After years on the road and in recording studios performing with an impressive list of guest artists, from popular stars (Bobbie Gentry, Sammy Davis, Jr.) to jazz greats (Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton), she spent 5 years working with the Houston Pops Orchestra.
In 1990, she moved to Colorado and has a home in the mountains near Denver. A former computer exec, she continues to play jazz, blues, funk guitar with some of the region's best bands and appear at jazz festivals. After recently retiring, she returned to Denver, playing jazz clubs in the area, and recording sessions. Her latest project is The Swedge Jazz Band, and reuniting with the "JJQ"/Just-Jazz-Quintet, plus singles/duos/trios.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Brandy Herbert is a consummate professional, with years of experience as a soloist, featured artist, studio musician, concert professional, and leader of bands, from singles to 6-piece groups and more. She has been a featured solo-artist at local Denver establishments like the Black Crown, and other jazz venues. I can provide quiet background music, or featured-artist sets that will keep the audience riveted. If working as a single, or as part of the duo, "HerRisin’", with Mailyn Faulkner, jazz-vocalist, I generally work with pre-recorded backing tracks that provide the complete sound of a jazz group, featuring piano/bass/drums/(sometimes strings), so that you get the equivalent of a 4-5 piece group, even though I'm the only one on the stage. Add to that the "arsenal" of instruments I use, (archtop guitar, nylon-string guitar, synth-guitar--capable of sounding like anything from a flute, to a Hammond B-3 organ), and you have anything from soft ballads, to bossa-novas, to organ-swing & blues, to jazz standards that will sound as if you have a whole combo available.
I can perform for both large and small audiences for any venue, public event, or private event. This includes: Night Club Settings, Private Parties, Corporate Events, Festivals, Weddings, Community Concerts / Public Events or any other situation that requires live music. I also enjoy long-term, rotational engagements where I can bring my fan-base and following in to increase business.
“Brandy Herbert is a splendid guitarist with a strong southwestern influence...Born in Dallas..and establishes a fine, funky mood.” – Leonard Feather, Jazz Critic (Women's Jazz Festival bio)
Graduate of North Texas State University, School of Jazz
Musical Director/Arranger/Conductor/Guitarist for "The Original Platters", USO Tours to the Far East;
Lead Guitarist, "The Bobbie Gentry Show", Tour (Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Honolulu, Vancouver, Sydney, Australia)
Studio work, Dallas, 1968-1972; (commercials, jingles, commercial records)
Audio Recording Engineer/Mixdown Engineer, Pepper & Tanner, 1968-1972
Big band work, “Buddy Brock Orchestra”, Houston, TX, 1977-1982;
Full-time member, "Houston Pops Orchestra", 1977-1982;
Player: "Women's Jazz Festival", Kansas City, 1979-1986; (Member of "All-Stars" twice: 1981, 1983)
Michigan Women’s Music Festival - “All-Stars House-Band”, 1983
West Coast Women’s Music Festival - “All-Stars House-Band”, 1983
Currently playing with jazz, funk & blues groups in the Denver area.
Colorado Women’s Blues Festival, “Women Rock the Night”, 2005-2007
Partial list of people I've played with:
Jackie de Shannon,
Jimmy Clanton, (“Just A Dream”)
Annette Funicello & Frankie Avalon (Dick Clark show),
Chad & Jeremy,
The Original Platters,
Billie Joe Royal,
Ray Sharpe ("Linda Lu"),
Bruce Channel ("Hey Baby"),
David "Fathead" Newman,
"Blue Lou" Marini (The Blues Brothers),
Tom "Bones" Malone (The Blues Brothers),
Dean Parks (Steely Dan),
David Hungate (Toto)
Sammy Davis, Jr.,
Jim Bailey (The "Illusionist"),
Michael Martin Murphy,
The Four Aces,
Dave & Sugar, (“Queen of the Silver Dollar”)
Clifford "Scotty" Scott ("Honky Tonk"/Bill Doggett),
Bill LeSage (U.K. jazz-pianist)
Kim Stone (bassist: “The Rippingtons”/”Spyrogyra”)
Instruments: Guitar; Synth-Guitar, Elec Bass; Bkup Vocals
Sight reader, jazz instrumentalist, featured artist, featured recording guest-artist. Fluent with standards, bossas/latin, jazz-tunes, ballads; know about 90% of the standard fake-books by heart. Comfortable in small club/restaurant settings to concert-hall venues.
Work single-gigs using a combination of solo playing, computer-created backing-tracks; have excellent singer for duo gigs. Private parties, conventions, meetings, club-dates... Always prefer "standing"/"rotational" engagements to bring in my following and fan-base. Can expand to trio, quartet, quintet and sextet, if required.
Additional Booking Notes
I generally carry everything I need for a performance, self-contained. I provide anything from a small-but-efficient "Bose L-1/Compact" (link hidden)r backing-tracks & vocals, all the way up to an 8-channel active mixer with 2-15" JBL monitors, plus wedge-monitors for large venues. All amplification, microphones, stands, and other equipment is supplied by me. I do not supply lighting or staging effects, but in most club and venue settings, the available illumination is sufficient.
Depending on the type of engagement I generally travel with 2-3 guitars, and associated F/X, which includes a Roland GR-33 guitar-synth, an archtop jazz guitar, and a custom-made nylon-string electric guitar. This provides the "right instrument for the right song."
A partial list of some of the tunes I do regularly:
Another Real Good'un (Jack McDuff)
Back At The Chicken Shack
Dat Dere (Nat Adderley)
Days of Wine and Roses
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Girl From Ipanema
Have You Met Miss Jones
Here's That Rainy Day
I Could Write A Book
If I Only Had A Brain (Wizard of Oz)
In A Mellow Tone
Just The Way You Look Tonight
Like Someone In Love
Look of Love, The
Morning (Claire Fischer)
New York State of Mind
On Green Dolphin Street
One Note Samba
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Samba de Orpheus
Secrets of Your Heart
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Swing)
Stompin' At The Savoy
Theme from 'The Fox'
There Will Never Be Another You
Watch What Happens
I also have a complete repertoire of Christmas & Holiday songs...
The Great Pumpkin Waltz (Vince Guaraldi)
Christmas Time Is Here (V. Guaraldi, "Charlie Brown Christmas Special"
Jazz arrangements of:
Let It Snow!, Let It Snow!, Let It Snow!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
...and many more...
|Brandy Herbert||Guitar / Elec. Bass|
|Mailyn Faulkner||Jazz Vocalist, (opt. as "HerRisin'")|
Influences & Inspiration
I consider myself an "old school" musician/guitarist, and my main musical influences over the years have include some jazz-greats that I have had the honor to work with: Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Arnette Cobb, Clifford "Scotty" Scott. And my main guitar influences were Howard Roberts, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, etc...
Stage lighting, (if required by event); outside of that, all I need is an electrical outlet.