Jarrett Laskey is a professionally trained classical guitarist performing a repertoire of Spanish/Latin guitar music , standard classical music pieces and some contemporary music. Jarrett’s music provides the perfect ambience for a variety of social functions including wedding ceremonies/receptions, cocktail hours, business functions, and brunches. Jarrett is in high demand, performing for several events each year as a soloist and as a long-standing member of the Redwood Classical Guitar Duo, in the greater Washington, DC/ Northern Va/ MD/WVA/ PA regions.
Jarrett arrived early, appeared professionally dressed, and was very self-sufficient in setting himself up at the Westin ballroom. This was a business holiday party, and everyone enjoyed the music. I will gladly hire Jarrett again. And, I have given his contact information to two of my partners who may have need for him at personal events.
Jarrett is a lovely guitar player, and nice guy.
I hired him however to accompany me to sing at a memorial of a dear friend. For the cost, I expected he would have been better prepared, and had really took the time to learn the song, and study the style. With it being such an emotional day, I was willing to spend top dollar for a professional. I am disappointed today, with an ok performance as I sang through several incorrect chord progressions, and little effort to capture the musicality and feel for the piece. In the rehearsal, it seemed to me that he had not looked at the piece with the pages out of order.
I would most definitely hire him to play a repertoire he already knows. In the ten minutes he played as folks were entering, his music provided a warm entrance for family and friends. He's kind, easy to work with, just did not seem terribly prepared for this particular event.
Response from Jarrett Laskey - Classical Guitar Services:
It's unfortunate to ever hear a less than great review from a client as I strive to provide a quality musical performance each time and this is actually the first such one I've received across several sites with over 100 reviews so not sure how to respond. In this particular case, I was given one week to learn an unfamiliar piece, and was given a copy of the music and guided towards a youtube performance showing a full orchestra backing the vocalist. The rehearsal was an additional effort prior to the actual performance the following day. Granted, the rehearsal was needed and not the best due to the newness of the piece. But, the chord progressions were followed according to the music provided, and to consider expecting one solo amplified guitar to provide the full musical accompaniment provided by a full orchestra is a stretch. However, the actual performance during the memorial service went off without a hitch and seemed to convey the sentiments in the song as we stayed together during the entire piece, so this review is somewhat surprising. I actually enjoyed working with this client, however, and appreciate the opportunity and constructive criticism, and the few kind words at the end.
Jarrett provided the perfect music for our cocktail party. I received lots of rave reviews from our guests - it really helped make the event special.
Jarrett is the consummate professional and played throughout a 125+ person business dinner event at a level that was audible but allowed the attendees to easily converse. Many individuals remarked how beautifully he played, including our CEO. I highly recommend Jarrett for any type of occasion, be it social or professional. Thank you for a lovely evening, Jarrett!
Jarrett Laskey was the musician for my wedding on 9/9/17 and he was perfect. Jarrett is very straightforward about what to expect and what he will do and working with him is very easy. Thing about Jarrett that is most special is that he was never something for me to worry about. Jarrett arrived on time and presents himself well. He played as my guests arrived, for the ceremony, and for a cocktail hour after the ceremony. He is very sensitive to what volume is appropriate and what songs are a good choice, but has a list of music you can choose from as well. With all of the vendors you will have on your wedding day, you owe it to yourself to make an easy decision to have Jarrett Laskey be your musician.
We booked Jarrett for our wedding and wedding reception. It was late notice (within 3 weeks of the wedding), but Jarrett was very accommodating and able to work with us. He learned new music to accommodate the preferences of our families and even took requests during the reception. He is an excellent guitarist and was very punctual and professional throughout the service and reception. I would highly recommend him for classical guitar music.
Professional and talented.
We hired Jarrett to play during the cocktail hour for my daughter’s wedding on Nov 12, 2016. Jarrett was very easy to work with, very responsive to emails. His music is beautiful and I even had some guests seek me out to comment on his playing. Our cocktail hour was in a barn and the temperature was quite chilly. Jarrett was extremely professional and played continuously in spite of the coldness. I have kept his contact information should I ever need to use him again and I would highly recommend him to others!!
Jarrett has played at our company holiday party for the past 2 years. Both times we were very pleased. He played a variety of selections. He has always been very responsive with correspondence. I highly recommend Jarrett for your events.
Jarrett is completely professional, great to work with and very talented! We had him play the ceremony music and during cocktail hour. My guests stated that he added a nice touch to our winery wedding. He even learned two new songs for us, including the Game of Thrones theme :) We're happy we found him!
Jarrett played our wedding at the Spanish Steps in Kalorama. We couldn't be happier with the results. Selecting music with his help was as easy as pie, and he kept us very well informed of what to expect and what would work. We couldn't be happier with our decision to hire Jarrett, and we know our guests loved it.
Jarrett played at our wedding and he was fabulous. Very professional, on time, wonderfully talented musician, and also thought he had a great vibe! I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a musician for an event. His prices were very reasonable. Thank you Jarrett for making our special day even more perfect!
My husband and I have been working with Jarrett Laskey for six months now. He played our wedding ceremony music on October 17, 2015 at Bristow Manor. I personally come from a musical background and heard his talent at an open house the manor held. His music is absolutely wonderful, we loved hearing him play on our special day. He did a vocal collaboration with my husband's cousin of John Legend's All of Me as I walked down the aisle. It made me feel so special, and everyone thought it was so beautiful.
