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Paul Seaforth Jazz Ensemble and DJ Sean hit home runs!

June 10, 2014

One of Essence Entertainment’s finest Jazz Ensembles, the Paul Seaforth Ensemble, and our terrific DJ Sean, hit home runs…and we sure appreciate them for it!

They played for Brittany and Mark’s Wedding at the Surf and Sand Hotel on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.  The Paul Seaforth Ensemble provided a Trio for the Cocktail Hour and a 5-piece Ensemble for Dinner.

Paul Seaforth Ensemble

Paul Seaforth

The Mother of the Bride said it all:

Dear Mike, Paul and the band,

 I just wanted you to know how very much Paul and his ensemble are appreciated!  Your work seemed effortless, well rehearsed and sounded like a  million bucks!    Everything you played and sang was truly amazing!  It was just so spectacular I want your hard working team to know how amazing they all are!  You created an atmosphere that is simply unforgettable!  Your music brought tears to my eyes and the entire ballroom!!!  Soooo beautiful, soooo wonderful, soooo heavenly-I felt like I was in a dream.  You are so creative and special.  The music was truly  awesome!!!  You gave us your very best and we can’t thank you enough for making this job a priority in every way.

I hope you can keep a file for me sot that I could duplicate the music with Paul and his group at another time!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making Brittany and Mark’s Wedding Day as special as they are!!!

With admiration for all you do!!!

Linda – Mother of the Bride

 

Paul was followed by our very own DJ-Sean, who continued with the success of the event.

Linda had this to say about Sean:

I just realized I neglected to mention the DJ!  He was awesome with the kids and got everyone dancing for hours!  Soooo much fun!  Best wedding ever, I’ve been told over and over!

Thanks, again!  It really was a pleasure and I couldn’t have been more pleased!!!

 

Their Wedding Coordinator, Natalie Vishny, also had nice things to say:

“To Mike at Essence Entertainment:  Thank you for sending out your very best.  Everything was perfect from beginning to end.”

Kudos to Paul and Sean!

 

Can Jazz Trios play ‘other’ styles of music?

April 26, 2012

Traditionally, Jazz Trios play…well, Jazz.  They might add some light pop, easy listening…but given the instrumentation of a typical Jazz Trio (be it Guitar, Upright Bass, Sax or Keyboards, Upright Bass, Female Vocal, to name a couple), the Trio will generally play the music appropriate for the instrumentation, the event, and the client’s requested ambiance (usually ‘background’ music).

However, that isn’t to say there aren’t exceptions…!!  :)

A perfect example is the Robin Kelly Jazz Trio (…yes, my Trio…).  With the instrumentation of Keyboards, Upright Bass, and Female Vocals, we were hired to play at a corporate awards dinner for the Council of Academic Programs last Thursday evening at the Newport Beach Marriott.   Don French (Keyboards), Dave Eastly (Upright Bass) and I were ready to play Jazz Favorites (i.e., It Had to Be You, My Funny Valentine, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Route 66…you get the idea).  The evening started off just as we expected – we played nice background music while guests mingled and socialized following their Awards Presentation.

About 45 minutes in to our 3-hour playing time, things started to evolve…people started to dance a little (though there was no dance floor), they started pulling chairs around and sitting in theater formation to ‘watch’ the Trio…and then the requests started coming in…

“Play some R&B!”

“Do you know any 80’s?”

“How about Nora Jones?”

“Can you do I Will Survive?”

Well, hmmm…let’s see…Disco…with Keyboards, Upright Bass…no drum machine…I didn’t even have a tambourine!

As always, it’s our aim to please, so with the good humor and terrific talents of Don and Dave we played the guest’s requests to the best of our ability.  Dave added his vocals and we sang back-up vocals for each other.  During a break, Don hooked up a vocal mic so he could add his vocal talents to the mix.  Then, to my great amazement and delight, during that same break Dave found a ‘Drum Machine’ app on his mobile phone.  He and Don hooked up his phone to Don’s keyboards to amplify the sound…and for our last set, we played to a mobile phone app Drum Machine!!  Now, this Drum Machine had only basic types of rhythms to choose from, at whatever tempo was set at the factory.  So, it was…find a rhythm/beat/tempo we liked, listen to it for a few seconds, think of what song might go well with it…then we were off and running!

Robin Kelly Jazz Trio

Robin Kelly Jazz Trio

The crowd loved it!  They continued to dance and sing along, and shout out more requests.  We had a ball!

Thanks again to the exceptional talents of Don & Dave, The Robin Kelly Jazz Trio was able to change hats and accommodate the requests of the guests.  Frances Laven, Executive Director of C.A.P., our Client representative, was very appreciative, and acknowledged that the crowd had taken us down a different road than originally intended.  I just smiled…and encouraged her to hire a full dance band next year!  :)


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