A spicy blend of pre-1960’s jazz, surf tango, and pop with a touch of blood and a dash of cinnamon, Carina and the Six String Preacher’s music is a modern day “Jazz Noir”.
Based out of Buffalo New York, the band — formed by singer/songwriter Carina M. and guitarist/songwriter Vincent James Mastrantonio— have independently recorded, created, and produced original music videos, two albums, and are currently working on their third album to be released in Winter 2018. Joined in their live performances by local jazz/rockabilly drummer John Brady, the trio regularly performs at some of the most renowned venues and festivals in the region. Following the release of their debut LP “Liquid Think” in 2013, the band was featured on the Rising Star stage at the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival and have been invited back to perform in 2016 and 2017. While recording their second album “Why You So Wild, Crocodile?”, the duo began making music videos, mostly homemade, for the new songs off their forthcoming EP. They’re videos have garnered thousands of views and followers from around the world. In 2017, they released a raw, unplugged performance of their original “My Baby’s Got A Cadi” for the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest and performed at the NPR Tiny Desk Entries show at the revered Mohawk Place in Buffalo, NY. That same year they also created and released their rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, a video tribute to their friends son to help raise awareness for Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes.
Their music has been recognized by numerous publications and bloggers, describing their sound as “…dark, but one you want to kick back and bask in, with Vincent’s multifaceted musical background and Carina’s Billy Holiday-meets-Morrissey aura too soothing to flee.” (Michael Farrell – Buffalo News) and “Clean, fluid, and inventive guitar lines dance between Carina’s sultry purr and seduces your ears and mind alike. But like all good seductresses she always leaves you wanting more.” (Bob Silvestri – bestofwny.com) Their audience has been described as “spellbound” during a performance at 189 Public House, further elaborating that it was “a performance that varied in tempos yet when it was over – you knew you just saw something special.” (Tony Zambito – jazzbuffalo.org). They were also featured in Buffalo Spree’s – Forever Young article “Jazz In Buffalo”, which described their onstage chemistry and dynamic by stating “If you enjoy the sounds of the João Gilberto and Stan Getz masterpiece, ‘The Girl from Ipanema,’ you will be in heaven when you hear Carina and the Six String Preacher play and wonder how they sound so large and full with only a singer, guitarist, and drummer.” (Anthony Chabala, Buffalo Spree’s Forever Young WNY).
2017 was an exciting year for the band, which included performances at the Northwest Jazz Festival, Allentown Jazz Festival, Burchfield Penney Art Center Jazz Concert Series, and The Tralf Music Hall opening for world renowned bassist Billy Sheehan, world renowned singer Jessie Galante, and The Bobby Lebel Orchestra. Carina and The Six String Preacher plan to continue performing, writing, and producing music and videos. To stay up to date with their latest releases, like them on Facebook, subscribe to their Youtube channel!