Jarrett and I played together in our High Schools guitar ensemble, so I already new that he was a great guitarist. 20 years later I was happy to run into Jarrett while he was performing at my friends wedding. When I got engaged and the wedding planning started my finance assigned me the task of the securing the ceremony and cocktail hour music. As a guitarist myself I thought it would be nice to have guitar music for our ceremony. The first person I thought of was Jarrett, it was a no-brainer. Jarrett was able to play the exact song my wife wanted while she was walking down the isle and he did a great job mixing classical and modern music together for the cocktail hour. Jarrett helped make our special day a success.
Jarrett played at our wedding ceremony on September 26th. He is a great guitar player and the music was perfect. He played exactly what we wanted and set the perfect atmosphere for us. He was a pleasure to work with and was always kind, flexible, and professional. I highly recommend him for your wedding.
I hosted a client party at my home on 9/27/14 for which I engaged Jarrett Laskey to perform. He did a great job, arrived in advance of the set time, performed beautifully and my guests enjoyed the music. I would certainly recommend him.
My experience with Jarrett was fantastic. My mother and I booked a performance as a gift to my sister and her new husband at their wedding reception. It added just that perfect touch to have live music during the cocktail hour. We requested mainly classical guitar and it was perfect. Jarrett was also very easy/pleasant to work with and consistently responsive to questions and also flexible with timing of his performance.
I found Jarrett based on his reviews from multiple websites. After speaking with him I knew immediately that he was the person that I wanted. After booking him I was speaking to my fiance and mentioned Jarrett's name and it turns out that he had given guitar lessons to my fiance's late brother. Jarrett actually remembered him and even requested to play one of his favorite pieces while the guests were being seated. Jarrett's customer service and warm personality were extremely wonderful and never once did I doubt my decision. Jarrett also took the time to learn a new piece that I requested for our recessional. A true top notch wedding vendor!
Mr. Laskey was absolutely perfect. He was a late breaking addition to our wedding plans but he jumped right in. His list was extensive and we were able to pick the exact songs we wanted - "A Story Book Love", "Pachelbel's Canon in D" and "Here Comes the Sun." We even had difficulties getting the wedding party started on time and Mr. Laskey flawlessly repeated the processional so that there was enough music. We were very pleased and I would strongly recommend him.
Jarrett is a lovely person and talented, classically-trained
guitarist. On a friend's recommendation, we heard him play at his
regular gig at Marvelous Market by Eastern Market. It took only a few
strums to know that he would provide the perfect ambiance during our
wedding ceremony. Flexible, cordial, and professional, Jarrett
delivered a great repertoire of songs and helped to make our ceremony
memorable. Our experience with him was delightful and melodious from
start to finish - we recommend him in a heartbeat!
My husband and I hired Jarrett and Tom for our wedding this past October without ever seeing them in person before. We had heard their music from samples on the computer, but hearing them the day of our wedding did not even compare. First, let me say that even though Super Storm Sandy was heading our way, the still showed up on time looking very professional. Second, they were very kind and amenable to our song selections and took time to practice and learn them as they were not a part of their original song selection. Third, they sounded perfect. It was beautiful to have live music as a part of our wedding especially since the rain held off and we were able to have our ceremony outside like we'd hoped. We would without a doubt hire these guys again and normally I wouldn't suggest hiring anyone for a wedding or an event sight unseen, but if you're going to do it, make sure it's someone like Jarrett and Tom. You guys were great. Thank you so much!
Jarrett played at our wedding and at the reception afterwards. I could have not have been happier with the music and presentation. It was all spot on. I would not hesitate to hire him again or recommend him to anyone.
Jarrett Laskey was wonderful to work with, he even learned a special song just for my new husband and me. He was prompt and came ready to entertain our guests before and during the ceremony. I was so happy that I chose Jarrett for our special ceremony music; we plan to have him for other events in the future. You will be pleased with his professionalism and talent!
I hired Jarrett to perform live guitar at my ceremony and cocktail hour for our wedding this past weekend. He adjusted to music to the ceremony so that the music and ceremony were seamless. Prior to the wedding, I emailed him numerous times with questions, and he gave me great recommendations and samples of music so that I could put together a ceremony that fit us. I requested he play traditional Latin guitar (although he plays both classical and standard hits), which he did beautifully. My guests loved it. Hiring him was a great value and I would recommend him to anyone.
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
A quality performance of solo guitar music tailored to clients' guidelines. Music can cover classical music standards, to Latin/Spanish music, to contemporary songs and movie themes, or any mixture of these styles. For years, Jarrett has been reliable and proven to entertain clients and their guests.
Additional Booking Notes
I provide my own amplification suitable for indoor or outdoor venues to enhance the music for all your guests. I only request an armless chair be provided and relative proximity to an electrical outlet.
Past Booked Events
|April 19, 2019 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 13, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Christmas Party|
|September 15, 2018 • 2:00pm - 4:30pm||Worship Service|
|June 02, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|September 30, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|June 01, 2017 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Dinner Party|
|February 14, 2017 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Dinner Party|
|May 02, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|February 14, 2016||Dinner Party|
|September 27, 2014||Private Party|
|August 10, 2014||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|April 09, 2014||Other|
|September 14, 2013||Wedding Ceremony|
5 x 5 foot area, chair, elec. outlet proximity
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