Oh yes it is - that Sassy New Orleans Jazz! Get things swinging like a Mardi Gras or Great Gatsby theme party! We'll hit all the right notes to make your guests remember your event like no other. Our male and female vocals cover the hits from 1920s through 40s with a band that will surely heat things up!
Price Range: $800 and up
Gig Length: 45 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Expect an entertaining mix of classic jazz, sassy blues, dance numbers and traditional love songs that can take an event from a welcoming cocktail party through an elegant dinner, into romantic evening of dancing. Sarah and Herb's rappor with guests provide specialized entertainment and grant requests to make your event like no other.
Sass & Bones is Sarah's hot little jazz band that she started for the most fun parties and events. After years of touring with Pop, Rock and Jazz shows, Sarah wanted to do her favorite kind of music, New Orleans Dixieland Jazz. Some fans dubbed it "Sassy Jazz" and the name stuck. The band is a core of traditional roots jazz musicians that continuously throw wild harmonies and melodic lines to back up Sarah and Herbs vocals.
Sarah Nova and Herb Gardner also perform regularly throughout New England including the New Black Eagles, The Wolverines, The Winiker Orchestras, Eli's Hot Six, Jeff Hughes Jazztet, White Heat Swing and The Jimmy Mazzey Trio. Sarah was educated at Berklee and began performing with Herb's (her father) Jazz bands at 14 years old. A successful piano teacher by day, she got back into the jazz nightlife when father Herb moved to Boston from NYC.
Herb Gardner began touring with Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood in 1963, as well as becoming an established musician at the Metropole, Jimmy Ryan’s and Eddie Condon’s nightclubs. During the ‘60’s and 70’s he appeared with virtually all of the classic jazz musicians in the New York City area such as Roy Eldridge, Gene Krupa, Henry “Red” Allen, Bobby Hackett, Jimmy Rushing, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky and even Wingy Manone.
For a couple decades he served as co-leader of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, playing for the inauguration of George Bush, Bill Clinton’s victory party and countless other society affairs. In June, 1997 he conducted the “Big Broadcasters” in the opening concert of the New York City JVC Jazz festival.
Through his association with Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins and the Smith Street Society Jazz Band, Herb has written the music and words to many specialty songs heard regularly on New York radio, including “Jazzbeaux’s Time of Night” and theme songs for many other radio personalities.
In addition to performing with Sarah and daughter Abbie (of trio Red Molly)
these are some of the people Herb has worked with as a featured jazz soloist.
Wild Bill Davison
Henry Red Allen
Pee Wee Irwin
Pee Wee Russell
Henry Thins Francis
Additional Booking Notes
We can either provide sound system or use the venue system. While we can bring an electronic piano, a well maintained on-site acoustic piano is always preferred. If we are providing sound, electrical outlets within 20 feet of performance area is requested. If performance is in a house party, please consider putting us in a place where the lighting can be adjusted so that the audience can see us.
Set list is determined by event requirements, crowd expectations and special requests.
Influences & Inspiration
Pop Love Songs
Jelly Roll Morton
electrical outlet within 25 feet
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