Jazz duo

Smooth Duo

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About Smooth Duo

Rich contralto vocals, Sax, Bongos, Keyboards/Piano/ Vibes/ Jazz Organ & Harmonica. Easy listening light music & cocktail jazz standards
Jazz duo
Mansfield
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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Summary - Mainly cocktail lounge style with a jazzy/bluesy feel . Songs to suit most tastes. From Gershwin to Sade. Standards from the Great American songbook plus some modern numbers played in that classic lounge style. Perfect background music for lounge, restaurant or bistro. If you want live music but not a loud disco or dance band - we are ideal. Our line up is - Susie - rich, soothing contralto vocals, reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Alison Moyet, Diana Krall and Peggy Lee. And Andy - alto sax reminiscent of Ben Webster, keyboards, blues harmonica and bongos. His rendition of 'Fever' will have you spellbound. Reasonable starting fee plus realistic fuel costs on top if you are over 100 miles away. Rates negotiable for block bookings and local venues. We are an affordable Duo that’s like a Band. We give great value for money and are a class lounge act. Although not a Tribute Act or stage show we are often compared to the acts from the Ronnie Scott's era - Peggy Lee, Ella etc. And we play timeless classic songs that have melody and meaning. We have opened for many ‘name’ acts, including The Osmond Brothers, Ken Dodd, Russell Watson, Billy Ocean, Lulu, the National Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Lance Ellington and Paul Potts. We played live at the Granada TV studios for the cast and crew of Coronation Street after the iconic live 50th Anniversary episode and also for the cast and crew of Emmerdale. Based in Mansfield in the East Midlands. Although 2 x 50 minutes is our usual format, we can play one longe set or a maximum of 3 x 35 minute sets. We will fit the timings to the event. We always bring an MP3 to play background music between our sets as part of the price. Our style is perfect background music for any lounge, restaurant or bistro. Tailored for dinner events, drinks receptions, wedding breakfasts/dinners, cocktails/meet & greet.canapes etc. If you want live music but not a loud disco or dance band - we are the perfect choice for enhancing the atmosphere with music that is easy on the ear. Chilled and smooth classics. Our style is cool and relaxing. Particularly good if your Wedding ceremony is being held in the same room as your reception. We can play for your Guests in the lounge area before the Bridal party arrive and we can play there again during the period when the ceremony room is being re-arranged for the wedding breakfast/dinner. We can keep the happy and relaxed vibe going for you. And our music appeals to a wide range of tastes. N.B - Although you can slow dance to our repertoire, it is not strict Tempo for sequence dancing nor is it disco or dance music. So if your event requires dancing, you would need a DJ or dance/party band in addition to Smooth Duo. We do have a selection of classic pop songs on MP3 for dancing which would suit a small gathering, but our setlist for this is not an extensive one.

Performance details
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform with backing tracks
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Covers
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Birthday party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Fly Me To The Moon,
Nice and Easy,
Stormy Weather,
Satin Doll,
September in the Rain,
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby,
Night & Day,
On A Clear Day,
Cry Me A River,
It Don't Mean A Thing,
I'm In The Mood For Love,
I Only Have Eyes For You,
If I Had You,
Blue Moon
Fever,
Boy From Ipanema
My Funny Valentine,
Summertime,
A Foggy Day,
The Very Thought Of You,
Every Time We Say Goodbye,
Someone to Watch Over Me,
Devil Moon,
And I Love Him,
Lullaby Of Broadway,
Glory Of Love,
Our Love Is Here To Stay,
Whatever Lola Wants,
They Can't Take That Away From Me,
Shadow Of Your Smile,
Embraceable You,
Smooth Operator,
Hang on To Your Love,
Your Love is King,
Sweetest Taboo
Old Devil Called Love,
Love Letters
The Look Of Love
Aint No Sunshine
Holding Back The Years
Is This Love
Like A Virgin
Billie Jean
Who's That Girl,
Sweet Dreams
To Make You Feel My Love
We're In This Love Together
Walking On Sunshine
Our Day Will Come,
Valerie
Should I Stay Or Should I Go
At Last
True
Willow Weep For Me
What A Difference A Day Made
Close Your Eyes
When I Fall In Love,
For Sentimental Reasons,
L-O-V-E,
Autumn Leaves
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we also bring an MP3 player to play background music before the live set begins and duringour break/s.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We are classy and professional. Our music is easy on the ear and appeals to a wide range of people.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Cavendish Hotel, Chatsworth House Estate Derbyshire, Thoresby Hall, Notts in the historic Blue Room. Bodelwyddan Castle, Wales. Littlecote House. Nidd Hall. Granada TV studios Manchester and ITV studios Leeds. Baldwins Omega Sheffield Various venues for private events, too many to list.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Susie - Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan. Andy - Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Ian Paice, Stewart Copeland.

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

Granada TV's Coronation Street 50th Anniversary party after their iconic Live episode at the Cast & Crew party. Also we have been opening act for National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Jimmy, Jay & Merrill Osmond, Ken Dodd, Jason Donovan, Lulu, Lance Ellington, Billy Ocean and Toyah.

Do you have different line-up options?

No. We work as a Duo only.

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?

We bring an MP3 player to play background music before we start and between sets. We do not offer a DJ service or requests, however we can play a selection of dance music which we know from experience works well for age groups 45+.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1.1/2 to 2 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can put on background music to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance.

Can you roam around while you perform?

No. Once our instruments and PA are set up we are static.

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best for events requiring our style of easy listening background music. We feel confident that we play music to appeal to a wide range of people.

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

Yes. We do not use lights/lasers/smoke machines.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our set list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn and it fits with our style of music, we would be happy to discuss this with you. There would be an extra charge for this service to take into account rehearsal times, sheet music 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£375
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£550
Packages
CLASSIC2 musicians
1 x 45 minute set of live music for Wedding receptions, canapes, dinner events, drinks receptions, restaurants, hotel lounges etc
£325
PREMIUM2 musicians
2 x 50 minutes of live music for Wedding receptions, canapes, dinner events, drinks receptions, restaurants, hotel lounges etc
£375
ULTIMATE2 musicians
3 x 35 minutes of live music for Wedding receptions, canapes, dinner events, drinks receptions, restaurants, hotel lounges etc
£500

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Sandra L, 2 years ago

Smooth duo are a fantastic band with a great sound, suitable for many different types of occasion. They entertained 75 people at my 60th birthday lunch and created a great atmosphere; everyone loved them. Susie's voice is wonderful and Andy is adept and skilled at switching from instrument to instrument. I have heard them many times and they are always professional, pleasant and adaptable. They are reliable and deliver what they say they will, as well as unassuming and not demanding. Grab them whilst you can! Sandra Lawman, Berkhamsted.

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Ray D, 2 years ago

We have heard Smooth Duo many times at various venues. They are excellent performers playing a relaxing and varied mix of music. They play to the crowd and adjusting their set as needed. Susie's voice is like immersing yourself in a rich cup of drinking chocolate, smooth and deep. Andy is a skilled musician who provides a great accompaniment, he seems to do the work of a small band! They are perfect easy listening and have great personalities that really create a friendly atmosphere. We thoroughly recommend them to hotels and restaurants as well as private parties and weddings. (10 / 10)Ray and Susan Dodd

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