Monte and his band performed at my wedding and everyone raved about how great the band was! We decided to split the evening between live music and DJ, both of which monte and his band were able to accommodate. We hired the seven membered jazz band during cocktail hour and dinner. The band very talented and was able to learn new songs for our walkout and first dance. Additionally, Monte was the perfect MC and was able to keep the flow of the wedding as he announced dances, toasts, and cake cutting. When dancing starting, we switched to DJ and every song drew a huge crowd of dancers. My husband and I could not be happier with the band and we highly recommend!
The Legacy Jazz Band offers a unique wedding/party experience that combines two popular wedding/party preferences. The sophistication and timeless elegance of a vintage jazz band, and the ability to accommodate all music genres with the benefits of a mobile DJ. The Legacy Jazz Band with vocalists Monte & Aubrey Slaver are the only professional father/daughter jazz vocal duo in Dallas. People can expect to hear that old nostalgic swing from the 40's, 50's & 60's. He chose the name of the band because of his extremely talented daughter, Aubrey who grew up with music all her life. Aubrey is the living legacy of this lifetime of music.
Our arrangements are just like the popular versions you are used to hearing. We feature the duets of Nat and Natalie Cole, the Tony Bennett duets, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, the Frank Sinatra duets, and the Michael Buble duets. In addition, we cover artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Bobby Darrin, Vic Damone, Billie Holiday, Etta James, just to name a few.
Monte spent the 80's performing in a variety of bands covering, heavy metal, R&B and 50's-60's, which included traveling the US and Canada playing in the finest hotels. Shortly after moving to Dallas he began his DJ career. Over the span of 30 years he has DJed more than 1000 weddings. In 2013, he started the jazz band because he wanted to create a place that his very talented daughter could develop in a live band environment, and get her out in front of people. Both Monte and Aubrey share a love and respect for the sophistication and art of jazz music. Monte knew the potential was there for the combined talents of he and his daughter to be something special, however, he had know idea it would develop into what it is today. Not to mention, a way to integrate his 30 years of DJ experience with a live jazz experience.
We have every possible option to fit your environment or budget. Whether you are looking for Monte and Aubrey with professional backing tracks or our 8 piece swing band. We are ready to customize a performance to fit your needs.
Upon reflecting over his years of DJ experience, Monte was reminded that the majority of wedding couples preferred to have jazz music played for the first part of the reception. The budget would often make it a challenge to have both live music and a DJ. One of the benefits of having these two services combined is its cost effectiveness. Additionally, you have one emcee and one sound system for the event.
One of the things that Monte has always been known for is his desire to empower the wedding couple to plan their wedding. He accomplishes this by his “music planning guide” that he has continually developed over the years. Any experienced wedding DJ knows the importance of providing this to a wedding couple. The newest iteration of this planner encompasses both the live jazz elements as well as the DJ elements. This music planning guide is designed to give a wedding couple all the possible options of the day, as well as inspire creativity, embrace individuality and spark imagination.
An example of how the event might look is; the band typically plays instrumental jazz for the cocktail hour, then transitions to vocal jazz through dinner, then finally after dinner, the DJ would light up the dance floor for the remainder of the event.
The ability to provide both elements in one offering will make any event memorable.