The Essentials

Jazz Band from Los Angeles, CA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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21 VERIFIED BOOKINGS
MEMBER SINCE 2014
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BOOKED 32 days ago

$500 - $4000 per event
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About
THE ESSENTIALS

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. With our members' years of experience playing in clubs worldwide, degrees from the country's top jazz schools (Manhattan School, Berklee, and Calarts), and roots in LA's fertile jazz scene, The Essentials offer a combination of talent and professionalism to help make your event relaxed and fun from set-up to tear-down.

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 or wedding to a 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.

WEDDINGS
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.

EQUIPMENT
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.

PARTNERS
- We work with a DJ group called Wild Dreams 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.
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10+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years

Corporate Function

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The band did an awesome job for us at our corporate sales meeting...they sounded great, arrived on time...were very professional. Thanks again!!

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Christmas Party

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We hired this group at our Holiday Party and they were great. It lightened the mood and everyone was really happy about it. The only hiccups we had were getting the whole group as a whole at first. I misread the invoice so we were only going to get the band at first. Make sure to read your contract! Andrew was understanding and send us a new invoice/contract right away. The second hiccup we had was paying. Since our company only uses credit cards it was hard to get the payment to them quickly because it was not their preferred method. Luckily we were able to work it out with our account department. They are wonderful, and you should hire them for your next event!

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Wedding Reception

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Simone's voice will take you to a new level. The Essentials are great with or without vocals but Simone is definitely a cherry on top. They were a pleasure to work with and we were so happy we found them for our wedding. They were awesome at setting a romantic mood!

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Graduation Party

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Amazing performance! Loved every second, very professional and kind. Amazing musicians. Everyone loved it !!!

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Community Event

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The Essentials were great, easy to work with and well organized. We received positive feedback from our guests and would recommend them to others!

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Wedding Reception

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We had an amazing experience with the band at our reception. Everyone raved about how great their performance was, and one of our friends even thought we were playing a record (they were that good). They had to switch out the saxophone for a keyboard at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict, but it worked out great. The vocalist sounded great and played really well with the band. She also played the role of a DJ for us by announcing the next steps and who will take the centerpiece, etc. They were also very professional and courteous throughout the booking process and we're so glad we found them.

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The Essentials are a professional, talented, and accommodating ensemble. They performed at my Indian wedding and were abel to accommodate special requests, even styles that were not in their existing repertoire. They were easy to work with and responsive. I highly recommend this group and will be reaching out to them for my next event as well.

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Festival

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The Essentials were absolutely amazing, every single one of my guests commented on how talented they were. I 100% plan on using this group again in the future.

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These guys were FANTASTIC. Very professional and talented. We had them play during our cocktail hour and dinner at our wedding yesterday, and we had so many people tell us how awesome they were. Thanks again to all the guys for coming out and making our reception so lovely. Would absolutely recommend them to anyone and everyone.

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Corporate Function

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The Essentials did a fantastic job performing for our corporate luncheon. We coordinated all details via email, and everything went as planned. All of our guests were very pleased.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2019
Nov
12
Club Event
Diamond Bar, CA
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
2019
May
19
Corporate Function
Newport Beach, CA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Dec
13
Christmas Party
Lake Arrowhead, CA
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
May
5
Wedding Reception
Santa Ana, CA
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Apr
7
Wedding Reception
Calabasas, CA
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Nov
25
Wedding Reception
Laguna Niguel, CA
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
Nov
12
Wedding Reception
Silverado, CA
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Nov
11
Wedding Reception
Los Angeles, CA
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
Jul
21
Graduation Party
Anaheim, CA
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
May
6
Anniversary Party
Carlsbad, CA
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Jul
31
Wedding Reception
Los Angeles, CA
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2016
Jul
29
Wedding Reception
Huntington Beach, CA
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Dance Band
Jazz Band
Swing Band
Top 40 Band
Smooth Jazz Band
20s Band
Wedding Band
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 The Essentials will also travel to Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Glendale, Huntington Park, Maywood, Monterey Park, Bell, Hollywood, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Montebello, South Gate, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Inglewood, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Culver City, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Pico Rivera, Toluca Lake, Universal City, Willowbrook, Compton, La Canada, Montrose, North Hollywood.
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