“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
“Songwriter’s new release to raise money for historic home" by Len Lear "Andrea Carlson is a multi-talented guitarist, vocalist and artist who was a regular performer at Paris Bistro as well as 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. Before the pandemic, she also taught two days a week at Settlement Music School in Germantown and one day at their Willow Grove facility. Since March, she has been teaching at both virtually. Unlike so many musicians who have been sabotaged by the pandemic, however, Carlson has been as busy as ever. Her French jazz CD, “Aimez-vous, bien,” was released just as the pandemic was in first gear. “Music took on even more meaning and purpose than ever before for me,” Andrea said last week. “I not only needed it for my own salvation but also to bring the greatest good to others. I started doing weekly livestream shows through my Scottish group of musicians 'Quarantine Gigs.' I did this every Sunday for six months!” Andrea also made several live performance solo YouTube videos: "What a Wonderful World," "Look For the Silver Lining," "Polkadots and Moonbeams," "Dreamer's Holiday" and "Moon River." And in July, Andrea began to work passionately on a new project because of her love of the legendary Broadway musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein. “The former home of Oscar Hammerstein ll, Highland Farm, from 1940 to his death in 1960, is in danger of being lost,” she said. “A group is raising funds to save it by fully restoring its 1840s' glory, as well as turning it into a museum and educational center! It is located just two miles away from my home in Doylestown.” When she learned about this effort, Andrea was greatly moved and inspired to use her art to help this cause. She spent countless hours studying the property's history and making intimate arrangements of the rich collection of music that was written there. “I couldn't seem to stop,” said Carlson, who created four sketches and an oil painting of Highland Farm that she donated to them to be auctioned off to raise more money for the restoration and museum. Andrea's newest musical release, "Out of My Dreams," a collection of 10 songs dedicated to the musical genius of Rodgers & Hammerstein and to Highland Farm, features songs from the timeless musicals created there: "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "Allegro," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music." “This album is part of another inspiration, begun before Covid,” said Andrea. “It was my dream for 2020, the release of two albums, thinking of the alliteration of 2020 but also the clarity of vision! 'Aimez-vous, bien!' is jazz, in French and accompanied by my 'Gendarmes d'amour' (Love Police, her backing band). By contrast, 'Out of My Dreams,' music of the American musical theater, is performed solo with only my guitar.” A few years ago we asked Andrea her age, and she replied, “Hmmmm ... 28; that’s how old I feel.” 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!” The official release and mailings for "Out of My Dreams'' began on Andrea's birthday, Nov. 27.ﾠ Over 50% of the proceeds of the CDs' sale will go to #SaveOscarsHome. “I want to personally thank my brilliant engineer and producer, Glenn Barratt, of MorningStar Studios (in Ambler) for making this happen right on target, and David Bopdrummer Yager (yes; Bopdrummer is actually a drummer!) for his tireless work for all things necessary for production! So much goes into a project like this.” For more information, 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