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Italian - American Singer, available as solo; duo; trio up to 7 Piece Band.

The Vintage Singer Jess is a talented Italian/American vocalist with over 15 years of experience in live music having stepped on international stages such as the European Jazz Expo; Porretta Soul Festival; Roots & Blues to name but a few and performed for numerous high-end venues and events. With her retro & classy repertoire Jess is the ideal choice for moments requiring stylish background music - the arrival of guests, the drinks reception or at dinner. She pays homage to the first ladies of Jazz performing all the classics by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Julie London and Nina Simone. And if you're planning a '50s - '60s Rock 'n' Roll party Jess will make you and your friends have a ball with the best hits of those golden years such as 'Reet Petit'; 'Rock Around The Clock', 'Great Balls of Fire' and many more! HIGHLIGHTS: *Extensive repertoire with over 500 songs *Wide selection of genres from Swing; Jazz; Rock 'N' Roll; Soul: Pop covering 10 decades of music from the 1920s through to present day *Costumes; accessories; make up and hair in the unique styles of the Eras. Perfect for Themed Events. *Special requests welcome :) Up to two new songs for free! *High quality PA system, PLI cover and backgroundmusic during the breaks included *Available as self-contained Solo with HQ Backing Tracks or in Duo with Guitarist or Pianist; Trio; Quartet or 5 Piece Jazz Band Previous and Current Venues & clients include: - Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Mayfair - St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - Barbican - HMS Belfast - Gordon Ramsey Restaurant - Chelsea Football Club - Magic Radio - London Science Museum Recommended by BRIDES Magazine Drop Jess a line and she will tailor the perfect sets for your event!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Swing, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Christmas, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Vintage, Covers, Rock 'n' Roll, Italian music
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Instruments:
Singer, Singer (alto), Singer (contralto)
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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, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser
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Song list

