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The Jazz Menagerie

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Overview

  • 2 - 7 piece jazz band
  • With vocals or instrumental
  • Wide repertoire of classic Jazz standards and more.
  • Own P.A. and lighting available for larger shows
  • Virtual DJ option available

Location

Jazz Menagerie are based in Oxford and West London. They frequently perform in London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire as well as the Midlands and the Cotswolds.

Standard Set Times

  • A typical performances is 2 - 3 sets, each set is usually 45 minutes with music played between sets if required.

About this Act

Jazz Menagerie are a group of experienced musicians who play various styles of jazz and soul music. The co-founders of the group are Alison Bentley (vocals/piano) and Kevin Armstrong (guitar). Most of the band, which also features saxophone, drums and bass, met while studying jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Whether Jazz Menagerie are performing elegant ambience in the background or riotous dance rhythms, the band’s philosophy is simple: to have fun playing the music they love.

Set List

A typical jazz set:

They Can't Take That Away From Me - Ella Fitzgerald
Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
It's Only a Paper Moon - Diana Krall
Summertime - Michael Buble
The Girl from Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz
My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone
Take the A Train - Duke Ellington
Moondance - Van Morrison
Come Fly with Me - Frank Sinatra



A typical Soul set:

All Night Long -Lionel Richie
Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Build Me Up Buttercup -The Temptations
Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
Get Ready -Smokey Robinson
How Sweet it is to be Loved be You - Marvin Gaye
Human Nature -Michael Jackson
I Feel Good - James Brown
In the Midnight Hour -Wilson Pickett
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Take Me To the River -Al Green

Lineup

  • The heart of the band is piano/vocals, guitar and saxophone. This trio is great for background jazz, either with vocals or instrumental.
    For dance music the trio is joined by drums and bass and sometimes trumpet too if required.
    For French Café Jazz the brilliant accordionist Peter Watson is invited to join the band which then performs usually a trio or quartet. They have a repertoire of French and Manouche songs.
    Although the Jazz Menagerie features a great vocalist, the band is also very happy to stick to their instrumental repertoire when appropriate.

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