The only jazz band in THE KNOT's highly acclaimed Best of Real Weddings 2008-2013! Trendsetting Lapis Luna is the original, authentic, and ultimate vintage wedding music band in NYC. Lapis Luna brings you the captivating music of 1930s, 40s & 50s jazz with a classic glittering sound. Their specialty is playing timeless melodies the way they were meant to be heard: vibrant, fun, romantic & cool. This band is the real deal.
Led by jazz chanteuse Shawn Aileen Clark, Lapis Luna transports you and your guests to a long-gone era of genuine romance and spirited swing. The sparkling lounge quartet with guitar, upright bass and vocals will truly delight. Add sax, trumpet, vibraphone for an ultra hip band for dinner music. Put all of it together for the swingin' 7 piece little big band that will keep your toes tapping and everyone dancing. Your guests will never forget the night you threw a party and invited Lapis Luna!
There is only one Lapis Luna and they don't perform the run-of-the-mill wedding-band mix. This dynamic band of elite NYC jazz musicians have set themselves apart with an authentic presentation of vintage jazz standards, enchanting ballads, and obscure swing era gems. Their style embraces all forms of American music from the first half of the 20th century including hot jazz, early blues, big band, bebop & retro cha-cha, bossa, and rumba – the tops for listening & dreamy for dancing! Performance attire completes the mood with a fabulously chic cocktail dress, dapper suits, one-of-a-kind instruments and a vintage microphone.
As New York City's premier jazz and swing band, they have provided live music for all occasions, public and private, intimate and grand. Their style is an ideal match for a swinging gathering at a modern loft, an elaborate celebration for hundreds at a museum, a simple garden party, or cocktails at a cafe.
-Lapis Luna receives the highest 3 star 'above and beyond' rating in The Knot Best of Real Weddings for 5 years in a row. See testimonials on theknot & weddingchannel
-Lapis Luna provided dinner & all night dancing for the wedding of Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Geoffrey Arend in NYC.
-Lapis Luna is the swing band in the background of kate spade's ad for the fragrance 'Twirl'!
-performed for hundreds at the knot's ultra-swank annual gala at the NY Public Library.
-New York Magazine's 'Ultimate NYC Wedding Guide' names Lapis Luna as one of the few select best bands 'to keep the party on the floor all night' and an 'ultimate band pick.' 2008-2012
-Lapis Luna can be seen in print and online at Martha Stewart Weddings. You can see coverage of the band performing at the 15th anniversary party at the Plaza in NYC!
Whether you are looking for dancing, background music, cozy lounge sounds, or a concert setting for your wedding, gala, or soirée....we have the experience, talent, and dedication to make your event unique & unforgettable.
Based in New York City, Lapis Luna travels worldwide.
See the quartet live at the PLAZA HOTEL ON THURSDAY EVENINGS in the Rose Club. Check the Lapis Luna website for updated times and other performances.
Shawn Aileen Clark, vocals/ukulele
Tom Abbott, saxophones/clarinet
Dan Blankinship, trumpet
Tom Beckham, vibraphone
John Merrill, guitar
Chris Pistorino, bass
Brian Floody, drums
Children's Birthday Parties
New Year's Eve Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
This is a brief list of our songs
The Best Is Yet to ComeFrank Sinatra
TenderlyElla and Louis
Crazy He Calls MeBillie Holiday
Night And DayCole Porter
They Say It''s SpringBlossom Dearie
Love Is Here To StayGeorge & Ira Gershwin
S''WonderfulGershwin & Ira Gerswhin
My Baby Just Cares For MeNina Simone
Blue SkiesBing Crosby
Yardbird SuiteCharlie Parker
Oh, You Crazy MoonChet Baker
East Of The SunSarah Vaughan
Girl From Ipenema, Corcovado, MeditationAntonio Carlos Jobim
It Might As Well Be SpringStan Getz - Astrud Gilberto
Them There EyesJune Christy
Old Devil MoonJimmy Rushing
''Til There Was Youas performed by The Beatles
Where Or WhenElla Fitzgerald
Squeeze MeDuke Ellington
Samba de Duas NotaLuiz Bonfa
The More I See YouRosemary Clooney
Out Of NowhereBing Crosby
Moonlight In VermontAnita O''Day
Stairway to the StarsLouis & Ella
I Concentrate On YouCole Porter
So Nice (Summer Samba)Astrud Gilberto
That''s AllPeggy Lee
I''m Beginning to See The LightDuke Ellington
All Thing Things You AreElla Fitzgerald
I WillThe Beatles
Social CallBetty Carter
I Wished on the MoonBillie Holiday/Dorothy Parker
TristezaSergio Mendes & Brasil 66
Don''t Be That WayBenny Goodman
Sleepin'' BeeNancy Wilson
I Could Write a BookRogers & Hart
We also do Christmas & holiday songs and well over one hundred more classic jazz, swing, & bossa nova tunes!
