Vienna Carroll

Vienna Carroll

Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: New York City

Vienna Carroll... a unique story of America, sung by an incredible voice. Simply stunning.
—Woody Lewis, Musician

Updated: November 21, 2021

Born: September 26, 1954

Vienna Carroll’s folksy blues and soulful funk take you back to her Black church roots. Her passion and masterful storytelling light a fire in your soul. She interweaves old songs and forgotten stories of Black heroes to serve up Black history with a Serious Groove.

Vienna learned music from the Black Ladies of her youth, including her fearsome great grandmother who played guitar to Grand Ole Opry radio every Saturday night but only proper Pentecostal chords on Sunday. At her Alabama grandmother’s 125 acre working farm, Vienna joined in the Sunday church services an hour’s drive away down a dusty road, where singing was often accompanied only by the hand clapping and shouting of its fervent members.

Vienna formalized her studies of early Black music at Yale University, with a BA in African American Studies. . Her influences are Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington and her early church experiences.

'Mary Had a Baby' is Vienna’s new EP right in time for the Christmas season and infused with holiday spirit, including jazz standards and the traditional Spiritual of the title’s name. It features Vienna on vocals; Dan Furman (Primordial Jazz Funktet) on piano; Michael O’Brien (Harry Connick Jr, Ruben Blades) on bass; and Keith Johnston (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Jon Hendricks) on background vocals and percussion.

The gorgeous cover artwork is by Adjoa Burrowes

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Blues Matters! - “genuinely listenable and enjoyable, but also extremely educational and yes, political

Neon Jazz: Famous Interviews with Joe Dimino - “Harlem-based Vocal Powerhouse Vienna Carroll”

New York Music Daily - “politically-charged reinventions of classic blues and gospel themes”

Red Hook Star Revue - “downright inspirational”

Howard Jordan, Jordan Journal - “Vienna Carroll brought the house down”

Jazz & Blues Report - “superb recording”

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