music selection was so nice. Loved all the Cole Porter, and what a hoot watching friends do the cha cha cha! Thank you and we hope to visit you at the Plaza again.
We all had a wonderful evening..the band was great, very accomadating. Fun, music that fit cocktails, dinner and dancing.They also played at the ceremony, which was very beautiful. They were easy to work with and knew how to make the night flow. Shawn is a good leader...cute, charming, great singer and dancer and can draw in the crowd.(They also have a really great look!!) We would reccommend them and would invite them to Maine again!!
"Having Lapis Luna perform at our civil union was one of the best choices we made for our event. Shawn's beautiful voice and the amazing talent of the band blew everyone away. They fit so well with our venue and had a great retro look. If you want your reception to be perfect then this is the band to hire."
I LOVED working with this band. Shawn the leader and singer is an enormous help and put me very much at ease during the pre planning. The booking agent was great to work with. The band: an absolute dream! The vocals are strong sassy, with hints of a Hollywood ingenue. The music really shimmered all night (I think it says that on their website? It's true, it shimmers). Bonus, every time I see the band it's with the same musicians, the ones on the website. I was nervous it might be a bunch of random guys but not so, its a real band. Phew! They were perfect for our small wedding at a restaurant. Could not have been happier. Our guests were rather enthralled too! It was such a nice night.
Caught them at Nordstrom while doing Christmas shopping. I thought it was music from the radio, their sound is surreal and very old school 1940s. The singer and the musicians are really marvelous. I bought copies of their CDs and have them as stocking stuffers over the holidays, but needed more because my family all wanted their own copies. Found them on iTunes, which was a lifesaver. Saw them at the plaza hotel in NYC around New Years and I very much enjoyed them again. Looking forward to making a birthday party at the plaza to hear them again.
Loved this band, am now a stalker and follow them everywhere. They made my wedding better then I ever could have imagined. Our guests are still raving about them. Had the 7 piece band with the xylophone and i think their price was mid range? they were worth every cent thats for certain! I really cannot thank them enough for creating such a wonderful atmosphere. It was truly romantic, intimate and the dancing was fun. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Shawn the singer, who helped at every turn and went beyond the norm to assist me and DH. Thank you very much for everything.
Lapis Luna is fabulous! I check them out at the Plaza hotel whenever I am in NYC. The singer is sweet and sings like a bird. Her backup band has got to be one of the best. When I do get married I will make it a point for them to play all night long! Looking forward to seeing them again this Spring.
heard them at the Plaza Hotel in December - they played holiday music all night and made even the most standard of Christmas tunes fun & different. Totally rocked our holidays!!
Wanted to thank you for doing such a wonderful job at Annie & Bill's wedding. You couldn't have been nicer or gentler or sweeter or kinder or played better music or sang better songs, you were just wonderful. Everyone commented on how great the band was and how much fun they had. We were thrilled with everything you did. We think you are terrific, so good luck with everything and I hope we cross paths again. Thank you to all the band - it was beyond great.
I'm a fan - a great swing band.
stylin' and kept them dancing for my wedding.
Price Range: starting at $1000
Gig Length: 60 - 360 minutes
Insurance: one million
Unions: Musicians Union Local 802 If Required
What to Expect
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.
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 (or retro-music band)! Together for just over a decade, the group has the dedication to work with you on details and music so you can relax and truly enjoy your event. Your guests will never forget the night you threw a party and invited Lapis Luna!
Some fun facts:
In September 2013 the band played an exclusive event at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC for the Clinton Family. They met and chatted with Mr & Mrs Clinton. Bill even talked at length with the band about music!
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.
They performed at the nuptials for Senator Wally Brewster at the famous and gorgeous Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington DC. November 2013.
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 all over NYC and the entire East Coast. The band is comprised of female vocalist, guitar, upright bass, drums, saxophone/clarinet/flute, trumpet, and vibraphone. Combinations tailored for different events.
Additional Booking Notes
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.
Past Booked Events
|December 02, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Bryant Park Tree Lighting!|
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!
|Chris Pistorino||bassist and bandleader|
|Shawn Aileen Clark, vocalist||bandleader, vocals, ukulele|
|Tom Abbott||tenor sax, clarinet, flute|
Influences & Inspiration
Nat King Cole
.....all the greats from the golden age of song
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.
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