Party Perfect! Dave's jazz brings romance, sophistication and fun to your party, wedding, restaurant, or business event. Always appropriate, never too loud or cheesy,
Book Dave Jones as a solo act, as a duo with singer Shari Pol, or with a small group. You will hear jazz in its many forms - Bossa Novas, Swing, Blues, Gypsy, Dixieland, Latin, as well as all of the standards from the American song book (song list is over 900 tunes and growing!).
Book Some Fun! Dave's Jazz livens up your event and makes it memorable!
Dave's Jazz did a fantastic job at our event! With an audience of varying ages and interest, he was able to set a lively yet smooth atmosphere to carry our event. As people mingled during the cocktail hour and later shifted to dinner, he transitioned seamlessly and truly added a new level of professionalism and elegance to the event. He played consistently at an appropriate volume, showed up more than early enough to be ready, and was attentive to any requests we had. I would recommend Dave's Jazz to anyone searching for live event music.
Response from Dave's Jazz:
Thanks Elyssa - it was fun, and you and your team did a great job on putting on a professional event for a good cause! Your partner wanted my Venmo address - it's @davesjazz
Dave was the perfect addition to our Open House event. He was professional and so talented! Everyone enjoyed Dave on saxophone with his background accompaniments. He is very accommodating and will add a great touch to your next event. Dave was great!!
Response from Dave's Jazz:
Thanks Stacey for your review - I had a great time in a great venue - I wish y'all the best success in your venture!
Dave was absolutely amazing. Very accommodating and easy to work with. Our wedding guests absolutely loved the music.
Response from Dave's Jazz:
Thanks Kellys! It was a lovely wedding in a beautiful spot! Good luck to both of you!
Price Range: $75/hr. solo, plus travel over 1 hour.
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
I play from a library of over 1,600 American standards, Broadway tunes, early jazz, Latin jazz, Bossa Novas, Gypsy Jazz, Blues and Ballads, all played close to the melody, and then improvised on in a captivating manner. I can focus on one or two genres if you prefer. I pride myself in playing the right music at the right volume level for your occasion!
I usually play as a solo performer, using "backing tracks" I mostly make myself, played through my excellent sound system. I also can include an excellent "American Songbook" singer (Shari Pol, when available), or put together a jazz quartet for you.
My business practices start with communication and honesty, doing what I promise, and delivering the goods with good humor!
I grew up in a (classical) musical family, but got hooked on blues and then jazz in my teens. I went to Berklee School of Music and then started playing in bands in my twenties, up and down the East Coast. In my thirties and 40s I pursued other interests, including painting and teaching art. I never stopped practicing jazz saxophone however. When my wife was called (she's an Episcopal priest) to serve a church in Greenville, MS, I began to play as a solo artist in restaurants, clubs and private parties in the Mississippi Delta. I now live and play on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where there are many, many venues for live music!
Additional Booking Notes
As a solo act Dave needs about a 4' x 6' square area to set up in, with one electrical socket, and likes to be in with the people! For a group gig (4 to 6 people) an area approximately 8' x 10' is needed. For a larger crowd (100 or more, dancing) a 1 foot high platform helps.
1. Unless agreed to otherwise, all engagements require a 50% deposit at the time of booking, and the balance due is to be paid immediately upon completion of the engagement. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card.
2. Since in many cases Dave has declined other offers for the date(s) of your booking, the 50% deposit is non-refundable (except in the case of "acts of God" emergencies). Please notify Dave as soon as you know you are cancelling your booking.
3. For outdoor events, clients are encouraged to have alternate indoor locations arranged in the case of extreme weather.
4. Once Dave has set up his equipment, full payment is required even if you cancel the gig.
5. Extra charges may be incurred if: a) equipment has to be moved to a second location during the gig; b) requested songs have to be learned; c) extra playing time is requested; d) equipment has to be carried up and down stairs, onto boats, or over rough terrain.
Upcoming Booked Events
|March 11, 2022 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Rehearsal Dinner|
Past Booked Events
|November 19, 2019 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|November 02, 2019 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|May 15, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 01, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Wedding Engagement|
|March 17, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|May 02, 2013||Private Party|
After You're Gone; Afternoon In Paris; All Of You; All The Things You Are; April In Paris; Autumn In New York; Autumn Leaves; Basin St Blues; Bewitched; A Bientot; Blue Bossa; Blue Room; Blues For Alice; Bluesette; Body And Soul; Boplicity; But Not For Me; Bye; Bye Blackbird; Call Me; Cherokee; Chicago; Close Your Eyes; Come Rain Or Shine; Corcovado; Cute; Days Of Wine And Roses; Desafinado; Dindi; Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me; Don't Blame Me; Doxy; Early Autumn; East Of The Sun; Easy To Love; Embraceable You; Falling In Love With Love; Flamingo; A Foggy Day; Fools Rush In; Footprints; Four; From This Moment On; Georgia On My Mind; Get Out Of Town; The Girl From Ipanema; Groovin' High; Have You Met Miss Jones; Here's That Rainy Day; I'll Remember April; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; I've Got You Under My Skin; I Can't Get Started; I Concentrate On You; I Could Write A Book; I Get A Kick Out Of You; I Love You; I Mean You; I Thought About You; Ill Wind; In The Still Of The Night; Indiana; Isn't She Lovely; It Had To Be You; Jazz 'n' Samba; Jody Grind; Just Friends; Killer Joe; Laura; Let's Fall in Love; Limehouse Blues; Little Boat; Love For Sale; Lover Man; Maiden Voyage; Mambo Inn; A Man And A Woman; Mean to Me; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Misty; My Funny Valentine; The Nearness Of You; Night And Day; Now's The Time; Old Folks; On A Clear Day; On Green Dolphin Street; One Note Samba; Out Of Nowhere; Over The Rainbow; Perdido; Poinciana; Rose Room; Route 66; Royal Garden Blues; Sack Of Woe; Satin Doll; Senor Blues; September In The Rain; The Shadow Of Your Smile; The Sheik Of Araby; The Sidewinder; Skylark; Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; Soon; Speak Low; Spring Is Here; St. Louis Blues; St. Thomas; Star Trek Theme; Stars Fell On Alabama; Stella By Starlight; Stolen Moments; Stormy Weather; Sugar; Summer Samba; Summertime; Sweet Georgia Brown; Take The 'A' Train; Teach Me Tonight; That's All; Time After Time; Triste; Unforgettable; The Very Thought Of You; Waltz For Debby; Watch What Happens; Watermelon Man; Wave; Way Down Yonder In New Orleans; West Coast Blues; What's New?; When Lights Are Low; When Sunny Gets Blue; When The Saints Go Marching In; When You Wish Upon a Star; Whisper Not; Witchcraft; Work Song; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; You Are The Sunshine Of My Life; You Don't Know What Love Is; You Go to My Head.
|Dave Jones||Leader and Saxophonist|
Influences & Inspiration
My major influences as a saxophonist have been Dexter Gordon, Charlie Rouse, Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Gene Ammons. My current favorite composer is Marcos Valle.
Electricity (one 120v socket for solo or duo, two outlets for band))