“Andrea Carlson delivers her beautiful tunes with her warm and coy voice. Carlsons’ words cater for the counterpoint: witty, funny and full of life. A delight to the ear in which they touch down. Guy Zinger, Station Manager, Adore Jazz on 1.FM / Writer All About Jazz” - Guy Zinger
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““'Andrea Carlson once told me that the first time she heard jazz, she was in love. Well, the first time I heard Andrea Carlson, I was in love. I don’t think anyone has ever hooked me with their music as quickly as Andrea did with hers. If you like music and songs that can whisk you away from all of your problems, away from your very era; songs that soothe and entertain; songs that tell a story, break your heart, then return you safely to the 21st century with your toe tapping and your fingers drumming on the table… Well, let’s just say, you’ll love Andrea Carlson too.' ”” - Charlie Silvestri
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“Recently I was introduced to vocalist ANDREA CARLSON at a social occasion. She took the occasion to give to me a copy of her recent CD, Love Can Be So Nice (Self-Produced). She was a pleasant young lady, but I had no idea of what to expect when I popped the disc into my player. Well the album proved to be a delight from start to finish. A group of musicians whom she has dubbed the Love Police are used in various combinations on the album. They include Dave Posmontier on piano, Larry McKenna on tenor sax, Stan Slotter on trumpet and flute, Kevin MacConnell on bass, David “Bopdrummer” Yager on percussion, Alfonso Ponticelli on guitar, Mac Given on clarinet, Rick Shryock on violin, Jacques Pellarin or Steve Rice on accordion, Ken Ulansey on alto sax, and Cecilia Zabala on guitar and vocal. On most tracks, Carlson plays acoustic guitar as well as singing. The program includes a variety of standards, French chanson, and well-crafted Carlson originals. Carlson has a distinct voice that adapts nicely to the jazz style standards and original songs, as well as the French material that she sings in a manner that is at once comfortable and appealing. Her sound is distinct, at times reflective of the influence of Billie Holiday, and with a timbre that occasionally is reminiscent of Wesla Whitfield. Love Can Be So Nice is nice indeed! (www.AndreaCarlsonMusic.com)” - Joe Lang
“Major talent bringing her ‘Love Police’ to Hill stage by Len Lear Andrea Carlson, a multi-talented guitarist, vocalist and artist who has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, will be performing with her band, Love Police — Rich Rudin on piano, Arturo Baguer on double bass and David Bopdrummer on percussion (yes; Bopdrummer is actually a drummer!) — on Thursday, April 25, 7-11 p.m., at Paris Bistro, next to the Chestnut Hill Hotel. Carlson, the mother of four children, has performed in many venues throughout the Philadelphia area, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Chicago and L.A. She has also performed throughout Europe since 2013 — in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Edinburgh, etc. As of 2015, she is an official part of the Fringe Festival Edinburgh. (She also teaches two days a week at Settlement Music School in Germantown and one day at their Willow Grove facility.) “This will be my sixth consecutive season in Edinburgh,” she said last week, “with more shows added each year. Last year, I took a side trip to perform in London and added a show in Fife to support the Langtoun Jazz Festival. I did a total of 33 shows in three weeks! It was quite an exhausting but exhilarating schedule. I also have started touring more through the U.S. Within the past six months I have performed in Houston, Austin, Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Denver and Santa Fe.” A few years ago, we asked Carlson her age, and she replied, “Hmmmm … 28; that’s how old I feel.” So this time we asked her if she still feels 28, and she replied, “Well, sometimes I am starting to feel closer to 29, but it just doesn’t bother me … I have so much more living to do!” The cover of one of Andrea’s jazz albums, “Drivin’ Myself Wild For You.” Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Carlson moonlighted as a vocalist throughout her studies with several different bands, doing music from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. This continued for 10 years, and she was able to perform in many of the nation’s top venues and festivals. A highlight was opening for the one and only James Brown! “I was in a fabulous band called Airflow Deluxe in Chicago,” she explained in an earlier interview. “It was a ‘little’ eight-piece Big Band fronted with four vocalists, and I was one of them. We did four-part harmony in music that spanned from the ’20s though the ’40s. The whole band was flown to Forth Worth, Texas, for a private event that featured James Brown. I have never experienced so much electricity from any performer ever. But then, I was standing less that 10 feet away from him!” In July 2016, Carlson released “Love Can Be So Nice,” recorded at MorningStar Studios in Ambler. The