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Sambinha Jazz Band

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About Sambinha Jazz Band

Jazz band
London
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Jazz band fronted by singer Francesca Mondi, Sambinha performs Swing, dinner party Ballads, Brazilian Bossa Nova and Samba.

Sambinha (Aka. 'little samba') is an energetic and accomplished Jazz band fronted by female vocalist Francesca Mondi. A Post-graduate student at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama, Francesca is a seasoned performer of both Jazz and Brazilian Bossa nova. Francesca is backed by a phenomenal 4-piece band that can be reduced or expanded to suit your event: From a duo to seven-piece band, they perform everything from sophisticated ballads, to upbeat Brazilian grooves, gypsy swing, 1920's speakeasy or pop songs rearranged in a vintage theme. From Cole Porter to Kate Bush, the band draws from the American songbook and pop classics on request, with a special focus on Brazilian Bossa Nova and Samba from Jobim, Gilberto and Vinicius de Moraes. Francesca switches seamlessly from English to Portuguese, drawing the varied set together into a sophisticated and streamlined performance. Sambinha has performed at prestigious venues across London including the V&A and Natu . ral History Museums, The National Theatre, Thames river cruises, The Cutty Sark and at the Residence of the Brazilian Ambassador to London

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Latin, Samba, Christmas, World music, Italian music
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Types:
Jazz band, Latin jazz band, Jazz duo, Jazz trio, Jazz fusion band, Swing & Jive band, Vintage-themed jazz band, Wedding band, Brazilian band, Samba band
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Vintage Latin Lounge: Bossa Nova and Latin Jazz:
So danco samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Triste - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Girl from Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Corcovado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Este seu olhar- Antonio Carlos Jobim
Samba em preludio - Vinicio de Moraes
Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Agua de Beber - Antonio Carlos Jobim
One note samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Song for my father - Horace Silver
Chega de saudade (No more Blues)- Antonio Carlos Jobim
O pato - Jayme Silva
Manha de carnaval
Desafinado- Antonio Carlos Jobim
Samba de orfeu- Luis Bonfa
A ra - Caetano Veloso
Estate- Bruno Martino
Samba, latin and Jazz funk:
Berimbau - Baden Powell
Oye como va - Santana
Mas que nada - Ben jor
Ronco De Cuica
Spain- Chick Corea
Canteloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
Watermelon man- Herbie Hancock
I like it like that - Pete Rodriguez
Bésame Mucho
Caravan
El manisero
Deixe Pra La
Aquarela do Brasil
Take it Easy My Brother Charlie - Ben Jor
Partido Alto
Nem Saudade- Eliana Pittman
500 Miles high - Chick Corea
Jazz Standards:
All of Me
All the Things You Are
Anthropology
Anything Goes
Autumn Leaves
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Black Coffee
Blue Moon
Body and Soul
Can’t Help Loving That Man of Mine
Cry Me a River
Detour Ahead
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Easy Living
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Extenuate the Positive
Fly Me to the Moon
Georgia on My Mind
Honey Suckle Rose
Honeysuckle Rose
How High the Moon
I Fall in Love to Easily
I Get a Kick out of You
I Put a Spell on You
Is You is or is You Ain’t My Baby
It Don’t Mean a Thing
It Had to Be You
I’m in the Mood for Love
I’ve Got Rhythm
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Just Friends
Love Me or Leave Me
Lullaby of Birdland
Mac the Knife
Mean to Me
Misty
My Baby Just Cares for Me
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Night and Day
Peel Me a Grape
Prelude to a Kiss
Route 66
Skylark
Skyliner
Someone to Watch over Me
Summertime
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Take the a Train
Tea for Two
The Lady is a Tramp
The Man I Love
The More I See You
The Sunny Side of the Street
Twisted
What is This Thing Called Love
When I Get Low I Get High
When You’re Smiling
Whisper Not
Why Don’t You Do Right
You Go to My Head
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
You're Driving Me Crazy
Pop (Many performed and arranged in a more vintage style, so not exactly as the original version.)
50’s and 60’s:
Hit the road Jack- Ray Charles
Love potion no.9- The Searchers
Twist and Shout - Beatles
I saw her standing there - Beatles
Strawberry Fields - Beatles
Michelle - Beatles
Take another little piece of my heart- Janis Joplin
Feeling good- Nina Simone
70’s & 80’s
Lovely day- Bill Withers
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Isn’t she Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Heard it through the Grapevine- Marvin Gaye
Sexual Healing- Marvin Gaye
Son of a Preacher Man- Dusty Springfield
Heart of Glass- Blondie
Grease is the word- Frankie Vallie
I want you back- Jackson 5
Dreams- Fleetwood Mac
Tainted love- Soft cell
Total eclipse of the heart- Bonnie Tyler
Wuthering Heights- Kate Bush
Billie Jean- Michael Jackson
90’s & 00’s
Smell’s like teen spirit- Nirvana
Creep- Radiohead
No Diggity- Blackstreet
Teenage Dirtbag- Wheatus
Can’t get you out of my head- Kyle Minogue
All about that bass- Meghan Trainor
Seven nation army – The White Stripes
Toxic – Britney Spears
Rehab - Amy Winehouse)
Stronger than me - Amy Winehouse
Back to Black- Amy Winehouse
2010- present:
Despacito- Justin Bieber
Feel it still- Portugal, the man
Other:
I want to be like you- The Jungle book
Quando Quando- Tony Regis (Michael Buble)
Volare - Domenico Modugno (Dean Martin)
Tu vuo fa l’Americano- Renato Carosone
Customer questions

