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I am a Bristol based Jazz Guitarist with over 15 years experience performing live, I play in varying lineups from solo through to big band
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I am a Bristol based Jazz Guitarist with over 15 years of experience performing live. I am well versed in pop and rock music but now specialise in Jazz and Swing Music. Alongside my residency gigs at Bristol's Leftbank Bar and the Stag and Hounds, I perform all over the UK in varying lineups from solo and duo (perfect for intimate events where space may be limited) through to large swing bands to get the whole crowd lindy-hoppin'. Alongside live performances I also teach guitar from my home studio in St George, Bristol.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Swing, Modern jazz, Jazz fusion, Gypsy jazz
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Repetiteur, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Arranger, Composer, Transcription, Community music worker, Musicologist
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Song list

Solo Guitar:
Ain't Misbehavin'
Afro Blue
All The Things You Are
All of You
Beatrice
Blue Monk
Body and Soul
But Not For Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Dolphin Dance
Everything Happens To Me
Have You Met Miss Jones
I Loves You Porgy
I Remember You
I Say A Little Prayer
In A Sentimental Mood
It Could Happen To You
I'll Be Seeing You
Just Friends
Lady Bird
Laura
Love For Sale
Lover Man
Lullaby of Birdland
My One And Only Love
The Nearness Of You
Night and Day
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Sqaure
On Green Dophin Street
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
One Note Samba
Polkadots and Moonbeams
Satin Doll
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Stella By Starlight
Stormy Weather
Sunny
There Will Never Be Another You
Up Jumped Spring
Yardbird Suite
What A Wonderful World
Guitar/Vocal Duo
Ain't Misbehavin'
Afro Blue
After You've Gone
Agua De Beber
All Of Me
Angel Eyes
Autumn Leaves
Blue Skies
Body and Soul
But Not For Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Can't Help Lovin' Dat' Man
Caravan
Cheek To Cheek
Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
Cry Me A River
Corcovado
Desafinado
Flor De Lis
Georgia On My Mind
Girl From Ipanema
How Insensitive
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Loves You Porgy
I'll Be Seeing You
I'm In the Mood For Love
It Don't Mean A Thing
Just Friends
L-O-V-E
Love For Sale
Lover Man
Lullaby of Birdland
Manha De Carnival
The Nearness Of You
Night and Day
Old Devil Moon
On A Slow Boat To China
On Green Dophin Street
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
One Note Samba
Out Of Nowhere
Polkadots and Moonbeams
Satin Doll
Save your Love For Me
So Danco Samba
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Stormy Weather
Sunny
Take The A Train
Teach Me Tonight
There Will Never Be Another You
The Very Thought Of You
Wave
Swing Dance Band
All of Me
After You've Gone
Ain't Misbehavin'
Almost Like Being in Love
Avalon
Basin Street Blues
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
But Beautiful
Bye Bye Blackbird
Caravan
Cherokee
Chinatown, My Chinatown
Crazy Rhythm
Dedicated To You
Dinah
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Easy Street
Embraceable You
Fly Me to The Moon
God Bless The Child
Have You Met Miss Jones
Honey Suckle Rose
How High The Moon
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Got Rhythm
I Remember You
I'm In The Mood For Love
I've Got A Crush On You
I've Got The World On A String
I've Got You Under My Skin
In A Sentimental Mood
Indiana
It Don't Mean a Thing
It's Only A Paper Moon
Just Friends
Just One Of Those Things
Keepin' Out Of Mischeif Now
King Of The Swingers
L-O-V-E
La Vie En Rose
Lady Be Good (Oh)
Love For Sale
Lover Man
Lullaby Of Birdland
Mack The Knife
Minnie The Moocher
Misty
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Foolish Heart
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
My Melancholy Baby
The Nearness of You
Night And Day
Old Devil Moon
On A Slow Boat To China
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Puttin' On The Ritz
S'Wonderful
Satin Doll
Sheik Of Araby
Skylark
Smile
Sophisticated Lady
Stormy Weather
Straighten Up And Fly Right
Summertime
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Sue, Just You
Take The A Train
Tea For Two
There Is No Greater Love
There WIll Never Be Another You
Undecided
What A Wonderful World
What Is This Thing Called Love
When Sunny Gets Blue
When You're Smilin'
Wrap Up Your Troubles In Dreams
Bebop and Modern Jazz
Anthropology
All The Things You Are
Alone Together
Ask Me Now
Beatrice
Bernie's Tune
Billie's Bounce
Blues For Alice
Cherokee
Confirmation
Dolphin Dance
Donna Lee
Doxy
Epistrophy
Footprints
Four
Giant Steps
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Hot House
I Mean You
I Remember You
In Walked Bud
Invitation
Impressions/So What
It Could Happen To You
Just Friends
Jordu
Lady Bird
Lazy Bird
Maiden Voyage
Mr. P.C.
Moments Notice
Naima
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
A Night In Tunisia
Nostalgia In Times Sqaure
Oleo
On Green Dolphin Street
Ornithology
Out Of Nowhere
Round Midnight
Sandu
Scrapple From The Apple
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Solar
Song For My Father
Speak No Evil
St. Thomas
Stella By Starlight
Straight No Chaser
There Is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
This I Dig Of You
Up Jumped Spring
Watermelon Man
What Is Thing Called Love?
Yardbird Suite
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely, I provide appropriate music to suit the event to keep the mood going between sets. I can also provide music before and after the event for an additional charge.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually ask for 30mins for solo/duo and 60-90 for a full band (depending on lineup)

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Absolutely, I also provide one additional song learnt for the event free of charge.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I provide all the amplification and am also able to provide battery powered amplification for solo and duo bookings. (not available for full band at present but do enquire as this may change)

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I include one new piece learnt with every booking, you can choose more pieces for an additional charge.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients have remarked on how well the music I provide suits their events, whether it be relaxing and ambient for drinks receptions or high-energy swing music for dance events.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in a wide variety of venues from golf courses, country clubs and high end hotels through to tents, festivals and even narrowboats.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I am greatly influenced by Jazz guitarists Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Joe Pass and Peter Bernstein but also John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Woody Shaw and Eric Dolphy. The Singers that I perform with are often likened to Blossom Dearie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Alongside the many high end wedding venues I have performed at Brown's Brasserie for their NYE celebrations. Whilst having perfomed in many 'high end' venues, I also deliver the same level of professionalism and high quality music for all venues that I perfom at.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£450
Packages
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£350
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£400
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£600

Add-ons

3 New Songs Learned
+£100
DJ set
+£200

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Holly B, 1 year ago

What a great gig! We were blown away by Victoria's voice, they had some really interesting and unusual song choices and some lush arrangements- a proper 'classic jazz' sound- you can tell that they've been doing this for a long time. Looking forward to seeing them again really soon.

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Ashleigh C, 1 year ago

I saw Blue Gardenia perform at their monthly residency at Pasture, such a great night, really amazing tunes and really great retro vintage vibes. We'll definitely be back again next month!

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