latest project she recently started, also at MorningStar, will be an all-French CD with many of the same musicians who played on her previous two CDs, which include local standouts as Larry McKenna, Stan Slotter, Dave Posmontier and Kevin MacConnell, among others. But by far the hardest thing Carlson has ever done was “getting my classical guitar degree at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago while working. I had only been playing guitar a few years and was self-taught. I could play, of course, and was performing in several bands, but I couldn’t yet read music and had to totally relearn everything. It was extremely difficult, but I feel it was my greatest achievement!” Regarding her stunning artwork, Carlson had an ongoing sketch project in Doylestown which led to a show there, with a concert at the opening. Then she made a coloring book with her sketches of Fonthill Castle, a museum of decorative tiles and prints in Doylestown, and released that with an event in Media. The Doylestown Intelligencer newspaper found out she was sketching houses in the Doylestown Borough and put her photo on the front page with an article about the sketch project! “There is so much going on with my art, but it feels so much like music to me … It is just another translation!” What is the best advice Carlson has ever received? “‘Nice makes nice.’ This is the way I try to live my life.” If the Doylestown resident could meet and spend time with anyone on earth, living or dead, who would it be and why? “My father, who passed away when I was so young. I feel like I never got to have any good heart-to-hearts with him. There are so many questions I want to ask him about his life and family and their escape from Hungary. I wish I could pass his story on to my kids.” For more information about Carlson’s April 25 performance, call 215-242-6200 or visit andreacarlsonmusic.com. Len Lear can be reached at email@example.com” - Len Lear
“WireENTERTAINMENT – Andrea Carlson’s connections in music Jack Firneno / 1 week ago PHOTO COURTESY ANDREA CARLSON It’s obvious to say that sound is integral to music. But there’s a specific link that drives Andrea Carlson to create her own. “I think in music it’s all about the sound, where we find a connection with sound,” explained the composer, singer and guitarist. “For me, the minute I heard jazz, I guess I was in seventh grade, I had come across a friend’s grandmother’s Andrews Sisters records. I thought, ‘What is that?’ I just loved it. It made me want to explore more.” Carlson is certainly still delving into that music: she’s currently recording her second record, another excursion into pre-bop jazz that also betrays her “Tennessee roots” along with hints of blues and other elements. That’s the music she’s bringing to Puck Live in Doylestown this week: A handful of her acoustic guitar-driven original numbers that recall Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald, mixed with standards from those singers’ heydays, and augmented by a band that brings each performance alive in different ways. But that’s only one part of her musical story. Long before Carlson was creating her own songs, she was singing other people’s in various touring ensembles. And, in between those engagements, she was honing an altogether different craft, one she studied formally for years. “I was very focused on being the greatest classical guitarist. I wanted to do that so much, and I still work at that,” she explained. “It was like I had two different worlds. They were separate for a long time.” Those lines began to blur six years ago, when she started composing on a whim at first, but seriously very soon after that. “I didn’t even know I could do it. It was, I tried it out, and was like a flood. All of a sudden, inspiration came, and a lot of songs came out,” said Carlson. “It was pretty amazing to realize I could do that. I’d just brushed it off before.” The revelation all but turned her career on its head. Carlson cut back on classical recitals and traded in putting her own stamp on famous songs for writing her own. That effort’s found her back in the studio starting late last year with “The Big 29.” That was the date in October when she tracked her new songs with a band live in the studio, as opposed to multi-tracking like she did on her debut disc, Drivin’ Myself Wild For You. The new album, she said, will better capture the immediacy and spontaneity of a live performance. It will also showcase more of her guitar playing and connections she’s made to new sounds during her frequent performances in Europe. “One of the aspects that has really entered into my life is the influence of French music,” Carlson explained. “For me, personally, it’s a wonderful exploration. It’s like the Great American Songbook, but with a twist. Their music is not written with the same kind of formulas that ours are written in. And on top of that, the language is so beautiful.” Andrea Carlson will perform at Puck Live, 1 Printer’s Alley in Doylestown, on Friday, Jan. 29. For information, visit http://www.andreacarlsonmusic.com or http://www.pucklive.com.” - Jack Fernino