Carmela grew up in upstate New York with a love for the Great American Songbooks at an early age.
In New York City she attended ‘Theatrium’ and became involved in off-off Broadway Theater and appeared in a few independent films, later training with Eric Morris. Carmela moved to Los Angeles in ‘92 , working with such notable film directors as Rob Reiner, Wolfgang Petersen, Jonathan Lynn and Ken Kwapis.
She performed in the L. A. Jazz scene with the Jon Mayer trio and recorded “Black and White”, a straight ahead standards record with them.
After appearing in many of the local clubs she recorded her second album with Paul Smith, Jim DeJulio and Joe LaBarbera. This project ‘Regarding Frank’ was a tribute record to Sinatra and his 50’s Capitol years.
Shortly after this she formed her own trio. Out of this trio “The Girl Who Dreams Out Loud” was conceived. This album was a departure from familiar jazz standards and a new exploration of original materials by such notables as Hirth Martinez, Donald Fagen, Mike Melvoin and Carmela.
Her fourth album “Joseph City” combined straight ahead covers, with some very unique standard arrangements and some originals by Carmela.
While residing in New Mexico she was nominated for a New Mexico Music Award for best original jazz song, appeared in local theater and worked on the feature film “A Bird Of The Air”. She served on the board of New Mexico Women In Film as fund raising chair, producing two highly successful events for NMWIF. One of which featured Roy Orbison’s “A Black and White Night” and benefited New Mexico’s homeless children. She was also seen as Lilith Bengalis in the web series “Cyphers”, made in New Mexico.
Her new album release “Myths and Legends” is a collection of original songs written by Carmela about difficult women, love gone wrong, and the dreams and spirits within us all, plus two covers from Duke Ellington and Al Anderson.
“Originals could prove to be something quite formidable from this promising lady.” – George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
Carmela now resides in New Orleans where she continues to write and perform
18th Feb 2018 Update: The Jazz UK promoted the latest release from Carmela
Carmela Rappazzo’s sixth release “Howlin’ At The Moon” arrives February 15th just in time for the post Mardi Gras blues.
Recorded in New Orleans at The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music with the help of superb local musicians and arrangers, this album is heavily influenced by the sounds and sights that make The Crescent City what it is.
The eight original songs written by Carmela and cover of “Lullaby Of The Leaves” written by Joe Young and Bernice Petkere range the spectrum from Second Line to the Blues and everything in between.
It can be sampled at http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/carmelarappazzo2
Carmela has appeared at:
NOMA New Orleans, La.
The Columns New Orleans, La.
Maison Bourbon New Orleans, La.
Joe’s Pub New York, N.Y.
The Metropolitan Room New York, N.Y.
The Setai Hotel New York, N.Y.
Settapani, New York, N.Y.
Musicians Assistance Program Annual Awards Show
The Knitting Factory Los Angeles, Ca.
The Viper Room Los Angeles, Ca.
The Century Plaza Hotel Los Angeles, Ca.
The Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Ca.
Spazio Los Angeles, Ca.
The Farm Los Angeles, Ca.
The Bel Air Hotel Bel Air, Ca.
Luna Park Los Angeles, Ca.
Alto Palatto Los Angles, Ca.
The Toronto Club Toronto, Canada