Masterful guitarist Joel Shapira available for your ceremony, cocktail/reception. An extensive & varied repertoire of classical pieces, standards, current pop tunes and more. Outdoor events welcome. Also available in duo format with flute or vocals. Joel is a very respected & renowned MN performer.
Charmin & Shapira
Popular with Twin Cities audiences for many years, Charmin and Shapira w/Friends is available for your wedding reception, private event or venue. A jazz quintet lead by acclaimed guitarist Joel Shapira, and featuring internationally renown vocalist Charmin Michelle, the group has performed extensively for over fifteen years and currently holds down a monthly gig at the Dakota jazz club in Minneapolis.
Charmin and Shapira w/Friends is:
Charmin Michelle – Vocals
Joel Shapira – Guitar
Paul Harper – Sax/Flute
Tom Lewis – Bass
Nathan Norman – Drums
Performance Venues Including:
The Dakota Jazz Club
The Artist's Quarter
Bloomington Black Box Theater
MN State Fair
I am available as a solo guitarist for private events. You can hire me with some of the top musicians in the Midwest for parties, receptions, gallery events, ALL events. We are Jazz musicians who work at the biggest clubs in town: The Dakota, Orchestra Hall, Crooners, Hell's Kitchen, The Black Dog, so if you want Jazz for your event you can book the finest. I've done around four thousand gigs in the TC area since 1994.
Joel did and AMAZING job with the music for our wedding ceremony. It was the perfect atmosphere. Joel is wonderfully talented and great to work with. He is also a great value - the DJ we hired charged the same about to play ceremony music as it was for live music so it made the decision very easy for us! I would recommend him to anyone. I didn't get to hear all of the music on our wedding day but everyone loved it and I can't wait for the video!
"My recommendation for a Minnesota wedding guitarist: Joel Shapira is a wonderful musician and a great choice! Joel not only has audio clips on his website (so you don't have to have a CD mailed to you), he also had video clips so you can actually see him playing! Also, he has his public performances marked on his online calendar, so you can see him perform live, if you like."
Joe has been one of my favorite vendors to work with! He's extremely prompt with emails - I usually had a reply within an hour or two. His music speaks for itself - he's a gifted musician! I gave him a list of a few songs we liked, and basically told him that we wanted non-traditional music, and he ran with it. It was perfect! He did learn 1 song for us free of charge - Love's Divine by Seal. I had to purchase the sheet music for him, which was not a problem.
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