Carolina Moon Jazz Group

Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: July 15, 1961    

Carolina Moon Jazz Group

The Carolina Moon Jazz Group are an exciting group of superbly talented jazz artists which features the dynamic partnership of vocalist Carolina Moon and Roger Manins on tenor saxophone.

Playing fresh arrangements from an eclectic and versatile songlist of over 300 songs, their program includes classic jazz standards and soul searching love songs from the American Songbook, flavours of elegant French chanson and earthy Spanish and Latin American rhythms, to cutting edge contemporary jazz repertoire.

A native UK-er, Carolina (aka Caroline Lynn) first began singing on the London jazz scene of the early 90s...
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”...a consummate vocalist who must rank as one of the best in Australasia. Carolina.. has a flawless vocal range and brings to each song a freshness of approach so different from most singers. Her interpretations are spacious, musically interesting and totally absorbing as she uses her voice like a musical instrument to weave in and out of the music with beautiful improvisations.”
Angela Crawford Wanganui Jazz Club 7/07

Even more New Zealand jazz. And different again.

Moon began her career in London more than a decade ago, moved to Australia (where as Caroline Lynn she won considerable media praise) and then came to New Zealand. She is now married to saxophonist Roger Manins who appears here, along with pianist Kevin Field, guitarist-for-all-seasons Nigel Gavin, drummer Chris O'Connor, Oliver Holland on bass and accordionist Herschal.

Quite a crew of local talent.

Moon's style is a low, breathy, assured and beautifully articulated intimacy, and her song selection is interesting: rather than fall for an easy -- and easily marketable -- collection of standards she includes fine treatments of the Doors' Light My Fire (in which Gavin excels), adds her own lyrics to a piece by the late Jann Rutherford, drops in Bizet's Habanera, and goes all chanson-vibrato on Sous le Ciel. Yes, she opens with the standard Call Me and later adds Ellington's Prelude to a Kiss and Billy Strayhorn's A Flower is a Lovesome Thing, but the latter two are hardly threadbare to most listeners . . . and she (and the musicians) pull them off with rare skill.

Moon has previously explored a world music/jazz fusion crossover and writes her own material, but here she sits back on a fine collection of songs which is warm, emotional and quite enchanting. Yes, a very good year for local jazz.

Carolina Moon: East of the Sun review Graham Reid April 07

“...faultless, beautiful stuff.
East of the Sun - The Weekend Sun, Tauranga NZ 30.3.07 by Winston Watusi

“She is at once contemporary and classic; a true artist in every sense of the word.”
NZ Musician June/July07

“If women jazz singers are your thing then there’s a myriad of great names to choose from these days such as Diana Krall, Sara Lazarus, Madeleine Peyroux.... Add Carolina Moon (aka Caroline Lynn) to that list.”
Rob Olsen, The Wellingtonian 14/06/07

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Caroline currently teaches jazz voice for the University of Auckland and MAINZ. Her teaching credits include New Zealand School of Music, Wellington, New Zealand Jazz Foundation, The Sydney Conservatorium, The University of Western Sydney, The Australian Institute of Music, The Musicians Institute, London A holistic teacher, the basis of Caroline's voicework is centred in the Alexander Technique, and the Linklater tradition. Caroline studied technique with Nicole Tibbels, Guildhall School of Music, London, Sue Falk - Sydney, and Indian raga and vocal techniques with Guru Dhanashree Pandit Rai - Mumbai. Private rates on application.

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