Charmin & Shapira

A jazz ensemble lead by acclaimed guitarist Joel Shapira, featuring internationally renown vocalist Charmin Michelle, is available for your private event or venue. They group has performed extensively for over
twenty years and currently hold down a monthly gig at the Dakota jazz club in Minneapolis. (pre-Covid)

Performance Venues Including:

  The Dakota Jazz Club
  Normandy Kitchen
  Hell's Kitchen
  Vieux Carre
  The Artist's Quarter
  Twin Cities Summer Jazz Festival
  Bloomington Black Box Theater
  MN State Fair
  Orchestra Hall
  Cue and many more.......

Joel and Charmin live at Vieux Carre


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 1983.

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.

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.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I hear you play live?
Check the calendar page for upcoming public performances or contact me to set up an appointment.
Do you work with other instrumentalists?
Yes. A wide variety of accomplished players.
Do you have a singer you work with?
Yes. Several top Twin Cities' vocalists.
Do you play out-of-town events?
Yes. Travel fee is based on location.
Do you play outdoor weddings?
Yes, all the time and I have special equipment for situations where there is no electricity.
Where can I get pricing and availability information?
Contact me by phone or email. text:651-235-1829
How do I contact you?
email: or 651-235-1829 (text)

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