Vocalist Susan Sandel joins Guitarist Kevin Karrick for duo and ensemble performances. Susan brings with her, a wealth of experience in vocal music, and acting for theater and film. Her repertoire includes swing, Latin jazz, and popular favorites, on which she applies her soothing and sultry vocal style. Kevin lends his experience as a band leader and solo guitarist to create a personalized musical experience for weddings, corporate functions, private parties and clubs. Together, with their repertoire, they can be reminiscent of the classic recordings of Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald, with the magic of James Taylor with Carol King.
"I am super excited about this duo and the chemistry that Susan and I share in music and on stage. It's such a thrill to work with a vocalist that understands performing arts and sings with such musical prowess. We also perform with my acoustic trio adding upright bass and either violin or wind instrument."
Susan Sandel grew up in Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in English, and went on to pursue a singing and acting career in L.A.. Her theater credits include a Drama-Logue award for her role as Sarah Brown in GUYS AND DOLLS with the Actor's Coop in Hollywood. The Valley Theater League nominated her as Best Actress in a musical for her work as Mrs. Pavlenko in A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE. Other theater credits include Julie Jordan in CAROUSEL, Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Lauren Bacall in BOGART and all of the women characters in Arthur Marx's GROUCHO at the Tiffany Attic Dinner Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. She also performed as a featured cabaret singer in the Cinegrill Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Film and television credits include SILVER SPOONS, SUPERIOR COURT, and THE DUST FACTORY as well as a variety of national commercials. She returned to Willamette University to complete her MAT in early childhood and elementary education and currently works as a teacher in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Currently Susan enjoys singing jazz in a variety of venues around the Portland area and is especially fond of having a 'musical conversation' with some of the very talented, local jazz artists.
From Kevin's Gigmaster Profile:
In Colorado I played all along the Front Range, from Sheridan, WY to Colorado Springs, and the Mountain Resorts in the Rockies, from Telluride to Steamboat Springs as a soloist and with my band, Swing Essence. Since moving back to Oregon in 2013, I have played many events in Portland and surrounding areas, including the coast, and Tacoma down to Eugene. I am very proud of the many testimonials received from of wedding, private and corporate clients. Guitar has been a life long endeavor, starting when I was just 10. I have background in acoustic and electric rock, folk music, classical and jazz. I have formal training in concert band and orchestra, theory and composition and experience as a soloist, arranger and band leader.