Bring the Caribbean to your next party!

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Invite the Caribbean to your Summer Wedding!

Reggae Steel performing “Jamaica Farewell”
This is one of our most popular small groups.  We book them for cocktail parties, picnics, birthdays and even some wedding receptions.  They are particularly popular during the months of Summer with our beach brides.  Couples planning weddings at the shore love the laid back, easy sound that Reggae Steel has.  This duo also has a surprisingly large repertoire of songs.
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Brides Need to Know!


A trio of classical musicians performing Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary
and Pachelbel’s Canon.  Both classical pieces of music are performed on the Cello, Flute and Harp. This slide show is an example of  music that would be appropriate for a wedding ceremony or the cocktail hour of a wedding reception.


The Order of the Music at a Wedding Ceremony:

Processional refers to the music that is being played as the bridal party enters the church, once all the guests are seated. One piece of music for the bridal party, then another for the bride.

The prelude refers to the music performed prior to the recessional, as the guests are being seated.

The recessional refers to the music at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom exit first, followed by the bridal party, the parents, and the congregation. Modern couples are changing the rules to suit their needs, the family dynamics and their religion.


About the Trumpet Voluntary:

“The Prince of Denmark’s March” is more commonly known as the Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke.
It is customarily played as the bride enters the church with her father, the processional. “The Prince of Denmark’s March” was composed by Jeremiah Clarke. It is called The Prince of Denmark’s March; but better known as The Trumpet Voluntary. It was composed for the keyboard, probably,around 1700. This music can be heard at a number of royal weddings, most notably at the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Jeremiah Clarke (c. 1674 — 1 December 1707) was an English baroque composer and organist.

Thought to have been born in London around 1674, Clarke was a pupil of John Blow at St Paul’s Cathedral. He later became an organist at the Chapel Royal. After his death, he was succeeded in that post by William Croft.

Clarke is best remembered for a popular keyboard piece: the Prince of Denmark’s March, which is commonly called the Trumpet Voluntary, written about 1700. From c. 1878 until the 1940s the work was attributed to Henry Purcell, and was published as Trumpet Voluntary by Henry Purcell in William Sparkes’s Short Pieces for the Organ, Book VII, No. 1 (London, Ashdown and Parry). This version came to the attention of Sir Henry J. Wood, who made two orchestral transcriptions of it, both of which were recorded. The recordings further cemented the erroneous notion that the original piece was by Purcell. Clarke’s piece is a popular choice for wedding music, and has been used in royal weddings. Most notably the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

The famous Trumpet Tune in D (also incorrectly attributed to Purcell) was taken from the semi-opera The Island Princess, which was a joint musical production of Clarke and Daniel Purcell (Henry Purcell’s younger brother)—probably leading to the confusion.

Pachelbel’s Canon

Pachelbel’s Canon is the name commonly given to a canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel in his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo (German: Kanon und Gigue für 3 Violinen mit Generalbaß) sometimes referred to as Canon and Gigue in D or simply Canon in D. It is his most famous composition. It was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue. Both movements are in the key of D major.

Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919 the piece became extremely popular. The piece’s chordal progression has been appropriated in numerous commercial pop hits, particularly during the 1990s, such as in Pet Shop Boys cover of “Go West”, Coolio’s “C U When U Get There” and Green Day’s “Basket Case”.

This piece was composed by Johann Pachelbel(1653-1706)



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Slideshow and blog created by Ana Maria Verrusio

Heating up the Reggae Steel Way

Reggae Steel brings the sound of the Caribbean to you.  The party isn’t
a party unless you have live entertainment.  We love the laid back sound
of the steel drum for any occasion.

Those of you fortunate enough to live in the New York Metropolitan area
will want to reserve this group for your next memorable event.  Whether
it’s a picnic at a farm in Connecticut, a beach party at the Jersey
Shore, or a Manhattan cocktail party…this trio of musicians will amp
up your cool factor.

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On Green Dolphin Street
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Bob and Joe performing concert at The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in
Upper Montclair, NJ.

“On Green Dolphin Street,” Jazz Standard

Late spring is brought to a new level of cool with the sounds of Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio.  This rendition of the jazz standard was enjoyed by visitors at The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair, NJ.