$1800 - $7000
Shawn Aileen Clark
vocals, bandleader, ukule
music from the golden age of song...Sinatra, Holiday, Crosby, Cole, Gilberto, Jobim, Fitzgerald, Goodman, Parker, Basie, Blossom Dearie, Peggy Lee, Chet Baker, Anita O'Day...
"We hired Lapis Luna for our wedding. They did a superb job playing all of the songs and Shawns voice was amazing!! They were very accomodating to all of our requests, some of them being singing Besame Mucho in Spanish as well as learning and playing L-O-V-E in French. They were extremely pleasant to work with both before and during our wedding. We highly recommend Lapis Luna and hope to hire them again in the future for any other parties or celebrations we might have. They are the perfect fit for an elegant event."
- Allison M.
Wedding Reception in Blue Hill, ME on 07/11/2009
"We all had a wonderful evening..the band was great, very accomadating.
Fun, music that fit cocktails, dinner and dancing.They also played at the ceremony, which was very beautiful. They were easy to work with and knew how to make the night flow. Shawn is a good leader...cute, charming, great singer and dancer and can draw in the crowd.(They also have a really great look!!) We would reccommend them and would invite them to Maine again!! "
- Susan T.
Wedding in Wrentham, MA on 08/11/2007
"The band leader, Shawn Clark, was wonderful to work with and very responsive to all of my questions and ideas. They exceeded our expectations in terms of their talent and professionalism. Our guests loved their music and it definitely played a role in creating the wedding day of our dreams."
- Nancy H.
Wedding in East Norwich, NY on 03/13/2005
"Lapis Luna is a great band, they are very talented and profesional. The also lend a great ambiance to your event.
P.S. everybody danced"
- Noah M.
Wedding in Old Westbury, NY on 03/28/2009
"It Should Be 1-10 because They Are a 10
Everyone at my wedding Loved This Band ,I loved this Band.
Thank You So Much "
- Nicole T.
Wedding in Princeton, NJ on 07/10/2005
"Lapis Luna was a pleasure to work with. Not only did we get many compliments on the music from our wedding guests, but Shawn was so responsible and professional that we knew we didn't have to worry about a thing. We could be confident that everything was going to go perfectly smoothly."
- Marion K.
Commitment Ceremony in Asbury Park, NJ on 06/26/2010
"Having Lapis Luna perform at our civil union was one of the best choices we made for our event. Shawn's beautiful voice and the amazing talent of the band blew everyone away. They fit so well with our venue and had a great retro look. If you want your reception to be perfect then this is the band to hire."
In addition to New York, Lapis Luna will also travel to Brooklyn, Hoboken, Jersey City, Long Island City, Union City, Weehawken, Flushing, North Bergen, West New York, Bayonne, Kearny, Secaucus, Staten Island, Cliffside Park, Fairview, Jamaica, Bronx, Edgewater, Harrison, Newark, North Arlington, Ridgefield, Fort Lee, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, Palisades Park, Ridgewood, Belleville, Carlstadt
and many other locations in and around the New York area.
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