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. 'Best of the knot' 2008-2013
-Lapis Luna provided dinner & all night dancing for the wedding of Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Geoffrey Arend in NYC.
-Opened for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in NYC several times
-September 2013 the group was handpicked to perform at an exclusive Clinton Family event at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC.
-November 2013 played for the nuptials at Senator Wally Bewster's wedding at the Hay-Adams, as well as his swearing in ceremony as Ambassador of the Dominican Republic.
-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