Bring the Caribbean to your next party!

“Jamaica Farewell” #SteelDrummer #NJ #NY #CT #PA #Calypso #Music #Reggae

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.

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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.

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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.

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Biography:

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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Photography courtesy of Pixabay

Slideshow and blog created by Ana Maria Verrusio

Join us in a Joy Filled Christmas Celebration!

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Join us in this joyful celebration of the Christmas season!

This group of high school students and their choir director lead the members of a New Jersey country club in their Christmas sing along. The students walk into the crowd and encourage the guests to join in the caroling.

The night began with a wonderful meal to the sounds of a jazz pianist. An after dinner concert is next and the evening ends with a Christmas Carol sing along. We could not think of a better way to spread holiday cheer.

Share the joy of Christmas early in the season and put your guests in a festive mood that will endure well into the New Year.

We offer a variety of ‘Candlelight Dinner’ options all of them custom tailored for your musical preference and your budget.

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“Joy to the World” is a popular American Christmas song.

The words are by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 in the Bible. The song was first published in 1719 in Watts’ collection; The Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship. Watts wrote the words of “Joy to the World” as a hymn glorifying Christ’s triumphant return at the end of the age, rather than a song celebrating His first coming. Only the second half of Watts’ lyrics are still used today.

The music was adapted and arranged to Watts’ lyrics by Lowell Mason in 1839 from an older melody which was then believed to have originated from Handel, not least because the theme of the refrain (And heaven and nature sing…) appears in the orchestra opening and accompaniment of the recitative Comfort ye from Handel’s Messiah, and the first four notes match the beginning of the choruses Lift up your heads and Glory to God from the same oratorio. However, Handel did not compose the entire tune. The name “Antioch” is generally used for the tune.

As of the late 20th century, “Joy to the World” was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America.

 

The Rumors are True!

…Christmas is coming fast.  It will be here before you realize.  If you want a great event, you need to book your entertainment now.

 

 

Gloria in excelsis Deo, performed by Mendham Voices

 

One of our high school choirs performs a gospel version of the J.S. Bach’s “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.” Recorded at Roxiticus Golf Club’s Candlelight Dinner Concert.

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“Gloria in excelsis Deo” (Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”) is a hymn known also as the Greater Doxology (as distinguished from the “Minor Doxology” or Gloria Patri) and the Angelic Hymn. The name is often abbreviated to Gloria in Excelsis or simply Gloria.

The hymn begins with the words that the angels sang when the birth of Christ was announced to shepherds in Luke 2:14. Other verses were added very early, forming a doxology.

Gloria in excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the Highest), is a church cantata written by the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and the only one of his church cantatas set to a Latin text. He composed the Christmas cantata in Leipzig probably in 1745 to celebrate the end of the Second Silesian War on Christmas Day.  The composition’s three movements all derive from the Gloria of an earlier Missa written by Bach in 1733, which the composer would later use as the Gloria of his Mass in B minor.

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

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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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#Liechtensteiner Polka , Oktoberfest Orchestra for NY/NJ/CT

 

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“Liechtensteiner Polka” performed during Oktoberfest Celebrations for Entertainment Consultants and Music New Jersey.

Those of you planning fun events for the Fall, should consider our Oktoberfest musicians for your party. These guys plan an entire series of German themed games for your guests’ enjoyment. They alternate the music by playing traditional Saxon folk songs and more modern fare.

We like to shoot our videos right where the action is. This performance was at a country club in New Jersey. Immediately in front of the bandstand people were dancing and singing(trying to) . This was an evening where a good time was had by all!

The only place we could shoot the video was on the sidelines. We’re not entirely happy with the look or the sound, because of where we had to stand. However, the fun factor of this group of musicians comes through loud and clear.

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Will Glahé (February 12, 1902 — November 21, 1989), was a German accordionist, composer, and bandleader. Glahé was born at Elberfeld. In the 1930s, he was, along with Heinz Munsonius and Albert Vossen, one of the most successful accordionists in Germany. He led his own orchestra from 1932 and became successful particularly in popular music.

One of his most famous songs in Germany was his 1936 recording of “Rosamunde” (a German female forename), a cover version of the song “Škoda lásky” (“Wasted Love”) by Jaromir Vejvoda. Under the title “Beer Barrel Polka”, the tune hit #1 on the Hit Parade in the United States in 1939. After World War II he was known as the “Polka King” in the U.S., and did both big band and folk music arrangements with his orchestra.

His “Liechtensteiner Polka” was also a hit in the U.S., hitting #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1957. The follow-up single “Sweet Elizabeth” (1958) appeared in all major U.S. charts, nearing the top 40 in Cashbox and Music Vendor.
He died in Rheinbreitbach.

 

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.

KeeJay Carla and “Call Me Maybe”

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“Call Me Maybe” performed by KeeJay Carla
from Entertainment Consultants and Music New Jersey, taped at a New Jersey Country Club golf outing.

KeeJay for private parties, weddings and special events in the New York Metropolitan Area.
A KeeJay is part DJ, part keyboard player, and singer. With a KeeJay you get more bang for your buck! Carla performs all of the duties of a regular DJ, and sings!
You have a live performance at your event, without paying for 12 musicians. Those of you on a tight budget should consider this a win-win situation.

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Call Me Maybe
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“Call Me Maybe”

Writer(s) Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay, Tavish Crowe

“Call Me Maybe” is a song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen for her EP Curiosity (2012) and appearing on her international debut album, Kiss. The song was written by Jepsen and Tavish Crowe as a folk song, but its genre was modified to pop following the production by Josh Ramsay. “Call Me Maybe” is an upbeat teen pop track that draws influences from dance-pop and disco. Lyrically, the track alludes to the inconvenience that a love at first sight brings to a girl who hopes for a call back from a crush.

Jazz Duo at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

 

 

 

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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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“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.

 
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Party Band for NY/NJ/CT/PA

Uptown Rhythm/I Want You Back

You want a great party…you want your guests to have the time of their life…you want to have a memorable party!
This is the band for you!  Uptown Rhythm is a high energy party band, featuring front line choreography.

Uptown Rhythm is the tri-state’s area premiere party and dance band.  This is the band for those of you who like to dance the night away.

Uptown Rhythm is great for weddings, fundraisers, holiday parties and for an all around good time.

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