Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New Jazz Samples - Duets

I've added new mp3 samples of the band performing as a duo. There are 4 new mp3s linked from our samples page page. The duets include At Last, The Way You Look Tonight, It Had To Be You, and Don't Get Around Much Anymore.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Service With A Smile

Providing service for someone's wedding is a big deal. This is one of the biggest day's in a person's life, and one of the biggest days of the couple's life. A day they'll look back on forever.

Its important to keep this in mind when providing service for someone on such a day that it is a happy time, and to not let little things angry. It bleeds through to other people, and creates a bad mood.

The band recently was performing at a wedding, where a venue representative was less than friendly with the band. She wasn't outright rude, but I could tell she was tired and/or frustrated with something, and it came through to me. This was one of the first people I made contact with that day, so it started putting a negative spin on things for me right away.

I kept my composure, worked with her politely, and went about and did band business as we do best. While I could have challenged her on her attitude, why bother? It would make a bigger deal of it, could catch the attention of the guests, and just not be worth it.

For those of you providing service for weddings on a regular basis, I'm sure you've encountered similar experiences, and would guess if you've been dealing with it for a while, you treat it the same way I do. After all, it is not our day to cause problems.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Jazz Music Services

I've added some new pages onto the main site to outline more of our services.

I've done this since many times when a potential client contacts me, they will ask questions like if we will travel to Kitchener, if we perform ceremony music, etc. So I've created new pages linked from our Services page to outline the different things we do.

Many times when people are planning a big event, their time is at a premium, so I hope these new pages will answer their questions faster to make their search as painless as possible.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Miles Davis - So What

A 1958 performance of So What by Miles Davis' band, including John Coltrane.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Wedding Ceremonies and Jazz

In my last post, I briefly discussed the idea of using Jazz music in weddng ceremonies.

Many people are traditionalists and would prefer more traditional music for their ceremony, however, everyone's different and some people like to have something a little more unique, while not losing the elegance of the ceremony.

Our most popular tunes for wedding ceremonies are At Last, It Had To Be You, and The Way You Look Tonight. All 3 songs are classics themselves, and convey a message of love. They also have beautiful melodies, and ultimately, a beautiful song will work in virtually any setting.

In the past, some people I've performed for have asked for songs without the love theme. I've performed "What A Wonderful World", which is a classic song but not necessarily one of a couple's love. Another is the tune "Killer Joe", which has a great pulse for struttin' down the aisle with your new spouse.

Having a mix of classical music and jazz music works well too. We have melded more classical piano-based works into ceremonies as well as jazz numbers. We are fortunate to have a strong piano player who can cross-over between both genres.

It is ultimately your day for your ceremony, so you should have the music you want. If you want to have something "outside the box", please feel free to contact us - we've done it before :)

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Wedding Season

Wedding season is around the corner!

The band is continuing to accept bookings for the spring and summer, as many people are getting ready to walk down the aisle. My only guaranteed weekend off this year will be at my sister's wedding, when I'll be a guest and not working!

A number of people ask us about ceremony music these days. Some people like a different twist on the ceremony music, so they like to have some romantic jazz music instead of the more traditional music. And for us, it allows us to be a bigger part of the day - of course, that comes with more pressure, but it also means we'll be remembered more too. "At Last" is one of the favourites at wedding ceremonies, due to its enchanting melody.

And that leads us afterwards to the reception. We sometimes share this duty with a DJ, where we'll provide the cocktail or dinner music, and the DJ will kick off the dance. However, we've also played entire nights with people dancing to us, which is fun for us too.

If you're still planning your wedding for this year, please feel free to drop us a line by going to our Contact Page.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

James Brown

In honour of the great singer, here is a clip from a performance earlier in 2006.