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Pastiche Jazz trio playing for a summer garden party in London

Pastiche Live Jazz Band.

Pastiche  Live Jazz Band.

Recently Pastiche live jazz band, were hired to play for a big charity fund raising event. The charity was the excellent Resurgo Spear – http://resurgo-spear.org

The venue, in South West London, was lavishly decorated for a sumptuous dinner. The band comprised an eight-piece line up – female vocal, tenor sax, alto sax, trumpet, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums.

There was a 1920s/Gatsby theme for the evening – ladies in “flapper dresses, lots of feathers, beads and hats,” men in suits waistcoats and hats.

On saxophone we have the legendary Steve Gregory, who has played with Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, oh, and played that saxophone line on George Michael’s Careless Whisper. (We were once playing Careless Whisper at a wedding when one of the guests stopped dancing, came over and remarked, “respect – that sax sounds just like on the original recording!”)

On trumpet and percussion we have the fabulous Raul D’Olivera, who has played with Elton John, George Michael and Mica Paris, amongst others.

As it was a dinner the client, inevitably, wanted a dinner jazz set. Some of the tunes were sang by our vocalist, Danica Chapman – Summertime, Autumn Leaves, Georgia, Have I Told You Lately. Some were instrumental tunes – Satin Doll, Take the A Train, Blue Bossa.

The band played for the champagne reception. There was a silent film, which the band accompanied with the Louis Armstrong song What a Wonderful World. Later the band played a more lively, jazzy set for dancing, including Sway, Route 66, Moondance and even a jazzy version of Amy Winehouse’s Valerie.

The charity were pleased with the support that they received and clients and band all had a swinging time.

Here’s an audio recording from the evening – a medley of tunes and songs.

Pastiche Jazz trio playing for a summer garden party in London

Hire a Jazz Band in London

Hire a jazz band in London

I had a call from a client who wanted to hire a jazz band in London. The booking was for a summer garden party in one of those green and pleasant garden squares in the chic Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

After some discussion they opted for a jazz trio comprising saxophone/vocal, guitar/vocal and keyboards. They wanted some music that was melodic, pleasant and atmospheric, a kind of backdrop to the afternoon’s events.

The garden party was charming and old fashioned. There were people of all ages; a magician, face painting and balloons for the children; bric-a-brac; hot dogs, and strawberries and cream in the local church hall. Although it was cloudy the rain held off all afternoon.

We loaded in at around noon and set up in a gazebo (always a good idea with electrical equipment, just in case the rain comes.) We played from 12:30 until 4:30 while people mingled and the jazz floated out over the London rooftops.

Pastiche jazz trio - sax player/singer Lindsay Goodhand

Pastiche jazz trio – Roger – keys, Lindsay Goodhand sax/vocals

Dinner jazz and songs from the Great American Songbook

We decided it would be appropriate to play some ‘dinner jazz’ and songs from the Great American Songbook; Summertime; Autumn Leaves; All of Me – some Latin tunes Blue Bossa; Corcorvado; and popular songs Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby, We Have All the Time in the World; Moondance; My Baby Just Cares for Me; Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, even an Irish folk ballad – Fields of Athenry – a Pete St. John song recently popularised by the Irish national football team.

All in all it was a very pleasant afternoon.

Pastiche Jazz trio playing at a London garden party. Simon Nelson, guitar and vocals; Lindsay Goodhand, sax and vocals

Pastiche Jazz trio playing at a London garden party

Afterwards the client said:

“I have to say thank you SO much for providing the most perfect music for the Summer Fair. The compliments and praise have been flooding in and everyone, of all ages, saying that you were just ‘right’.  You created the perfect ambience, were the right volume, were wonderfully there but not oppressive and dominating and played the most perfect range of music. You looked wonderful and were far more in keeping with the whole event and please can you come again next year!

“It was a wonderful day and we loved having your music keeping us going and keeping us in the right spirits and I hope we can work together many, many times!”