Welcome to Eclipse Jazz Quartet. We are a highly professional, versatile group, which performs a great mix of jazz, including swing, smooth jazz, funk, blues, ballads, Latin grooves and fusion. We can perform high energy sets appropriate for jazz festivals and jazz clubs, or -- perform at a low volume, providing a lush musical ambiance to enhance your social event.
The group is led by Allen Wittig, a 40 yr professional (including 26 years as a saxophonist, jazz ensemble leader and music arranger with the US Air Force Band system) who holds both a Master of Music in composition from Shenandoah Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Price Range: $400-$2000
Gig Length: 50 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
Our audiences have greatly enjoyed our performances, often commenting on our professionalism, variety of music and overall great sound.
Eclipse Jazz Quartet is a highly professional musical ensemble (saxophone, guitar (or piano), bass and drums) which performs a wide spectrum of traditional and contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, blues, funk, Latin grooves and beautiful ballads. The group can perform as a hard driving contemporary jazz group, keeping jazz fans enthralled with both original and cover material, or it can deliver a comfortable background of easy listening standards, enhancing the atmosphere of any social gathering. A vocalist,or additional musicians (ie. trumpet and/or trombone) are available upon request for an additional fee.
The group is led by saxophonist Allen Wittig, a polished performer with 40 years of experience. Mr. Wittig's use of tenor and alto saxophones as well as flute, help keep the ensemble sounding fresh and pleasing to the listener. Mr. Wittig earned his Master of Music in Composition at Shenandoah Conservatory and his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is an experienced composer, arranger and producer. He served 26 years in the US Air Force Band career field as a Music Arranger, Saxophonist and Musical Director of jazz and pop/rock music ensembles. He has produced/co-produced or contributed to five CDs for USAF/NATO Bands.
Additional Booking Notes
We currently bring a 2000 watt speaker system with digital reverb to each job unless told in advance it's not necessary. We do not bring stage lighting of any kind.
Past Booked Events
|May 26, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 22, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|July 26, 2016 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm||House Party|
|June 19, 2016 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Homearama, Richmond, VA|
|June 18, 2016 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Homearama, Richmond, VA|
|March 05, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 09, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|Allen Wittig||Leader, saxophonist|
Influences & Inspiration
Our influences are many. As jazz musicians, we have a great appreciation for the history and development of jazz: Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Charlie Byrd, Django Reinhardt, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Joe Pass, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, John McGlaughlin, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, John Pattituci, Tony Williams, and many, many more.
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