The Kareem Kandi Band

Jazz Band from Tacoma, WA - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$500 - $4000 per event
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About
A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.

Kareem is a versatile musician with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, and Funk, and has been performing on the scene for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike. While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye towards the future by composing original music as well as new arrangements of timeless songs from the great American songbook.

Since 1996, Kareem has been performing both as a bandleader and as a sideman to enthusiastic audiences around the world at concert halls, festivals, and clubs. Over the years Kareem has performed, toured and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the music industry including: Pete Christlieb, Ali Jackson, Patti Labelle, Bill Watrous, The Seattle Symphony, Julian Priester, The Paperboys, The Tacoma Symphony, The Northwest Repertory Singers, Thomas Marriot, Alex Duncan, Frazey Ford, DJ Hapa, The Polyrhythmics, Bill Ramsay, The Staxx Brothers, Jay Thomas, The Sabella Consort, Greta Matassa, The Temptations, Hadley Caliman, The Four Tops, The Harry James Orchestra, Wayne Bergeron, and many others. Because of his musical diversity, his group, The Kareem Kandi Band has a sound that is fresh, innovative, and appeals to a wide variety of audiences.
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Wedding

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Kareem played our wedding and was great to work with. He and his trio-mates were professional, friendly, and very talented. We had a rough idea of what we wanted for music during cocktail hour and Kareem and co. played it beautifully with little input. Several times, I took a break from greeting guests to simply enjoy the band. We also had Kareem play us out of the ceremony and he modified the song we selected for the ceremony, fitting it in perfectly for tempo and dynamic range, again with little input. All around cool cats, I will catch them live whenever I can!

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Wedding Ceremony

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Perhaps the best choice we made for our wedding. Everyone LOVED the performance. Kareem proactively worked with us and the venue manager to help make the occasion as perfect as we could imagine. I’m not easily moved to superlatives, but I’m happy to write that we are so pleased that we chose Kareem and his band!

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Corporate Function

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Kareem and his bassist were incredibly professional! They arrived ready to go and provided a delightful ambiance from the moment they started playing. They are skilled jazz musicians and I would hire them again for any event.

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Festival

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Fantastic jazz band! Everyone loved their jazzy grooves and upbeat energy. Very nice and professional band well worth the money. I highly recommend this band for any event. Love them!

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Community Event

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We booked the Kareem Kandi Band for a recent community event in Tacoma. He and his band mate were incredibly professional and had great communication through the booking process. Everyone enjoyed the music and it definitely elevated the atmosphere at the event. I can't recommend Kareem enough and will book again for future events.

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Wedding

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We needed a band that could play acoustically at our wedding due to restrictions at our venue. And Kareem was very accommodating and came up with a jazz trio that didn't require amplification. We also had some pretty specific requests for songs that touched our hearts, and the band really delivered on every song. Once they started playing, the music really set the mood and eased our nerves as the bride and groom. And they played for hours and hours, with only short breaks in between. After the reception many of our guests as well as passersby commented on how much they enjoyed the live jazz. This is truly a talented group! I would HIGHLY recommend this band.

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The Kareem Kandi Band’s Response:

Thank you Courtney, It was a pleasure to be a part of your wedding. The setting was beautiful and you have a wonderful group of family and friends. The oyster was pretty amazing as well. : ) Congratulations to you and Jeff for your new lives together. All the best now and always. Kareem

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Wedding Reception

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My husband and I were so happy to have the Kareem Kandi Band play at our wedding reception. We were pleasantly surprised at how reasonable their rates were for how popular they are in the Tacoma/Seattle area. Kareem was so easygoing and professional, and of course plays incredible jazz.

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Retirement Party

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I had heard the Kareem Kandi Band, myself, years ago and really enjoyed them. So I was delighted to find out that I could hire them for a private event. Unbeknownst to me, this band was a favorite of several attendees at my event. They are exceptionally talented, and are capable of playing anything requested (except Lynerd Skynerd, I was told.) I highly recommend them. KIm

