Nordoff Robbins

Nordoff Robbins

Nordoff Robbins

We believe that music can be life changing, and that it should be made accessible to everyone, especially people with life-limiting illnesses, physical disabilities or emotional challenges. So, we are absolutely thrilled to now be supporting Nordoff Robbins – the UK’s leading music therapy charity, who provide vital support to vulnerable and isolated people. They offer support through their open access centres, and alongside partner organisations.
For every private event now booked with Sound Generation, we will donate £5 to Nordoff Robbins.
If you would like to find out more about the wonderful work Nordoff Robbins do, click HERE.

Events Round Up

We’ve had an incredibly busy few months, working with some lovely clients, and some fantastic new venues too. Here’s a quick round up!

Cuban Salsa Band London

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Havana Kings

We provided cuban band, Havana Kings, and dancers for a Niquesa event to promote their luxury travel brand.

WATCH Havana Kings HERE.

Wedding Band London

Dukebox City

“They were the stand out feature of the whole wedding day without a doubt; they really, really made our reception. Planning both the band and DJ with James was a breeze throughout; he was clear from the offset on pricing, timing and his recommendations. We couldn’t be more happy with how everything worked out. Thank you James and team!” Laura & Scott (Wedding Couple)

Pop/Soul band, Dukebox City, performed at a wedding party at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, in the Hansom Lounge. The guests absolutely loved it, and photographers Joe and Charlotte, captured some fantastic moments. The couple chose Bruno Mars’ track, ‘Treasure’ as their first dance.

WATCH Dukebox City HERE

Soul Band London

Briggs Street Players

Fast becoming Sound Generation’s busiest band, the Briggs Street Players, performed at a wedding at the stunning, Lulworth Castle, in Dorset. The wedding couple chose Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in The Mirror’ as their first dance.

WATCH Briggs Street Players HERE.

White City House

Soho House

We’re thrilled to now be preferred suppliers at White City House. Over the past few months, SG acts have performed regularly at Soho House venues – White City House, and The Ned. Acts that have performed include, Ella Marie, Briggs Street Players, Mike Davies and Adam Harris. Briggs Street Players also got to perform at music-loving MP, Chuka Umunna’s 40th birthday bash!

Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum & Mason

We recently worked with Fortnum and Mason on some festive entertainment. SG carol singers, harpists and violin & cello duo performed at their flagship London store bringing some festive cheer to customers.

Sunborn London

Replay

SG band, Replay, recently performed aboard luxurious superyacht hotel, Sunborn.

WATCH Replay HERE.

Soho Farmhouse

We have been working with Soho House group for a few months now, with SG artists performing regularly at The Ned and White City House. We’re thrilled to now be working with Soho Farmhouse, on their new weekly live music nights, which will feature performances from different acts every Thursday from 7pm. Set on 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse makes for a country retreat like no other, featuring cosy cabin accommodation, a whole host of outdoor pursuits, and plenty to ensure guests get some serious downtime too.

Soho Farmhouse

Soul singer, Daniel Walker, launches the nights this Thursday 6th December, followed by Mike Davies on December 13th and Louise Golbey on December 20th.

Soul Singer

Soul Singer

Soul Singer London

WHAT WE’RE UP TO | JUNE

 

WEDDING FAIR | THE OYSTER SHED
“A wedding on the banks of the Thames – what could be more perfect?”

We were delighted to have been a part of a hand-picked selection of recommended suppliers to exhibit at The Oyster Shed’s most recent luxury Wedding Showcase.
Guests were welcomed into the venue with a refreshing, after work cocktail, before being introduced to a small number of suppliers ranging from floristry and calligraphers to bakers and, of course, music!

CAMINO LONDON | SHOREDITCH
Thursdays and Fridays throughout June, you can catch SG DJ’s performing only the best live music to kick start your weekend playlist!
With summer quickly approaching, make the most of the evening sun and join us for a cocktail or two!

WHAT WE’RE UP TO | MAY

SILVER FLEET
We are thrilled to be working on the water with private charter company, Woods’ Silver Fleet, as their newly appointed, preferred supplier for live entertainment!

