James Hammel & Friends - Jazz Band - Black Mountain, NC - Hero Main

James Hammel & Friends Jazz Band from Black Mountain, NC

Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 5 Reviews
  • 15 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2017
  • 2 Awards & Badges
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $300 per event

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Some musicians are born with stories to tell and a dedication to their craft that sets them apart. James Hammel has performed his songs at The Metropolitan Room, a renown NYC jazz and cabaret club, and The Bitter End, one of the top pop songwriter venues worldwide, and even the US Open Tennis Championships. James performs solo (vocal and guitar) or with a band from 2 to 7 musicians. His current band, James Hammel & Friends, performs in the Asheville, NC area and are regular, featured performers at acclaimed venues such as The Omnii Grove Park Inn, Biltmore Estate, and a host of other venues. James also performs regularly at private events including weddings, fund raisers, retirement communities, memorial services, and community events. From --Roy Sander, Critic and Columnist (formerly of Back Stage and Citysearch): "On stage, James Hammel is at once completely natural and artfully focused, a rare combination. He gets to the core of each song with easy grace and understated eloquence." A student of jazz guitar great, Sal Salvador, and a trained vocalist, James has spent decades training and honing his voice and guitar work. James' music is a diverse, soulful, jazz-inspired mix of singing and guitar filled with great energy and expression. The music is a mix of jazz, pop, blues, rock, and award-winning originals (James was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest and has an original song charted on Billboard's Top 500). Fans of James' describe his vocal sound, style, and interpretation as capturing Sting's sensitivity, the class and touch of Michael Buble, the cleverness of Michael Franks, the innocence of Chet Baker, and the playfulness of John Pizzarelli. But the music selection doesn't stop there as James is an excellent showman with excellent guitar chops and a trained voice with a warm, interpretive, and sincere sound. James Hammel & Friends is a scalable group of great musicians that can perform solo (James playing guitar and singing), as a duo with James and a saxophone player, a trio (with James, a saxophone player, and a percussionist), and a quartet (with James, a saxophone player, a drummer, and a bass player). Band performances can also include acclaimed female vocalists as well. Customized acts are also available with larger groups with other instrumentation (especially drums, horn sections, piano, blues harp and more). James Hammel & Friends song list includes more than 150 songs from artists that include Sting (The Police), Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Bobby Caldwell, Michel Legrand, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Maroon 5, Billy Withers, Billy Joel, Percy Mayfield, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, The Beatles, and Elton John. As a service to clients, James' can arrange and perform music selections customized to the clients event. This is especially helpful with wedding events where specific songs are desired for ceremonies. Clients can structure their show with a focus on a specific genre (such as jazz, pop, blues) or have a mixed genre show. The band can deliver a show or perform as background music, whichever works best for the client. James Hammel and Friends is available to travel domestically and internationally for performance events. Travel costs can be paid by the client or built into the overall performance fee for the gig. Outstanding references are available upon request.


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Review by Nicky L.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on March 2, 2024From Simpsonville, SC

James and Friends added that special touch that made my event perfect. I’ll definitely recommend them and use them for future events!

Review by Joanna G.

EventReviewed on November 7, 2021From Butler, TN

They did such a wonderful job at our Event! Very professional and everyone loved the music!

Review by Mark S.

FundraiserReviewed on April 12, 2018From Maggie Valley, NC

It was a plesure working with Jim setting up and suggesting back and forth what we wanted for Richies Alliance for Autism event. Professional all the way and easy to communicate back and forth prior to the event. The music provided was everything we expected and more with attendees into their music while the Taste and Wine event proceeded. No one seemed to want them to stop but in the end the event was over and we all left enjoying the music from that night.

