Thomson Kneeland And Pizzicato Jazz

Jazz Trio from New York City, NY - Will travel up to 500 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2008

$400 - $4000 per event
About
Consisting of some of the finest jazz musicians on the scene today, Pizzicato Jazz brings years of professional experience to your event with extensive careers spent performing with the likes of Chet Baker, Cab Callaway, Horace Silver, Bill Cosby and many others. We've set our roots deep into the history of the music we play, and we bring that experience into every setting we perform in.

In the past year, we've performed at private events for Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Satori Consulting, the Rainbow Room, Lincoln Center, Ciprianis, the Boston College Club and many other high profile parties and weddings. Our professional attitude emphasizes courteousness, looking great (suits or tuxedos), dynamic and flexible volumes to fit your event, and most importantly, incredible music by some of the world's finest jazz musicians.

With a repertoire of over 600 songs, Pizzicato Jazz plays the timeless music of instrumentalists Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane to vocalists Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nat King Cole, not to mention Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and other Brazilian artists. We go the extra mile with your event, working with you to select the band configuration and the genre selection of music that suits the needs of your event, from traditional swing and standards to bossa nova, or even a few klezmer tunes for barmitzfahs.

Our group can range from a piano/bass duo to a sextet playing big band swing from the era. We'll help you select an instrumentation that will fit your event in volume, style and mood; our most popular instrumentations are the piano trio with either guitar, drums or sax, as well as our full quartet.

If you are looking to have us play your wedding or corporate event, I function as a music planner, working one on one with you beforehand to coordinate repertoire, schedule, ceremony music selections, setup, and everything else to make sure your event flows smoothly and has the specific aural ambience you are looking for. The event schedule and all other details will be laid out in advance with a written contract so the event can flow smoothly and professionally without you having to manage it; you can focus your energies on your guests without worry!

For a cost effective wedding, we offer offer wedding ceremonies in conjunction with cocktail hour and reception, playing classical ceremony music (Bach, Pachelbel, etc) or even nonstandard repertoire; get in touch to discuss!

The members of Pizzicato Jazz were selected by the US State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center for the 2011-12 Rhythm Road International Touring Program. We spent 6 weeks performing festivals and bringing an educational outreach program to Venezuela, Haiti, Panama, Mexico, and Peru. We'll be following this up with a 4 week tour of China in fall of 2015.
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Wedding

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We chose Pizzicato because of Thomson's quick, detailed, professional & friendly email responses. This level of service remained consistent throughout the 8 month span of the planning & on the day of our wedding. He was enthusiastically accommodating of our special song requests. On the wedding day Thomson first performed during the ceremony & cocktail hour & then performed with Pizzicato & vocalist, Kat, for the reception. They were ready even in advance of the agreed time & flexible to last minute changes. Our guests enjoyed their performance, loved Kat's voice & liked that they could have table conversation without being overpowered by overly loud music.

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Wedding Cocktail Hour

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I can't say enough good things about Thomson Kneeland and Pizzicato Jazz. From my very first communication with Thomson he was professional and accommodating, but also warm and enthusiastic about playing at our wedding. Thomson went above and beyond to respond to all of my questions promptly and in great detail and to allay any concerns we had about the logistics of our ceremony and reception. He even offered to arrange a few of our favorite songs that were not in the band's repertoire. All of the band members are talented musicians and we were very happy with their performance. I would recommend Thomson Kneeland and Pizzcato Jazz without reservation. Thanks Thomson!

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Wedding Reception

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Thomson Kneeland and Pizzicato Jazz are not only tremendous performers; they were extremely accommodating and went well out of their way to create an amazing musical experience during both our ceremony and reception. It was a joy to work with Thomson in every step of planning the music for our wedding. He was by far the most professional, helpful, and understanding vendor we worked with. The music for our wedding was magical thanks to Thomson and Pizzicato Jazz. I loved every song they performed and our guests raved about the elegance and style of their music.