THE NEDS BIRTHDAY BASH
Recently turned one! And we were honoured to have been asked to perform at their birthday bash spectacular earlier this month.
And you can catch a glimpse of our very own Briggs Street Players performing to a lively crowd over on Twitter!

CLICK HERE!

BRIGGS STREET PLAYERS
It’s been an especially busy month for Soul band, Briggs Street Players.
The boys had an exciting performance at the opening of Soho House group’s new venue, White City House at the end of April. They also had a whopping three weddings over the course of just four days at fantastic venues, Claridges, Coworth Park, and Chiswick House – followed by a show at The Ned for their 1st Birthday Party, supporting none other than Gabrielle!

WHAT WE’RE UP TO | EASTER + MOTHERS DAY

 

APRIL NEWSLETTER
Click the image below to read our April Newsletter!

WHITE CITY HOUSE
We were delighted to provide a live music for the opening of this incredible new Soho House venue in White City, west London.
Over three nights, SG artists Daniel Walker, Nicola Sipprell and Jessica Berry performed in the lounge bar for drinkers and diners.

EASTER WEEKEND!
Our DJ’s were serving up some hoppin’ Easter tunes at our local Camino residences in Monument and Kings Cross over the Easter weekend.
Although we were sad to have missed out on their chocolate and coffee, cocktail masterclass! Fingers crossed they bring this one back for Christmas – we’ll be first in line to try it, that’s for sure!

MOTHERS DAY | LANES OF LONDON
Right in time for Mothers Day, we teamed up with Lanes of London and started a regular weekend music schedule!

Starting with a Harpist for Saturday Afternoon Tea and Gypsy Jazz for those scrumptious Sunday Roasts!
(1:00 – 4:40)

Music for Weddings | Outstanding Wedding DJ’s

 

We’re delighted to be providing DJ’s for so many happy couples this Spring/Summer season, and at some incredible venues.

We love providing the soundtrack for the evening party on such an important day in a couple’s lives, and as we all know – a DJ can make or break the party!

Safe to say, one of our DJ’s will definitely MAKE the party.
We only work with highly experienced, versatile, friendly, professional DJ’s; DJ’s who are passionate about music and know how to read the dance floor.


Check our DJ page for more information, or to listen to some of our DJ’s CLICK HERE!

Music for Events | Silent Disco

 

Sound Generation are now providing Silent Discos for weddings and events across London and the UK!

Silent Discos are an incredible way to keep the party going when faced with noise restrictions! Or if you simply want your party to continue late into the night (or morning!)
We provide silent discos for weddings and corporate events and can cater for parties of 20 – 200 guests!

photography by: Andy Gaines

We cater for weddings, private parties, corporate events, and company training/team-building days, and can provide headphones for as few as ten, or as many as two thousand.
Whether you have booked your own DJ already, or require a DJ as part of the package we can help. We handle all the logistics of the event, from headphone delivery/collection, to testing and operating equipment, and handing out headphones on the night. Our all inclusive service takes all the hassle out of organising yourself.

 


For more information or to make an enquiry CLICK HERE!

WHAT WE’RE UP TO | FEBRUARY

 

BRIDEBOOK WEDDING AWARDS 2018
Thank you to all our fantastic clients for our rave reviews – out of hundreds of participants, we have won the Silver Bridebook Wedding Awards 2018 Badge of Excellence !!

“Badges go out to those who received the most reviews and testimonials from their community of couples”

 

VALENTINES DAY
For all you lovebirds, this Valentine’s Day SG singer, Louise Golbey, will be performing a little ‘Valentines Jazz’ at the Park Lane Marriott Hotel, free to all drinkers and diners from 6.00 – 9.00 pm.
Not yet made any plans for date night? Book your table now!


You can also be serenaded by SG artists at Sketch and Corinthia London’s Bassoon Bar.

WEDDINGS AT THE BINGHAM

This month we have an exciting number of weddings taking place at The Bingham featuring performances from artists such as ESQAdam Harris, the Briggs Street Players and DJ Zulu.

“ESQ strings and Dream Big jazz Band were absolutely amazing and exceeded all expectations!”
Alicia and Nick, Bride & Groom

LIVE MUSIC AT THE NED


Performances by James Sayer (4.00 – 4.45 + 5.00 – 5.45) and
The Briggs Street Players (9.00 – 10.00 + 11.00 – 12.00)

New live artist photos by Lori Loves!

