The James Zeller Trio

Jazz Trio from San Francisco, CA - Will travel up to 800 miles
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$650 - $6000 per event
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About
If you're looking for a musical act to bring elegance, excitement and Jazz entertainment to your event, look no further!

The James Zeller Trio is based in Northern California and available regionally up and down west coast. Their fantastic repertoire is a unique and entertaining mix of swinging Jazz and timeless American Songbook classics from the 1920's-50's, New Orleans and Trad Jazz, classic country, blues and folk. Their music is the perfect addition for community events, festivals, concerts, clubs, restaurants, weddings, cocktail parties, business parties and anything with the word "party" in it! Each set they perform is filled with songs audiences know and love!

Zeller was a top call professional musician in NYC for 17 years, and was highly successful as a side musician and as the leader of his trio.

The group is lead by James Zeller who supplies heartfelt vocals, tasteful trombone and rhythm guitar. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Nickerson plays guitar, Lee Phillips is on upright bass and the trio is often joined by musical friends on many other instruments.


They take pride in their work as musicians and entertainers. Beyond their ability onstage, they are classy, professional, experienced in the music business, punctual, well dressed and easy to work with.

James Zeller, a Eugene, Oregon native, spent 17 years as a vocalist, trombonist, bandleader and professional musician in NYC. In the fall of 2017, weary of city life and wanting to be closer to his family and roots, James moved to Northern, CA and reformed his trio with west coast musicians.

All three are lifelong musicians, lovers of songs and the art of performing them. A Sacramento area native, Daniel received a degree in musical composition from Lewis and Clark College. After three years touring with folk group Max's Midnight Kitchen performing original and traditional material, Daniel became the music director at an arts non-profit called The Sanctuary in Arcata, CA. It was there that he met James, and where they began their musical endeavors together.

New Orleans native Lee Phillips adds the backbone to the trio on double bass. A natural partnership, all three have many years of experience, eclectic musical tastes and wide ranging skills as multi-instrumentalists, making each performance a unique and entertaining experience.
The trio also performs often with top call Bay area bassist Doug Stuart replacing Lee when traveling further south.

This band is a kind of stylistic chameleon, as comfortable as a playing American songbook Jazz for cocktails as they are playing Texas two-step and New Orleans styles. James musical roots grew form the music he was surrounded by growing up and spread from Billie Holiday to Willie Nelson to the Beatles. Their repertoire lists hit songs from Jazz icons like Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong to classic country covers of Hank Williams and Willie Nelson to New Orleans and cajun styles of Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and so much more. Their sets are packed with classic songs that people know and love like: "Fly Me To The Moon", "What a Wonderful World", "Yesterdays", "It Goes To Show You Never Can Tell", "Hey Good Lookin'", "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Crazy", "It Had To "Dream A Little Dream", "At Last", "The Way You Look Tonight" and hundreds more choice favorites.

Their music is the perfect addition to weddings, dinner parties, cocktail parties, birthdays, holidays and most any type of classy special event. They are a highly professional group that is easy to work with, well dressed and punctual. Music is hand-picked for each event, and with a vast repertoire with something for everyone means satisfaction is guaranteed. Every event features songs people know and love, and the trio is happy to dress according to a theme, color scheme, or for the particular style of the occasion.

The James Zeller Trio also performs as a quartet, quintet and larger ensembles. Please inquire about the availability of larger bands. Sound Equipment can be provided for all sizes of events.
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I hired James Zeller and his band to play during the cocktail hour at my wedding and I have to say, I couldn't have been happier with them. This is a solid trio that will masterfully set the mood and make your experience memorable.

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The James Zeller Trio was fantastic at our wedding. I couldn't ask for anything more. Professionalism, courtesy, accommodating, a truly classy 5 star trio.

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Engagement Party

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The band was amazing, so talented! They played all the great hits! Everyone was raving about the music and I think they got one new gig from one of our guests! These guys are great and I would hire them again in a heartbeat. They are so flexible and easy to work with!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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The James Zeller Trio are very professional, punctual and easy to work with. They play great jazz music that is easy on the ears. Everyone in the party mentioned how much they enjoyed the trio. I would definitely work with them again.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Fantastic addition to our party. Style was exactly what we needed, and musicianship and sound were excellent. They had a perfect volume even for a small, crowded apartment. The only issue was that we had planned to have them on the roof, but the band played inside because it was cold. We planned in advance with the band that they would play on the roof if it wasn't raining, and a San Francisco rooftop at night is always going to be cold - gotta plan ahead and bring layers, because the cold was going to be inevitable. We had a couple dozen guests on the roof enjoying the party, so it would have been great, but they were still great inside.

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Restaurant Event

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The guys were perfect for our project. They were on time, professional and fun. Great guys and very talented. Everyone loved them.

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Holiday Party

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Wedding Cocktail Hour

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James's Trio was a great addition that we had at our wedding and i picked him base on his music style that fitting the venue and overall theme. Not only that they are very talent, but they are also very profession and will accommodate simple request. I asked James to play "Fly me to the moon" at my wedding when i enter the cocktail hour. I forgot about this request on my own big day but he delivered. I was excised and very happy that he remembers this simple request. The group also dress appropriate to the event. Their service well worth the price (which is mid range) and make sure you notice that they require vendor meals.

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The James Zeller Trio’s Response:

Hi Calvin, Thank you very much for the kind review! We were honored to be a part of you and Michelle's wedding day. Congratulations and my very best wishes for the both of you, Jamed

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Tony Bennett
At Last
Glenn Miller Etta James
Blue Moon
Frank Sinatra
Blue Skies
Irving Berlin
(I’m) Confessin’ That I Love You
Louis Armstrong
Dream a Little Dream
Various
Embraceable You
Nat Cole
Fly Me To The Moon
Frank Sinatra
It Could Happen To You
Chet Baker
It Had To Be You
Tony Bennett
I Love You (for Sentimental Reasons)
Nat King Cole
I’m in the Mood for Love
Nat King Cole
I've Got A Feelin' I'm Fallin'
Fats Waller
I've Got The World On A String
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I’ve Got You Under My Skin
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Just In Time
Tony Bennett
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Louis Armstrong
La Vie En Rose
Edith Piaf Louis Armstrong
Let's Get Lost
Chet Baker
Let There Be Love
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L.O.V.E.
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Moon River
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My Blue Heaven
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My Baby Just Cares For Me
Mel Torme
The Nearness of You
Hoagy Carmichael
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Ella Fitzgerald
Somewhere Beyond The Sea
Bobby Darin
Sunny Side Of The Street
Louis Armstrong
‘Swonderful
George Gershwin
Too Marvelous for Words
Nat King Cole
Teach Me Tonight
Various
Tenderly
Various
That's All
Various
The Very Thought Of You
Nat Cole Billie Holiday
Time After Time
Chet Baker
Twenty Four Hours A Day
Billie Holiday
The Way You Look Tonight
Tony Bennett
What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
When You're Smilin'
Louis Armstrong
When Did You Leave Heaven
Louis Armstrong
You Brought a New Kind of Love
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You Do Something To Me
Cole Porter
You Make Me Feel So Young
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Young At Heart
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Please note The James Zeller Trio will also travel to South San Francisco, Belmont, Daly City, Brisbane, Oakland, Sausalito, Alameda, Emeryville, Tiburon, Berkeley, San Bruno, Albany, Mill Valley, Pacifica, Piedmont, Richmond, Corte Madera, El Cerrito, Larkspur, Millbrae, San Quentin, Tamal, Burlingame, San Rafael, Canyon, El Sobrante, Greenbrae, Orinda, San Leandro, San Mateo.
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