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Blue Gardenia

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About Blue Gardenia

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Jazz band
Bristol
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Bristol based female fronted classic Jazz band performing all the best songs from the 20s through 60s

Inspired by classic vocal Jazz of the 40s and 50s, Blue Gardenia perform their own original arrangements of Jazz standards from the great American songbook, ranging from hard-swinging dance numbers through to soulful blues and heart wrenching ballads. Fronted by internationally renowned vocalist Victoria Klewin, Blue Gardenia features some of the South-West's top Jazz musicians who, aside from their residency gigs at some of Bristol's finest bars and restaurants, reguarly tour Europe and feature on countless studio recordings. Blue Gardenia have over 60 years combined experience studying, teaching and playing Jazz, ensuring that each arrangement is lovingly crafted and every performance truely authentic.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform with backing tracks
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Swing
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Early Jazz (20s/30s)
Ain't Misbehavin'
Basin Street Blues
Blue Skies
Bye Bye Blackbird
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Easy Street
Honey Suckle Rose
How High The Moon
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Got Rhythm
I'll Be Seeing You
I've Got The World on a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
Indiana
It's Only A Paper Moon
Just One Of Those Things
Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
La Vie En Rose
Lady Be Good (Oh)
Let’s Do It
Mack The Knife
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
My Melancholy Baby
Night and Day
On A Slow Boat To China
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Out Of Nowhere
Puttin' On The Ritz
S'Wonderful
Smile
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Sue, Just You
Tea for Two
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Wrap Up Your Troubles in Dreams
Swing/Jazz (Mid-30s-50s)
All The Things You Are All Of You
Almost Like Being in Love
Angel Eyes
Autumn Leaves
Blue Gardenia
Blue Moon
But Beautiful
But Not For Me
Can't Help Lovin' Dat' Man
Can’t We Be Friends
Caravan
Cheek To Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Comes Love
Dedicated To You
Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Fine Romance ,A
Fly Me to The Moon
Frim Fram Sauce, The
Get Happy
Have You Met Miss Jones
I Remember You
I Was A Little Too Lonely (Now You're A Little Too Late)
If I Were A Bell
It Don't Mean a Thing
Just Friends
Like Someone In Love
L -O-V-E
Love For Sale
Love Me Or Leave Me
Lover Man
Lullaby of Birdland
Making Whoopee
Mean To Me
Mountain Greenery
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Foolish Heart
Old Devil Moon
On Green Dophin Street
Satin Doll
Solitude
Someday My Prince Will Come
Sophisticated Lady
Stardust
Stormy Weather
Straighten Up And Fly Right
Take The A Train
That’s All
There Will Never Be Another You
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Undecided
What A Wonderful World
Soul/Jazz Crossover
At Last
Feeling Good
Georgia On My Mind
God Bless The Child
I Say a Little Prayer For You
Save Your Love For Me
Summertime
Sunny
Teach Me Tonight
The More I See You
Ballads
Body and Soul
Cry Me A River
Don't Go To Strangers
Embraceable You
How Long Has This Been Going On
I Can't Get Started
I Got It Bad (and That's No Good)
I Loves You Porgy
I'm In The Mood For Love
I've Got A Crush On You
In A Sentimental Mood
Misty
My Funny Valentine
The Nearness Of You
Polkadots and Moonbeams
Skylark
Someone To Watch Over Me
The Very Thought Of You
When Sunny Gets Blue
You’ve Changed
Latin/Bossa Nova
Afro Blue
Agua De Beber
Besame Mucho
Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
Corcovado
Desafinado
Girl From Ipanema
How Insensitive
Manha De Carnival
One Note Samba
So Danco Samba
Wave
Customer questions

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?

We are able to provide line ups from duo (guitar and vocal) through to full quintet (vocal, sax, guitar, bass and drums.) We strive to provide lineups to suit all budgets and venues, no space too big or small.

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 and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on the lineup we require between 30 mins to one hour. We are able to provide a free playlist service whilst we set up to get your guests ready for our live performance.

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

Absolutely, we are happy for you to choose from our repertoire list and can provide an extra song request from the Jazz canon.

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

Everything we need for the performances is included with no hidden costs.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. 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. Please note we do not perform 'post modern jukebox' style arrangements of pop songs.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients often remark on the authenticity of our performances, as a band of first call Jazz musicians we have collectively spent hundreds of thousands of hours honing our craft. This means that we are able to provide top quality performances, both true to the original recordings but with our own personal touch.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed in a wide array of venues from churches, theatres and jazz clubs through to stately homes, festivals and narrowboats. We strive to provide linueps to suit every occassion, even where space may be limited.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Our vocalist is often likened to Sarah Vaughan, Blossom Dearie and Ella Fitzgerald. We are all greatly influenced by masters Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and all the great Jazz records of the 1950s.

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

We have each performed a number of high profile gigs at Jazz clubs and festivals across the UK and Europe, receiving great acclaim and some very favourable reviews in the Jazz press.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1250
Up to 2 hours£1500
Up to 3 hours£1750
Packages
Wedding ceremony duo2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£600
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception (featuring bass guitar and vocals)
£800
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner5 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.
£1800
Available services
Acoustic Set
+£400

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Holly B, 3 months 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, 8 months 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!