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  • Jazz Standards
  • A Wink And A Smile | Harry Connick
  • All Of Me | Tony Bennett
  • All Or Nothing At All | Nat King Cole/Diana Krall
  • Almost Like Being In Love | Nat King Cole
  • Autumn Leaves | Chet Baker
  • Beyond The Sea | Bobby Darin
  • Black Orpheus | Luis Bonfa/Tom Grant
  • Come Fly With Me | Sinatra/Buble
  • Come Rain Or Come Shine | Sinatra/Bobby Caldwell
  • Desafinado | Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore | Nat King Cole
  • Easy To Love | Sinatra/Sammy Davis
  • Estate | Bruno Martino (Italian)
  • Feeling Good | Nina Simone/Michael Buble
  • Fly Me To The Moon | Sinatra/Tony Bennett
  • Georgia On My Mind | Ray Charles
  • Give Me The Simple Life | Louis Armstrong
  • Havent We Met | Kenny Rankin
  • Heres That Rainy Day | Kenny Rankin
  • I Can't Give You Anything/Rainy Day | Louis Armstrong/Steve Terrell
  • I Can't Give You Anything But Love | Louis Armstrong/Steve Terrell
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You | Sinatra
  • I Remember You | Diana Krall
  • I Thought About You | John Pizzarelli
  • Im Beginning To See The Light | Duke Ellington/Buble
  • I'm Glad There Is You | Jamie Cullum
  • It Dont Mean A Thing (If It Aint Got That Swing) | Tony Bennett
  • Ive Got The World On A String | Sinatra/Bobby Caldwell
  • I've Got You Under My Skin | Sinatra/Diana Krall
  • It Had To Be You | Harry Connick
  • Just A Gigolo/Aint Got Nobody | Louis Prima
  • Love Is Here To Stay | Sinatra
  • (Love Is (The Tender Trap) | Sinatra
  • Meditation | Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • My One and Only Love | Sinatra/Johnny Hartman
  • My Romance | Tony Bennett
  • My Foolish Heart | Tony Bennett
  • My Funny Valentine | Chet Baker
  • Night & Day | Sinatra
  • Old Devil Moon | Tony Bennett/Bobby Caldwell
  • On A Clear Day | Andy Williams
  • Over The Rainbow | Yip Harburg
  • Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars | Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Route 66 | Nat King Cole
  • She Walks This Earth | Ivan Lins/Sting
  • So Nice (Summer Samba) | Gilberto
  • Stardust | Hoagy Charmichael
  • Straighten Up And Fly Right | Nat King Cole
  • Summertime | Billy Holiday
  • Summerwind Sinatra | Buble
  • Sweet Lorraine | Nat King Cole
  • Thats All | Mel Torme
  • The Girl From Ipanema | Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • The Island | Ivan Lins
  • The More I See You | Sinatra/Michael Buble
  • The Nearness of You | Hoagy Charmichael/Norah Jones
  • The Sweetest Sounds | Andy Williams
  • The Way You Look Tonight | Fred Astaire/Sinatra
  • They Cant Take That Away From Me | Tony Bennett
  • Watch What Happens | Michel Legrand
  • Wave | Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life | Michel Legrand
  • When I Take My Sugar to Tea | Sinatra
  • You Dont Know What Love Is | Billy Holiday
  • You Go To My Head Sinatra | Bobby Caldwell
  • You Stepped Out Of A Dream | John Pizzarelli
  • Song List Blues - Pop - R&B - Rock
  • A Song For You | Ray Charles/M. Buble/Leon Russell
  • Aint No Sunshine | Billy Withers
  • Bird of Beauty | Stevie Wonder
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman | Stevie Wonder
  • Carolina On My Mind | James Taylor
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen | M. Buble
  • Dr Wu | Steely Dan
  • Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight | James Taylor
  • Dont You Worry Bout A Thing | Stevie Wonder
  • Down In Brazil | Michael Franks
  • Every Breath You Take | The Police
  • Everything | Michael Buble
  • Fields of Gold | Sting
  • Fire and Rain | James Taylor
  • Home | Michael Buble
  • Fragile (with Spain intro) | Sting
  • God Only Knows | Bee Gees
  • Golden Lady | Stevie Wonder
  • I Believe In You | Michael Buble
  • I Was Brought To My Senses | Sting
  • If I Ever Lose My Faith In You | Sting
  • Lean On Me | Billy Withers
  • Let It Be | Beatles
  • Lets Stay Together | Al Green
  • Lost Mind | Percy Mayfield
  • Mad Without Her Sad Without Her Blues | Larry Marks
  • Make You Feel My Love | Dylan/Adele
  • Moondance | Van Morrison/Michael Buble
  • NY State Of Mind | Billy Joel
  • Popsicle Toes | Michael Franks
  • Pretzel Logic | Steely Dan
  • Rikki Dont Lose That Number | Steely Dan
  • Roxanne | The Police/George Michael
  • Save The Last Dance For Me | The Drifters/Michael Buble
  • Spain/Fragile | Chick Corea/Sting
  • Stuck On You | Bobby Caldwell
  • Sunday Morning | Maroon5
  • The Shape of My Heart | Sting
  • The Wedding Song (instrumental) | Kenny G
  • The Windmills of Your Mind | Sting
  • You And I | Stevie Wonder
  • You Are The Sunshine of My Life | Stevie Wonder
  • You Smiling Face | James Taylor
  • Your Song | Elton John
  • Youve Got A Friend | James Taylor
  • Walking On The Moon | The Police
  • What You Wont Do For Love | Bobby Caldwell
  • Why Should I Cry For You | Sting
  • With A Little Help From My Friends | Beatles
  • Song List - James Hammel Originals
  • Anything Any Day Anytime | James Hammel
  • Baby Its You | James Hammel
  • Call My Name | James Hammel
  • Come Together | James Hammel
  • Do It All Over Again | James Hammel
  • Heaven Only Knows | James Hammel
  • Helpless And Here For You | James Hammel
  • Holding My Heart | James Hammel
  • Lady Mermaid | James Hammel
  • The Letter From My Love | James Hammel
  • Set The Children Free | James Hammel
  • Stay With Me | James Hammel
  • The Object of Her Affection | James Hammel
  • You Are The One | James Hammel
  • Why Am I So Blue | James Hammel
  • Why Do I Dream | James Hammel

Booked Events 

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Upcoming Events

June 8, 2024 • Wedding Reception
Sat8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Easley, SC

Past Events

February 24, 2024 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Simpsonville, SC
August 5, 2023 • Club Event
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cashiers, NC
June 30, 2023 • Club Event
Fri8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Asheville, NC
December 20, 2022 • Holiday Party
Tue6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Maggie Valley, NC
August 5, 2022 • Wedding Reception
Fri5:30 PM - 10:00 PM Asheville, NC
July 29, 2022 • Club Event
Fri5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cashiers, NC
November 6, 2021 • Event
Sat6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Butler, TN
October 16, 2021 • Club Event
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cashiers, NC
June 15, 2019 • Corporate Function
Sat6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Asheville, NC
April 13, 2019 • Fundraiser
Sat6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Kingsport, TN
July 13, 2018 • Wedding Reception
Fri4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kingsport, TN
April 11, 2018 • Fundraiser
Wed4:00 PM - 7:30 PM Maggie Valley, NC

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