Carman J. Price has a warm tenor sound and stylistic adaptability that have made him one of Vancouver’s most sought-after singers. His working trio with Canadian jazz legends Bill Coon (guitar) and Rene Worst (bass) has been delighting audiences for more than a decade, appearing at venues throughout the Vancouver area including Frankie’s Jazz Club and 2nd Floor Gastown. Carman is a true student of popular song and sings both well-known standards and hidden gems with his trademark charm and gorgeous tone.
Carman moved to Vancouver from Regina in 2001 to study jazz at Capilano College (now University). There he sang with the top vocal group NiteCap and worked with many jazz greats who guested at the school, including Kurt Elling, Dee Daniels, Kenny Werner, Cedar Walton, Regina Carter and Ed Thigpen.
Carman is also an accomplished choral singer. He sang with the 12-member vocal ensemble musica intima from 2005-2011. During that time they toured across Canada and appeared at music festivals in France, Ireland and Denmark. In 2010 they recorded the JUNO-nominated into light, an album of entirely Canadian compositions. Carman joined the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 2013 and was often a featured soloist, including their 2014 performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the Orpheum Theatre.
As a guest soloist, Carman appeared on the Orpheum stage in 2015 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Morris Russell paying tribute to Frank Sinatra. Carman also was a featured performer at the 2017 Music for the Winter Solstice concert presented by Music on Main. In 2019, Carman was the featured soloist with the Elektra Women’s Choir on their Christmas CD On Christmas Night.
In addition to his work in the jazz and choral world, Carman is an experienced studio singer, recording jingles and background vocals for pop recordings. He has sung background vocals in concert for several Cantonese pop singers including Sandra Lang. And his recent thrill has been singing backing vocals in the Steely Dan tribute band, Steelin’ in the Years.