Tara O'Grady & The Black Velvet Band

Jazz Band from New York City, NY - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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3 VERIFIED BOOKINGS
MEMBER SINCE 2011

$600 - $6000 per event
About
Tara O'Grady & The Black Velvet Band is a fun and romantic vintage jazz & swing band that will transport your event to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Hollywood Mega-Star Bruce Willis claimed, "I love this band!" as he sang along with Tara one night in Manhattan. "Visualize a Celt in the Cotton Club!" (Chris B. Donohue, Nashville Producer) Featured on a BBC documentary film about her rendition of the famous song Danny Boy, Tara's vocals have been compared to Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Patsy Cline. As Irish Voice newspaper's Most Influential Woman 2010 and best album of the year 2013, Tara can lead her band as a lounge trio with guitar, upright bass and vocals, or add drums or sax for an ultra hip quartet or quintet. Her popular six or seven piece little big band with your choice of trumpet, clarinet, piano or banjo will keep your party swinging all night long. And those retro threads - from pearls to peek-a-boo shoes, slinky gowns, dapper suits, and fedoras - keep all eyes on stage.

This dynamic band of elite NYC jazz musicians perform jazz standards and blues, but also swing some favorites from 1950s country and rock & roll, as well as an original twist on some Irish standards that sound like they've been reborn in the swing era. "Tara re-baptizes these songs into songs that are more part of the repertory of divas in smoky nightclubs. Her distinctive voice intrigues. At times it reminds us of Doris Day or Eva Cassidy." (Freddy Celis, Rootstime, Belgium) In addition, her band can perform original jazz, blues and celtic influenced music reminiscent of Django Reinhardt and Ella Fitzgerald. Any combination of instrumentation or preference for music style can be arranged to suit your event and budget.

Music from Tara's three albums can be heard on radio from America to Europe. The band has performed live on WFUV 90.7, as well as at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Iridium, Smalls, The Astor Room, Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club, Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene's Grocery, The Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, The Irish Arts Center, The Cupping Room, Bowery Wine Co., Battery Gardens, Garden City Hotel, Flatiron Hotel, Refinery Hotel and Mary O's, as well as private parties, weddings, corporate events, and music festivals across the country.
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Tara O'Grady & The Black Velvet Band made our evening a success. They were extremely talented, professional, and easy to work with. The entire experience was great, from booking to shaking hands at the end of the evening, if anyone is looking for a talented singer and band, then I would highly recommend Tara O'Grady & The Black Velvet Band for your event.

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Tara and her band are absolutely superb. She's got an outstanding, beautiful and sultry voice, and her personality is so fun that the whole evening just sparkled with her at the helm. We hired the bass player, sax player and guitarist and they were the consummate professionals. Tara was gracious and lovely, and MAN, can she sing. YOu will NOT be disappointed with Tara. On the contrary, you'll just sit back and soak up all the complements from your guests who'll praise you for being smart enough to hire her.

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2015
Jan
16
Wedding Cocktail Hour
Florham Park, NJ
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2012
Apr
26
Cocktail Party
Long Island, NY
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2012
Mar
10
Fundraiser
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2011
Dec
6
Mary O's
New York, NY
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
A Fine Romance
Fred Astaire
All of Me
Billie Holiday
Almost Like Being in Love
Nat King Cole
Always
Patsy Cline
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Elvis Presley
As Time Goes By
Billie Holiday
Autumn Leaves
Keely Smith
At Last
Etta James
Baby it's cold outside
Ella & Louis
Bei Mir Bist Di Schon
Andrew Sisters
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered
Ella Fitzgerald
Black is the Color
Nina Simone/Irish
Black Velvet Band
Irish traditional
Black Coffee
Ella Fitzgerald
Blue Moon
Billie Holiday
Cheek to Cheek
Billie Holiday
Cow Cow Boogie
Ella Fitzgerald
Crazy
Patsy Cline
Danny Boy
Irish traditional
Fever
Peggy Lee
Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Sinatra
Fram Fram Sauce
Nat King Cole
Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You
Nat King Cole
Georgia
Ray Charles
Girl from Ipanema
Glow Worm
Mills Brothers
Go Lassi Go
Irish
The Good Life
Tony Bennett
Hallelulia I just love him so
Ray Charles
The Holy Ground
Irish trad
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Diana Krall
I'll Tell Me Ma
Irish trad
I'll be seeing you
Billie Holiday
I Love Being Here With You
Diana Krall
I Love You Honey
Patsy Cline
I'm in the Mood for Love
Louis Armstrong
It's All Right with Me
Cole Porter
It Had to Be You
Frank Sinatra
I Only Have Eyes For You
Peggy Lee
I've Got the World on a String
Frank Sinatra
I've Got you Under my Skin
Frank Sinatra
La Vie En Rose
Edith Piaf
Let's Fall in Love
Ella Fitzgerald
Let's Get Away From it All
Frank Sinatra
L-O-V-E
Nat King Cole
Lover Man
Billie Holiday
Lullaby of Birdland
Ella Fitzgerald
The Man I Love
Billie Holiday
Making Whoopee
Doris Day
Molly Mallone
Irish trad
Moondance
Van Morrison
Moon River
Audrey Hepburn
My Baby Just Cares for Me
Nina Simone
My Funny Valentine
Chet Baker
New York
New York
Night and Day
Ella Fitzgerald
Nice Work if You Can Get It
Billie Holiday
Nora
Irish trad
On a Slow Boat to China
Benny Goodman
Over the Rainbow
Judy Garland
Peggy Gordon
Irish trad
Pennies from Heaven
Bing Crosby
Polka dots and Moonbeams
Ella Fitzgerald
Route 66
Nat King Cole
San Antonio Rose
Patsy Cline
She's Got You
Patsy Cline
Since I Fell for You
Nina Simone
Skylark
Ella Fitzgerald
Someone to watch over me
Somewhere beyond the sea
Bobby Darin
Stairway to the Stars
Glenn Miller
Stand By Me
Ben E King
Stardust
Nat King Cole
Stars Fell on Alabama
Billie Holiday
Stormy Weather
Lena Horne
Summertime
Ella Fitzgerald
Sway
Dean Martin
Sweet Dreams
Patsy Cline
Tennessee Waltz
Hank Williams
That's alright mama
Elvis
That Old Black Magic
Keely Smith
That's your red wagon
Anita O'Day
The best is yet to come
Tony Bennett
The Man I Love
Ella Fitzgerald
Them there eyes
Billie Holiday
They Can't Take That Away from Me
Ella Fitzgerald
The Way you Look Tonight
Tony Bennett
Trouble in Mind
Nina Simone
Too ra loo ra
Irish
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
Walking After Midnight
Patsy Cline
The Water is Wide
Irish trad
What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
What a Difference a Day Makes
Dinah Washington
Why Don't You Do Right
Peggy Lee
Wild Rover
Irish trad
You send me
Sam Cooke
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to
Diana Krall
You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You
Dean Martin
Zing Went the Strings of My Heart
Judy Garland
50s Band
Big Band
Blues Band
Celtic Band
Dance Band
Jazz Band
Oldies Band
Swing Band
Irish Band
Rockabilly Band
Americana Band
Original Band
20s Band
30s Band
40s Band
Folk Band
Wedding Band
Jazz Orchestra
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Tara O'Grady & The Black Velvet Band 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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