Carol Deminski has sung jazz on three continents – including the Seda Hotel and The Wine Club in the Philippines, Orange Peel nightclub in Hong Kong and Jazz Barrage in Zurich. She has performed at jazz venues around New York City and NJ, including the Kitano, the Priory, Crossroads, DLV Lounge, Moores (aka Bill and Ruth’s), Robin’s Nest, Suite 53, Taste Venue and the Blue Moon, among others.
Ms. Deminski loves early jazz. She has adopted material from early singers into her repertoire including greats like Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Mildred Bailey, Johnny Mercer, and Helen Humes. She is also inspired by standard-bearers like Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day and of course Ella Fitzgerald.
Ms. Deminski has studied with Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro; jazz vocalist and Newark, NJ native Carrie Jackson; and vocal technique guru Barbara Maier.
Other artistic pursuits…
Carol’s 30+ published short stories have appeared in small press literary magazines including: Word Riot, PANK, Metazen (Canada), Dogzplot, Foundling Review, Bartleby Snopes, Atticus Review, The Northville Review, Spilling Ink (Scotland), Pure Slush (Australia) and elsewhere. In 2013 Ms. Deminski’s flash fiction work was nominated for a Micro Award by the editor of Blink Ink Magazine.
She also wrote the script for Jordan’s Jackhammer, a short film directed by Hiroshi Hara and starring Raul Torres. Her screen writing credit can be found on IMDB.
Carol is an avid traveler, and has blogged about her travels to places like Thailand; Hong Kong; the Philippines; Prague, Czech Republic; Switzerland; Spain; London; and many other places. Photos and stories can be found on this blog.
Ms. Deminski was born and raised in New Jersey. She holds a Masters degree in English Literature from New York University, and a Masters in Library Science from Rutgers University. She currently lives in Jersey City, NJ.