6-piece jazz ensemble Carte Blanche keeps vintage standards white-hot with classic French, Latin and American jazz standards from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
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Learn about each band member:

Dan Parra
Kate Dunphy
Cristina Kaminis
Tomoko Omura
Sean Clapis
Cristhian Quimbay

Dan Parra (bass)

Dan Parra is a double bass and electric bass player currently living in New York City. Originally from Highland Mills, N.Y., Dan Parra moved to the city in 2007 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he studied with Andy McKee, Jeff Carney, Reggie Workman, Richard Boukas, Billy Harper, and Hal Galper. Since graduating in 2010, he has performed across the U.S. and abroad, including at the 2010 Bern Jazz Festival. Aside from his role in Carte Blanche, Dan works regularly with NYC-based rock group The Hot Club and Andrew Sisters tribute band The Tickled Pinks.

Kate Dunphy (Accordion)

Bandleader, accordionist, pianist and composer Kate Dunphy founded Carte Blanche in 2010. Kate is originally from Portland, ME where she started studying the piano at age 4. She went on to study composition under Dr. Robert Karl and Dr. David Macbride, and jazz piano with Andy Laverne at the Hartt school of music where she was the recipient of the Edward Diamente award in composition in 2007. Kate received her first accordion as a gift from her father in 2006 and soon discovered her passion for the instrument. Kate performs frequently nationally and internationally with an eclectic array of musical groups. For more info:

Cristina Kaminis

Born in Spain and raised in Mexico City, vocalist Cristina Kaminis discovered her passion for singing after purchasing her first Ella Fitzgerald album while studying in Paris. Her knack for languages and passion for travel and culture has brought her around the world where she has been enchanted by the music of Brazil, Italy, France, Latin America, and traditional American jazz of the 20's and 30's. After moving to NYC in 2006 she began performing with jazz and world music groups and incorporated her eclectic background and multi-lingual abilities into her own musical style which defines Carte Blanche.

Tomoko Omura

Tomoko Omura is a jazz violinist/composer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed with a wide range of musicians including, Paquito D'Rivera, Fabian Almazan, Vadim Neselovskyi, The Mahavishnu Project, Guy Mendilow, RUNA and Carte Blanche. She leads her own group and is an active performer internationally. Her recently recorded 2nd jazz album, “Roots”, includes unique arrangements of Japanese folk/popular songs, will be released from Greg Osby's label, Inner Circle Music and DaikiMusica label in Japan. Originally from Shizuoka, Japan, she began playing the violin at 4 and moved to the U.S. to study at Berklee College of Music in 2004. She is a recipient of “Roy Haynes Award” while at Berklee and was also featured as a Rising Star in the June 2009 edition of Strings magazine. (

Sean Clapis (guitar)

Sean Clapis is a guitarist and composer originally from Hartford, CT. After discovering jazz at the Artists Collective and Academy of the Arts, and receiving a scholarship from the Hartford Jazz Society, he went on to study at the Hartt School of Music under notable instructors such as Rene McLean, Andy LaVerne, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves and Rich Goldstein among others. Since that time, he has performed with an array of musical projects across the US and abroad ranging from jazz to rock, folk, hip-hop, gospel and experimental music. For more information, visit

Cristhian Quimbay (Percussion)

Percussionist Cristhian Quimbay was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. His first encounter with music was with the traditional exotic rhythms of the pacific and Atlantic coasts of his motherland. After studying sound engineering, he immigrated to New York City in 2007 where he became active in the New York music scene playing with world music and jazz ensembles. He continues to be involved with traditional Colombian musical groups in addition to playing with Carte Blanche.

French, Latin, and American Jazz

NYC based 6-piece jazz ensemble Carte Blanche breathes new life into jazz classics from around the world. Effortlessly transitioning from 20’s and 30’s American jazz standards to 40’s Parisian swing, bossa nova, cumbia, Russian, Yiddish, and Italian selections, the band’s dynamic and engaging act is a time capsule filled with vintage international musical gems- many of them rarely heard live. The group also incorporates original compositions, offering a modern twist on the tried and true styles of the 20’s 30’s and 40’s. The band features Spanish born, Mexican/American raised vocalist Cristina Kaminis whose unusual and sultry vocal quality captures the essence of the era, and enchants audiences with her impressive knack for languages and musical styles; easily flowing from Edith Piaf to Buena Vista Social Club renditions. The ensemble’s versatile instrumentation featuring accordion and violin has a rich and captivating sound that is powered by a tight rhythm section. With their stunning white vintage accoutrements, they have developed a large group of devoted fans around the globe who love them as much for their look as for their commitment to preserving the music of a by-gone era.


"Perfectly vintage jazz ensemble Carte Blanche matches its jazzy chops with just-right silk and sequins." Time Out New York

"Carte Blanche lays down clean, lively twenties and thirties jazz with frequent forays into international territory: Edith Piaf and Latin American tunes from the same era pop up often on its set list" NY Magazine

“Listening to New York-based jazz ensemble Carte Blanche will make you feel like Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris after he stumbles back in time.” BizBash

“I love the look in the eyes of lead vocalist Cristina Kaminis” Editor-In-Chief, Michael McCarthy, D.C Magazine

"This band is amazing!" Darcy Miller, Editorial Director, Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine

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May 12, 2016
St. Mazie
345 Grand St Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211
9:30pm-11:00pm - No Cover

May 13, 2016
Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 2
196 Allen St New York, NY 10002
12:00am - No Cover

May 17, 2016
Lamb's Club
132 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
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May 31, 2016
Lamb's Club
132 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
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June 2, 2016
Club Bonafide
212 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022
2 - 60 minute sets at 7:30PM and 9:30PM - $15
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June 10, 2016
La Gamelle
241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
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June 14, 2016
Lamb's Club
132 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
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June 23, 2016
145 Avenue C New York, NY 10009
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July 30, 2016 (Rain Date July 31, 2016)
Jazz Age On The Delaware
Glen Foerd Mansion
5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114
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