Vintage Noise features vocalist Michael Carter, guitarist Ed Johnson, bassist Steve Larkin, and violinist David Boyden. The four-piece combo has become synonymous with lush vocals and gentle strings, blending timeless jazz and exotic sounds of bossa nova. Vintage Noise has won over audiences throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The Metro Newspaper acclaims "Latter-day crooner Michael Carter sings in the style of Sinatra”, All About Jazz praises "Johnson's music is what Sergio Mendes began in the mid-1960s", and the Mercury News hails “Vintage Noise is a dynamic ensemble of talented musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area”. While Vintage Noise is largely known for their emotive renditions of both classic Brazilian songs and jazz standards, they often surprise listeners with violin-inflected selections of gypsy jazz, tango, and even country pop. Their performance creates a rare atmosphere sure to have an intensely personal meaning for every listener.
"Just got a chance to listen to your CD, and am loving it!"
Yoshi's San Francisco, CA
“Johnson's music is what Sergio Mendes began in the mid-1960s.”
All About Jazz
"Great sound. Very classic and very sultry. Good stuff."
Bergamot Alley, Healdsburg, CA
"We so enjoyed having Vintage Noise play at our restaurant last weekend. Your singing and the guitar set such a lovely mood at Vino Locale .. it was a beautiful night in the garden and the classic songs you sang made it very romantic .. we loved it, and hope you return soon to serenade us again."
Vino Locale, Wine Bar & Bistro, Palo Alto, CA
"We were fortunate enough to have Vintage Noise play at a winemaker’s dinner for over 120 people. The music complemented the elegant evening and added a sense of class and entertainment to the event. We received many compliments for the band from guests; and a few wineries asked for their contact information for future bookings. We could not have been more pleased. Thank you for helping to create such a wonderful evening."
Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, Livermore, CA
"I have had the pleasure of working with Vintage Noise on a number of occasions at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills, CA. The membership enjoyed the dynamic duo’s classic tunes. They are professional and efficient. We’ll be asking the duo back and offering an outstanding praise of recommendations."
Fremont Hills Country Club, Los Altos Hills, CA
“We have been very fortunate to have found Vintage Noise! Very pleased to hear them keep “Sinatra” alive! There is nothing like relaxing with a glass of wine listening to Vintage Noise! Thanks for the great memories.”
Cedar Mountain Winery, Livermore, CA
“Léal Vineyards has had the pleasure of working with Vintage Noise for several years at different events. We are always very pleased and proud of their performance. They are excellent working professionals, engaging and talented. Michael’s voice exudes a ‘new age’ Sinatra style of entertainment. They always bring a new level of energy to our venues and everyone loves their show! Michael Carter comes highly recommended by the Léal team.”
Léal Vineyards, Hollister, CA
"Thank you again for your time and the wonderful music your group performed at Second Harvest!"
Second Harvest Food Bank, San Jose, CA
"I have had the pleasure of having Vintage Noise perform at Cinnabar Winery's wine bar, the Mudd Room. Besides all being top notch musicians, their material is refreshing, they are very entertaining, they engage the audience, they are professional, and always ready to perform on time. I would not hesitate to hire them for any event, private party, or wedding."
Cinnabar Winery, Saratoga, CA
"Fronted by the rich vocals of crooner Michael Carter, Vintage Noise is a dynamic ensemble of talented musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their music, though mainly jazz and bossa nova, also includes elements of gypsy jazz, swing and tango. Vintage Noise has played in venues throughout Northern California."
The Mercury News
"Well, if there's a time for crooning to make a resurgence, it's probably now-it's totally vintage. Latter-day crooner Michael Carter sings in the style of Sinatra. Carter is backed by some great local talent"
"Your band is very talented we enjoyed the entertainment."
The Cats Restaurant and Tavern, Los Gatos, CA
“Ed Johnson composes some of the finest Brazilian music in the world from his home base in Northern California.”