**’20s
Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Fats Waller
At Sundown
Button Up Your Overcoat - Ruth Etting
Bye By Blackbird
Down and Out - Bessie Smith
Dinah
Embraceable You - George & Ira Gershwin
How Ya Gonna Keep ’Em Down on the Farm? - Nora Bayes
I Love My Baby, (My Baby Loves Me)
I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
It Had to Be You - Jones & Kahn
I’ve Been Working On The Railroad
I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) - Cole Porter
Lover Come Back to Me - Billie Holiday
Mack the Knife - Weill & Brecht
Makin’ Whoopee - Ella Fitzgerald
Me & My Shadow
My Blue Heaven
Pennies From Heaven
’S Wonderful - Ella Fitzgerald
Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye - Al Jolson
When The Saints Go Marching In
When You’re Smiling
Yes Sir That’s My Baby - Lee Morse
**’30s
A Foggy Day - George Gershwin
All of Me - Billie Holiday
All the Things You Are - Kern & Hammerstein
As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld
A-Tisket, A-Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald
But Not for Me - George & Ira Gershwin
Cheek To Cheek - Ella Fitzgerald
Dinah - Fats Waller
Don’t Fence Me In - Cole Porter & Robert Fletcher
Goody Goody - Ella Fitzgerald
I Get a Kick out of You - Cole Porter
I Got Rhythm - George Gershwin
I’ll Be Seeing You - Anne Shelton
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
Just One of Those Things
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
Mad About the Boy - Dinah Washington
Minnie The Moocher -€“ Cab Calloway
Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Sarah Vaughn
Night And Day - Cole Porter
On the Sunny Side of the Street - McHugh & Fields
Our Love Is Here to Stay - George & Ira Gershwin
Over The Rainbow - July Garland
Pennies from Heaven - Johnston & Burke
Puttin’ on the Ritz - Ella Fitzgerald
Summertime - Gershwin
Sweet Home Chicago
The Man I Love - Billie Holiday
The Lady is A Tramp - Rodgers/Hart
The Very Thought of You
The Way You Look Tonight
These Foolish Things - Billie Holiday
We’ll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
What a Difference a Day Makes
Why Don’t You Do Right? - Peggy Lee
You go to my Head - Ella Fitzgerald
**’40s
Amado Mio - Anita Kert Ellis
Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velasquez
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered - Rodgers and Hart
Blues in The Night
C’est Si Bon - Yves Montand
Chattanooga Choo Choo - The Andrews Sisters
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree - The Andrews Sisters
Every Time We Say Goodbye - Cole Porter
I’m Beginning To See The Light - Ella Fitzgerald
In The Mood - The Andrews Sisters
Apple Blossom Time – Anne Shelton
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby - Louis Jordan
It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow – Vera Lynn
La Vie En Rose - Edit Piaf
Lili Marlene - Vera Lynn
Perfidia - Desi Arnaz
Quizas Quizas - Osvaldo Farres
Rum & Coca Cola - The Andrews Sisters
Sentimental Journey - Brown & Homer
Sing Sing Sing - The Andrews Sisters
Some Enchanted Evening - Rodgers and Hammerstein
The White Cliffs Of Dover – Vera Lynn
Why Don’t You Do Right - Peggy Lee
Wish Me Luck – Gracie Fields
**WW2
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Vera Lynn
Bei Mir Bist Du Shon -The Andrews Sisters
Bless ’em All / We’re Gonna Hang Up Our Washing / Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major medley - Vera Lynn
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters
Don’t Fence Me in - The Andrews Sisters
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree - The Andrews Sisters
Everytime We Say Goodbye
I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time – Anne Shelton
It’s A lovely Day Tomorrow - Vera Lynn
It’s A Long Way To Tipperary
Lili Marlene - Vera Lynn
Now is The Hour - Vera Lynn
Rum & Coca Cola - The Andrews Sisters
Sentimental Journey
Shoo Shoo Baby - The Andrews Sisters
The White Cliffs Of Dover – Vera Lynn
Tico Tico - The Andrews Sisters
We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
When The Lights Go On Again – Vera Lynn
Wish Me Luck – Gracie Fields
**’50s
Autumn Leaves - Edith Piaf
Black Coffee - Peggy Lee
Blue Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
Blues Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
Cry Me a River - July London
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend - Marylin Monroe
Diana - Paul Anka
Everyday - Buddy Holly
Every Time We Say Goodbye – Ella Fitzgerald
Fever - Peggy Lee
Fly Me To The Moon - Bart Howard
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
I Get A Kick Out of You - Frank Sinatra
I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Johnny Be Good - Chuck Berry
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
I Wanna Be Loved By You - Marylin Monroe
Lipstick on Your Collar - Connie Francis
Love Me or Leave Me - Nina Simone
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
Lulluby of Birdland
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
Misty - Errol Garner - Knight Gladys
My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone
My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Ella Fitzerald
Oh Boy - Buddy Holly
Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka
Only You - The Platters
On The Sunny Side of The Street - Frankie Laine
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
Que Sera’Sera’ - Doris Day
Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want to Meet )- Jackie Wilson
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & The Comets
Singin’ In The Rain - Gene Kelly
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Smile - Nat King Cole
Stupid Cupid - Connie Francis
Sway - Dean Martin
That’s amore - Dean Martin
Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
Whatever Lola Wants - Sarah Vaughan
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon
You Are My Destiny - Paul Anka
**’60s
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
At Last - Etta James
Be My Baby - The Ronettes
Big Spender - Shirley Bassey
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Come Together - The Beatles
Dear Prudence - The Beatles
Don’t Let Me Down - The Beatles
Feelin’ Good - Nina Simone
Georgia - Ray Charles
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
I’m a Believer - The Monkees
I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl - Nina Simone
I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
I Would Rather Go Blind - Etta James
Jumpin’ Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Love Me Do - The Beatles
L.O.V. E. - Natalie Cole
Let’s Face The Music and Dance - Nat King Cole
Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney
Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Moon River - Andy Williams
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
The Midnight Special - Creedence Clearwater Revival
My Girl - The Temptations
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
People Get Ready - Aretha Franklin
Please Mr Postman - The Beatles
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Raindrops Fallin’ On My Head - Burt Bacharach
Respect (Think) - Aretha Franklin
Rock N Roll Music - The Beatles
Route 66 - The Rolling Stones
’Round Midnight - Julie London
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel
Sentimental Journey - Doris Day
She’s A Rainbow - The Rolling Stones
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
The Girl from Ipanema
Then He Kissed Me - The Crystals
These Boots - Nancy Sinatra
The Shadow of your Smile - Barbra Streisand
Ticket To Ride - The Beatles
Turtle Blues - Janis Joplin
Twist And Shout - The Beatles
Walking The Dog - The Rolling Stones
What A Difference A Day Makes - Bobby Darin
Wild Thing - The Troggs
Wishin’ & Hopin’ - Dusty Springfield
Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
You Can’t Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
You’re The Devil In Disguise - Elvis Presley
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles
**’70s
Ain’t No Sunshine - Billy Withers
All That Jazz
American Pie - Don McLean
A Message To You Rudy - The Specials
Cabaret - Lisa Minelli
Heart of Glass - Blondie
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
The Way You Are - Billy Joel
**’90s - '00s
Treat Her Right - The Committments
The Mambo Craze - De Phazz
A Night Like This - Caro Emerald
Back It Up - Caro Emerald
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
Big Bad Handsome Man - Imelda May
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
Dance Me To The End Of Love - Madeleine Peyroux
Don’t Wait Too Long - Madeleine Peyroux
Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
In These Shoes - Bette Midler
Love is a Losing Game - Amy Winehouse
Mercy - Duffy
Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Stronger Than Me - Amy Winehouse
To Know Him Is To Love Him - Amy Winehouse
Turn Me On - Norah Jones
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Worrisome Heart - Melody Gardot
You Know I’m No Good - Amy Winehouse
Your Heart Is As Black As Night - Melody Gardot
**2010-Today
All About That Bass – Postmodern Jukebox
Badromance – Postmodern Jukebox
Big Bad Handsome Man - Imelda May
Burn – Postmodern Jukebox
Call Me Maybe – Postmodern Jukebox
Careless Whisper - Postmodern Jukebox
Gangsta’s Paradise - Postmodern Jukebox
Inside Out - Imelda May
Liquid Lunch - Caro Emerald
Love Yourself - Postmodern Jukebox
Material Gir - Postmodern Jukebox
Not the Only One - Postmodern Jukebox
Tainted Love - Imelda May
That Man - Caro Emerald
The Lipstick On His Collar - Caro Emerald
Toxic - Postmodern Jukebox
Wiggle - Postmodern Jukebox
Young and Beautiful - Postmodern Jukebox
Stuck - Caro Emerald
Wiggle – Postmodern Jukebox
**JAMES BOND’S
All Time High
Another Way to Die - Jack White & Alicia Keys
Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey
For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton
From Russia With Love - Matt Monro
Goldeneye - Tina Turner
Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
Licence to Kill - Gladys Knight
Live an Let Die - Paul McCartney & Wings
Moonraker - Shirley Bassey
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
Skyfall - Adele
Surrender - J.D. Lang
The Living Daylights - A-Ha
The Man With The Golden Gun - Lulu
The World is Not Enough - Garbage
Thunderball - Tom Jones
Tomorrow Never Dies
We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong
Writing’s on the Wall - Sam Smith
You Know My Name - Chris Cornell
You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra
**CHRISTMAS
Fairytale Of New York
Frosty, The Snowman - Ella Fitzgerald
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
Let it Snow! - Dean Martin
Merry Christmas Baby - Charles Brown
Merry Christmas Everyone
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
Santa Clause Is Comeing To Town
The Christmas Song - Ella Fitzgerald
The Little Drummer Boy - John Denver
The Secret of Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald
Winter Wonderland
White Christmas
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. As sometimes I can get two booking on the same day (ie. one at lunchtime and one in the evening) please do let me know as soon as possible about any change in the timings :)

