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The JD Duo

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About The JD Duo

Professional Duo - jazz, acoustic, easy listening, contemporary covers. All events catered for.
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Debbie Cobbett (vocals) and Jamie McAllister (Guitar) are professional musicians with over 20 years experience around the UK and abroad, and have worked with Park Resorts; HMS Warrior; RAF Tidworth,  Chatham Historic Dockyard, The National Motorcycle Museum, ITV, Thames CityCruises, Cowes Week, Ronnie Scotts, The Royal Albert Hall, Kew Gardens, O2 Academies, and Glastonbury Festival, to name but a few!. in 2015 we formed The JD Duo - with the aim of providing live musical entertainment on a small or large scale for almost any event. Don't have the budget for a band but want a full band sound? Then you've come to the right place! Here is a just a small selection of what we can offer: JD JAZZ DUO An extensive repertoire of Jazz/American Songbook standards, including swing, latin and ballad arrangements. Available either as purely guitar and vocals for a Joe Pass/Ella Fitzgerald feel, or with the addition of our bespoke arrangement backing tracks we can provide the feel of a full jazz quintet (bass, drums, piano, guitar and vocals) for a fraction of the space (and price!)   ****************************** JD MELLOW MOMENTS Ideal for wine bars, restaurants, garden parties, drinks receptions, formal dinners and much more, this option features an eclectic mix of jazz, plus easy listening and MoR songs from the likes of Al Green, Norah Jones, The Carpenters and Dusty Springfield. Perfect, unobtrusive background musical accompaniment.    ****************************** JD PARTY A huge range of contemporary classics from the 1960s onwards, ranging from Motown, pop, rock, soul, disco, Glam Rock and pretty much everything in between! A perfect choice for wedding receptions, birthday parties, corporate events, Masonic Ladies Nights, private functions, and much more.   ******************************* JD UNPLUGGED Featuring a wide eclectic selection of classic hits from diverse acts such as Ed Sheeran, Dolly Parton, Guns n Roses, Elvis Presley, Katy Perry (to name but a few!), and performed with just vocals and acoustic guitar.  We can perform either 100% unplugged, with minimal amplification, or with full OA. Perfect for pubs, parties, or even an outdoor festival vibe at your wedding/garden party.

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Christmas, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Motown, Soul, Glam rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

A Foggy Day
All Of Me
Blue Moon
Cry Me a River
Don't Know Why
Embraceable You
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Fly Me To The Moon
Green Dolphin Street
It Had To Be You
I've Got You Under My Skin
Just a Lucky So and So
Moon River
My Funny Valentine
Night and Day
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Route 66
Satin Doll
Stella By Starlight
The Lady Is a Tramp
The Way You Look Tonight
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line up is the duo of vocals and guitar, but depending on client requirements and budget we can on occasion accommodate other musicians up to a 4/5 piece band, but of course the price increases accordingly.

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, but please note we need as much advance notice as possible

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. We always provide an iPod playlist of background music before/between live sets where required, and if clients want to play their own DJ set list through our PA system after the live music ends, we can usually accommodate this for up to 1 hour for an addition £100 providing it is through a music player with headphone socket for compatibility.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance

Can you roam around while you perform?

Unfortunately we cannot roam due to leads/equipment connections.

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 guests have an amazing time. However, we're always happy for clients to suggest 6-8 songs from the repertoire they would like included over the performance.

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

Our PA and lighting system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 6ft squared space to perform, plus adequate mains sockets in the performance area

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 will always endeavour to learn and perform a version for you. If we are unable to (i.e. it's out of Debbie's vocal range or cannot be reproduced to a high quality) we will play the original for you instead.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£275
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£450


From customers:

Jess (
4 years ago

I saw The JD Duo playing at The Cornerhouse in Winchester as part of the Winchester Jazz Festival last week and they were amazing. Such a perfect sound from just a guitar and a singer. Not too loud either, and they didn't do crazy modern jazz that I didn't recognise. It was the type of music I grew up with - Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, recognisable songs. I took a card and I will definitely be booking them sometime in the future. I urge everyone to check them out xx

David (
5 years ago

We were looking for some live background music to be played on board the Princess Caroline Party ship for our wedding anniversary celebration. We found Debbie & Jamie online and contacted them with less than a week to go. They responded quickly, discussed our requirements and sent a great list of songs from their repertoire which we then chose our favourites. They arrived and set up before we were on board and proceeded to play three sets throughout the evening. They were perfect, great musicians and lovely vocals, very friendly and responsive. Our friends were all impressed and loved Jamie & Debbie too, there was lots of clapping after their songs. In between their sets they played recorded music which was also great. We would highly recommend them and were perfect for our celebration. Thank you Debbie & Jamie. Hope to see and hear you again soon

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