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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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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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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Cool Music for Your Holiday Parties

Jazz standard, Rosetta, performed on alto saxophone and jazz guitar by the duo of Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio.

This small jazz group has played the New York Area since the late 70’s.  They are known for their elegant renditions of jazz swing standards like Rosetta.

Jazz is a truly American form of music; admired all over the world.  When planning a party or a special event you can make your guests feel truly special by having live music.  They will leave knowing that you took the extra steps to plan a fabulous party for them.

If you are having a large event this duo will add that cool, jazz flavor to the cocktail hour; for smaller, intimate gatherings this duo will give a backdrop of hip jazz throughout the evening.

Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio have performed together since the late 70’s.  They can be seen regularly throughout the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at private parties and clubs.

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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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Wedding Ceremony Magic ~ Trumpet Voluntary, Jeremiah Clarke

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The Prince of Denmark’s March is more commonly known as the Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke.

This piece of classical music is for the bride that wants to make a grand entrance into the church. Here it is being performed by a duo consisting of a trumpeter and the church organist. The musicians were up in the balcony, the acoustics in the church were spectacular and the music selection was very moving.

Please Note:  We usually recommend to our newly engaged couples that they hire the church organist. These musicians are familiar with the nuances of the particular instrument. Church organs vary greatly, so it is highly recommended that you contract the person most familiar with your church’s organ.

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 before 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 this Song

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 commonly 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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Jeremiah Clarke

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

Biography

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.

 

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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“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.

 

 

 

CC Rocks at Waterloo!

Midnight Rider, CC Coletti

Midnight Rider performed by CC Coletti and the band. We taped this at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, NJ. The concert event was part of a four-day festival benefit for St. Michael’s School.

CC Coletti is known worldwide for her rocking duets and background vocals with rock and roll legend, Meat Loaf and his Neverland Express World Tours from 2003 through 2011. CC has been featured on three of Meat Loafs DVDs, Bat Out Of Hell Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Three Bats Live, and a Documentary, In Search of Paradise. Her voice can be heard on the Bat Out Of Hell 3 album and Meat Loaf’s, “Hang Cool Teddy Bear” CC was also featured as the opening act for Meat Loafs European tour in 2007. CC started singing and creating music at a young age in her state of New Jersey. She has been a staple in the New Jersey Rock Club Scene since the tender age of 18 and her dynamic vocal abilities and stage presence have helped her develop a very large and loyal following that continues to expand both home and abroad.

In addition to performing and promoting her original music, CC and her band, which consist of Anthony Krizan on guitar, T.J. Jablonski, her husband on bass and John Hummel on drums, have and extensive list of cover songs that can be included in their set. CC, also breaks down the band to a dynamic intimate acoustic trio. The group has received worldwide acclaim for their performances of Rock and Roll, blues, funk and soul.

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The song Midnight Rider was written by Gregg Allman and Robert K. Payne.

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.

Skyline Seven Brings Down the House!

Concert Event to benefit The Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, New Jersey

“SHOUT”

This was the finale to an exciting evening featuring the music we know as Motown. The band members left their heart and soul on the stage! The audience was dancing in the aisles, singing along, and clapping to every song. All in all, a good time was had by all.

In this song, Shout, the singer went into the audience and they loved it. You can’t see him because everybody got up to join in the fun and excitement of the evening.

We love events like this one because everyone has such a great time and the funds raised go to a great cause.

Skyline Seven is a great option for a great party. Whether you are planning a wedding, a corporate event, or a fundraiser (like this one), when you book a large orchestra such as Skyline Seven, your party will surely be a hit. A great band makes the party memorable. The guests will forget the food, the venue, and the details; however, they will remember what a great time they had! The best way to ensure that your guests will truly enjoy the party is by having a great band.

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This video was shot at the Wayne, NJ, YMCA on May 15, 2014. The event was a benefit concert for the Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ.