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Sound description: Karrant works straight out of the American songbook with a level of manly confidence and jazz suave and bonhomie that was patented by Mel Torme himself.
RIYL: Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, David Patrone
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Influences: Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, James Darren, Nat King Cole, Mose Allison, Burt Bacharach, Little Jimmy Scott, Johnny Hartman, Cole Porter, Nancy Wilson
Crooner Jonathan Karrant grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but now lives and works in San Diego. Karrant works straight out of the American songbook with a level of manly confidence and jazz suave and bonhomie that was patented by Mel Torme himself. Among his influences, he cites Little Jimmy Scott, an American jazz singer known for his high contralto voice.
His full-length On and On was released in early 2012, hit #4 on the Billboard Jazz charts. He has received honors throughout the states including; the New York City Jazz Cabaret Honors, “Best Singer” for the Bravo California Awards and was named one of the top 12 rising jazz vocalists by Downbeat Magazine.
Jonathan Karrant Live was released in 2018. "It was recorded live at the Smith Center in Las Vegas and I've always been a big fan of live recordings. They are so organic and in the moment."