THE JANUARY NEWSLETTER HAS LANDED!
Click the image below to read up on our January News!

WHAT WE’RE UP TO | JANUARY 2018

WEDDING FAIR AT THE BINGHAM


We were delighted to attend this years wedding fair at The Bingham hotel.
With lots of weddings already upcoming, it was great to meet so many happy couples and share a little taster of the SG experience.

MID-WEEK VIP’S
DJ Matt Grierson sparked a little ‘hump-day’ dance party one week at ALOFT London Excel for a VIP sales event with Marriott hotels.

“BECAUSE WE CAN CAN CAN”
Step back Santa! There was nothing Christmassy about this staff party!
Artist DJ Zulu played an eclectic mix of Electro-Swing and Commercial party music at a Moulin Rouge themed Christmas party for well-deserved staff at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, in the decadent Hansom Lounge.

“The DJ was great and loved by all, we had a really good night and received great feedback from all the team”.

photography by: Mark Bothwell

ESPA LIFE AT CORINTHIA
Earlier this month artist Libby Shone had the pleasure of performing at one of the UK’s number one spa destinations!
Libby played an upbeat and lively set for private members and workers of the ESPA Life Spa, Gym and Salon, in one of our regular SG residences; Corinthia London’s Bassoon Bar.

“It was great. We know and love the singer already, hence we requested her! Members loved the music and enjoyed the party as well”.

EAST INDIA CLUB
Christmas may feel forever ago for most people, but for the staff at East India Club, Mayfair, it’s been extended and we couldn’t be happier about it!
After all, what better way to kick the January “back-to-work blues,” than with a party!
Featuring DJ James in The Smoking Room with a mixing table.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE NED
We are thrilled to announce that you can now catch an SG artist performing every week at popular London venue, The Ned!
This evening we have SG duo Frida performing Live for all drinkers and diners from 9 pm.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hoping you all had wonderfully relaxing Christmases and feeling refreshed and ready for all that lay ahead in 2018.
2017 was such a great year for us in many ways, and we are very grateful to all our fantastic clients for making it so.

Music for Weddings | August Round Up

It’s been another busy month for wedding entertainment! Here are a few of our August highlights.

THE GROVE
Solo guitarist, Mark, & SG band, Replay, entertained wedding guests at 5* Hotel, The Grove in Watford.

Wedding Entertainment Sound Generation
“I couldn’t recommend these guys enough – fantastic! The team were able to discuss our general needs and then provide helpful guidance and options for us to come to a final decision.”
Sarah Watts, Bride

To make an enquiry, or to book Mark or Replay for your wedding or event, click HERE.

 

WOTTON HOUSE
Flamenco guitarist, Andres, performed at a wedding at beautiful Watford venue, Wotton House.

Music for Weddings
“All our guests have commented on how beautiful the music was and one guest asked Andres to serenade her baby to sleep each night. We were so pleased with both Andres and your services. We will most definitely recommend sound generation and Andres.”

Melissa & James Sutcliffe, Bride & Groom

To make an enquiry, or to book Andres for your wedding or event, click HERE.

ASHRIDGE HOUSE
SG harpist, Cecilia, provided the musical backdrop at a wedding at the stunning wedding venue, Ashridge House. Ashridge House is a beautiful country estate and stately home set in National Trust woodland, in Hertfordshire. Cecilia performed during the ceremony and drinks reception.

Sound Generation Music Entertainment
To make an enquiry, or to book Cecilia for your wedding or event, click 
HERE.

DENBIES WINE ESTATE
Soul band, the Briggs Street Players, entertained wedding guests at England’s largest vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate, in Surrey.

Music for Weddings

“We couldn’t have asked for more, your band were superb and made our wedding an event to remember with our friends and family. We had so many lovely comments raving about ‘The band’. It just wouldn’t have been the same without your contribution. Thank you so much, I hope one day we have reason to book you again.”
James Groom

Briggs Street Players are available from a 4-piece band, through to an 8-piece band including Saxophone, Trumpet, and Female Vocalist. To make an enquiry or to book BSP, click HERE.

