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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
Singer and multi-instrumentalist James Zeller has performed with jazz legends including Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, and The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Over the last decade, his trio has captivated hundreds of audiences, playing the best of 1920's-50's jazz, vintage country, Americana, and early rock and roll. From Satchmo to Sinatra to the Beatles and more, their world-class interpretations of loved classics make them a favorite at parties, weddings, and events.

Founded in New York City, The James Zeller Trio has played famed venues including The Rainbow Room, The Waldorf Astoria, and Lincoln Center. Since Zeller's move to California in 2017, his trio continues to delight audiences up and down the coast, including events at San Francisco's Julia Morgan Ballroom, The Presidio Social Club, and the historic Villa Montalvo.

While James main working unit is the trio, he also leads ensembles of any configuration, ranging from solo performances of vocal and guitar/piano to a full band. Whatever the size or setting, from New York to California, James Zeller is known for his professionalism, his charming vocals, and his spirited, heartwarming music. If you're looking for live entertainment that will enchant any audience, look no further!

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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.

The trio is a kind of stylistic chameleon, as comfortable playing a romantic set of American songbook Jazz for cocktails as they are playing early Rock n' roll, New Orleans party music and classic western swing to pack the dance floor. James musical roots grew from the music he was surrounded by growing up and spread from Billie Holiday to Willie Nelson to the Beatles. Their repertoire covers 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 music is the perfect addition to weddings, events of all kinds and any occasion with the word "party" in it. 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 in black tie or for the particular style of the occasion.
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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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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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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2020
Aug
29
Wedding Ceremony
San Francisco, CA
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
2019
Nov
9
Wedding Ceremony
Pleasanton, CA
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
2019
Apr
27
Birthday Party (Adult)
San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2019
Feb
21
Celebration
San Francisco, CA
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Dec
31
New Year's Eve Party
Chico, CA
10:30 PM - 12:30 AM
2018
Dec
14
Holiday Party
San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
Dec
13
Restaurant Event
San Francisco, CA
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
2018
Nov
8
Wedding Cocktail Hour
Saratoga, CA
4:00 AM - 5:30 AM
2018
Jun
9
Wedding
Oakland, CA
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
May
2
Corporate Function
San Francisco, CA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Oct
7
Cocktail Party
Philadelphia, PA
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Jun
22
Restaurant Event
Bernardsville, NJ
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Jun
17
Anniversary Party
Princeton, NJ
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
As Time Goes By
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
Frank Sinatra
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Cole Porter Frank Sinatra
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
Nat King Cole
L.O.V.E.
Nat King Cole
More
Nat Cole Frank Sinatra
Moon River
Various
My Blue Heaven
Gene Austin
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
Maurice Chevalier
You Do Something To Me
Cole Porter
You Make Me Feel So Young
Frank Sinatra
Young At Heart
Frank Sinatra
Cabaret
Broadway
Big Band
Blues Band
Swing Band
Cabaret Band
Jazz Duo
20's Hits Duo
40's Hits Duo
Swing Duo
Country Trio
Folk Trio
Jazz Trio
20's Hits Trio
30's Hits Trio
40's Hits Trio
Smooth Jazz Trio
Jazz Quartet
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
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
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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