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

Absolutely! Francesca is the band leader and we strive to make sure the line-up is as you expect. 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?

This is one of our strongest selling points. We are extremely versatile, and although our basic line up is a 4 piece (drums, bass, guitar/or keys and vocals) we often perform as a duo (voice and guitar) and can extend up to a full 7 piece band with brass!

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. Just ask. We can create a playlist or you can give us a custom playlist.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 hour before the performance time, giving us plenty of time to set up.

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

Absolutely! Our repertoire list is very long and varies in genre from soft Bossa nova to funkier latin jazz, all the way to 1920's swing and vintage pop. The more information we get from you, including song requests, the easier it is for us to make sure the event is as you expected.

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

The PA system is provided, but do let us know the size of the venue and the amount of guests so we can ensure that our system meets the requirements. We can provide lighting, but this is something you should request from us first so there aren't any surprises!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, no problem. Just ask and we will see what we can do!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love that we bring a classy atmosphere to the event and display genuine musicianship! We are all conservertoire trained musicians, with a love for the music we perform. We are also versatile and can adapt our set list, clothing and audience engagement based on our brief.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Lots of top London locations such as the V&A and Natural History Museums, the Cutty Sark, the National Theatre and on the Thames. We've performed at high profile locations such as the Brazilian Ambassador's Residence in Mayfair and the Taj Mahal in India.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Jazz singers such as: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Diane Reeves... ....Brazilian artists such as: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Baden Powell and Eliane Elias And more .... Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Jorge Ben Jor, Sergio Mendes, Buena Vista Social Club, Fleetwood Mac Amy Winehouse

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

Must have been the private residence of the Brazilian Ambassador in London.... it was a very fancy private party in the heart of Mayfair. We had to go through a lot of security!

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£800
Up to 2 hours£960
Up to 3 hours£1120

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Maggie P, 9 months ago

The band were fantastic. So professional and the sound was perfect. Everyone enjoyed the music, Francesca's voice was great and the style worked really well with the evening!

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Jessica F, 1 year ago

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the beautiful set last night, it was absolutley brilliant, everyone was totally immersed in the atmosphere, and your voice was so beautifully expressive. It was everything we could have asked for!

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