Music for Weddings | July Round Up

July was one of our busiest months to date, for weddings. Here are just a few of our highlights…


TAPNELL FARM

We worked on a very special wedding on the Isle Of Wight. The couple were big Coltrane/Davis fans and the afternoon drinks reception featured a flawless performance from jazz saxophonist, Vasilis Xenopoulos, whose band featured Matt Winch, Julian Bury, Matt Home, and Rob Barron. After dinner, the Briggs Street Players  7-piece soul band took the stage and the party truly began. Incredible vocals from Daniel and Libby. The party continued well into the night with a DJ set from Chester’s Derek Kaye.

Music for weddings: Briggs Street Players

HEDSOR HOUSE

Music for weddings: Hedsor House

“An absolutely amazing place!”
Johnny Depp

We worked with award-winning venue Hedsor House, on a wedding which again, featured SG’s, Briggs Street Players, as well as vocalist, Ella Marie. Hedsor House is a stunning Georgian Mansion set in Buckinghamshire. As well as being a fabulous events venue, it’s also well known as a filming set which has hosted high profile actors including Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Ricky Gervais.

RICHMOND HILL HOTEL & THE BINGHAM

Music for weddings: The Bingham Richmond

We worked with two Richmond wedding venues this month; The Bingham (one of our faves!), and Richmond Hill Hotel. Adam Harris performed an acoustic set at Richmond Hill, before SG’s, DJ Callum took over. At The Bingham, Briggs Street Players, Laura, DJ Zulu, and nu-jazz/soul vocalist, Louise, all entertained guests.

MATARA CENTRE

Music for weddings: Matara Centre

The Matara Centre is a Grade II listed Regency home set in Gloucestershire. Truly unique, it is set in 28 acres, with 11 formal gardens, a labyrinth, woodland paths and small lakes and fields! SG’s Nouveau Boheme performed at a wedding there, you can see a sneaky clip HERE.

HEYTHROP PARK

Music for weddings: Soul vocalist

Soulful vocalist, Ella Marie, performed to a 500-strong wedding party at luxury Oxfordshire venue, Heythrop House. Ella is an incredible vocalist who has performed on UK tours with the likes of Leona Lewis and Lily Allen. Ella is one of the most versatile vocalists around, performing Jazz, Blues, Soul and Pop.

Music for Weddings | Ardington House

Music for Weddings

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Earlier this month, SG band, Briggs Street Players performed at a wedding at Oxfordshire venue, Ardington House. They performed as a seven piece, which included saxophone and trumpet.

SG are thrilled to now be one of Ardington House’s recommended suppliers! We’re really looking forward to working with wedding couples on music entertainment for their big day.

Ardington House is a Georgian Manor set in beautiful gardens, which includes its own river and island! It’s a stunning location for weddings, events and even filming! There have been several famous guests over the years.


If you’re looking for wedding music for your wedding day, get in touch! Click HERE to contact us. We can provide string quartets, jazz bands, DJ’s, party bands, solo musicians and plenty more! We can also provide lighting and audio equipment, if required.

Ardington House is a wedding venue set in Oxfordshire. If you’re interested in finding out more just click HERE.

Music for Weddings | Syon Park

Music for Weddings

Syon Park is a stunning house and 200-acre park set in leafy Isleworth, West London. Steeped in history, Syon is an incredible wedding venue and events space, which also houses a garden centre and cafe.

syonhouse

Last weekend we were delighted to be providing all the music entertainment for a lovely couple tying the knot here at Syon Park.
It was a part-Jewish wedding with both a religious and civil ceremony.


We had our Gypsy Jazz act, Nouveau Boheme Quartet, playing during the ceremony and performing a mixture Parisian and Gypsy jazz (as well as some Beatles songs as requested by the couple!)

Followed by DJ Callum in the evening, playing a mix of traditional Israeli, dance, funk, soul and Motown music!


If you’re looking for wedding music for your wedding day, get in touch! Click HERE to contact us. We can provide string quartets, jazz bands, DJ’s, party bands, solo musicians and plenty more! We can also provide lighting and audio equipment, if required.

Syon Park is a gorgeous wedding venue set in West London. If you’re interested in finding out more just click HERE.

