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Tara Minton

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Jazz harpist and vocalist based in London. Played for Björk, Tom Walker and Eurovision's SuRie.
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Tara Minton is a jazz harpist and vocalist from Melbourne, Australia. In 2011 Tara relocated to London where she has since made a name for herself as one of the leading jazz harpists in Europe. Tara and her Quartet (The TMQ) have played some of the capital’s top venues including the Pheasantry, The Pizza Express Soho, Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs and Le QuecumBar as well as tours abroad to Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, France, Lithuania and Australia. 2015 was a big year for Tara which included performances at the Ashtead Jazz Club, a weekly residency at the infamous Boogaloo, a sell out show at the Alchemia jazz club in Krakow, Poland, a hugely successful concert tour of Lithuania and a sold out performance and harp workshop at the Cambridge Jazz Festival to top it all off! So far this year Tara and her band finished recording their full length studio album in January, the trio sold out two headline dates at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne, Australia in February, the TMQ played a very successful week long residency at Brasserie Zedel and a concert for the Lantern Arts Centre in April, and the trio headed over to France for a series of concerts for the Harpes aux Max festival in Ancenis mid May. Tara also plays for a gypsy jazz band - Harp Bazaar who have a weekly residency at the Boogaloo in Highgate on Sundays and embark on their maiden tour of Italy in June. When not sat behind a harp, Tara is a piano bar entertainer, having held residencies at The Savoy, The Millennium Grosvenor, The Dorchester, The RAC, The Criterion and The Rosewood. Tara was the first woman to play the infamous American Bar at the Savoy.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Ambient, Folk, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Cabaret, Avant garde, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Musical theatre, EDM, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1960s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1990s era music, 1950s era music, 1940s era music, Blues, Disco, Funk, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Vintage, Australian music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Lyricist, Songwriter, Actor, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Jazz:
After you’ve gone – Harry Creamer
All of me – Gerald Marks
As time goes by – Herman Hupfeld
At last – Harry Warren
Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma
Besame mucho – Consuelo Velazques
Black Orpheus – Luiz Bonfa
Blue bossa – Kenny Dorham
Bossa dorado – Dorado Schmitt
C’est si bon – Henri Beti
Caravan – Duke Ellington
Days of wine and roses – Henry Mancini
Djangology – Django Reignhardt
Fly me to the moon – Bart Howard
I’ll close my eyes – Billy Reid
In the wee small hours of the morning - Mann
Little sunflower – Freddie Hubbard
L.O.V.E - Gabler
Love for sale – Cole Porter
Lullaby of birdland –George Shearing
Mambo italiano – Bob Merrill
Moon river – Henry Mancini
My funny valentine – Richard Rogers
My heart belongs to daddy – Cole Porter
Nature boy Eden Ahbez
Night and day – Cole Porter
Nuages – Django Reignhardt
‘Round midnight – Thelonious Monk
Smoke gets in your eyes – Jerome Kern
Softly, as in a morning sunrise – Romberg
Sunny side of the street – Jimmy McHugh
Sway - Ruiz
Pop/contemporary:
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
All of me – John Legend
Blue – Joni Mitchell
Both sides now – Joni Mitchell
Blackbird – The Beatles
Careless whisper – George Michael
Case of you – Joni Mitchell
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Dreams – Fleetwodd Mac
Fast car – Tracey Chapman
Gravity – John Mayer
Halo – Beyonce
Hotel California – The Eagles
If I ain’t got you – Alicia Keys
I’m kissing you - Desiree
Killing me softly – Roberta Flack
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
The last time ever I saw your face – Roberta Flack
Make you feel my love – Bob Dylan
Marry you – Bruno Mars
Natural woman – Carol King
Norwegian wood
Put your records on – Corinne Bailey Rae
River – Joni Mitchell
Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
Time after time – Cyndi Lauper
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The combination of jazz, harp and vocals is unique! My harp is a stunning electric blue, which is both elegant and striking. My clients always comment on the quality of my music, but also, my approachability and friendly demeanour.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Too many to list! The Royal Albert Hall. The 606 Club. The Hampstead Jazz Club. Brasserie Zedel. The Spice of Life. The Pizza Express. The Savoy. The Ritz. The Rosewood. The Dorchester. The RAC. The Director's Club. Annabel's. The Ned. The London Eye. The Criterion. Australia House. New Zealand House. St James Theatre.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Dorothy Ashby. Joni Mitchell. Ella Fitzgerald. Esperanza Spalding. Stevie Wonder.

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

I performed with Björk on "Later... with Jools Holland" and at Primavera Sounds Festival in Barcelona. I have also performed with Tom Walker on The BBC One Show and with Eurovision's SuRie at The Bishopsgate Institute. My favourite corporate event was for Cartier. They booked my trio to perform in the garden for the launch of their new collection.

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

I always try my 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 me know. If I am able to accommodate you, I will.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually aim to arrive an hour before I am due to play. Set up doesn't usually take this long, but it's always better to have a bit of lead way just in case.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Absolutely - I've include all travel costs, including the transport of my harp, in the quotes.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I am happy to play outdoors provided I am not sat in full sun and the harp is on a flat surface (no slopes, stones, gravel.) If it is raining/humid or very windy I will need to move inside to prevent damage to my instrument. I will not play outside if I feel at all uncertain about the safety of my harp.

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

I accept a couple of requests and am happy to lean towards a certain genre, but then leave the music to me. After more than a decade in the industry, I've learned what works.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I'm more than willing to learn one or two requests (within reason!)

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£450

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Scott E, 1 year ago

Tara was absolutely brilliant at our wedding Everybody kept saying how good she was and what a great added touch it was to have her playing and singing to everyone as they arrived at the reception venue from the church would highly recommend.

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Edward A, 2 years ago

Tara was very professional and played well

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Jenna W, 2 years ago

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding everyone said how the music was lovely. It was the perfect touch to make our day so amazing. Thank you again

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Shirely R, 1 year ago

Tara and her band were just fantastic! All my guests commented on how brilliant they were. I couldn't have hoped for better.

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Ed B, 1 year ago

Maltby & Minton played at my annual January party. They were excellent! Really set the tone for a great evening. Great music. Good people.

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