The Essentials are a classic jazz group, specializing in the soulful, sophisticated sound of Blue Note Records and rooted in the standards of the Great American Songbook. Our members have roots in LA's fertile jazz scene, years of experience playing in clubs worldwide, and degrees from the country's top jazz schools (Manhattan School, Berklee, and Calarts). The Essentials offer a combination of talent and professionalism to help make your event relaxed and fun from set-up to load-out.
LIVE JAZZ FOR ANY OCCASION
The Essentials bring a stylish mood to your event by performing an eclectic mix of Classic Jazz Standards, Bossa Nova and Swing, while our singer evokes the style of such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Norah Jones, Chet Baker, and Madeleine Peyroux. The band is a perfect fit for popular event themes such as Great Gatsby, Old Hollywood and Speakeasy. From a small duo to a full 5-piece band, we are flexible enough to fit any situation, from a corporate event to wedding to casual backyard party. We are happy to cater our repertoire to your specific event as well, whether that means performing a set of holiday tunes or jazz renditions of modern pop hits.
Whether you are planning your own wedding or using a professional planner, The Essentials will become a part of the planning process. We like taking the time to get to know you and help to put together your perfect day, for example, discussing and suggesting special song requests, helping to work with your time line, toasts and announcements, and most importantly making sure your wedding is a fun, relaxed, romantic and unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
The Essentials are a totally self-contained band with our own sound system and pre-recorded background music to play during band breaks. We can provide a microphone for your speeches, toasts and announcements.
- We work with the Black Cat DJ group who specialize in 90s R&B/hiphop and dance classics from the 60s to today. They will pack your dance floor, guaranteed.
- We also work with a String Quartet who will add a classical touch to your ceremony and mix in contemporary pop arrangements, as well.