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.
>> Career Highlights
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. Recent Performances MN Meetings + Events General Mills Super Valu Best Buy Target
"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
>> Basic Set-Up Needs
Belle Amour is completely self-contained for most spaces and can provide their own sound and lights. However, in spaces like theaters and auditoriums (with built-in sound and lighting systems), Artist requests: 2 Vocal mics total (one for piano and one for drums) Instrument mic for accordion 1 Straight stand for female vocalist (she will provide own mic) Boom stands Mic cables 2 Direct Boxes (one for acoustic guitar and one for bass) Sound monitors preferred - one for each musician (2 monitors minimum - one for vocal and piano) 1 Overhead mic and 1 kick drum mic for drums minimally recommended for larger rooms/ not required for smaller rooms/theaters A table or bench near piano player to place accordion on top of preferred/ not required
>> Sample Introduction
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."
>> Pricing Information
Pricing for each act varies depending on a number of factors including: location of the event; popularity of the date; routing for each act; type of event; single or multiple day performances; length of show, etc. To get a specific and accurate quote for your event please contact our office by completing the form below or calling (612) 361-6002. We respond very quickly to answer all our clients' questions.