Jazz Trio / Jazz Band to Hire
Perfect for any occasion
Manhattan Jazz are available from a duo or trio to a nine-piece swing band with vocals. We perform throughout the UK and Europe and can accept bookings anywhere in the world.
Our most popular format is as a jazz trio, consisting of saxophone, piano and double bass. Where there is no piano available we provide a keyboard.
This trio line-up is excellent for unobtrusive background jazz during cocktails, dinner jazz during a meal and, at smaller events, dancing. It provides an ambience for your event, whilst still allowing your guests to mingle and talk freely.
As a four piece we add drums, extending our dynamic range: still highly suitable for background music, but capable of being an all-out swinging dance band.
Larger line-ups are available for when you really want a band with impact and we can add male or female vocals to any line up.
Our repertoire consists largely of well known 'standards' taken mainly from 'The Great American Songbook': composers such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rogers & Hart, and Irving Berlin, and songs made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and more recently Diana Krall and Michael Bublé. Added to this is a vast array of Bossa Novas from composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, and a handful of modern jazz 'classics', such as Watermelon Man, I Wish I Knew (theme from Film 2011) and Take 5. Our funkier side includes tunes by the Average White Band, Spyro Gyra and Herbie Hancock.
Led by double bassist Gavin Scott, who studied on a scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Manhattan Jazz have been providing the atmosphere for parties, weddings and corporate events throughout the UK for over ten years. As individuals they have performed all over the world, for royalty, heads of state, celebrities and film stars, and with many of the great musical artists of our time.
Manhattan Jazz: Samples
1: Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duo)
2: Pfrancing (Quintet)
3: Cantaloupe Island (Quintet)
4: Body and Soul (Quartet)
5: Girl From Ipanema (Duo)
6: Fly Me to the Moon (Female Vocal)
7: Pick Up the Pieces (Quintet)
8: Mack the Knife (Male Vocal)
If you would prefer to receive a free CD of these and other tracks please enter your name and address in the enquiry form below.
Tel: 020 8981 1646
(From outside UK: + 44 20 8981 1646)
Mobile: 07836 741188
Read what previous clients have to say about Manhattan Jazz
I would like to take this opportunity and once again thank you for your beautiful performace at our wedding. You did a stellar job, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the music and we had a great time listening and dancing to you playing.
Thank you Gavin. It was great and once again fantastic music.
It was a real pleasure to have you guys playing on our event. Everyone really enjoyed it!
Many many thanks for making our wedding so enjoyable. We had a lovely day and evening made very special by the lovely music that you played.
Just a quick email to let you know how greatly appreciated the Trio was on Saturday. So many of our family and friends are jazz fans and all were very complimentary about your music. We also appreciated your playing our requests!
Just a quick note to say what a fantastic time everyone had at David's party last week. All our guests commented on how great the band were, and more importantly David and I thought you were fantastic. Denise in particular received rave reviews.
Just wanted to say thanks so much to all of you for being fantastic last Friday. Everyone loved your performance and had a brilliant time.
"Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the band for some fantastic music on Saturday -everyone I spoke to said you were excellent and that the passion within the playing was a rare thing to witness!"
"We just had to write, to express our enormous gratitude to both you and the band, for helping to make our wedding day one of the greatest days of our lives.
"You guys were loved by all that came, and were a refreshing change to the normal Wedding DJ...."
"We had a brilliant time and everyone has been commenting on you, so just wanted to pass ours and their thanks to you and your band."
"My friend Nicki is over from England for a few weeks and we have been reminiscing about the party. I have had lots of messages from people saying how much they enjoyed it, especially the music! Thanks again for making it such a special day."
"Thank you again for coming up to Birmingham and playing at our wedding, the music you chose and played was perfect for the type of celebration we wanted. Please could you also pass on our regards and thanks to the rest of the band."