Music for Weddings | Corinthia Hotel London

Music for Weddings

We were back at Corinthia Hotel London this month for another incredible wedding party!

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The Ballroom at Corinthia Hotel London

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The Courtroom at Corinthia Hotel London

The wedding couple booked a full line up of fantastic live music, starting with string quartet, ESQ, performing classical repertoire during the ceremony which took place in the stunning Courtroom.

String Quartet, ESQ

The Dream Big Jazz Band were next to perform in the Ballroom, during dinner. They performed mostly Rat Pack repertoire, plus an original reworking of Coldplay’s ‘Green Eyes’ for the wedding couple’s first dance.

Dream Big Jazz Band

Finally, the wedding party danced their way into the early hours with music provided by DJ Zulu, who played a mix of Iranian music and commercial RnB.
For this wedding, we also provided the DJ booth and lighting!


If you’re looking for wedding music for your wedding day, get in touch! Click HERE to contact us. We can provide string quartets, jazz bands, DJ’s, party bands, solo musicians and plenty more! We can also provide lighting and audio equipment if required.

Corinthia Hotel London is a truly beautiful wedding venue set in the heart of London. If you’re interested in finding out more just click HERE.

Music for Weddings | St Pancras Renaissance Hotel & London Bride

Music for Weddings

We recently worked on a vibrant and super-stylish Colombian-themed wedding party held at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, and meticulously planned by wedding planner extraordinaire, Charley Beard.

Hansom Lounge Wedding

The bride was Colombian, the groom, Italian, and they had seriously good taste in music! Which made working with them great fun. The couple wanted a mix of Cumbia, Salsa and Afro-Beat music so we booked Latin specialist DJ, DJ Zulu! The perfect choice, given their lovely review:

“We were very happy with the music and with DJ Zulu’s performance. He really got our tastes right and many guests have told us the music was great!”
Susy & Francesco, Bride & Groom

London Bride

It was fantastic to work with wedding planner, Charley Beard. Charley is one of London’s most sought after wedding planners, and won ‘Best Wedding Planner in London & South East’ at the London Wedding Industry Awards 2016. She’s also (as if that weren’t enough!) Founder and Editor of the multi-award winning Wedding Blog, London Bride.
Charley’s blog is an absolute must-read for anyone planning a stylish wedding. It’s full of inspiration, from traditionally elegant to urban-inspired weddings. There really is something there for everyone! We very much look forward to working with Charley on more fabulous weddings in the future!


If you’re looking for a DJ for your wedding party, why not get in touch? Our DJ’s specialise in Funk, Soul, Latin, RnB, Commercial, 80’s , Afro Beat, UK Garage, and everything in between. We’d love to hear from you! Click HERE to contact us.

Music for Weddings | Corinthia Hotel London ft. The High Tones

Music for Weddings

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We had the pleasure of providing the music entertainment for lovely couple, Caroline and Adam, on their wedding day at the gorgeous, Corinthia Hotel, London.

They booked rock n roll/blues trio, The High Tones, for the early evening set, followed by DJ Deetraine who kept the dance floor packed until the early hours.
We also provided the LED DJ booth, and all staging was provided by Outrage Events.

Music Entertainment at Corinthia London Music Entertainment at Corinthia London 

Here’s what the wedding couple, Caroline and Adam had to say…

“The High Tones and DJ Dan were both perfect, everything went so smoothly – we couldn’t have hoped for a better evening. The High Tones set the atmosphere wonderfully and our guests absolutely loved them. Dan had the dancefloor packed all night and he played some of our favourite tunes that hold the happiest memories for us 🙂 They were both everything we hoped they would be and I cannot thank them and you enough for making our evening such fun for us and our guests.
I don’t think I could ever put into words really how much we enjoyed our day and what a huge part you all played in it, but I hope it’s enough to know that I’m so incredibly glad we chose Sound Generation (for the fact I got to organise everything with you!) and the High Tones and DJ Dan (for the fact that they completely made the evening).”


Watch the High Tones HERE.

Listen to example playlists by DJ Deetraine and more Sound Generation DJ’s HERE.

