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.
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.