The perfect entertainment for a corporate lunch or a great background to pre dinner drinks and seating for dinner, or during dinner.
Suits well for an intimate setting or for groups large enough to fill a night club.
Includes numerous popular jazz or blues standards as well as some other more interesting newer pieces.
The video gives a good idea how using a harmonizer and a looper allows a broader range of sound than that of just a singular guitarist with a voice. ( Also: Notice, not so loud that it limited conversation, although the option to be loud is also available)
I hired Phil on short notice to provide live music for my wedding ceremony in a botanical garden. Originally I had a DJ lined up to play the ceremony but due to travel issues I had to change it. I am SO GLAD I did! Phil was a thousand times better than any DJ. My guests are still messaging me about how beautiful the ceremony was and how his music was perfect. He took my boring ceremony and made it classy and magical. He also went above and beyond anything I could have imagined when he went out of his way to learn a special song that my heart was intent on having for my ceremony. In less than two days, and in another language no less!
He is extremely professional and required no direction whatsoever. He knew exactly how to time every transition throughout the event. An absolute gentleman, and he sounds amazing. I can not recommend him more highly!
I can not get over how wonderful he made my ceremony. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!
Response from Bluejazz:
Oh my, Katrina, I had no idea I had been all that to your wedding. It was a pleasure to help to bring you all the happiness you could gain on that, most special day in your life. You are so very welcome dear, and you were and doubtless are, a beautiful bride. I am so honored to be blessed with your accolades here. Thank you for this review.
Phil accompanied me singing at a wedding and we sang together. It was fun and turned out great! ❤️
Response from Bluejazz:
Loved our duet Jen, and the wedding was absolutely wonderful.
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 45 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
If you're hiring me, there are a few things I'll need.
An electrical outlet is not totally necessary, in that I have a battery powered amp with fairly high fidelity, however electric power does allow me to put on a much better show.
I don't have "lighting" other than for my stand for my music, so if you want to "highlight" me (like a spotlight or such), you'll need to provide that. I'm comfortable either way.
I'll need about 6 feet square of space to set up in, and I do prefer to do a sound check before your intended audience arrives.
If there are things you need (for instance: a specific song must be specific in version, artist, etc, and well in advance), or like a dress code, or color matching, or "no break up songs" etc etc... I'll need to know these things well in advance. If there are costs involved such as specified wardrobe or additional transportation expenses (eg. outside Edmonton), they will also be required in advance.
Music was a family trait in my youth, and I was given piano lessons at 3 years old and many years past that. My interests in music included saxophone, trumpet (very briefly), drums, flutes (which I make), tank drums (which I make), and numerous other interests...
...but my love has always been guitar.
Dad taught me a few chords at 5 years old. I bought a guitar and an amp with my first checks from my paper route as a kid, and have been playing ever since.
I re-entered the arena of jamming at various bars in the past year or two, and often I am requested by jam promoters to come and try new venues. It is a compliment to me, and allows me to "turn up" when I want to show off in a little hotter level than I play as a solo act.
I am currently involved in a band project I hope to add to my resume of services to offer, and will likely list it in "Gig Salad" once that is up and running.
All that is backdrop only to my services offered, which are myself, my guitar, and a few specialized electronic gizmos that allow me to sing with harmonizing voices, and to play lead lines over an established rhythm foundation. I play a good number of jazz and blues tunes, and a few newer songs that range into country... and the list is constantly being augmented, and added to.
If you needed to hear a specific song in my performance, you should (well in advance) make it clear which song and which version you prefer, and I'll let you know if I can accommodate you. There are songs I simply will not sing or play, for my own personal reasons.
All that having been said, I have been told I do a good job, and that I'm enjoyable to listen to, and various other forms of complimentary verbiage, which I consider indications that I am worth what I charge to do what I love to do, with both my guitar and my voice... which is to make someone smile, and feel good about seeing me or hearing me, doing what I do.
I hope you will feel that way when I play and sing for you.
Additional Booking Notes
As mentioned elsewhere, specialized lighting is at your option and your expense.
An electrical outlet is not always a necessity, but does allow for a better performance.
Influences & Inspiration
As a solo artist, I have performed for corporate functions, and weddings, and as a single act in venues that support live artists.
So far, all feedback has been quite positive, but I am always hoping someone would notice something I could improve, and actually comes and tells me. Seems there is a trend in the community of artists to not be at all critical, and I think a little critiquing is a good thing, and helps me grow as an artist.
I own all I need (so far).
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