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Authentic jazz and bossa nova duo - "they seemed to play as a single person, their ensemble being so good".
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Ela and Matt have a shared love for authentic jazz from the classic era of jazz. They met when Matt depped for a guitarist for a band Ela was in back around 2003. They have been playing together since. Matt has a doctorate in computer science but his love for playing jazz guitar won out & he has been a professional for more than 15 years. Ela studied music & art at a degree level and then did a specialist jazz course & turned professional more than 10 years ago. Ela sings with a wide variety of jazz musicians from the south coast around Brighton where she lives. She has a passion for authentic music from the great jazz era, singing exclusively jazz and bossa nova. She takes inspiration from the greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Joao Gilberto to name a few – trying to find in her voice the things she admires in theirs – depth, emotion, tone, subtlety, nuance, pitch accuracy while still being rhythmically ‘in the pocket’ and having a lot of fun shine through!

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Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Bossa nova, Latin, Light music, Easy listening, Brazilian music
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Jazzanova duo's Song list

Example set one –
Tea For Two
Fly Me To The Moon
Girl From Ipanema
Let There Be Love
What A Wonderful World
It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
One Note Samba
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
All Of Me
Example set two –
Bring Me Sunshine
My Favourite Things
Night And Day
Come Fly With Me
Mas Que Nada
The Frim Fram Sauce
When I Fall In Love
My Baby Just Cares For Me
– After You’ve Gone
– Ain’t Misbehavin’
– Alfie’s Theme
– Alice In Wonderland
– All Of Me
– All Of You
– All Or Nothing At All
– All The Things You Are
– Alone Together
– April In Paris
– A Train
– Autumn Leaves
– Back In Your Own Back Yard
– Be Careful It’s My Heart
– Bewitched
– Blue Moon
– Bring Me Sunshine
– Cheek To Cheek
– Close Your Eyes
– Come Fly With Me
– Dedicated To You
– Do It The Hard Way
– Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
– Don’t Blame Me
– Dream A Little Dream Of Me
– East Of The Sun
– Embraceable You
– Exactly Like You
– Five Foot Two
– Fly Me To The Moon
– Foggy Day, A
– Frim Fram Sauce
– Garden In The Rain, A
– Gentle Rain, The
– Gone With The Wind
– How Little We Know
– I Can’t Get Started
– I Cover The Waterfront
– I Get A Kick Out Of You
– I Hear A Rhapsody
– I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
– I Only Have Eyes For You
– I Remember You
– I Wished On The Moon
– I’ll Remember April
– I’ll See You In My Dreams
– I’ll String Along With You
– I’m Beginning To See The Light
– I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
– I’m Old Fashioned
– I’ve Got You Under My Skin
– If I Had You
– It All Depends On You
– It Could Happen To You
– It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
– It Had To Be You
– It’s Only a Paper Moon
– It’s You Or No One
– Just You, Just Me
– Lady Is A Tramp, The
– Let There Be Love
– Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
– Let’s Fall In Love
– Let’s Get Lost
– Like Someone In Love
– Look For The Silver Lining
– L.O.V.E.
– Love For Sale
– Loverman
– Lullaby Of Birdland
– Lullaby Of The Leaves
– Man I Love, The
– Mr Sandman
– My Baby Just Cares For Me
– My Echo, My Shadow, And Me
– My Heart Stood Still
– My Ideal
– My Favorite Things
– Night And Day
– No Moon At All
– Oh, Lady Be Good
– On A Little Street In Singapore
– On Green Dolphin Street,
– On The Sunny Side Of The Street
– Our Love Is Here To Stay
– Puttin' On The Ritz
– Robbin’s Nest
– Skylark
– Sleepin’ Bee, A
– Slow Boat To China
– Someone Like You
– Song Is You, The
– Starlit Hour
– Stella By Starlight
– Summertime
– Tea For Two
– Tenor Madness
– That Old Feeling
– Them There Eyes
– There Will Never Be Another You
– Things We Did Last Summer, The
– Time After Time
– This Can't Be Love
– Under A Blanket Of Blue
– Walking Shoes
– What Is This Thing Called Love
– When You’re Smiling
– You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
– You Do Something To Me
– You Took Advantage Of Me
– You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
– All My Tomorrows
– Angel Eyes
– As Time Goes By
– At Last
– Blue And Sentimental
– Body And Soul
– Come Rain Come Shine
– Cry Me A River
– Darn That Dream
– Day Dream
– Detour Ahead
– Easy Living
– Every Time We Say Goodbye
– Georgia On My Mind
– Good Morning Heartache
– Grey December
– How Deep Is The Ocean?
– How Long Has This Been Going On?
– Hushabye Mountain
– I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
– I Fall In Love Too Easily
– I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
– I’ve Got A Crush On You
– I’ve Got The World On A String
– I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
– If You Could See Me Now
– In a Sentimental Mood
– It Never Entered My Mind
– Lazy Mood
– Man I Love, The
– Misty
– My Ideal
– My Funny Valentine
– Nearness Of You, The
– Night We Called It A Day, The
– Over The Rainbow
– Prelude To A Kiss
– Russian Lullaby
– That old Black Magic Called Love
– That Ole Devil Called Love
– Smile
– Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
– Someone To Watch Over Me
– Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
– Stars Fell On Alabama
– There’s No You
– Unforgettable
– Very Thought Of You, The
– We’ll Be Together Again
– What A Wonderful World
– When I Fall In Love
– When Sunny Gets Blue
– When You Wish Upon A Star
– Whispering Grass
– Wild Is The Wind
– You Don’t Know What Love Is
– You Forgot To Remember
– You Go To My Head
– You’re Looking At Me
– Adeus
– Agua De Beber
– Amor No Samba
– Another Star
– Bim Bom
– Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnaval)
– Breakfast
– Caravan
– Charade
– Chove Chova
– Corcovado
– Day Dream
– Dear Prudence
– Desafinado
– Desert Sky
– Dindi
– Dreamer (Vivo Sonhando)
– Estate
– Favela
– Felicidade, A
– Fool My Heart
– Frenesi
– From Russia With Love
– Girl From Ipanema, The
– How Insensitive
– I Concentrate On You
– If You Never Come To Me
– Laura
– Mas Que Nada
– Meditation
– Moon And Sand
– Nature Boy
– O Grande Amor
– Old Devil Moon
– Once I Loved
– One Note Samba
– Only Trust Your Heart
– Out Of This World
– Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
– Selfish Over You
– Shadow Of Your Smile, The
– So Nice (Summer Samba)
– Someone As Sweet As You
– Song For My Father
– Só Danço Samba
– Stories Of You
– Sway
– Triste
– Você E Eu
– Watch What Happens
– Wave
– You Stepped Out Of A Dream
– California Dreaming
– It Must Be Love
– Moondance
– Moon River
– More I See You, The
– Our Day Will Come
– Spooky
– Sunny
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People often say how relaxed & happy they feel listening to us. They say we’re not stiff or stuffy! Plus, they can tell we really love the genre and bring joy to our performances.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Brighton Pavilion Brighton Grand Hotel Brighton Metropole Hotel Brighton Yacht Club Pubs & Restaurants in Brighton (Paris House, Gemini's, Fitzherbert's, Food for Friends, St Anne's park cafe, etc.) Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Park Chambers Bistro, Shoreham Little Bay, Croydon Cowdray Ruins Tillington Barns Several private garden events.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Ela says 'her dad!' - He was a pro jazz pianist when she was young. Matt and Ela have listened and taken inspiration from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Joao Gilberto, Jobim, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, and Wes Montgomery. There are too many to list!

