The ThomasD Jazz Ensemble helped to make our wedding perfect. Everyone is still raving about their music! Thomas Duffy was incredibly accommodating and willing to tackle learning new and unconventional pieces for the wedding ceremony, in addition to playing wonderful jazz classics. In addition, the band was there early, stayed late, was extremely professional, and you could tell that they all really enjoyed playing the music. I would recommend them to anyone (if fact, I wish they could play the soundtrack to my life!) They set the perfect tone for the wedding and all of our guests enjoyed their music. Hire them!
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Q: How long have you been performing? A: I have been leading ensembles and performing at events for the past 20 years. I have led 100s of performances over the years, including performing at President Bill Clinton's Inaugural Gala and opening for legendary Motown artists The Spinners.
Q: What types of ensembles can you provide? A: Using the same group of musicians we can perform classical pieces for ceremony music, jazz for cocktail and dinner music, and R&B/Funk for dance music. Rather than hiring separate groups for each part of your event, you save money by hiring one group that can do it all.
Q: Who is your singer? A: Patrice Hawthorne is our principal vocalist. Patrice has won talent shows like Showtime at the Apollo and VH1's Big Break hosted by Natalie Cole. She was also the lead female vocalist of the R&B group Peaches & Herb, who are best know for hits like Reunited and Shake Your Groove Thing. Now Patrice is available for your event.
Q: What are your rates? A: It depends on several factors. Length of performing time, number of musicians, travel distance, time of year, day of week, etc. Please request a free quote.
Q: How far in advance should be book you? A: For peak event months I suggest at least one year. We often will get over a dozen inquiries for the same date.
Q: Do you accept last minute bookings? A: Yes, if we are available. Please check our calendar for specific availability.
Q: Do you have a min number of musicians that are required to accept a booking? A: No. I can provide a soloist all the way up to a Big Band.
Q: Do you have a song list and/or take requests? A: We know 100s of songs. We welcome requests and work very closely to come up with a set list that will meet your needs. Please check out our audio samples, they are just a small sampling of what we can do.
Q: If I book you, will you provide us with a contract? A: Yes, absolutely.
Q: The venue we are having our event at requires all vendors to have insurance, do you have any? A: Yes, I can provide a certificate of insurance if required.
Q: What is the significance of the GigMasters Rating? We have earned a 5 Star Rating. We are ranked in the top 10% of a universe of 6,000 entertainers here.
Q: Do you have any references? A: We have dozens of reviews and client testimonials. Please take some time to read them.
"You will be impressed with Tom's talents. His playing is incredible. I hired Tom to perform as a guitar soloist at my wedding cocktail hour and am 100% satisfied. He easily exceeded all of our requests and acted with utmost professionalism. I highly recommend him."
Dave-Chesterfield Twp, NJ
"Thomas D's group was exceptional! Tom was able to put together a trio for me with a little over one week's notice and they were on time, professional, and enjoyed by everyone at the wedding. The trio played my ceremony and cocktail hour. Everyone mentioned to me how much they enjoyed the music and asked where I found them. I would highly recommend Thomas D Classical & Jazz Ensembles! You will not be disappointed!!!"
"Tom and his quartet were fabulous at our wedding reception. He was highly professional and detail-oriented, and consulted heavily with us before the date to ensure that we got exactly what we wanted. They arrived early and played late. The cost was extremely reasonable. We would definitely recommend Tom for your event. Thanks again! Heather & Jeff"
Heather & Jeff-Cape May, NJ
"Thomas D & Ensemble were excellent playing acoustical music at our wedding ceremony and for playing jazz at cocktail hour. Very professional and talented. We enjoyed the live musical talent and it added a special feel to our wedding day. As well as talented, Tom was also very prompt at returning all calls/emails and making sure all our questions were answered. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a musician! Thank you!"
Susan-Lehigh Valley, PA
"Tom and Audrey(flute)provided beautiful music for both our ceremony on the beach in Ocean City, NJ and our cocktail hour at the reception. We were very happy with their performance and their professionalism was superb. Thank you!!"
