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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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
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“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.

 

 

 

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.

Choosing your Ceremony Music

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The Wedding Ceremony

Religious Ceremonies:

We  always recommend that you hire the musicians that work for the church(or temple).  You will have to pay them their fee, but it will be well worth it.  These musicians are familiar with the specific musical equipment and with the liturgical order  of the ceremony. This is especially important if  you are having an organist.  Large church organs can be one of a kind, and should only be played by a person familiar with that specific instrument.   In the event the church musicians are unavailable, make sure that the person you hire knows liturgical music. These musicians must be well versed in the nuances of your religious ceremony.

Some brides choose more musicians, such as trumpeters, vocalists, harpist, flautist.  While these extra musicians are not necessary, they will make your wedding ceremony a memorable one.  One of our favorite “extra” is a trumpeter(or more) to play a fanfare as the bride enters the church.  This will give your ceremony a regal touch.

If your  ceremony is to take place in a place other than a church or temple, we still suggest you hire musicians that are familiar with the order of the liturgy.  Choose music celebrates the season as well as the venue.  For example:   at a summer or a beach wedding, a steel drummer might be a great choice.

$Money Saving Tips$   Have your ceremony musicians play the cocktail hour of your wedding reception.

Below is a list of our favorite music for a wedding ceremony

Classical Music

  • “Air” (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
  •  “Bridal Chorus” (from Lohengrin), (Richard Wagner)
  • “Canon in D” (Johann Pachelbel)
  •  “Procession of Joy” (Hal Hopson)
  •  “Rigaudon” (Andre Campra)
  •  “Spring” (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
  •  “Te Deum” (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  •  “The Prince of Denmark’s March” (Jeremiah Clarke)
  •  “Trumpet Tune” (Henry Purcell)
  •  “Trumpet Voluntary” (Jeremiah Clarke)
  •  “Trumpet Voluntary” (John Stanley)
  •  “Wedding March” (from The Marriage of Figaro), (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Religious, Sacred Music

  •  “All People That On Earth Do Dwell” (“Old 100th” hymn)
  •  “Dona Nobis Pacem” (16th century hymn)
  •  “Hana’ava Babanot” (A Love Song), (Neeman)
  •  “St. Anthony’s Chorale” (Franz Joseph Haydn)
  •  “Hymn Fanfare from The Triumphant” (Francois Couperin)
  •  “Scalero de Oro” (traditional Sephardic)

Choosing the right music should not create more stress,  whether you hire a DJ or a band,  these professionals are there to guide you in your choices.  Most music professionals have song lists for you to choose from.  You should have a brief list of songs you want to hear, as well as the songs you don’t want to hear.

INVITE THE CARIBBEAN TO YOUR NEXT PARTY!

 

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Reggae Steel performing “Jamaica Farewell”

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

To see and hear more of Reggae Steel, click on the link below:

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Harp and Electric Violin Duo

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Motown classic, What’d I Say, performed by Uptown Rhythm

 

 

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What’d I Say, performed by Uptown Rhythm!

Entertainment Consultants & Music New Jersey are proud to present New York and New Jersey’s premiere party band.  These guys put on one of the best shows around.  They feature front line choreography and a sound that says, “dance, dance, dance!”

When you book Uptown Rhythm for your wedding, your party will be the talk of the town, because everyone will remember what a great time they had.  If you want your party to be memorable…look no further, this is the best band!

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In this clip, they are performing a well-loved, Ray Charles classic:  What’d I Say

About the song:

What’d I Say

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Not to be confused with What I’d Say or What I Say.

“What’d I Say”

Genre Soul, blues, rock and roll

Writer(s) Ray Charles

“What’d I Say” (or “What I Say”) is a song by American rhythm and blues (R&B) musician Ray Charles, released in 1959 as a single divided into two parts. It was improvised one evening late in 1958 when Charles, his orchestra, and backup singers had played their entire set list at a show and still had time left; the response from many audiences was so enthusiastic that Charles announced to his producer that he was going to record it.

After his run of R&B hits, this song finally broke Charles into mainstream pop music and itself sparked a new sub-genre of R&B titled soul, finally putting together all the elements that Charles had been creating since he recorded “I Got a Woman” in 1954. The gospel influences combined with the sexual innuendo in the song made it not only widely popular but very controversial to both white and black audiences. It earned Ray Charles his first gold record and has been one of the most influential songs in R&B and rock and roll history. For the rest of his career, Charles closed every concert with the song. It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2002 and ranked at number 10 in Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.