Jazz duo

Smooth Duo

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About Smooth Duo

Jazz duo
Mansfield
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Rich contralto vocals, Sax, Bongos, Keyboards/Piano/ Vibes/ Jazz Organ & Harmonica. Easy listening light music & cocktail jazz standards

Summary - Mainly cocktail lounge style with a jazzy/bluesy feel plus a bit of swing. Songs to suit most tastes. From Gershwin to Sade. Standards from the Great American songbook plus some modern numbers played in that classic 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 - Cleo & Johnny, 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 45 minutes is our usual format, we can play a maximum of 3 x 45 minute sets or fit the timings to the event. We always bring an MP3 to play background music between our sets. 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.

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

AIN'T NO SUNSHINE
CRY ME A RIVER
SUMMERTIME
STORMY WEATHER
SMOOTH OPERATOR
FEVER
WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE
FUNNY VALENTINE
LOVE LETTERS
OLD DEVIL CALLED LOVE
VALERIE
OLD DEVIL MOON
BLUE MOON
I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU
LULLABY OF BROADWAY
EMBRACEABLE YOU
BOY FROM IPANEMA
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
GLORY OF LOVE
IT DON'T MEAN A THING
IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AINT MY BABY
SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO
YOUR LOVE IS KING
WE'RE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER
CLOSE YOUR EYES
SATIN DOLL
EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
HOLDING BACK THE YEARS
STORMY WEATHER
ON A CLEAR DAY
SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN
I LOVE YOU FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS
NON DIMENTICAR
FLY ME TO THE MOON
ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE
L-O-V-E
Customer questions

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, however.

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.

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?

Thoresby Hall [Stately Home Hotel] - every Tuesday in the historic Blue Room. Bodelwyddan Castle. Littlecote House. Nidd Hall. Granada TV studios Manchester and ITV studios Leeds. Baldwins Omega 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.

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£375
Up to 3 hours£500
Packages
Any event2 musicians
Usually 2 x 45 minute sets plus MP3 playing easy listening background music during our breaks. We can perform 3 x 45 minutes or tailor length of sets to fit the event.
£375

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Sandra L, 1 year 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, 1 year 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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