Carli Muñoz

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"... You might not expect to hear much in the way of great jazz from a pianist who played keyboards behind the Beach Boys for more than a decade... and who spends much of his energy these days running a restaurant in Puerto Rico... But Carli Muñoz is a revelation."
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"Carli demonstrates a depth and diversity of musical understanding, and creativity, bolstered by his ample technique. His approach is steeped in the rich history of the grand tradition of this music and augmented by the lessons of such masters as Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Jarrett, and Hancock."
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Location:
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genre:
Jazz Pianist
Awards:
🏆 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album (won by Carli Muñoz as a contributing artist)
🏆 Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest Lifetime Achievement Award
🏆 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship (honorary recognition)
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Bio:
Pianist-composer Carli Muñoz has the rare distinction of having astounding careers in jazz and pop. He is a masterful musician with the technique and creativity to dig in deep with jazz giants.

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“Jazz, quantum physics and Zen, constitute some of life’s most elusive and perplexing mysteries.”
— CARLI MUÑOZ
Carli Muñoz
Wangari Maathai Official Music Video

Carli Muñoz Biography

Carli performed from 1970 to 1981 as the pianist with the Beach Boys, including other projects with Dennis Wilson. His impressive resume includes concerts and/or recordings with a wide variety of rock and jazz giants, such as Wilson Pickett, Peter Cetera, The Association, Charles Lloyd, Chico Hamilton, Les McCann, Wayne Henderson, George Benson, Paul Chambers, Chris Potter, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, and Jeremy Steig.

Carli was featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz radio show on National Public Radio, shortly following the release of Carli Muñoz Trio- Live at Carli’s Vol 2., and in 2010, Art of the Duo – Live at Carli’s Vol.3. After 40 years and six critically acclaimed jazz albums, Muñoz released a stunning rock debut, In My Soul (2013). Released in September 2018, Follow Me honors Wangari Maathai – the Kenyan-born Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist and founder of the Green Belt Movement.

Denise Donatelli Biography

Denise Donatelli, a three-time GRAMMY® nominated vocalist, presents her latest album, “Whistling in the Dark – The Music of Burt Bacharach.” Released on August 27, 2021, this remarkable project showcases Denise’s lifelong love affair with the legendary songwriter’s music. Produced by the renowned Larry Klein, the album marks Denise’s first concept album dedicated to a single composer and highlights her exceptional collaboration with Klein.

Recorded live at The Village Studios in Los Angeles in October 2020, the album captures Denise’s warm vocal elegance accompanied by a hand-picked all-star jazz/pop quartet. The quartet includes Larry Goldings on piano and organ, Anthony Wilson on guitar, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Larry Klein himself on bass and additional keyboards.

“Whistling in the Dark” presents an intimate and soulful collection of Bacharach’s iconic hits, as well as some lesser-known gems. Denise breathes new life into classics like “The Look of Love” and brings her own interpretation to Warwick’s renowned songs such as “Walk On By,” “In Between the Heartaches,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” and “A House is Not a Home.” The album also features collaborations with Elvis Costello on poignant tracks like “Toledo” and “In the Darkest Place.”

Denise’s artistic journey leading up to this project has been shaped by her passion for jazz. Growing up in Allentown, PA, she fell in love with the genre, drawing inspiration from vocalists like Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, and Ella Fitzgerald. After launching her singing career in Atlanta in the early 90s, Denise moved to Los Angeles in 2000, immersing herself in the vibrant music community.

Throughout her career, Denise has collaborated with esteemed musicians and earned recognition for her exceptional talent. Her previous albums with producer/pianist Geoffrey Keezer garnered four GRAMMY nominations, including three for Best Jazz Vocal Album. In 2012, she was honored as Jazz Vocalist of the Year by The Los Angeles Jazz Society. Known as a “musician’s singer,” Denise’s innate musicianship and pure tone have captivated audiences and led to various notable performances, including appearances on “The Simpsons” and TV promos for popular shows and brands.

Denise’s connection to the American Heart Association holds a special place in her heart, honoring the memory of her son.

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