About

Jazz vocalist Synia Carroll has a unique ability to use her deep, silky-smooth voice to engage with her audiences and establish a connection few singers are able to achieve.

Music has always been an important part of her life, from the time she grew up in Philadelphia, however she didn’t discover her jazz passion until a bit later in life.  As a child she began writing her own songs and performed folk/rock in high school. After graduating from Wesleyan University, she moved to New York City and worked as a professional recording artist, explored Soca (Calypso) Music, and was the lead vocalist of the Mikata African/Caribbean Funk Ensemble for nine years. When she became a school teacher in New Haven, Connecticut to raise her two children, she continued to perform with local Pop, Rock and R&B bands.

In the 2000's, while singing with the Brian Butler Group, Synia found her love for jazz standards and great vocal artists like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughn. She relocated to Sarasota recently to connect to the rich Suncoast music scene and pursue a career as a professional jazz singer. Performing frequently throughout Sarasota, Venice, and the Tampa Bay area, she has appeared at the 2016 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, the 2017 Suncoast Jazz Classic in Clearwater Beach, and the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s Pub Crawl from 2016 to 2019. Synia has headlined numerous concerts at the Florida Studio Threatre in Sarasota, the Palladium Side Door and the American Stage, both in St. Petersburg; and the Jazz Club of Sarasota's "Jazz At Two" series. Synia recently received the "Maestro" award for her auto biographical, musical performance "Finding Sassy" at the 2019 Sarasolo Festival.

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Two Performances:  

Feelin' Good - A Celebration of Nina Simone

  St Petersburg, Thursday April 9             Sarasota, Monday April 13

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 Fred Johnson - vocals,   Michael Ross - bass,   J. J. Pattishall - guitar

American Stage Theater, St. Petersburg, FL   -   June 2018

Billy Marcus - piano,   Jeremy Carter - saxophone,   Stephen Bucholtz - drums,   Billy Pillucere - bass

Court Cabaret, Sarasota, FL  -  April 2018

Alejandro Arenas - bass,   Mark Feinman - drums,   John O'Leary - piano  ( La Lucha )

American Stage Theater, St. Petersburg, FL   -   January 2018

 

Billy Marcus - piano,   Jeremy Carter - saxophone,   Stephen Bucholtz - drums,   Billy Pillucere - bass

Court Cabaret, Sarasota, FL  -  April 2018

 

Alejandro Arenas - bass,   Mark Feinman - drums,   John O'Leary - piano,   James Suggs - trumpet

American Stage Theater, St. Petersburg, FL   -   January 2018

 

Billy Marcus - piano,   Jeremy Carter - saxophone,   Stephen Bucholtz - drums,   Billy Pillucere - bass

Court Cabaret, Sarasota, FL  -  April 2018

 

Album

Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes   

"Sarasota-based Synia Carroll is out with a gem of a debut recording. Here’s To You".  The singer has a steady rhythm section, trio members – pianist Billy Marcus, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Stephen Bucholtz – all terrific accompanists and soloists  bringing much to the music. Dig their groove and Marcus’s romping solo on “My Favorite Things.” Max Kelly adds Latin percussion on three tracks. Carroll has a wonderful lilt and an innate sense of time that enables her to wrap herself inside a song and make it her own. Gems here include her takes on the Nina Simone hit “Be My Husband,” Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro-Blue” and the smoldering “Black Coffee.” Other favorites: “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” Edu Lobo’s “Tristeza” (“Goodbye Sadness” and the Shirley Horn-Joe Williams staple “Here’s to Life.” She’s used them to paint her own portrait of love and romance.

C. Michael Bailey           All About Jazz  

"Et in terra. Honesty in music is expressed in its simplicity. The first right thing that vocalist Synia Carroll does on her debut recording, Here's to You... is employ a jazz piano trio, the subatomic format for jazz: piano, bass, and drums. The second thing that Carroll does is fix her art in the earth, something older artists fail to do until later in their career, to their considerable disadvantage as I hear it. She mixes the frankly carnal with the grown up in "Be My Husband." This is responsible, grown up music like that of Dr. Louise Van Aarsen and Sue Sheriff. Grownups making grownup music. The second is she presents her art unadorned with synthetic production, to very great effect. Wow...this is how it is supposed to sound."

 

Joseph Lang   Jersey Jazz

"This album should spread the word about Synia Carroll beyond Sarasota."

 

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