Imagine the Sounds of Soft Sophisticated Jazz complementing your special event. Joe Francis specializes in playing the music of the Great American Songbook.
More than thirty years experience in the music business––available as a solo guitarist, or in combos with guitar & bass duo, trio or small combo to suit your needs. Reasonable pricing . . . Find out how easily you can afford Live Jazz!
I have used Joe for two events and his music was fantastic. He is very professional, always on time or early and his music exceeds expectations for our events. The music is not too loud and adds an ambiance that our guest enjoy. I will use him again.
Joe and his guys set the perfect tone for our company holiday party. They were professional, punctual, and easy to work with throughout the process. Plus the music was terrific. I would recommend these guys in a heart beat.
We recently booked Joe to play at our networking reception and I must say, they were a hit! Our reception had roughly 125 people and Joe and his band kept our space alive and grooving. Their selections were excellent and everyone was raving about how good they were. Joe is incredibly easy to work with and including him in our event was seamless and absolutely the right decision. Needless to say, we'll be giving them a call again next year! And for any other events we may have. You cannot go wrong with this band.
Joe, Bob, and Taylor were awesome!! The band played such beautiful jazz music for our party. What a fabulous way to celebrate our best friend's 40th birthday! Highly recommend this trio.
From the first phone call all the way to the end of the event Joe was easy to deal with, very responsive to all my calls and emails, professional, and he is just a great guy! I have absolutely no complaints about anything...simply perfect experience!!
We booked Joe on the fly and he really came through. We had a holiday party that included lots of people, great food, and thanks to Joe-- really terrific music. So glad he was available! He brought a bassist and keyboard player and the trio was a tremendous hit with our guests.
What to Expect
My clients can expect professional conduct and music that will add atmosphere discreetly, without intruding on the conversation of their guests.
For more than thirty years I was one of the busiest free lance guitarists in the NYC area. I have played literally thousands of gigs, 150 to 200 per year for more than three decades. My experience includes playing music in all styles and at every conceivable event, from the ballrooms of NYC hotels to the lawns of large estates, from penthouses to promenades, and from street fairs to night clubs.
Past Booked Events
|March 09, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Launch Party|
|December 03, 2016 • 6:30pm - 11:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|June 23, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Grand Opening|
|May 11, 2016 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm||Corporate Event|
|May 06, 2015||Corporate Event|
|November 19, 2014||Grand Opening|
|June 28, 2014||Birthday Party|
I specialize in the songs of The Great American Songbook and Bossa Nova. Also included in my sets are songs of pop artists such as Beatles, and others, played in the style of soft jazz.
A Typical set list:
1. "All The Things You Are"
2. "And I Love Her"
3. "Body and Soul"
4. "Days Of Wine And Roses"
5. "Embraceable You"
6. "Fascinating Rhythm"
7. "The Girl From Ipanema"
8. "Honeysuckle Rose"
9. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"
10. "I'm Old Fashioned"
11. "I've Got You Under My Skin"
13. "Moon River"
14. "Night And Day"
15. "On A Clear Day"
16. "The Shadow Of Your Smile"
18. "Stars Fell On Alabama"
19. "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
20. "Watch What Happens"
21. "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?"
Influences & Inspiration
The jazz guitarists: Jimmy Raney, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny
For the most part, all I require is an electrical outlet. If the event is being held outdoors, any and all musicians must be on a solid dry floor, i. e., not on dirt, grass, gravel, etc.
Musicians should not be in direct sunlight and there should be cover in the event of rain.
In addition, ample space must be allotted for each musician and their equipment. a good rule of thumb would be to allot at least a 3' by 3' space per musician, and at least double that for a drummer.
“Thank you kindly for providing such great variety and talent for our wedding. Our guests were very impressed and enjoyed your entertainment very much.”