Singing with NW jazz legend Tom Grant at Ivories
“Fantastic French feeling…
a funky, musical ménage-à-trois“
Jazz Society of Oregon Music Critic George Fendel:
Pardon My French, Carol Rossio, vocals. Portlander Rossio has always had a preference for French lyrics, and she delivers them with ease and the skill of many years of experience. Nancy Sinatra had the hit, but Rossio puts Nancy in the dust on the unlikely choice, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” (in French!) http://www.jsojazzscene.org/CDReviews/201202_CDReviews.htm
“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ (French Version)” is currently trending as Carol’s #1 download on i-Tunes; sales in France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, The UK, The US, Canada and Japan!
Known affectionately as Portland’s Own French Chanteuse. Incorrigible Francophile, vocalist, recording artist and songwriter Carol Rossio casts a shining light on the Pacific Northwest music scene, singing bluesy jazz and sultry pop with French flair oh la la! Whether opening for Grammy-winners Angelique Kidjo and Poncho Sanchez, performing with the internationally-acclaimed Robbie Laws Band at the 2013 Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, or working in an intimate cabaret setting, Carol’s live shows enchant listeners with her range and charisma.
Her three cd recordings (available on i-Tunes, Amazon and CD Baby) range in mood from smoky jazz to quirky pop, featuring smooth vocal styling and hip arrangements of original pop tunes – conjuring visions of sipping cabernet while courting l’amour in a dimly lit, exotic French café (Paris, Morocco, Tangiers, Madagascar?) All three cds have received critical acclaim, including frequent airplay on OPB 91.5fm, KMHD 89.1fm and KBOO 90.7fm plus glowing reviews in The Oregonian, Willamette Week, Jazzscene Magazine, Borders Books and Music News, The Portland Tribune, Positively Entertainment and Oregon Music News.
In addition to her solo singing engagements, Carol performs with fellow vocalists Mitzi Zilka and David Boicourt as part of their new group French Twist X3 (retro French jazz/pop duets and trios) and also sings Alto 2 with both Portland Symphonic Choir (Oregon Symphony) and the First Unitarian Church Choir of Portland.