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Private Party

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I can't speak highly enough about Thomson Kneeland and his bandmates Misha on Piano and Paul on guitar. They absolutely made my party and were a major hit. Thomson was very easy to deal with, very polished, promised the highest calibre musicians, and he delivered in spades. These three with Thomson on double bass were stupendous, versatile, tight, they had a good time and it came through. The performance was as good as I've seen. I am thrilled to recommend Thomson enthusiasitically. I will definitely ask him to play for me again. I can't speak highly enough of Thomson, and Misha and Paul. Great trio. Fantastic!! Thanks guys! Robert DiStefano

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Cocktail Party

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I can't begin to tell you how pleased we were with Thomson and the group. They were spectacular!! The music they provided was exactly what we were looking for. Our pastor, Monsignor Behl, was extremely pleased and believe me he is a perfectionist. The fact that the music was great, we could hear each other talk and the musicians were fabulous, is just unbelieveable. You can never seem to get everything you want in one group, but we did!! I would definitely recommend them to anyone who asked about them and we are looking forward to having them play for us again next year, maybe even before!!! Christine Doyle

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Wedding Reception

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Hire this band! Big set list and open to requests. Had good correspondence w/ Thomson all throughout the summer up to the day before the wedding. He knew musicians in the area of my wedding, which helped save on travel costs. Good time was had by all -- people really enjoyed the band and the music. Quality!

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Anniversary Party

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We were so pleased with the Thomson Kneeland and Pizzicato Jazz. Thomson was extremely pleasant to work with and was very helpful in accomodating our needs and helping us plan a perfect setup for my parents 25th anniversary. We went with the trumpet and piano duo who were terrific and were just as good if not better then the famous jazz band we saw the night before in New York. They were professional, pleasant, talented and patient when the rain kept threatening and then had to move inside. I would absolutely use them again at our next event and will recommend them to friends and companies.

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Corporate Function

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It was great having Thomson Kneeland play our 2009 holiday party. They understood exactly what we were looking for and really rolled with the punches on the day of the event.

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Great to work with, extremely professional and on point the entire night. Thomson really went the extra mile and I look forward to working with him again soon. Best, Erin Halley

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Bar Mitzvah

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Very happy with Thomson Kneeland And Pizzicato Jazz. Very easy working with them prior to the event. They were great during the event. I would highly recommend them.

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2012
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2011
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Duke Ellington
All Blues
Miles Davis
Everything Happens to Me
Chet Baker
What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
Fly me to the Moon
Frank Sinatra
The Girl from Ipanema
AC Jobim
I've Got You Under my Skin
Sinatra/Cole Porter
The Way you Look Tonight
Sinatra
Pennies from Heaven
Sarah Vaughn
O Grande Amor
Jobim
Corcovado
Jobim
Desafinado
Jobim
Canteloupe Island
Herbie Hancock
In a Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington
The Shadow of Your Smile
Johnny Mandel
The Very Thought of You
Over the Rainbow
My Funny Valentine
Bewitched
Frank Sinatra
Witchcraft
Sinatra
Stardust
Harry Connick, etc
Misty
Willow Weep for Me
Billie Holiday
Round Midnight
Thelonious Monk
The Touch Of Your Lips
Tony Bennett
Only Trust Your Heart
Astrud Gilberto
Sail Away
Tom Harrell
If I Were a Bell
Miles Davis
Chameleon
Herbie Hancock
Autumn Leaves
Body And Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Miles Davis
Dont Be That Way
Benny Goodman
Blackbird
Beatles
Superstition
Stevie Wonder
Norwegian Wood
Beatles
and more songs than you could imagine....
Big Band
Brazilian Band
Swing Band
Country Duo
Jazz Duo
Big Band Duo
Chamber Music Duo
Latin Duo
Smooth Jazz Duo
Swing Duo
Classical Trio
Country Trio
Jazz Trio
Latin Trio
Smooth Jazz Trio
Jazz Quartet
Jazz Ensemble
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First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
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Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
High School Reunions
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Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Please note Thomson Kneeland And Pizzicato Jazz will also travel to Long Island City, Brooklyn, North Bergen, Bronx, West New York, Union City, Weehawken, Flushing, Fairview, Edgewater, Hoboken, Jersey City, Ridgefield, Cliffside Park, Palisades Park, Fort Lee, Secaucus, Ridgefield Park, Leonia, Englewood Cliffs.
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