Irises in full bloom The Garden overflowed with visitors as they enjoyed one of the last weekends of the blooming season. The sweet sound of jazz intermingled with the vibrant beauty of the irises at their peak.


Bob Miller on alto saxophoneBob Miller, alto saxophone

Alto Saxophonist Bob Miller was born and raised in Westfield, New Jersey.

Bob spent two years in the US Army. While serving in Germany he performed in the Special Service Band alongside vocalist, Tony Bennett.

He holds a degree in chemistry from Penn State University and studied alto sax with Lee Konitz and Sidney Bechet.

A member of New York musician’s union Local 802, Miller toured for a several years with Claude Thornhill, Charlie Barnet, Buddy Morrow, Dan Terry and several other bands. Miller played and did the arrangements for a record date with Barry Miles and Duke Jordan on the Charlie Parker Record label… “Miles of Genius”. He has worked with jazz greats; Chet Baker, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Ron Carter and Eddie Gomez.

Currently Bob is performing with duos and other small groups on the east coast and is heard regularly in two big bands; the Silver Starlite and David Aaron Orchestra. His favorite jazz players are Phil Woods, Eric Kloss and Charlie Parker.

Joe Verrusio, jazz guitar

Joe Verrusio on guitar

Joe grew up in Summit, NJ. He attended the prestigious, Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, and studied the guitar under the tutelage of Harry Leahey and Chuck Wayne.  Joe began his music career as a rocker, performing with garage bands in and around the tri-state.  His love and appreciation of jazz began when he was at Berklee.

Joe has performed in a number of jazz clubs and venues in and around the New York Area. He is a voting member of N.A.R.A.S. (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). His resume includes recordings, studio work and composing.

He is president of Entertainment Consultants; a musical booking agency dedicated to high quality music in a variety of genres. He represents artists, bands, musicians, dancers. Videos of Joe and his artists can be viewed on the Entertainment Consultants YouTube channel.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“On Green Dolphin Street” (originally entitled “Green Dolphin Street”) is a 1947 popular song composed by Bronisław Kaper with lyrics by Ned Washington. The song, composed for the film Green Dolphin Street (which was based on a 1944 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Goudge), went on to become a jazz standard after being recorded by Miles Davis in 1958.




“Don’t Let Me be Lonely Tonight” James Taylor Classic

Entertainment Consultants presents the laid back sounds of Michael Andrew.

Michael returns us back to the days of our youth with this great rendition of a James Taylor classic, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.

Sometimes the simple is better; such is the case here…a singer and a guitar.
Michael is quite popular for happy hour and beyond. He brings back those mellow songs we remember and love…sometimes the crowd even sings along with him.

He performs for private events too, such as a birthday, anniversary, picnic, baptisms, bar/bat mitzvahs, communions, etc.

There is nothing like live music and entertainment to bring life to a party!

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KeeJay Carla, sings in Italian

“Speak Softly Love”  sung in Italian by KeeJay, Carla

Carla sings in all styles, and sings in English, Spanish and Italian.  She does the One-Man Band/DJ combination seen here;  we call this “KeeJay.”  The KeeJay is a wonderful way to have a live musician perform at your event, while getting the financial benefit of  hiring only one entertainer.

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“Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)”

from the album The Godfather (soundtrack)

Released April 1972

Writer(s) Larry Kusik, Nino Rota

The famous theme, composed by Larry Kusic and Nino Rota.

“Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)” is a song written for The Godfather (1972), the first film in The Godfather trilogy. While its instrumental version is simply known as “The Godfather Love Theme”, “Speak Softly Love” is the vocal version. The words are by Larry Kusik but the music itself is by Nino Rota. The signature musical theme that opens the piece closely models a theme that appears early in “Preludio – Povero Ernesto!” in the opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). A similar melody also appears in the Overture to “La Forza del Destino” by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). There are also different sets of lyrics for the song in Italian (“Parla Più Piano”), French (“Parle Plus Bas”) and also in Sicilian (“Brucia La Terra”). The Sicilian version is sung by Anthony Corleone (Franc D’Ambrosio) in The Godfather Part III.

