Jazz Menagerie are a group of experienced musicians who play various styles of jazz and soul music. The co-founders of the group are Alison Bentley (vocals/piano) and Kevin Armstrong (guitar) and are based in Oxford. Most of the band, which also features saxophone, drums & bass, met while studying jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Whether Jazz Menagerie are performing elegant ambience or riotous rhythm, the band’s philosophy is simple: to have fun playing the music they love.
JAZZ MENAGERIE Play JAZZ and/or SOUL:
for dancing for background music for concerts in one style or a mix of styles. in various ensembles from 2 to 6 musicians
Duo (Vocal-keyboards & guitar)
Trio ( + sax or double-bass)
Quartet ( duo + bass/drums or sax/drums or sax/bass) Quintet (duo + sax + bass + drums)
Septet (+ percussion)
Jazz Menagerie do not use drum machines or backing tapes, so for dance music the band’s drummer and bass player are required to provide the beat.
For French Café Jazz we invite the brilliant accordionist Peter Watson to join the band and usually perform as a trio or quartet.
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Jazz Menagerie Q&A
What do you love most about your job?
We play the music we feel passionate about with musicians we love playing with.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Jazz Menagerie was formed specifically to play at private functions. (We have other projects for original music and what not).
Why should our clients choose you?
If you can tell the difference between OK musicians and excellent musicians, between people who are doing it for the money and people who really love the music they play, between bands that just do one thing or bands that can find just the right thing to fit a particular occasion.
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