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Love For Sale

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About Love For Sale

London’s most booked jazz band with over 400 bookings since 2016. TV appearances on C4 and ads for Net a Porter Professional and proven
Jazz band
London
Public liability insurance of £1 million
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Love For Sale is the house band at Ruby's in Dalston (one of Time Out's top 10 jazz venues in London) from 10pm - midnight every Friday. Come down, have a cocktail (great cocktails!) and check us out. Do book a table in advance - it is packed every Friday and there is no standing room. (Pre-covid!) We prefer direct enquiries on Encore but we are available weekdays (playing evenings) and will answer immediately. In the last year alone, we've played... Corporate events: Christie's, Hermes Investment Management, Cineworld, Royal College of Art, Fritz Hansen, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Haringey Council, Cambridge University (Christ's, Queen's and RFC), University of Westminster, Alter Domus, Covington and Burling, The Cultivist, I&A studios Weddings and Private parties: these events are as individual as the client but this year has seen weddings large and small in city centre hotels and in country houses. Birthday and anniversary venues similarly range from restaurants to marquees and celebrate 35, 40, 50, 60 and 70! There are lots of reviews on the site or we can put you in touch directly with any of our recent clients. Hotels and restaurants: Shangri-La at The Shard, Meridien Piccadilly, Bourestin, Conrad St James (residency), Little Hay Golf Complex, Silvermere Cobham Unit 7 Lounge Venues: Bush Hall, Ruby's Dalston, The Woodman Highgate, Bernie Grant's Arts Centre Tottenham, The Greyhound Inn Chalfont St Peter, Megaro Kings Cross, Gosfield Hall, Belair House With 95% rebooking, we'd be happy for you talk to any of them We play Blue Note jazz – the cool 1960's jazz that even non-jazz fans like. Cool and sophisticated (not cheesy or difficult). We’re instrumental – there is no vocalist craving attention. Guests can listen as much or as little as they like and go back to chatting, eating and drinking. We play the room – if the energy needs to go up or everyone prefers to chill, then our choice of tunes on reflect that. We’re grown ups. Reliable, responsible professionals who adapt to different situations and set ups. And we're professionally managed too so all that stuff that can make musicians hard work to deal with - PO numbers, invoicing, scheduling, logistics, equipment, being there on time, every time - are covered. You can focus on the event itself. We can play 24 hours, 7 days a week, 12 months a year. Instead of risking deps, we are a group of six musicians who play bookings as a quartet. We rehearse together and can cover for each other when it comes to holidays, illness e.t.c. We've played a gig with only 3 hours notice (not our ideal!) And we love to play...that's what makes Love For Sale so different from 'function' bands. We are a real band playing live somewhere in London every week (Check out our f page - Love For Sale London - for the latest dates).

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
1960s era music, 1950s era music, Jazz, Swing, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Blues, Light music, Easy listening, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Latin
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

All our tunes come from the classic Blue Note era of jazz in the 1960's.
Its cool and sophisticated but not cheesy or 'difficult.'
And its also instrumental - there is no vocalist craving attention - so the event is the main attraction.
We've learnt how to pick the right tune for the room in front of us. Whether the energy needs to go up or we need to let things chill, all the tunes are ready and waiting.
No two events are the same. As well as weddings, we've played funerals. As well as Mayfair hotels, we've played care homes and street markets. As well as Christie's and Sandhurst, we've played artist's studios and living rooms.
The tunes we choose evidence grown ups playing to make the event a success.
Well you needn't
Agua De Beber
Sunny
There will never be another you
Fly me to the moon
Sunny
Days of Wine and Roses
Everybody wants to be a Cat
My Funny Valentine
Loverman
Black Orpheus
I'll close my eyes
Foggy Day
In Walked Bud
Black Orpheus
Infant Eyes
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Afro Blue
My little suede Shoes
There will never be another you
Equinox
Bye Bye Blackbird
Nostalgia in Time Square
Sandu
Alone Together
Bernie's Tune
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
How insensitive
Solar
There is no greater love
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We got alot of insight on this from client reviews. Sounding great and being super-professional are a given. The thing that pleases us most is that guests pick up a positive vibe from the band. There are lots of good jazz musicians but most of them hang round like a bad smell at an event. Don't book musicians that you wouldn't have as guests!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Bush Hall, Village Underground, The Royal Automobile Club, Bernie Grant's Arts Centre, Cambridge University, Christie's, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Blue Note jazz – the cool 1960's jazz that even non-jazz fans like. Cool and sophisticated. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Grant Green...its a long (and great) list..

