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Perfect Manhattan

Jazz Ensemble from New York City, NY - Will travel up to 100 miles
MEMBER SINCE 2018
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$500 - $3000 per event
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About
To date, none have expressed the romantic side of New York City better than the writers of popular song including Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers. "Perfect Manhattan" is clarinetist Evan Christopher's acoustic ensemble presenting timeless melodies from the "Great American Songbook" with luminous elegance. Devoid of clichés, caricatures or costumes, this assemblage of NYC A-Listers is ideal for dignified occasions of any size. Their tailored performances will light up any space with the style and swing of New York's golden age.

Evan Christopher has an international reputation as an advocate for early jazz and traditional New Orleans music. Charismatic and versatile, he was drawn to New Orleans from his native California in 1994 by the rich cultural landscape and music scene. Currently, however, he splits time between the Big Easy and the Big Apple, where he performs frequently and teaches periodically for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Critics remarking on Christopher's dynamic expressiveness and intimate approach have coined his style "close-encounter music" (NEW YORK TIMES) and have called his respect for the music traditions of New Orleans, "a triumph, joining the present seamlessly to a glorious past." (THE OBSERVER, UK).

Named after the classic cocktail, "Perfect Manhattan" is Christopher's new pet project. It was created to offer a bespoke musical experience for all who share his passion for the vintage American music that gave New York its luster. As this is the group's specialty, requests in the genre are not only welcome but encouraged. Services typically range from one hour to three hours. Ensemble's attire is suits with ties, or if preferred, tuxedos or dinner jackets.

The core ensemble of "Perfect Manhattan" is a quartet with clarinet, trumpet guitar & bass. However, it can be scaled down to a trio, even a duo, or augmented with piano (if a tuned, acoustic instrument is available) and/or a female vocalist (if an adequate P.A. system is available). Our audio samples include several of these variations, but all demonstrate our emphasis on creating ambiance that is warm and elegant. Potential clients agree to an in-person meeting or teleconference with Evan Christopher to discuss their event details, but also to ensure mutual confidence that "Perfect Manhattan" is the right fit, expectations are clear, and both parties are concern-free. After this, the date will be held by contract and 50% deposit.
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A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody
Berlin
All The Things You Are
Kern
Always
Berlin
April In My Heart
Hoagy
As Long As I Live
Arlen
At Sundown
Donaldson
Because My Baby Don't Mean Maybe Now
Donaldson
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Arlen
The Blue Room
Rodgers
C'est Magnifique
Porter
Cheek to Cheek
Berlin
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Arlen
Did I Remember
Donaldson
Don't Blame Me
McHugh
Easy to Love
Porter
Embraceable You
Gershwin
Everybody Loves My Baby
Donaldson
Exactly Like You
Fields
Falling In Love With Love
Rodgers
Finesse
Ellington
The Girl In My Dreams Tries to Look Like You
Ellington
He Loves She Loves
Gershwin
Hold My Hand
Waller
Honeysuckle Rose
Waller
How Deep Is the Ocean
Berlin
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Fields
I Could Write a Book
Rodgers
I Get a Kick Out of You
Porter
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
Ellington
I Love You
Porter
I Want To Be Happy
Youmans
I'll See You In My Dreams
Jones/Kahn
I'm Beginning to See the Light
Ellington
I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
Waller
I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
Berlin
I Never Knew
Fiorito
Isn't It Romantic
Rodgers
Isn't This a Lovely Day
Berlin
It Could Happen To You
van Heusen
It Had To Be You
Jones/Kahn
It's a Lovely Day Today
Berlin
It's De-Lovely
Porter
It's Only a Paper Moon
Arlen
I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
Waller
I've Got the World On a String
Arlen
I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
Loewe
Just Squeeze Me
Ellington
Keepin Out of Mischief Now
Waller
Let's Do It
Porter
Let's Fall In Love
Arlen
Love Is Here To Stay
Gershwin
Love Walked In
Gershwin
Love Will Find a Way
Blake
Love You Madly
Ellington
Makin' Whoopee
Donaldson
Manhattan
Rodgers
More Than You Know
Youmans
My Blue Heaven
Donaldson
My Heart Stood Still
Rodgers
Love Letters In the Sand
Coots
My Fate Is In Your Hands
Waller
My Shining Hour
Arlen
The Nearness of You
Hoagy
Night and Day
Porter
Prelude to a Kiss
Ellington
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Kern
Soft Lights Sweet Music
Berlin
Someone to Watch Over Me
Gershwin
The Song Is You
Kern
Soon
Gershwin
Sposin'
Waller
'S Wonderful
Gershwin
Stardust
Hoagy
Sunny Side of the Street
McHugh
Sweet and Slow
Waller
Taking a Chance On Love
Duke
Tea For Two
Youmans
There's a Small Hotel
Rodgers
This Can't Be Love
Rodgers
This Time the Dream's On Me
Arlen
The Touch of Your Lips
Noble
Time On My Hands
Youmans
Two Sleepy People
Hoagy
The Very Thought of You
Noble
There Will Never Be Another You
Warren
When I Fall In Love
Victor Young
Where Or When
Rodgers
With a Song In My Heart
Rodgers
Yes Sir That's My Baby
Donaldson
You're Driving Me Crazy
Donaldson
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Gershwin
You and the Night and the Music
Schwartz
You Do Something to Me
Porter
You Go To My Head
Coots
You Were Meant For Me
Brown
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Porter
You'll Never Know
Warren
You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
Warren
You're Lucky To Me
Blake
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Weddings
Baby Showers
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Bachelorette Parties
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Conventions
Fundraisers
Meetings
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Commitment Ceremonies
Retirement Parties
Divorce Parties
Mardi Gras Party
Wine Tasting Parties
Please note Perfect Manhattan will also travel to Long Island City, Brooklyn, North Bergen, Bronx, West New York, Union City, Weehawken, Flushing, Fairview, Edgewater, Hoboken, Jersey City, Ridgefield, Cliffside Park, Palisades Park, Fort Lee, Secaucus, Ridgefield Park, Leonia, Englewood Cliffs.
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