If you’re looking for wedding entertainment for your wedding day, please feel free to get in touch with us HERE.

Music Entertainment for Wedding at Corinthia, London

Music for Weddings | Smashing The Glass feature; A Jewish Wedding

Music for Weddings.

SG were delighted to be feature on Smashing The Glass recently – a fantastic resource for couples planning a Jewish wedding!

Jewish weddingphotography by: SE3 Productions

Smashing The Glass was founded by Karen Cinnamon, and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading wedding blogs, and specialises in cool, creative Jewish weddings.
We had the pleasure of working with – now newlyweds – Amy and Adam on their Jewish wedding, which featured SG band, Dukebox City.
You can read all about their colourful wedding on STG HERE!


YOUR JEWISH WEDDING

If you’re planning a Jewish wedding, we would love to hear from you! We believe that the music entertainment is one of the most important elements of your wedding day. It’s an opportunity to select songs and music that are really personal to you both, and getting the music right is essential to setting the right mood. The music is the soundtrack to your wedding day, and is high on the list of what your guests will be talking about afterwards.

Band for a Jewish wedding Briggs Street Players.

Whether you’re looking for cool, contemporary music on your wedding day, or traditional Israeli music (or both!), we can help. All our acts are selected for their outstanding ability, reliability and professionalism so you can be sure of getting the best in the business.

Band for a Jewish weddingSoul Essentials

Some acts can provide traditional Israeli music, including bands, Dukebox City and Soul Essentials, but we also provide harpists, string quartets, jazz trios, acoustic duos, DJ’s and more.

Harpist for a Jewish weddingCecilia

To get in touch with us to discuss your requirements please click HERE!

A ROUND UP | BRIDES THE SHOW 2016

We had a fantastic time at Brides The Show this year! It was great to meet lots of  wedding couples and chat through their ideas for music entertainment on their big day. We also met some fab exhibitors, including our super lovely neighbour, and amazing photographer, Faye Cornhill.

Some of our acts also performed over the weekend, take a look at a small collection of images below! …

Wedding Entertainment

Cellist, Kirsten, from string quartet ESQ.

Vocalist, Daniel, from the Briggs Street Players.

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Harpist extraordinaire, Cecilia.

Wedding EntertainmentVocalist/guitarist, Laura.

FEATURED ARTIST – NOVEMBER | James Sayer, Blues Singer

Blues/Rock'n'roll singer

CLICK HERE to listen to James | CLICK HERE to book James

Favourite album…
‘If That’s What It Takes’ By Michael McDonald

Grew up listening to…
Elton John, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Jools Holland, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino.

Which artists/performers are your greatest influence…
Elton John, Michael McDonald, Richard Tee, Rod Stewart, Steely Dan. (And lots more!)

Artists we should check out…
Ruen Brothers (Who I’ve been lucky enough to play piano/bv’s for over the last year)

Career highlight…
Recording with Rick Rubin in Malibu.

Claims to fame…
Meeting Michael McDonald and him telling me he’s a fan of my own music.

Best gig you’ve seen this year…
Steely Dan at Coachella music festival.

What does the future hold…
Release my debut album next year and begin playing festivals with my band. Then just see what the future holds!

A ROUND UP | BRIDES THE SHOW 2015

We had an absolute blast at Brides The Show last month! It was great to meet so many wedding couples, and find out what music entertainment they were looking for. We’re looking forward to working with some of them over the next few months!

Soul Singer at Brides The ShowUlrika performing live on the catwalk.

Soul Singer at Brides The ShowLibby and Dave from band, ‘Replay‘, performing live on the catwalk.

Strings at Brides The ShowKirsten and Charis performing live in the restaurant at Brides The Show.

Brides The ShowEnd of show silliness!
Photo courtesy of our lovely neighbours, Photobooth!

FEATURED ARTIST – OCTOBER | Jo Harrop, Jazz Singer

Jo Harrop & Hannah Vasanth

BOOK JO HARROP FOR YOUR EVENT

Favourite album…
At the minute I have Anita O’day Sings for Oscar Peterson on repeat…

Grew up listening to…
Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Tony Bennett, Jack Jones, The Carpenters, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, and also Whitney Houston was a big favourite in my young life (Oh and the Doors in my Uni years – who didnt!?!)

