About Gentle Jazz
As their name suggests, this band specialises in the gentler side of traditional, swing and mainstream jazz. The line-up of clarinet/saxophone, trumpet, guitar and bass, enables the band to play background music at a noise level which is sufficient to create a party atmosphere, but not so pervasive as to drown out conversation amongst the guests. As the instruments can all be played without amplification if necessary, the band can also be completely mobile, performing at different spots in a function venue, and weather permitting, out of doors too. With minimal amplification, the band can then step up a level and provide music for dancing, which can be enhanced with the optional addition of a drummer.
The band can also appear as The Rhythm Kings, a New Orleans style band with sousaphone and banjo.
Gentle Jazz’s repertoire covers all the classics of the ‘Jazz Age’ made famous by musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, along with some more modern numbers sung by Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and other great artists of the 50s and 60s.
Our quoted price is for the four-piece band, but the band can go up to five or six pieces by including drummer and trombone. They can also reduce down to a trio or duo. The band would expect to stay up to four hours at an engagement, during which time they would play for around three hours. A longer booking can also be arranged.
The members of Gentle Jazz are all highly experienced jazz musicians and the band have played at top venues in London and further afield, including Hilton hotels, Claridges, The Savoy, The Grosvenor House and The Dorchester. They have provided the entertainment at numerous weddings, parties and corporate functions and have had extended engagements as the house band at both London’s Cumberland Hotel and the Langham Hilton.
Price from: £525
What People Say:
Alexa De Lorenzo - wedding reception - Cambridgeshire - May 2013
"We had a wonderful day and the music was a real highlight. Lots of guests have commented on how much they enjoyed the band and the ambiance you created was just what we were hoping for. We will be sure to recommend you to our friends."
Simon Day - wedding reception - Cambridgeshire - May 2013
"Absolutely amazing - rave reviews from every guest!"
Iain Beggs - wedding reception - London - June 2013
"Absolutely top-quality musicianship."
Paul Campbell - wedding reception - Surrey - October 2012
"The standard of music was of the very highest. Their song choices were perfect for the weather, the setting and the mood of the guests. They brought a great deal of fun and style to the occasion and created a wonderful atmosphere. Most everyone we spoke to made a point of mentioning how good they were. We thought so too! ps. We loved their outfits!"
Hannah Pheasant - wedding reception - Buckinghamshire - May 2012
"I loved the band, they were very talented and everyone at the wedding said how good they thought the band was. They were very flexible around announcements etc and overall I thoroughly enjoyed their performances."
Nicky Armspach - wedding reception - London - March 2012
"Played a good mix of music including excellent background music during the wedding breakfast. Extremley enjoyable and made for a great ambience."
Gemma Smith - wedding reception - Hertfordshire - August 2011
"Could not fault the service and would definitely recommend!"
Fiona Armour - 50th Birthday Party - Hampshire - October 2010
"Simply superb - thank you!"
Anna Mullins - wedding reception - Essex - May 2008
"The group were extremely helpful and very pleasant. They were also very flexible and managed to play a request for my wife even though it wasn’t in the current set list."
M Whipps - daughter’s wedding reception - Essex - August 2007
"My wedding guests were about 30 - 40% professional musicians, all of whom commented on how fantastic the band were! Everyone really enjoyed their playing. They were perfect!"
Zoe Shevlin - wedding reception - September 2005
"Gentle Jazz were superb and created just the atmosphere we wanted. We were impressed by their professionalism."
Ros and Nick Grove - wedding - Middlesex - May 2002
"Fantastic atmosphere, great music."
Sam Finne - Wedding - Hertfordshire - 2002