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2019
Sep
14
Wedding
Langley, WA
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2019
Aug
24
Wedding Reception
Index, WA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Aug
4
Wedding Ceremony
Seattle, WA
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
2019
Jul
10
Corporate Function
Seattle, WA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Feb
9
Birthday Party (Adult)
Bonney Lake, WA
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Aug
12
Festival
Seattle, WA
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Oct
3
Community Event
Tacoma, WA
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
Jul
8
Wedding
Union, WA
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
2017
Jan
6
Brother Don's
Bremerton, WA
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Jul
24
Community Event
Renton, WA
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2016
Jul
16
Wedding Reception
Tacoma, WA
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Apr
24
Retirement Party
Gig Harbor, WA
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Bye Bye Blackbird
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Henry Mancini
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How High The Moon
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I Could Have Danced All Night
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I Thought About You
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If I Should Lose You
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It's Only A Paper Moon
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Let's Fall In Love
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My Romance
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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
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Satin Doll
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So What
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Straighten Up And Fly Right
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There Will Never Be Another You
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Time After Time
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What Good Would The Moon Be
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Witchcraft
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You And The Night And The Music
Arthur Schwartz
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
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A Foggy Day
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If I Were A Bell
Frank Loesser
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My Heart Stood Still
Richard Rodgers
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Sigmund Romberg
Sweet Georgia Brown
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This Time The Dreams On Me
Harold Arlen
When The Saints Go Marching In
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A Child Is Born
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A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
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All Blues
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All The Things You Are
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Come Dance With Me
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Corcovado
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Darn That Dream
Jimmy Van Heusen
Desafinado
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
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East of the Sun
Brooke Bowman
Easy Living
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Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Cole Porter
Fly Me To The Moon
Bart Howard
Flying Home
Lionel Hampton
For Sentimental Reasons
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Georgia
Hoagy Carmichael
Here's That Rainy Day
Jimmy Van Heusen
I Loves You Porgy
George Gershwin
I Remember You
Victor Schertzinger
I'll Remember April
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I'm Old Fashioned
Jerome Kern
In A Mellow Tone
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In A Sentimental Mood
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Invitation
Bronislau Kaper
It Could Happen To You
Jimmy Van Heusen
It Don't Mean A Thing
Duke Ellington
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Irving Berlin
I've got Rhythm
George Gershwin
I've Got You Under My Skin
Cole Porter
Just Friends
John Klenner
Like Someone In Love
Jimmy Van Heusen
Love For Sale
Cole Porter
Lullaby Of Birdland
George Shearing
Meditation
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Misty
Erroll Garner
Moon River
Henry Mancini
My Funny Valentine
Richard Rodgers
My One And Only Love
Wood-Mellin
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Night and Day
Cole Porter
Only Trust Your Heart
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Our Love Is Here To Stay
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Pass The Peas
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Polkadots And Moon Beams
Jimmy Van Heusen
Recordame
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Remember
Irving Berlin
Round Midnight
Thelonious Monk
Shiny Stockings
Frank Foster
Skylark
Hoagy Carmichael
Smile
Charlie Chaplin
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Jerome Kern
Soft Winds
Benny Goodman
Someday My Prince Will Come
Frank Churchill
Someone To Watch Over Me
George Gershwin
Something Wonderful
Richard Rodgers
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Harold Arlen
Song For My Father
Horace Silver
St. Thomas
Sonny Rollins
Star Dust
Hoagy Carmichael
Star Eyes
Gene DePaul
Summertime
George Gershwin
Take Five
Paul Desmond
Taking A Chance On Love
Vernon Duke
The Girl From Ipanema
Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Glory Of Love
Billy Hill
The Nearness Of You
Hoagy Carmichael
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Jerry-Brainin
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Johnny Mandel
The Song Is You
Jerome Kern
The Very Thought Of You
Ray Noble
The Way You Look Tonight
Jerome Kern
These Foolish Things
Strachey-Link
They Can't Take That Away From Me
George Gershwin
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington
Wave
Antonio Carlos Jobim
What Is This Thing Called Love
Cole Porter
When I Fall in Love
Victor Young
You Make Me Feel So Young
Josef Myrow
50s Band
Dance Band
Funk Band
Jazz Band
Swing Band
Variety Band
Soul Band
Acoustic Band
Original Band
30s Band
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Wedding Band
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Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
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Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
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Conventions
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First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
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Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note The Kareem Kandi Band will also travel to Steilacoom, University Place, Wauna, Anderson Island, Burley, Fox Island, Spanaway, Du Pont, Olympia, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Milton, Federal Way, Longbranch, Longmire, Paradise Inn, Lakebay, Retsil, Burton, Gorst, Graham, South Colby, Southworth, Manchester, Mcmillin, Pacific, Roy, Auburn, Lacey, Mckenna.
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