Public Gig- Jazz at 7 Haddington- Saturday the 10th of November between 8pm-10pm
Do feel free to join us at this public event! We'll be playing a wide varirty of genres and are joined by the amazing vocalist Mary Gaze. Tickets available by contacting the venue.
In August the band played a set at Winton Castle in Pencaitland Just outside Edinburgh.
This is a popular Wedding venue. It was actually the second time Frazer performed at a Wedding here within a month! Frazer played the ceremony music as a soloist on their beautiful Bechstein Grand. This encompassed playing some classical music for the pre ceremony as well as a mixed reportoire for the ceremony itself as selected by the couple.
The Jazz Trio then took over to play for the drinks reception which took place in the main at the entrance. Clients typically comment on enjoying the contrast in music between solo piano and the Jazz Trio. As such this has proved to be a popular package for Weddings.
The first half of the year has proved to be busy for the trio. We have had the pleasure of playing at a wide variety of corporate events and weddings. Amongst the highlights include playing at Paxton house- A grand stately home on the border between Scotland and England.
The band was hired to play at Kirsten and Matt's drinks reception. The Steinway grand piano proved a real highlight of this visit! The music was hand crafted for this particular event. The band played many easy listening standards along side some more modern classics. As ever with this approach, it was to reflect the wide ranging ages of the guests. On some occasions the band has been requested for the drinks reception with solo piano being requested for just the Weddingceremony. If you would like to enquire about flexible options such as this please do feel free to Contact us.
As well as leading a busy life as a musician, Frazer also teaches Music full time with an independent studio boasting 75 students. (www.livingstonpianolessons.co.uk) This Summer we held the "Student Showcase" at the Music box Auditorium in Edinburgh. As some of this featured some of the Jazz we play, we thought We'd share one of the performances from the day. The video below features some of Frazer's students and the very sought after vocalist Amy Hawthorn who sometimes joins the band when clients wish for a vocalist.
In June this year the band were asked to play for HTA design in Edinburgh. The purpose of our vist was to create the ideal ambience for an end of year office party. As ever with private events, we arrived around an hour before the scheduled start time. This has proved popular with clients as it ensures the band is fully set up prior to the arrival of guests. The music can then commence seamlessly when guests do arrive. Our set was largely characterized byup beat numbers on this occasion to reflect the celebratory nature of the event.
Public Concert- 12th November at Maybury Casino Edinburgh
A frequent question from prospective clients is "Can I come and hear the band live before booking?". Due to the nature of our events, the vast majority of our bookings are for private events such as: weddings, corporate events and birthday parties. Therefore, as an alternative we often invite clients to come and hear us at a rehearsal. We do though occasionally stage public performances throughout the year.
We are pleased to announce though that we have a public concert on the 12th of November at the Maybury Casino from around 7:30pm. This is a unique venue on the western outskirts of Edinburgh. If you would like to come then please do Contact us for tickets.....
September has proved to be another busy month for the Trio. Amongst the highlights was playing for a private corporate event on a country estate just outside Aberdour. The client had requested a wide mix of Jazz from Oscar Peterson to Stan Getz. We were more than happy to accomodate of course! The client stated that the music formed an ideal backdrop to his event without being intrusive.... (This is always a key consideration for us when playing at such events) Another standout feature was the beautiful Bluthner grand piano.
This Week Frazer also made a Solo recording of the Jazz standard "Its Almost like being in Love". This song was covered by many seminal artists such as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole..
Hope you enjoy the video!
Another event we played at in June was Frazer's Summer concert for his Piano Students. This is where students get the opportunity to play in front of a fairly large audience. The venue as usual was the Music Box Auditorium in Edinburgh. It has became a tradition for the Jazz band to play a few songs before the students play. We had our wonderful guest vocalist Amy Hawthorn singing with the Trio again. Below is a clip of us playing at the event.. Hope you enjoy!
Also in June, we played once more for the accountancy company Deloitte. This was for the company's annual Summer celebration which was set in the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. As it was a corporate event we arrived around 2 hours prior to playing which meant that everything could be fully set up a long time prior to the arrival of any guests. Our role at the event was to play music which would be an enhancement to the ambience which also fitted in well with the Brazilian theme that had been chosen. As a result of this we opted for a fairly extensive set comprised of Latin Jazz. This includes songs from artists such as Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz and Astrad Gilberto....
We love playing this set and were glad to be part of the success of the event once more....
Since the start of 2016 the band have had the pleasure of playing at a wide variety of events including Weddings, Corporate events and Birthday parties. Below we detail a few of them...
The first event we played at in Feburary was a Wedding at the stunning Blair Castle in Perthshire.
As is normal with weddings, we were required to play at several points of the day. To begin with, the Trio played Gentle Easy listening Jazz to welcome the guests into the ceremony room. According to the groom, this helped ensure a relaxed, yet uplifting mood which set a great tone for the day ahead.
Once the Ceremony had started, the bride and groom had requested just Solo Piano rather than the band as some Classical repertoire was to be played.
Thereafter, it was back to the band to play some more relaxed Jazz for the drinks reception. This involved moving rooms which took around 10-15 minutes. An important aspect when playing for a drinks reception is the ability to adapt the music to reflect the mood of the guests. To begin with we played relaxed, easy listening ballads. As the afternoon progressed we adapted the music to suit the Joyeous atmosphere. This involved playing more lively uptempo numbers which reflected the mood at that point.
The final segment involved us playing for the Wedding breakfast. This involved another change of rooms, though the dining hall is right next to the drinks reception room so it didn't take long. In the stunning dining hall there is Bechstein grand piano which had a beautiful warmth to its tone and complimented the bass and drums. We opted for a little subtle amplification for the piano as the dining hall is rather vast! A notable part of playing during this part of the day was the number of guests who approached the trio to ask song requests- not all of them could be classed as Jazz. Nonetheless, we were happy to be able to play some of these!
Another notable event for us in April involved playing at a 60th birthday party on one of the Barges at the Bridge Inn Ratho, Edinburgh. These sail down the union canal and are frequently booked by private clients. As can be imagined, room on-board the barge is rather limited! However, we brought along a more portable PA system than normal which meant there was enough room to set up at the back of the boat. Kenny, whose birthday party it was opted for a mix of Jazz as well as some Queen! We played a wide range of Jazz for the first hour or so. The choice of songs as ever were influenced by the mood of the guests. On the whole, relaxed, easy listening Jazz standards reflected well the laid back tone of the afternoon. Thereafter, into the second half, as the mood seemed fit we played some of the Queen songs as well as other pop repertoire from around the same era. Whenever we do this we ensure that we play these with a Jazz tinge... The Trio would like to think this ensures an event which is just a little different...