Greatest influence…
All of the above, and Audrey Hepburn!!

Artists we should check out…
The Slow Show – an amazing band from Manchester!

Career highlight…
I supported the Blind Boys Of Alabama (Theme tune from HBO’s The Wire….

Claims to fame…
I sang with Neil Diamond at the 100th Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, and I’ve sung with Enrique Inglesias! Oh and I was as a dancer on the “Its A Rainbow Baby” Rainbow dance video…. I got to dance in a bed with Zippy & George! Yes really.

Best gigs you’ve seen this year…
Last night I saw Cafe Society Swing (Alex Webb’s Copasetics Foundation) last night at hideaway! It’s a wonderful show and one of highlights I have seen this year. I recently saw Michelle John – she is incredible!!! Also, Andreya Triani – who was amazing, and The Slow Show!

What does the future hold…
I am working with Alex Webb on a great new project, “Carrying The Torch” which celebrates the great torch singers like, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Edith Piaf, playing songs such as I’m A Fool To Want You and Hymne A L’Amour. We play some London dates including St James Theatre February 20th 2016.
I also continue to work as an advocate for animal rights and conservation of the environment.

FEATURED ARTIST – CHRISTMAS EDIT | Michael L Roberts


Christmas Singer

BOOK MICHAEL FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS EVENT

Favourite Christmas song…
‘Cool Yule’ (Louis Armstrong) – “lay a lick on a peppermint stick” Best. Lyric. Ever. ;-D

Favourite Christmas movie…
‘Die Hard’ – I find it warms the blood with unparalleled joy, as one gives thanks for Bruce Willis, and all that he achieved in that tower.

Any Christmas traditions…
I wear a Red Reindeer jumper… and that’s all … no other clothing is required on Christmas Day. I used to watch ‘Empire Strikes Back’ every Christmas as a kid. As Samuel Johnson dug, “Claret is the liquid for boys, Port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink Brandy”. Having encountered and consumed all three life-affirming impostors, I can usually be found invoking the deities of Nashville through gauzy Fender-Dobro and Vocal hallucinations of a Country Christmas.

Favourite Christmas album…
‘When My Heart Finds Christmas’ (Harry Connick, Jr.) – put your Buble down and listen to the real deal – all arrangements for orchestra, big band and quartet penned by Connick, plus many great originals and killer playing from all throughout.

Any Christmas gigs booked in…
I can be found making noise at the Archduke with Nick Pini on Sunday afternoons – with my traditional Festive knees-up taking place there on the 13th December. I will also be finishing off my ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ Opera before the curtain falls on 2015, ready for an enthusiastic splurge of related endeavours in the new year.

Stocking fillers…
Same thing I ask for every year… a pocket-sized James Titshall to take around with me on a day-to-day basis and let me know I’m doing ok … alas, this has yet to materialise. Any recordings by Troyka, Toy Rokit, Nick Cave or Ryan Bingham, an advance copy of Dr. James D. Boys’ new book “Hillary Rising”, and a veritable embarrassment of Sound Generation paraphernalia.

FEATURED ARTIST – AUGUST | Havana Kings, Cuban Band

Havana sugar kings-trio

Favourite album…
Stevie Wonder ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

Grew up listening to…
Irakere, Brass Construction, The Commodores, Stevie Wonder, Orquesta Aragon, Beny Moré. Chucho Valdez of Irakere, lived a few doors away from my Grandparents in Havana and he would bring us music from all over the world. As a kid I would listen to his stories while my Grandfather smoked a fat cigar. Chucho introduced me to jazz and the greats like Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.

Which artists/performers are your greatest influence…
Beny Moré, Chucho Valdez, Tata Guines.

Artists we should check out…
Yosvani Terry, Gonzalo Rubalcava, Trombone Shorty.

Career highlight…
Playing Ronnie Scotts as part of Omar Puente’s Sextet on Bata drums, incorporating the folklore of traditional afro-Cuban Bata with latin jazz.

Best gig you’ve seen this year…
Juan Luis Guerra y la 440. A great Bachata band from Dominican Republic.

What does the future hold…
Playing, collaborating, writing, recording, making music 24/7!