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free!

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 45 minutes to 1 hour before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for the live performance ;)

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have an amazing time. However, I am definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own equipment and all that is needed for the performance :)

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you provided the existance of an High quality backing track and provided it suits my vocal range. There is a fee of £30 for this to take into account rehearsal times and the purchase of a HQ backing track.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My clients love the variety of music I can provide. I cover 10 decades of music from the 1920s to todays music as I love variety! And I sing most genres such as Jazz; Swing; Pop; Rock & Roll; Blues so there is really something for everyone :)

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Mayfair Bloomsbury Club - Bloomsbury, London Gordon Ramsey Restaurant - Chelsea, London Primobar - Westminster, London The Courtyard Theather, London HMS Belfast. London Hoxley & Porter - Islington, London The Bitter Sling - Mayfair Peyote Restaurant - Mayfair, London

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The great Jazz Ladies of the past such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are a great influence. I however love many different styles so I would say Etta James and well as Freddie Mercury; Cassandra Wilson and Elvis and the list could go on and on :)

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

I toured this year in Italy together with my 5 piece Jazz & Swing Jazz Band and we played in some prestigious jazz clubs and theathers.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£90
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400

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Doreen B, 10 months ago

Jess has a lovely friendly nature and was very professional in her approach to the performance. She made my 70th birthday party very special

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Alison P, 4 months ago

Jess and the band were amazing, the perfect group for my party. They played two sets of vintage classics which fit the 40s theme perfectly. My children and I loved dancing to their sets and the older guests had just a much fun listening while sitting down.

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Luke G, 5 months ago

Luke Gregory • 3 Mar 2019 I can't speak highly enough of this band, they are professional, talented & sound amazing. Before the wedding Jess worked very hard with the venue to ensure we could have the best possible line up for our reception and set up a surprise happy birthday for the mother of the bride with no problems. Thank you for helping to make our special day fun & memorable. Luke & Noriko

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