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Ben Harker Trio

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About Ben Harker Trio

A polished and exciting outfit that plays a mix of originals and vibrant jazz standards, made up of former RWCMD graduates.
Jazz band
London
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The Ben Harker Trio plays exciting renditions of standard Jazz repertoire alongside contemporary compositions. Made up of graduates of the prestigious Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, this talented group of musicians have played at many major venues across the UK and Europe including Jazz clubs and festivals, such as London Jazz festival, Brecon Jazz festival, Langnau Jazz Nights Switzerland, The 606 Club London, and countless more.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Easy listening
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Cruise, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party, Recording session, Concert
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Song list

A Foggy Day
All Blues
All of Me
All of You
All the Things You Are
Alone Together
Anthropology
Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love
Billies Bounce
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Blue Monk
Bluesette
Body and Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Chega De Saudade
Cherokee
Confirmation
Darn That Dream
Days of Wine and Roses
Dolphin Dance
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Donna Lee
East of the Sun
Falling Grace
Fly Me to the Moon
Footprints
Four
Gentle Rain
Giant Steps
Girl From Ipanema
Green Dolphin Street
Have You Met Miss Jones
How High the Moon
How Insensitive
I'll Remember April
I Hear a Rhapsody
I Love You
I Mean You
I Thought About You
If I Should Lose You
In Walked Bud
In Your Own Sweet Way
In a Mellow Tone
In a Sentimental Mood
Invitation
It Could Happen to You
Joy Spring
Just Friends
Just in Time
Lady Bird
Like Someone In Love
Long Ago and Far Away
Lullaby of Birdland
Meditation
Misty
Moment's Notice
Moonlight In Vermont
Mr. PC
My Funny Valentine
My One and Only Love
My Romance
Nica's Dream
Night and Day
Oleo
Once I Loved
One Note Samba
Out of Nowhere
Quiet Nights (Corcovado)
Recordame
Rhythm-a-ning
Round Midnight
Satin Doll
Scrapple From the Apple
Secret Love
Softly As In a Morning Sunrise
Solar
Someday My Prince Will Come
Song for my Father
Sophisticated Lady
Speak Low
Star Eyes
Stella By Starlight
Sugar
Summertime
Take the a Train
Tenderly
There Will Never Be Another You
There is No Greater Love
This I Dig of You
Triste
Up Jumped Spring
Wave
Well You Neednt
What is This Thing Called Love
When I Fall In Love
Yardbird Suite
Yesterdays
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
You and the Night and the Music
50 More Jazz Tunes
Airegin
Along Came Betty
Au Privave
Bags' Groove
Birdlike
Blues for Alice
Confirmation
Cottontail
Cute
Dear Old Stockholm
Dolphin Dance
Doxy
Equinox
Freddy the Freeloader
Good Bait
Groovin' High
Half Nelson
Hi-Fly
Hot House
Impressions
Jeannine
Lazybird
Milestones (old)
Minority
Moanin'
Moose the Mooche
My Little Suede Shoes
Nardis
Night in Tunisia
Ornithology
Peace
Pensativa
Pent-Up House
Perdido
Preacher (The)
Sandu
So What
Sonnymoon for Two
St. Thomas
Stablemates
Stolen Moments
Straight No Chaser
Strollin'
Take Five
Tenor Madness
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Tune Up
Whisper Not
Woody'n You
Work Song
Almost Like Being In Love
April in Paris
Autumn in New York
But Beautiful
But Not For Me
Come Rain or Come Shine
Darn That Dream
Days of Wine and Roses
East of the Sun
Embraceable You
Emily
Falling in Love with Love
Foggy Day (A)
Gone With The Wind
Here's That Rainy Day
Honeysuckle Rose
How Deep Is The Ocean
I'm Old Fashioned
I've Never Been in Love Before
I Could Write A Book
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
I Remember You
I Should Care
If I Were A Bell
It Don't Mean A Thing
It Had To Be You
Its Only A Paper Moon
Its You Or No One
Love Walked In
Love for Sale
Moonlight in Vermont
More I See You (The)
My Foolish Heart
My Shining Hour
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Pennies From Heaven
Polkadots And Moonbeams
September In The Rain
Shadow of your Smile (The)
Skylark
Song Is You (The)
Sophisticated Lady
Spring Is Here
Tangerine
Tenderly
Way You Look Tonight (The)
When Sunny Gets Blue
You Go To My Head
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients frequently mention that they love our slick and polished performances of the highest standard. The music creates an exciting atmosphere but crucially is unobtrusive and elegant. A real joy comes through the music and clients mention that they can see this on our faces as we play!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Ritz, The Savoy, The Ned (Soho House), Dartmouth House, 34 Mayfair, Scott's Mayfair, Kettner's Townhouse​ (Soho House)​, The Lanesborough, The Wellesley, The Four Seasons (Ten Trinity Square), The Landmark.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Oscar Peterson, Phinneas Newborn Jr., Ahmad Jamal, Art Tatum, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan

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

PGA The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club for Rolex Fine Dining (Players Area)

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

We strive to make sure the line-up you see is what you get on the night. We do have pre-audititioned 'dep' musicians available in case a band member falls ill or is unavailable. As a professional band our reputation means everything so you can be confident that all of our players are of a very high level.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes. We can play with a Sax player or Vocalist

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

We always try our 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 us know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time.

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

Usually tunes are called on the day between the musicians as per the Jazz tradition and the set list is a rough guide of our favourites. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. We can do new request for a small fee - please see below

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Our PA and lighting system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 2.5m by 2.5m space to perform

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£600
Up to 2 hours£700
Up to 3 hours£750
Packages
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£650
Wedding ceremony3 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£750
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner3 musicians
- 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.
£850

Add-ons

Phone Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£75
Baby Grand Piano perspex shell
+£250

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Stephen C, 1 year ago

Very good.

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Claudia S, 1 year ago

The trio was a fantastic addition to our corporate event and all of the guys were completely professional. When one of the original band members could no longer make the event, a substitute was quickly arranged, and the resulting group played together excellently. Thank you to all of the band for a great set.

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Jonathan P, 1 year ago

If you're looking for a great band for a party or wedding, go for Ben Harker Trio. They were brilliant at our wedding and we're really flexible. Staying on longer than expected (due to too many speeches) and jumping into the marquee when it started chucking it down. Fantastic musicians too. Would definitely hire them again!

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Harry N, 1 year ago

Really chuffed with the Ben Harker Trio. They provided a lovely ambience for our barrister's silk party. They were very professional, friendly, easy to deal with and arrived with more than enough time to set-up. We will likely use them again in future.

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From other customers:

Zoe S, 5 years ago

Ben played at our wedding (Sept 2015) and created the perfect atmosphere and ambience. All guests commented that it made the day even more beautiful. He comes highly recommended!

Nick J, 4 years ago

Ben's Trio set the perfect atmosphere at our wedding reception and brought that extra level of class to our special day - a lot of guests asked where we found him! Personable and easy to deal with - we highly recommend.