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

We played at the Love Supreme Festival on the grounds of Glyndebourne with our vocal harmony quintet called Three Little Birds.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, we play regularly with many accomplished musicians. Ask us about quoting for adding a musician (or musicians!) playing any of the following instruments - double bass, percussion, drums, saxophone, trombone, flute, trumpet, and violin.

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

We're happy to be flexible. If timings change slightly in the run-up to the event just let us know. If the timings are very different, get in touch - we always try to make it work.

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

Yes, we can play some iPod jazz recordings through our amp when we take breaks, just let us know in advance whether you'd like this.

How much time do you need to set up?

15 minutes. We have a small setup, so we don't need long to be ready.

Can you roam around while you perform?

We can move between sets to different positions in a venue or garden setting, as we have an easily transferrable setup (one amp with guitar and mic plugged into it). We are, however, unable to roam around while performing.

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

Yes, please pick any favourite songs from our song list, and we’ll include them in our sets. We always select popular ones such as Fly Me To The Moon, Putting On The Ritz, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, and The Girl From Ipanema. We usually choose tunes that seem appropriate in response to the individual setting of each event as it happens.

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

Yes! - We have a small setup, just one amp. Plus, I have battery options as well for outdoor settings.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, that is possible. If the song isn’t on my list, there’s a chance I already know it. I’m happy to learn songs if there is enough time before the event.

Jazzanova duo's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£380
Up to 2 hours£380
Up to 3 hours£440
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception2 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception2 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.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner2 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.
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Jazzanova duo's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Ronke A
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ela and Matt were so lovely and accommodating to our requests. They even put together a special piece for our wedding. Communication was prompt and helpful. Everyone commented on how great the music was. A wonderful addition to our wedding celebration that really made our day. Thank you both

Reply from Jazzanova duo
5 months ago

Thanks so much Ronke, really loved being part of your celebrations, you all were so appreciative and attentive. We really enjoyed ourselves. X

Peter C
5 months ago
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5 out of 5


Reply from Jazzanova duo
5 months ago

Thanks so much Peter and Nic, what a lovely wedding, it was so lovely to be part of it, thanks for the booking ❤️

Tracey O
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ella and Matt were superb. They arrived early and set up very quietly. Played to suit the audience etc and were very receptive to requests from us. We were more than happy with them and everyone commented after how much they had enjoyed the evening.

Reply from Jazzanova duo
7 months ago

Thanks so much Tracey. We really enjoyed the evening too & you and your guests were very warm and welcoming.

Elif G
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Matt & Ela is such a great duo, they have an excellent musicality, fantastic repertoire and fill the environment with instant joy with their songs. They came to sing on my 40th birthday, were very punctual, ready to start right on time to sing the songs I have chosen and also quite a few extras! It was overall such a pleasant evening. We’ll certainly look forward to listen to them again.

Reply from Jazzanova duo
7 months ago

Thanks so much Elif, you and your guests were so lovely, you made us feel so welcome, it was easy to play for you! We had a lovely evening x x

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From other customers:

Suzanne B
6 months ago, for a Hotel / Restaurant event in Trading Boundaries
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5 out of 5

Ela is an enchanting singer with a refined, delicate and warm voice that I really admire and Matt accompanies her on guitar so elegantly. I am keen to hear this rare delight of a duo again soon! Suzanne, Surrey

Cristina S
1 year ago, for a Private event in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Ela and Matt played jazz and bossa nova songs at our street party. Ela has the most beautiful voice and Matt was brilliant with the guitar. We will be asking them to play for us again at the next opportunity!

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