Band Leader and JaZz Vocalist Carolena Mátus is available to perform for weddings and special events throughout the Western Washington and Portland areas. Live, high quality music is fun and entertaining – as well as the perfect element to add that special touch of class and elegance to your wedding or special event.
Are you seeking excellent, professional entertainment for your upcoming wedding, private or business event? Are you planning your wedding and feel that live music will help make your special day even more memorable? Perhaps you are thinking of hosting an intimate house concert or corporate party and wish to impress your guests or business clientele? Would you like to boost employee morale with a special lunchtime or weekend concert? Are you organizing a trade show or business opening?
Carolena has the distinct pleasure of working with some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest. For voice and instrument duo, trio, quartet or band, please contact Carolena through her website to discuss booking her for your next special event and to listen to sound samples.
Carolena Mátus is a classically trained singer, with over 30 years of vocal experience, who spent the majority of her career living and performing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Making her first public appearance as a soloist at 7 years of age (piano and voice duo), she later went on to begin her formal vocal training at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at the age of 13.
In childhood, Carolena developed a passion for big band JaZz due to her father's influence and while she was exposed to other genre's, her love of the standards stayed with her. Although her formative training and experience was based in opera, classical and musical theatre, in the mid-1980's she was introduced, through a friend and former band member, to Frank Sinatra, Jr. and her love of JaZz was reborn anew.
Due to countless hours spent listening to Frank Jr. perform with his big band in the French Quarter Lounge in the Four Queens Hotel and Casino (and developing friendships with both Frank and his musicians along the way), Carolena abruptly changed the focus of her own music – returning to her first love. Her respect for Frank, along with his passion for the music and his own multifaceted talent, greatly inspired and influenced her. Thanks to Frank, the JaZz bug had bitten her; Carolena was thoroughly hooked and her music was forever, joyfully changed.
Following her instincts, Carolena turned to her dear, long-time friendBobby Scann (trombone), a highly gifted professional Las Vegas musician who has played for numerous renowned artists ranging from Frank Sinatra, Sr. and Tony Bennett to Elvis Presley. "I knew that Bobby was playing Alan Grant's 'Monday Night JaZz at the Four Queens.' (A 13-year nationally syndicated radio program aired on American Public Radio, now Public Radio International.) So I went downtown to meet him and in between sets I poured my heart out about my new love affaire with JaZz."
Carolena had realized that studying under the guidance of expert pro JaZz musician's was what was necessary at that point in her life in order to advance and nurture her passion. Bobby graciously agreed to help her in this new endeavor, taking on the role of mentor and teacher to his friend. Carolena gratefully credits Bobby as being the first person to entrain her ear to hear music as a musician, rather than a vocalist; as well as helping her to begin to navigate the intricate road of JaZz improvisation.
Years later, Carolena left the dry desert behind her and relocated to wet, green Olympia specifically due to the abundance of JaZz throughout Western Washington and her love of the landscape. She had felt deeply honored by her long standing associations with the 'best of the best' pro musicians in the neon jungle that is Las Vegas. Thus, she was extremely delighted to discover extraordinary, world-class piano master, Joe Baque (a Greenwich Village transplant), seemingly hiding in the midst of what, at that time, appeared to her to be a lush forest wilderness. Carolena thrived with the blessing of Joe's expert accompaniment skills and the vast breadth of knowledge he had gained from decades of superlative performing experience with world-renowned artists such as Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins and countless others, in addition to masterfully accompanying vocalists such as Lena Horne and Ernestine Anderson.
Building upon the years she has spent working with superior musicians such as Bobby Scann, Joe Baque and others, Carolena continues to expand the scope of her music partnerships to include a variety of expert musicians from Portland to Seattle. Consequently, she has joyfully continued to work with the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer, including internationally renowned JaZz guitarist, composer, clinician and recording artist, John Stowell, whose unique, masterful playing style is loved and respected by both fans and fellow musicians the world over.
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Gayle · Married on 08/20/2013
Carolena Matus was the vocalist at our 25th wedding anniversary / vow renewal celebration night before last and I could not have been more pleased. I chose the song I wanted featured in our ceremony (Grow Old with Me by John Lennon), and from there she took the song and masterfully adapted it to her jazz style, had an amazing harpist (Susan Haas) as her accompanist, and it was magical!! Carolena is a master (mistress?) of anything musical, and I knew that in advance, but her performance was simply wonderful and I couldn't recommend her more highly!!!!Sent on 08/22/2013
Kari J · Married on 06/22/2013
Carolena did a great job at our wedding. I called her with short notice asking if she could sing as a surprise for my husband. And luckily she could, she was very accommodating and helped me choose a beautiful love song. Carolena is a true professional and I couldn't believe how much equipment she brought with her, she has everything for a professional set up and sound. She sang the song "That's All" just before we exchanged our vows. Later that night when Patrick and I were talking about our fun wedding day, I asked him what his favorite part of the day was... and his reply "when Carolena sung the surprise song for me and you turned around and leaned into me." That's all....Sent on 08/12/2013
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Eric · event on 03/30/2013
Carolena is a thorough professional who understands clearly what a situation requires, and designs a unique and fulfilling delivery of the task. Her passion for her work, as well as pleasing her clients, is clear.Sent on 08/01/2013
I enjoyed working with her and would recommend her to any of my friends.
Carolena is talented from having a life filled with music. For someone with her extensive her talent you might expect someone to be more unapproachable, but the opposite is true. She loves people and works with many types of people. If you want your event to be boosted to a top-notch event or you are tired of the same entertainment you see at events all the time, you owe it to yourself to seriously consider hiring Carolena. She is very kind and very professional.