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Singing Straight-ahead, Latin and Original JaZz...

... with some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest!

Visit the Videos page to see Carolena and her musicians in action!

Upcoming Public Gigs

Hotel Sorrento
September 22, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
900 Madison St.
Seattle, WA  98104

Patriot's Landing Veteran's Day Celebration
November 11, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
6008 Mount Tacoma Dr., SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

The Bleu Note
November 29, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
and Osama Afifi (bass)
6008 Mount Tacoma Dr., SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

Please visit Carolena's Calendar page for additional upcoming public performances.

PLEASE NOTE:  Private events are NOT reflected on the calendar.  Please use the Contact Artist page to inquire about open dates and booking Carolena for your special event.

Tunes - with John Stowell, guitar

Offering Online Voice Lessons

Technology makes it possible for Carolena to teach students from all over the world via Skype, ooVoo and FaceTime in real time.


What is necessary is a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, an external mic (unless your computer is equipped with a good one) and Voila!  You can enjoy the benefits of private voice lessons in the comfort of your own home.

Voice Studio Gift Certificates

Voice lessons make the Perfect Gift for friends and loved ones!  Purchase your Gift Certificates today and give the gift of song.


"You have to practice improvisation, let no one kid you about it!"
~Art Tatum

In case I didn't say it loud enough, the main hallmark of JaZz is its improvisational nature.  Improvisation is instant composition.  It is musical creation that is spontaneous and in the moment.  It is an interactive conversation between the musicians and vocalist (if a vocalist is present) that expresses their unique individuality.  This improvisation may be centered in the melody or harmony being played or sung.  However, it may also be expressed through the rhythm, time signature, syncopation and/or lyrics.

Joachim Berendt contended that JaZz differs from European music in that JaZz has a "special relationship to time, defined as 'swing'."  So what is 'swing?'

More later . . .

Hugs, Carolena