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

Probably the TV stuff - Made in Chelsea and advertising for Net a Porter. LFS have played on plenty of the big stages in London - Bush Hall, Village Underground. There can't be many (non-jazz) stages that haven't been graced by a member of LFS either eg. Glastonbury. Thats not really an LFS booking but has been played in other guises.

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

Love For Sale is instrumental so no singer We have eight members playing out mainly as a quartet which is key to our reliability. We can cover holidays illness e.t.c. We all rehearse together and everyone plays out with everyone else so the LFS vibe isn't really down to one person.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes we do - the quartet is at the core of what we do. Its how we play every Friday in Ruby's. We have slimmed down to a trio on request but generally its not required. Our footprint (space requirement) is already quite small and we have the experience from afternoon teas to funerals to manage the volume down to below conversational levels.

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

If the date or time is available then thats not an issue at all.

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

Yes but the venue needs to have a sound system or PA. For many events we are background anyway so a break works quite well in varying the 'texture' in the room.

How much time do you need to set up?

Ha! We arrive one hour beforehand and allow 45 minutes for set up but we've been surprised by clients ('we're running 30 minutes early') and managed it in less. 20 mins is probably the absolute minimum. Crucially in terms of after playing we can literally pick up and move everything elsewhere and pack there if you want the space back quickly

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

Of course if you have a must-hear jazz tune for you, we'd be delighted to play it for you. One bride recently requested Nina Simone's Feeling Good and burst into tears when we played it (for the right reasons!). But generally you can leave that to us. We often switch tunes in the set to suit the mood in the room to take the energy up or down.

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

Its all included. Ours its a very light equipment list. We don't need a PA (no singer). We bring two small amps (one bass and one guitar) and a small jazz drumkit. Thats it.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Of course.

Prices

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

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Up to 1 hour£640
Up to 2 hours£640
Up to 3 hours£640

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Valeria C, 2 years ago

Love for Sale John, Karen and Ennio were absolutely fantastic: they were meant to be a surprise for my husband 40th birthday party and it all worked very well! They have been professional, organised, accommodating, punctual and, most importantly...they played fabulous music! The guests raved about their jazz, they definitely made the event a special one.

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Kalina K, 2 years ago

I booked the Love for Sale for a private event with around 90 guests. The booking was smooth. The day before the gig John visited the venue to see the space and figure out how to best set up the equipment. On the day the band arrived on time, they set up quickly and efficiently. As there was a 50's theme to the event , the musicians were really happy to make that extra effort and dressed up to match the era. That was brilliant. They also tailored the list of jazzy pieces they played on the night. The music was just right , created the perfect ambience for the guests to have a conversation and as it was on a very high level people would enjoy it fully focused. Everyone in the band were very friendly and had a lovely aura about them. Their positive approach made the collaboration a pure pleasure. Overall I am very satisfied with the Sale for Love and would highly recommend them!

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Gill C, 2 years ago

John, Amy, Ennio and Simon were fabulous - just as for previous reviewers the music was perfect for creating a great party atmosphere, relaxed but interesting and so many compliments from guests! Would recommend them without hesitation. (10 / 10)

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Debra W, 2 years ago

We really landed on our feet when we booked Love4Sale to play at Dad’s 80th birthday party. We wanted to arrange a special surprise, and knowing he loved jazz, we booked the band to provide the entertainement. John, Evie, Ennio and Simon (the band) played 3 sets and went down a storm, Dad still can’t get over the evening and being allowed a crack at the drums really made the night for him. I can’t recommend the band highly enough and would certainly book them again. (10 / 10)

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