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Unseen River review from KPSU in Portland, OR.

August 10th, 2015

Carte Blanche will be in Portland, ME this weekend.

August 6th, 2015

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July 28th, 2015

Sean Clapis Newsletter (July 2015)

July 28th, 2015

Greetings everyone,

As Americans gear up for a long, painfully gaff-filled campaign process leading up to the 2016 elections, confederate flags come down in South Carolina. Thousands of same sex couples file for marriage all over the country, and just in time to shoot off lots of fireworks, eat BBQ and celebrate freedom baby! Meanwhile, Greece votes to pay off its Euro debt in yogurt. Bet you didn’t hear about that one, did you? Anyway, since you no longer have Game of Thrones to look forward to every week, here are some shows you can kinda sorta maybe look forward to.

-This Sunday, July 12th, I will be at the Carlton Hotel with Carte Blanche performing for the “Brasil Loves France Bastille Weekend Dance Party”. Some other performers include Vitor Goncalves and Eliano Braz among others. We go on at 9pm. Grab your tickets fast.

-Monday the 13th will find us back at Macao, one of our favorite TriBeCa hangouts from 9-12.

-On Tuesday the 14th, we will make our 3rd appearance at Joe’s Pub. We hit the stage at 9:30. Tickets are available here.

-I’ll be back at the Owl Shop in New Haven with the Hawkins Jazz Collective on Wednesdays this month, June 15th, 22nd and 29th from 9-12.

-Saturday June 18th, I’ll be doing a double header with Fleur Seule. We’ll be at Tavern on the Green for brunch from 12-4pm. Afterwards, come join us for Tropicana Nights at the Copacabana. We play from 7-11pm and there will be lots of ballroom dancing at this legendary NYC club. Get your tickets online or at the door.

-On Sunday the 19th, Carte Blanche is back at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center for brunch from 12-4pm.

-Monday the 20th will find Carte Blanche returning to Radegast Hall and Biergarten in Williamsburg from 8-11pm.

-Join us as we wrap up our summer residency at the Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel on Tuesdays the 21st and 28th and Thursdays the 23rd and 30th from 8-10pm. We’ve been subbing for the impeccable showman Brian Newman, who will be back in August, fresh off his tour with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, so please come catch us soon.

-Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th, I will be back at Tavern on the Green with Fleur Seule. Dance with us on Friday evening as we play out in the courtyard from 7-11pm, and relax with a mimosa on Saturday as we play from 12-4pm.

-Finally, you can check out Carte Blanche once more this month at Macao on Monday the 27th from 9-12.

But wait! There’s more! Here’s a link to check out “The Unseen River”, out now on RMI Records. Spend no money, or spend all the money. Whatever works for you. And as always, stay classy.


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Sean Clapis Newsletter (June 2015)

June 22nd, 2015

Greetings friends,

“Though the solstice has yet to grace our humble hemisphere, this has never stopped summer from prematurely accosting New York City with her vernal vicissitudes”, he thought as he marched past legions of shiny humans, gasping for breath as they shuffled between skyscrapers, like fish in a roiling stream. Now begin the proverbial days plenty, when nights grow long and one awakens, eyes stinging with sweat, to the melodious din of ice cream trucks and screaming children. “Oh how I wish I was in the high mountains, far from the clamoring mob.” He cursed silently, feverishly scrolling away at his phone. Then the train approached the subway platform, bringing with it a rush of cold air, and for a moment all was right in the world.

Fear not the heat! Here are some gigs!

This Thursday June 18th, I will be up in Willimantic CT, playing with Chris Beaudry, Tim Norton and Itay Morchi. We’ll be performing at the 3rd Thursday Street Fest. Come hang out, grab a growler at willibrew, eat street food and listen to jazz. The downbeat is at 7:45 and we’ll be on the Downtown Stage.

On Friday the 19th, Condesa will be back at Rockwood Stage 1 for happy hour at 6pm.

On Saturday the 20th, I’ll be at Tavern on the Green with Fleur Seule playing lots of swing music. Grab a partner and hit the dance floor if you so desire, or just order a mimosa and listen. We play 12-4pm.

Later that evening, join Bad Idea in Brooklyn for a set at Branded Saloon from 8-9pm.

But wait! Saturday isn’t over yet because Carte Blanche plays at St. Mazie, our favorite Williamsburg speak easy at 10pm.

Next Monday, June 22nd, Carte Blanche is back in Tribeca at Macao from 9:30-12am.

On Tuesday the 23rd and Thursday the 25th, We continue our residency at the Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel. We play two sets from 8-10pm

Friday the 25th will find me back at Tavern on the Green with Fleur Seule from 6-10pm.

And on Saturday the 26th, Carte Blanche will be back at Rockwood Stage 2. We play at Midnight.

That’ll be all for now. I hope to see your beautiful faces at some of these.

And finally, here is a link to check out my new album, “The Unseen River” out now on RMI Records.!!!!

And finally finally, jazz great Ornette Coleman passed away this week. I would be remiss not to include some kind of tribute in this post. His influence on jazz and creative music in general casts a big shadow. Whether a fan of his work or not, his courage and conviction forced players and listeners alike to think of music in a different way. Without Ornette, dare I say that music would be less interesting today. So thank you Mr. Coleman.


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A link to buy “The Unseen River”

May 11th, 2015

Sean Clapis: The Unseen River

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Sean Clapis Newsletter (February 2015)

February 21st, 2015

Attached is my February newsletter. Sign up on the “contact” page to receive the latest news, music and ramblings from yours truly.

Sean Clapis Newsletter (Winter 2015)

Greetings all,

I realize it has been much too long since I’ve accosted your eyeballs with my brain thoughts. In that short time, our humble planetary body successfully completed another revolution around that even bigger, yellow planet known as the sun.

Here are some things that have happened since our last correspondence:
-We successfully landed the Rosetta spacecraft on a comet 3.7 billion miles away traveling at over 31,000 mph (meh).
-North Korea flipped out over a comedy with no actual “comedy” in it.
-Kim K broke the internet with her butt and lots of photoshop. (Fun fact: Butts became the most popular song topic/tweet of 2014).

-Kevin Hart was in 187 movies this year, a feet only surpassed by Tyler Perry in 2009.

-US/Cuba relations warmed a bit (much like a Cuba Libre in the hot island sun).
Suffice it to say, it was a pretty eventful year, and 2015 doesn’t seem to be letting up. But with all the news, both uplifting and disheartening, it’s easy to get lost in the noise. Fortunately for you, I’ll be making some noise that you’ll be happy to get lost in.
And now, the gigs!
Saturday, February 7th at St. Mazie in Brooklyn with Carte Blanche from 10:30-1:30.
Monday, February 9th at Macao in Lower Manhattan from 9:30-12:30.
Thursdays, February 12th and 19th at Pravda in Soho from 10-midnight.
Wednesdays, February 18th and 25th at the Owl Shop in New Haven with the Hawkins Jazz Collective from 9-midnight.
Monday, February 23rd at Radegast Beerhall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from 8-11 also with Carte Blanche.
Thursday, February 26th at Esperanto in Manhattan’s LES from 7-10.
Saturday, February 28th at Jalopy in Redhook, Brooklyn at 10:30.
That’s all for now. Don’t change that email address.
Seany Sean
P.S. Here’s a belated holiday gift, compliments of my brilliant brothers Mike, Justin and (sort of brother) Matt.
And here’s a little something from me.
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February 21st, 2015

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New Carte Blanche Website

February 21st, 2015

Greetings all,

Check out the new site for all things Carte Blanche. The best way for fans to keep up to date on news and shows. Stay tuned!