Jazz trio

Simply Standards

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About Simply Standards

Tasteful background jazz - the perfect accompaniment.
Jazz trio
Brighton
Public liability insurance of £1 million

From the Great American Songbook to contemporary classics, Simply Standards is that jazz trio in the corner playing tasteful tunes, and creating a smooth, authentic atmosphere. Our band members are all professional full time jazz musicians, boasting a vast playing experience that reaches around the world. We’ve brought jazz to cruise liners, hundreds of weddings and parties, not to mention the clubs of London, New York and beyond. From the upbeat swing of ‘Pennies from Heaven’ to the romantic ballad ‘The Nearness of You’, embellished by favourites like ‘Take Five’ and more recents hits such as Pat Metheny’s ‘James’, everything we play is expertly tailored into a coherent selection of music to help set the mood.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Swing, Modern jazz
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Types:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue 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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Song list

A small selection of our repertoire:
ROMANTIC
Alfie
Autumn in New York
Blame it on my youth
Central Park West
Emily
Georgia
I thought about you
I’ll be seeing you
In a sentimental mood
In the wee small hours
Just in time
La vie en rose
Lil darling
Moon river
Moonlight serenade
Naima
The nearness of you
Polkadots and moonbeams
Skylark
Smile
Danny boy
What a difference a day made
Someday my prince will come
Stardust
Time after time
When I fall in love
Body and soul
Misty
L.O.V.E
Like someone in love
Sweet Loraine
Skylark
'S wonderful
I thought about you
In your own sweet way
That's all
September in the rain
I've grown accustomed to her face
Girl talk
Round midnight
You are my sunshine
A nightingale sang in Berkeley square
All the things you are
Central Park West
I fall in love too easily
Our love is here to stay
Someone to watch over me
Tea for two
CLASSIC JAZZ
Take five
All blues
Beatrice
Summertime
Take the A train
My baby just cares for me
It don't mean a thing
Blue in green
Boplicity
Driftin
Poinciana
My favourite things
I wish I knew how it felt to be free
Stolen moments
Bye bye blackbird
Pennies from heaven
Get happy
I could write a book
If I were a bell
So what
I’ll remember April
Waltz for Debbie
Too close for comfort
Oh when the saints
This I dig of you
Let’s cool one
Sandu
Doxy
Without a song
In walked Bud
It could happen to you
In a mellow tone
Fly me to the moon
That's life
Cheek to cheek
Have you met miss Jones
All of me
Freddie freeloader
I got rhythm
Ain't misbehavin'
Autumn leaves
Sweet Georgia Brown
A foggy day
This can't be love
Days of wine and roses
Dinah
Lullaby of Birdland
I get a kick out of you
Get happy
Just in time
The lady is a tramp
Moanin'
Passion dance
Nardis
Work song
Mercy mercy
Stolen moments
Surrey with a fringe on top
Bernie's tune
On the sunny side of the street
Sing sing sing
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
Goodbye porkpie hat
I mean you
Killer joe
St James infirmary
Everybody wants to be a cat
House of jade
Love for sale
Put on a happy face
Blue moon
Dolphin Dance
Down by the riverside
Green chimneys
Honeysuckle Rose
Perdido
Sister Sadie
LATIN
Blue Bossa
Wave
James
St Thomas
Girl from Ipanema
Cantaloupe island
Song for my father
Corcovado
Triste
One note samba
Sunny
Watermelon man
Desafinado
The look of love
My little suede shoes
CELEBRATIONS
Happy birthday
Auld Lang Syne
Jingle bells
White Christmas
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
I've got my love to keep me warm
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Through our knowledge and love of jazz, Simply Standards skilfully brings together the authentic coolness of this music with the ability to judge a room and create the perfect atmosphere. The right tunes, at the right time, at the right volume.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Our band members are all full time professional jazz musicians, and boast a vast range of performing experience - ranging from cruise liners, Mayfair clubs and hospitality at Wembley Stadium, to hundreds of weddings and parties. Not to mention the jazz clubs of London, New York and beyond.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We take inspiration from a range of different jazz greats in order to shape the prefect performance, bringing it all together into our own sound. The coolness of Miles Davis and Chet Baker, the playfulness of Dave Brubeck, the lyricism of Bill Evans, not to mention the wonderful guitar trios of Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Pat Metheny.

Do you have different line-up options?

We are primarily a trio - guitar bass and drums - authentically "jazz" whilst being able to remain in the background. It's all about atmosphere. But if a singer or a saxophonist is just the ticket for your event, we are very happy to discuss this.

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. It really helps keep the atmosphere just right when we take a break from playing.

How much time do you need to set up?

The set up time is flexible, we do not need a huge amount of time (30 minutes minimum), and we are usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Unfortunately due to our classic jazz set up of electric guitar, double bass and drums, we will stay happily in our little corner. On the plus side our footprint is extremely minimal.

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure you get the best possible experience. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

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

All of our equipment is included in your quote. We simply require access to power and a minimum of 2.5 x 1.5 meters space to perform. We do not bring a lighting rig.

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.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£480
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£900

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Richard P, 2 years ago

Simply Standards played at our wedding and were fantastic. Great tunes like and lots of style – would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Bobby B, 6 years ago

Simply Standards played at my step daughters wedding, it was absolutely perfect for the beginning of a wonderful day, everybody commented how good the musicianship and choice of the program was, I would recommend the band for any function (weddings, birthdays etc).

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