Belle Amour is a fun, high energy jazz group that performs a mix of classic American 20′s and 30′s jazz standards with a touch of international flair.
Belle Amour has the ability to transport the listener to a vintage era that will leave you feeling nostalgic. The band is anchored by the very talented husband and wife duo of Jason and Katie Craft. Belle Amour is capable of providing everything from background music to more interactive shows and even full concerts.
Jason Craft has toured the world as the music director and pianist for Sheila Raye Charles. He can be found on a regular basis with all of the best local Twin Cities musicians at many of the local music venues. He has played with Jason Marsalis, Slide Hampton, Michael Brecker, Wycleff Jordan, Carl Allen, Jimi Jameson, Fergie Fredrickson, Alex Liegertwood, Eric Gales, and several other notable musicians. Jason can be heard on countless recordings, as his musical talents are frequently called upon for studio work. Thankfully for us, Jason has always been looking for an excuse to learn the accordion.
In addition to singing with The Senders, Katie has been singing jazz with local musicians in many different clubs in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She spent six years leading the Dean Weisser Band, a classic rock and blues band, and can now be seen singing with jump blues band Steve Clarke and the Working Stiffs among other jazz groups in the Twin Cities.
Katie’s vocal phrasing and stylistic interpretation is well beyond her years. Belle Amour has allowed Katie to embrace her true vocal age. Plus she likes to wear cute clothes.
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“Belle Amour was great! Patrons are still talking about how much fun it was. They were easy to work with and fun. Thank you!”
–Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
The following is a sample introduction you might use when introducing Belle Amour to your audience:
“Ladies and Gentlemen – you are about to experience elegant vintage music that will transport you to another time. This band will put a spring in your step and make you feel nostalgic all over. Please give a very classy welcome to Belle Amour.”