Lisa-Ocean City, NJ
"I was so impressed by Tom's samples -- he was far better organized than all the other musicians I was considering. The quality of his work was really distinctive. He was very responsive and was able to provide answers quickly -- even via email. He was very reasonable and flexible, even when we made minor changes to our program. He showed up ahead of schedule and was there before our guests arrived. We were so thrilled by the clarity and quality of his performance -- and so were our guests!! Tom added the level of classiness that we were looking for to complement our style and made our wedding so memorable. We would hire him again for any future events!! He was awesome!!"
"ThomasD was easy to work with, very professional, and willing to accommodate all our requests. He added a lovely, elegant atmosphere to our party and was honest and trustworthy in everything he said he was going to do. I would highly recommend him to anyone!"
"Tom was excellent! He was early to our service and we received wonderful feedback about his performance. I'd recommend him to anyone!"
"Tom and Audrey(flute) were wonderful. Toms e-mails kept me up to date, his web sites listed and played his music, his suggestions were helpful, but I allowed Tom to choose the music because as the Bride I was just too busy and frazzled!!! They were wonderful!! Had many great comments from our guests. Tom was at the wedding site well in advance setting up to see where all would be heard the best!! (I first thought he had the wrong time for the wedding!!) I have saved his e-mail address because we have many neice/nephews growing up where Tom may be of more assistance to us!! Tom and Audrey you were great!! Thank you both."
Joan-Cape May Courthouse, NJ
"I would recommend booking Thomas for any event as he was professional, responsive and a pleasure to deal with. All of my guests raved about his performance and I loved that he was willing to work with us and learn the songs that we wanted for our event. Thanks so much for making our wedding the beautiful event that it was!!!"
"Thomas played acoustic guitar during the ceremony portion of our small wedding and he played jazz in our cocktail hour. We are very happy with his professionalism and performance. The choice of the music was great. He was the perfect touch to our wedding party. I strongly recommend him to anyone."
Vanessa-Little Ferry, NJ
"Overall, Thomas provided a wonderful service at a great value. He communicated promptly and professionally via email to assist me in selecting ceremony pieces and remained flexible and helpful as I sorted through many options. Thomas arrived early and played before, during, and after the ceremony for a very reasonable price. I only wish I hadn't already booked my cocktail hour music when I contacted him! The quality of his musical performance coupled with the completely stress-free experience of working with him will insure that I recommend him in the future."
"Please...I want to thank you for a wonderful performance. I was sadly away for most of the cocktail music, but everyone just said it was lovely and I've received nothing but compliments as to how well the whole ceremony went. Thanks for playing....we really enjoyed it and couldn't be happier with how the day went. Best of luck with everything! And if I come across anyone who needs cocktail music, I'll be sure to recommend you."
"I would totally hire Tom again! We hired him and his friend, who played the bass, to play our wedding ceremony only. (I recommend hiring his friend for a little more depth with the music) We had a Beatles Theme for the wedding, and it was held in a huge outdoor garden. All the songs were Beatles, except for Here Comes the Bride. Tom was able to get all the music together in less than 3 weeks notice.
We had them play "Here comes the sun" for the candle lighting ceremony. Since its a longer song and didn't want to stand to music very long, Tom made the suggestion to start softly playing the song while the preacher explained the meaning of the ceremony and then they increased the volume while we lit the candles. It turned out great.
He was very professional. They dressed in dress pants, shirt, ties.
We had many people compliment us on the ceremony music. Based on the choice of music, it gave the ceremony a very whimsical and romantic feel.
Hiring Tom and his friend was one of the best decisions of the wedding and extremely affordable, too!"
"I wanted to thank you for providing the music for our wedding ceremony. All selections we reviewed were wonderful. I wanted to especially thank you for customizing our song of choice to the instrumental version that sounded lovely when I walked down the aisle. It definitely made my day to have a rock song customized on our special day. I was certainly pleased with your professional manner and communication carried out once the wedding date was getting closer. It certainly made things easier for us since we were planning our wedding from out of state."
"Thomas was excellent in every way. I heard many favorable comments from our guests about Thomas's music and talent. He was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Thomas for wedding ceremony and cocktail hour."
"We hired Thomas to play background music for our Holiday dinner. His music was perfect for this event. He is very talented and I would definitely recommend him."
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