Rota had used a more comedic version of the song for the 1958 film Fortunella. When this was discovered, Rota’s score for The Godfather was disqualified from consideration at the 1973 Academy Awards; it had been nominated for Best Original Score.  However, Rota’s score for The Godfather Part II won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Score, despite containing the same piece.

Jazz Duo at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

Entertainment Consultants and Music New Jersey present: Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio in concert.

Jazz standard, ” But Not For Me.”

The pairing of Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio, brings the cool sophistication of Jazz Music to your parties. This live concert event was titled: ” Jazz Among the Flowers.”
Held during the peak iris blooming season, at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair, NJ.

When this video was recorded, the 17 year cicadas were in full swing. If you listen closely, you will hear their incessant drone in the background…they were everywhere and on everybody!

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“But Not for Me” is a popular song, composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

It was written for their musical Girl Crazy (1930) and introduced in the original production by Ginger Rogers. It is also in the 1992 musical based on Girl Crazy, Crazy for You. Judy Garland sang it in the 1943 film version of Girl Crazy.

Thumbnail Photo by Irene Jeruss

Invite the Chairman of the Board to sing at your next bash!

Entertainment Consultants and Music New Jersey present:

Frank Sinatra impersonator, Gary performs “Learnin the Blues”

Invite “The Chairman of the Board” to your next bash. Our Frank Sinatra impersonator, Gary, delivers Frank to your party in the elegant style we came to know and love. Perfect for cocktails, weddings, corporate events and fundraisers.

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Learnin’ the Blues
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Learnin’ the Blues” is a 1955 popular song by Dolores Vicki Silvers.

The best-known version of the song was recorded by Frank Sinatra in the 1950s, which peaked #1 at the Billboard charts. He re-recorded the song for his 1962 album, Sinatra-Basie.

Electric Violinist Performs “Fly Me to the Moon” During Wedding Ceremony

New York  Area Classical musician, Susan H., is seen performing during a New Jersey wedding ceremony. In this video clip she is playing “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Brides and grooms don’t always choose the typical classical tunes that we are all familiar with. Your wedding should reflect your personality; for most of us, certain songs reflect who we are and what we like. In this particular case, the bride wanted certain popular tunes as her guests entered the sanctuary and during the ceremony itself. Included in her choice were songs that most of us would recognize as rock music.

Susan, the violinist, plays the electric violin; with the electric violin, you can get that gritty sound that gives certain pieces of music an edge. Obviously, she also plays a regular violin. We like the electric violin because of the variety of music and sounds that a performer can get out of it.

This type of music is great for weddings, dinners, cocktail parties, corporate events, fundraisers, fashion shows, etc. With the versatility of an electric violin, the music amps up the “cool” factor, even if the music is classical.

Susan is available for parties and events in:   New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

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New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Jazz Trio performs: Have You Met Miss Jones

The Manhattan Jazz Trio is performing a well-loved jazz standard: Have You Met Miss Jones.

One of our favorite Jazz groups, The Manhattan Trio is available for cocktail parties, dinners, concerts…or those times when you simply want the sophistication that only jazz can give.

We also recommend this group of Jazz musicians for weddings. Those of you choosing one of our DJ’s for your New York, New Jersey or Connecticut wedding may want to incorporate live music at your event; this Jazz trio would be perfect during the cocktail hour of your wedding reception.

We strongly suggest having some form of live music at weddings. Jazz, as a backdrop, gives a very sophisticated feel to an event.

Small groups, like this one, make it very easy for your guests’ conversation; the volume is loud enough to hear and low enough that your friends and family can hear themselves speak.

The Manhattan Jazz Trio:

Vinnie Cutro, trumpet
Bob Himmelberger, keyboards, bass
Joe Verrusio, Jazz guitar

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Have You Met Miss Jones?”

Song from I’d Rather Be Right
Published 1937
Writer Lorenz Hart
Composer Richard Rodgers

“Have You Met Miss Jones?” is a popular song that was written for the musical comedy, I’d Rather Be Right. The music was written by Richard Rodgers and the lyrics by Lorenz Hart. The song was published in 1937. In the musical the song is performed by characters Peggy Jones and Phil Barker