Sam Carelse

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I'm a jazz vocalist based in Brighton, UK, who is experienced in a range of styles including, swing, bossa nova and gypsy jazz.

Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra and other great jazz singers, vocalist Sam Carelse together with guitarist Jason Henson are a popular jazz duo who recreate the atmosphere of the golden age of jazz for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and other special occasions. Originally formed as a duo, the band is available up to any size to suit all budgets. In duo form, Sam and Jason create a relaxed atmosphere for dinner or mingling, and for dancing, the duo becomes a trio with a double bass, and a quartet with drums. Other line-ups are available to suit all moods, with piano, sax, trumpet and more. Their ability to bring the cool bossa nova sounds of the 1960's adds a touch of class to any drinks reception, or they can really get the party started with swinging classics from The Great American Songbook, or the high-energy sound of gypsy jazz. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements - we'd love to hear from you.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I own a PA system
Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Latin jazz, Swing
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

The Girl From Ipanema
I Get A Kick Out Of You
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Fly Me To The Moon
Autumn Leaves
Honeysuckle Rose
Paper Moon
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
April In Paris
Body And Soul
Cheek To Cheek
Cry Me A River
A Foggy Day
Have You Met Miss Jones?
How High The Moon
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Got Rhythm
I'll See You In My Dreams
I'm Old Fashioned
I've Got A Crush On You
If I Were A Bell
Is You Is (Or Is You Ain't My Baby)
Just One Of Those Things
Lady Be Good
Let There Be Love
Let's Get Lost
Love Me Or Leave Me
Lullaby Of Birdland
My Funny Valentine
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Night And Day
Our Day Will Come
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Puttin' On The Ritz
Round Midnight
Summer Samba
Someone To Watch Over Me
Star Dust
Stompin' At The Savoy
Sweet Georgia Brown
Take The 'A' Train
Taking A Chance On Love
Tea For Two
There Will Never Be Another You
The Way You Look Tonight
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
What Is This Thing Called Love
When Sunny Gets Blue
When You Wish Upon A Star
You Go To My Head


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Amanda K, 7 days ago

We hired Sam Carelse Trio for our wedding ceremony and party, having enjoyed their performances around Brighton. I can not recommend them highly enough! Sam's beautiful voice, Jason's amazing guitar skills and Dan's double bass; fantastic! They provided all the music during our ceremony and also as a musical interlude in the vows themselves. Our wonderful trio then quickly packed up and headed to our reception venue to play again. Everyone loved the selection and commented on how talented they are. Sam Carelse Trio, you are all very special and you really were the cherry on the top of our wedding at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Love from Amanda and Giles x

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Phil M, 1 month ago

My wife and I took a trip to Brighton to listen to Sam Carelse's band before asking them to play at our wedding. Lucky for us, they agreed. The band was absolutely perfect for the wedding venue with 90 guests. They created a very warm musical ambience which was enjoyed and appreciated by everyone. They are all skilled musicians who are at ease with each other, and Sam's voice is just something else, playfully controlled, delightfully interpretive of the wonderful numbers she chose to sing for us. Negotiating the gig with Sam was very straightforward, and Sam is a good communicator, and very friendly. They did a 6 hour car trip to get to us, which shows the level of commitment. I recommend them 100%.

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Fiona R, 1 year ago

What an amazing voice and presence Sam has, she sings from the heart but in a really relaxed manner. So many people who came to the event commented on how great she sounded. She arrived looking stunning and totally in keeping with the 1920’s theme. She also came early so we could rehearse which was really helpful as it was the our first time dancing live with the band. I would highly recommend Sam she is a total pro and a mesmerising singer.

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