We are a jazz group that plays around the Triangle, lead by Marvin Hoffert on the saxophone. We have vocals, horns, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums. A few of our members are described below:
Marvin Hoffert: Marvin recently wandered out to North Carolina from Seattle, where he had learned to play jazz on his tenor saxophone. His music still has that West Coast accent - kind of laid back and melodic. He claims he will play anything, as long as it is straight ahead jazz, but he tends to turn catatonic if the music gets too loud or too many notes are played. In Seattle he founded and managed the band called Jazz Quintessence. He has recorded two CD's, but only one of them has been published.
Amanda Fox: Amanda is a North Carolina native living in Durham. She has been singing professionally for about two years, but she has been singing jazz since she was a kid listening to her dad's Nat "King" Cole albums. She loves to sing all flavors of jazz - slow and sultry, swing, Latin - but can really pour her heart into a good, sad love song.
Art Gruskin: Art is typically shy and understated, so did not send in a bio. However, his solid bass lines are the foundation of our music. He has lived in the area for many years, so has improved the quality of music for many a local band. He plays many styles of music, but we know that secretly he likes jazz best.
Joseph Szalacsi: Joseph is newly arrived to North Carolina from New York, trumpet and flugel horn. He has performed with the legendary be-bop trumpeter Howard McGhee Big Band, Frankie Avalon, Jerry Lewis, Red Buttons, Alisha Kashi, and Bobby Vinton. Before moving here, he was a member of the Nassau County Community College Latin Jazz Band and the Bronx Symphony Orchestra.
Amanda Fox: Vocalist
Marvin Hoffert: Saxophonist
Art Gruskin: Bassist
Joe Szalacsi: Trumpeter
Our band leader and saxophonist, Marvin Hoffert, describes our music as "straight ahead jazz with a West Coast accent." We are influenced by jazz greats of the past as well as current groups.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 240 minutes
We are a versatile band that has played up-tempo tunes for swing dance groups and provided a mellow atmosphere in restaurants, depending on what the audience or client preferred. We are happy to do a variety of jazz styles(swing, bossa, Latin, etc) to fit your needs. We can also change up our instrumentation if you prefer a smaller group, instrumentals, or vocals. Let us know what you want and we'll tailor our playlist to your event.
Access to power for sound equipment
We have our own sound equipment and are willing to play indoors or out, weather permitting.
This list is incomplete, but includes some of the more well-known songs we perform. For a more complete list, or if you have questions about a particular song, please contact us.
All of Me
Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered
Cry Me a River
Do Nothin' 'til You Hear from Me
Dream a Little Dream
East of the Sun
Fly Me to the Moon
Girl from Ipanema
I Only Have Eyes for You
My Funny Valentine
Night in Tunisia, A
Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
Someone to Watch over Me
Song for My Father
There Will Never Be Another You
These Foolish Things
They Can't Take That Away from Me
When I Fall in Love
Past Booked Dates:
06-15-2013 — 3211 Shannon Rd, Durham
05-27-2013 — 108 1/2 E Hargett St Raleigh, NC 27601
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclub, Concert Venue, Convention, Convocation, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Grand Opening, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Private Party, Prom, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Studio Session, Wedding Cocktail Hour, Wedding Reception
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