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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Uptown Rhythm Rocks the House!

The Chilton Medical Center was the reason for this benefit concert. Uptown Rhythm was a major success, the crowd loved them. You can hear the clapping in the background and sometimes people just got up off their seats and started to dance!

Uptown Rhythm is a great choice for concerts and corporate events like this one here. They, also, do private events such as weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, etc. Whatever you choose to celebrate, this is one of our most versatile bands. They do today’s top hits to perfection as well as Motown and Rock tunes.

In this video they perform a series of songs that are being played on the air, now.(June 2015)

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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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He Sings in Spanish ~ Portuguese ~ Italian ~ English!

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Trio of International songs:
‘Besame Mucho’ ~ Spanish
‘Girl from Ipanema’ ~ Portuguese
‘Volare’ ~ Italian

We wanted to showcase our vocalist/guitarist for your cocktail parties & corporate events. In this video he performs three longtime favorites from the ‘Mad Men’ era: Besame Mucho(in Spanish), Girl from Ipanema(in Portuguese), and Volare(in Italian).

Joe is quite fluent in Spanish and Italian; this is important because he sounds authentic when he sings in the three languages. His first language is English, he sings in that too!

Joe can be booked as a soloist… with the added benefit of getting two musicians in one; since he is a vocalist and a guitarist. If more sound is needed, we can always add more musicians; as shown here.

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small band ~ BIG SOUND!

 

PEARL:  Small Band ~ Big Sound

 

Pearl performs the Maroon 5 classic, “Moves Like Jagger.”

Pearl performs in the New York tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  They are one of the few small bands left in the New York Metropolitan Area.  This musical group gets booked very fast and way in advance.

Over the past ten to fifteen years, we have noticed a trend in live music and concert bands.  The trend favors very large music groups.  Back in the 80’s and 90’s, our bands consisted of 4 – 6 members.  Most of our musical groups now have over ten musicians…the average being 12!  This larger groups usually travel with sound and light engineers, because of their size.  What this means to the average consumer is a greater price.  If you are planning a wedding, this really adds up to big bucks when you consider the added cost of feeding an extra 14 people at your wedding!

With only 5 core members, this band can go out as you see in the video or we can add a horn section for a bigger sound.  When we book Pearl at a concert, corporate event, or at a country club, they will usually perform with three more members:  trumpet, saxophonist and an extra vocalist.  When the Pearl Band gets hired for a wedding, the band is perfect the way you see here.

The added bonus!

When planning a party you have the  option of choosing either a steel drummer, guitarist, or pianist for the cocktail hour. The  guitarist in the band, also plays the steel drum.  We love the sound of a steel drum for those fun summer celebrations; whether you are having a birthday party followed by dancing or a beach wedding,  a steel drummer will add a special vibe that says, “the party starts here and now!”  If the piano player is chosen, then the tone is a more elegant and refined sound with a combination of jazz and classical tunes.

 

We call them a small band with a big sound. Perfect for small wedding receptions, parties, or for when you’re a little tight on space at your party venue.

This group of musicians has performed together for over 20 years.

 

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Skyline Seven Brings Down the House!

Skyline Seven, Proud Mary

Skyline Seven is seen here performing a benefit concert for the Chilton Medical Center. The audience was dancing in the aisles for this big party!

This is one of the premiere party bands that serves New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They can be experienced live during the summer months at a number of outdoor concerts; where they get folks off their lawn chairs and dancing the night away.

Those smart enough to reserve this party band for their wedding will find that their party will be the event of the season. With front line choreography this high energy orchestra does Motown and then some! Here they are playing a song made famous by Credence Clearwater Revival and Tina Turner.

Skyline Seven can go from Motown to Rock songs in an instant. They are known for their versatility, powerhouse voices, and instrumental precision.

For Holiday Parties, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Wedding Receptions…if you want the best dance band around, give us a call.

Recorded live at the Chilton Medical Center Concert.

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The song Proud Mary was written by John Fogerty. It was first recorded by Credence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty’s band) in 1969, and then again in 1970 by Ike and Tina Turner. It has since become a signature song for Tina Turner. Both versions of the song vary in style and energy, both versions have become well-loved classics.

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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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“Getting to Know You” with Jane Stuart Jazz!

Entertainment Consultants and Music New Jersey present:

The Jane Stuart Jazz Quartet, performing “Getting to Know You”

Jane Stuart Bio:

Jane shared the stage with Richard Gere, Jessica Harper and the late Vicki Sue Robinson (Turn The Beat Around) in “A Long Time Comin’ A Long Time Gone” written by Richard Farina. Jane’s portrayal of Joan Baez (Richard Farina’s sister- in-law) was another dramatic success for her. Her reviews were outstanding. Jane was featured in an innovative jazz musical, “Sambo”, written by Ron Steward, for Joe Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre. This show was a part of the Jazz Mobile Theater that performed throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The all star orchestra featured many legendary jazz musicians such as, Woody Shaw, Hal Vick and Freddie Waites to name a few.

In addition to stage appearances, some of Jane’s recording career consists of singing solo and background for National commercials. A few of her most popular “jingles” for TV and radio are: Bain de Soleil, Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat Of America”, Freedent Gum, Hawaiian Punch, and Stetson Cologne. Many of these were sung in groups consisting of Jane with Valerie Simpson, Patti Austin, Leslie Miller, Shawn Colvin and Vivian Cherry. Jane also sang on “Could It Be Magic” from Barry Manilow’s first album. One of Jane’s favorite performances, to be added to the list of many clubs and concert halls, was when she was part of the opening act for the great Sid Caesar at the renowned Rainbow Room in New York City. This act was comprised of Kathe Green (daughter of composer Johnny Green) and Grammy winner K.T.Oslin.

Jane Stuart’s debut CD, “Beginning To See The Light” received the very prestigious Blue Chip Award for “Best Jazz Vocals”, presented by Dr. Herb Wong for the International Association of Jazz Educators. She received accolades from jazz writers, reviewers and the general jazz community for this CD, her first effort as leader, producer and arranger with co-producer Rave Tesar.

Members of Jane Stuart Quartet:

Jane Stuart,vocals

Rave Tesar, keyboards

Rick De Kovessey, drums

Sue Williams, bass

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About the song,”Getting to Know You,”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Getting to Know You”

Song from The King and I

Published 1951

Writer Oscar Hammerstein II

Composer Richard Rodgers

“Getting to Know You” is a show tune from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. It was first sung by Gertrude Lawrence in the original Broadway production and later by Marni Nixon who dubbed for Deborah Kerr in the 1956 film adaptation. In this show, Anna sings the song as she strikes up a warm and affectionate relationship with the children and the wives of the King of Siam.

This song is one of the few cases during the Rodgers and Hammerstein partnership when Rodgers re-used a melody he had written for an earlier show and then discarded. In this case the melody was a tune he wrote for South Pacific, called “Suddenly Lucky”, which he originally intended for the character of Nellie to sing but replaced it with the song “(I’m in Love with) a Wonderful Guy”.

Mary Martin, the star of South Pacific, who had proposed that Rodgers should cast Yul Brynner as the King, reminded Rodgers of this tune, and so Hammerstein wrote new lyrics to it.James Taylor covered the song off of the children’s music compilation called For Our Children.