In addition to being a first-rate soloist, Steve Larkin has played in settings ranging from small combo to big band. Performing professionally since the age of 15, Steve has accompanied numerous greats including Ernie Watts, Mundell Lowe, and Lew Soloff. In early 2014, Steve and Michael met while both were fortuitous guests of the South Bay Swing Band. Steve has since become the backbone of the Vintage Noise Trio and Quartet. Steve's exceptional performing career has been highlighted by performances at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, and Top of the Mark in San Francisco.
The Metro Newspaper acclaims "Latter-day crooner Michael Carter sings in the style of Sinatra." Michael is the fourth-generation manifestation of a musical family and received his first voice lessons from his grandfather, Harry Carter, an accomplished musician and recording artist. He later studied under two of the San Francisco Bay Area's legends – vocalist Nate Pruitt, and pianist and composer Arthur Junker. Michael has since won over listeners at venues as diverse as the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, the Mudd Room in Saratoga, Wente Vineyards in Livermore, and Yoshi's in San Francisco.
Now and always, Vintage Noise delivers a fresh take on the Great American Songbook. Vintage Noise features Michael Carter on vocals, Ed Johnson on guitar, Steve Larkin on bass, and David Boyden on violin. The Mercury News has celebrated the "rich vocals of crooner Michael Carter", All About Jazz hailed "Johnson's music is what Sergio Mendes began in the mid-1960s", while the Metro Newspaper has noted that the group "focuses its attention on the classics of the American song tradition" and is able to "reinvigorate and reinvent the genre." Vintage Noise covers a thoughtful mixture of down-home legends, including Luiz Bonfá ("Manhã de Carnaval"), Sammy Cahn ("Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"), Osvaldo Farrés ("Quizás, Quizás, Quizás"), and Roger Miller ("King of the Road"). Their performance creates a rare atmosphere sure to have an intensely personal meaning for every listener.
Unique to Vintage Noise is gypsy jazz violinist David Boyden. While violin is noticeably absent from jazz quartets rooted in the Sinatra genre, audiences of all ages have come to love David’s vibrant improvisational sound. A graduate of San Francisco State University, David's style is frequently compared to Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith. In addition to performing with Vintage Noise, David can be regularly heard with a array of ensembles rooted in the music of Django Reinhardt, and bands dedicated to exploring Scandinavian music, and other folk genres.
"Legendary Bay Area guitarist" (Pacifica Tribune), Ed Johnson is synonymous with gentle guitar strings and the exotic sounds of bossa nova. With seven recording projects and multiple producer’s credits, Ed's mastery of the Brazilian genre has won over fans and airplay worldwide. Ed's road into the life of a musician was a natural progression. His mom often played piano and sang standards while his dad would 'scratch' along on the fiddle or the ukulele. Ed began performing with Michael in 2013. As a duo, their sound is evocative of Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim. Ed also plays his original compositions with Nova Tempo, a Brazilian jazz ensemble.