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About Tobie

A leading member of the UK Jazz/Gypsy Jazz circuit. Violinist specialising in European Jazz, Bebop and Classical.
Violinist
Beckenham
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Hey, I'm a young(ish) violinist from London. I'm recognized as one of the top Jazz violin players on the UK circuit. After a high level training in Classical from the Royal College of Music and the University of Leeds, I followed a rather unconventional path in Jazz. This jazz training was gained on the road, by traveling the North of England busking. Since learning the craft I have frequented high profile venues across the country. These include Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. John's Smith Square and Leeds Town Hall. I have also toured Europe with notable gigs at leading Sarajevo jazz club 'Jazzbina' and the Mostar Gipsy Festival. These days I am the director of the big London Gypsy Jazz festival, as well as a record label. I also perform as my job - I love it so much...can't imagine doing anything else! :D I'm really versatile, and can bring a variety of styles to your event. My large network of musician friends, and eclectic musical background, means that I can pull together a top notch band in many styles. These include: Gypsy Jazz - Duo, Trio, Quartet or full Hot Club Quintette (a la Django Reinhardt!) American Jazz/Bebop/Swing - Quartet with Guitar/keyboard, Double Bass and Drum Kit. Trio with Double Bass and Guitar. Classical Ensemble - Duo (myself and piano/guitar accompanist), Trio, String Quartet. Solo - With or without backing tracks. My repertoire ranges from baroque era classical (Bach, Vivaldi...), modern classical (Ravel, Prokofiev...) to contemporary Jazz, Funk and Blues! As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I am an excellent choice for events which require an open minded band, who are comfortable entertaining people from all walks of life! If you have any song requests, just ask! I'm always happy to learn new songs, and entertain people with their favorite music! :)

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Swing, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Avant garde, Originals, Experimental, Light music, Vintage, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1960s era music, French music, Bossa nova, Klezmer, Traditional church music, Christmas, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1950s era music, Folk, Balkan, Jazz fusion, Postmodern jukebox jazz
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event, Church service, Charity event, Cruise
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Other skills:
Composer, Audio engineer, Arranger, Producer, Transcription, Sound technician, Orchestrator, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Musicologist, MC, Accompanist, Songwriter
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Song list

Classical
- Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern.
I have a large classical rep and have grade 8 distinction and a lot of orchestral and chamber experience - fluent sight reader.
Jazz
- Bebop, Straight Ahead, Manouche, Swing, Blues, Funk, Soul.
I have a vast jazz repertoire. This includes American song book classics, modern Jazz and Gypsy Jazz tunes. I am fluent at chord chart reading in all keys.
I'm always open to requests! Whether to play you down the aisle, for your first dance, or just because you like a particular song! Just give me a little time before the event to polish up on the arrangement :)
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I usually bring a fun, charming group of band mates, and we play in a super sophisticated - but hopefully not too stuffy! - way. We love what we do, and love to entertain! But we also take what we do very seriously.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Django Reinhardt, Bela Bartok, Joe Henderson, Joe Pass, Stephane Grapelli.

Do you have different line-up options?

Anything you want! I have a large network of top notch musicians, and am happy to fix any particular band for your event, as long as it lies within the Jazz or Classical realm!

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

I'll 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.

How much time do you need to set up?

This varies a lot, however I'll always aim to arrive in good time. An average of 30 mins should be plenty.

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

Absolutely :)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yep! Although sometimes we will need electricity from the venue.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely, just ask and I'll learn it :) as long as its not an insanely complicated modern jazz tune which cycles through a different odd time signature every bar, or a super modern atonal classical piece, I'll be more than happy to learn it for you!

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£75
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£312

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