The Carl Jazz Combo

Based in Austin TX

Carl is a multi genre collective that came together over a love of improvisation, musical experimentation, and live performance. We have had anywhere from 2 to 11 members, have had 12 releases over the 7 years we have been active, and have recently turned our sights to the many different flavors of jazz.

Carl is an Austin-based jazz band that deals in standards from the 1940s and 50s. Michelle's flexible vocal style shifts from song to song, changing skillfully from a soft and pure intonation to a throaty challenge-me-if-you-dare growl. We create performances that range from experimental and improvisational to sweet and familiar takes on the classics. Our repertoire consists of classic jazz, bossa nova, swing and more! We have experience playing at diverse venues around Austin, so no matter if you want Ella at your bar's Gatsby party, Mingus at your wedding reception or Sinatra at your corporate holiday party, we're the right band for you.


Great Performance! If anyone is looking to have a good time I would 10/10 recommend this band! Great performance, I had a wonderful time! Thank you all!!

Very pleased with our experience. Everything went smoothly!

Thank you so much! It was truly a lovely event :)

Absolutely Perfect! We hired Carl for our brunch wedding and couldn’t be happier! We had so many compliments about how wonderful they were. They were able to accommodate a special request for when the bride walked out that brought everyone to tears, then kept the party lively with beautiful music throughout the reception. We would hire them again in a heartbeat. Thank you for helping make our day everything we dreamed it would be!!

Great Entertainment, Carl was awesome! A great group of wonderful and talented people. They performed at our corporate event and everyone had an amazing time.
Thank you!

"Carl" was fantastic. Not only do they have a great sound, but they were absolutely the perfect band for a small room. They kept an extremely watchful eye on the guests and moved seamlessly between vocals and "jamming" to more quiet background music in response to the subtle shifts in the room throughout the night. They needed zero direction. Highly professional. I can't thank you all enough!

They did a wonderful job! The music was perfect for our party and the smooth tones definitely set the mood for my guests. I would love to have them again. :)

I booked Carl for cocktail hour during my company holiday party and to be honest, I wish we would have extended our booking time. The music was absolutely lovely and I received so many compliments on their song selection. The band was on time, professional and courteous, not to mention they are such talented musicians. I can't wait to book with them again!

The whole band looks and sounds SPECTACULAR!! They were willing to work around our schedule being that it was a wedding. They were super professional and so fun. Music was GREAT! Everyone loved them.