- Matthews, NC
- Jazz Guitarist
- Travels up to 200 miles
Lori Spencer is a nationally known award winning jazz and finger style guitarist based out of Charlotte, North Carolina . She has performed as a solo instrumental guitarist throughout the United States. Lori plays all styles of music including pop, blues, Latin, adult contemporary, classical and specializes in solo jazz guitar. Vocal jazz/blues/R&B standards are offered as a Duo, Trio, or Quartet. Lori Spencer Band / Blue Tulip are in very high demand for their unique upbeat versions of jazz/blues/R&B standards. Lori's arrangements of Jazz, Blues, and R&B standards for either solo instrumental or duo through quartet band are the perfect complement for your event.
Lori played solo classical guitar for our wedding on Folly Beach on 7/11/15. She played beautifully and was familiar with every song that we requested. She was very professional and was prepared with all the equipment needed to play on the beach. I couldn't have asked for a better ceremony musician. I wholeheartedly recommend Lori Spencer to anyone seeking a classical musician!
When I was a young boy my Dad was a grad of an exclusive school in Detroit that graduated the likes of Barry Gordy, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and his good friend James Jamerson, bass man for the now-famous Funk Brothers. James and my Dad used to get some of their player-friends to come over on Sunday afternoon and play any style they knew. In the 40's there was a style of guitar playing called "chord melody," where the top note of the chords played was the actual melody. The chords, however, could be any voicing and usually wandered around two or three different keys. My Dad was an expert at this style, and I used to listen for hours to him and his friends making this lush and lovely jazz music created from popular tunes of the day.
I am by training a bass player with a degree in music, and I had the occasion a few years ago to meet Lori Spencer and prepare some tunes for an upcoming engagement. Besides being a consummate player, Lori instantly won my respect and admiration when we sat in her den and played three or four tunes in chord melody-style. Not only does she handle current jazz standards and latin-beat music with a smooth proficiency, she pays homage to a style of playing that was the standard faire in the "big band" era and launched the careers of guitar greats like Les Paul, Alvino Rey and Wes Montgomery. Lori also has a huge resource of players from whom she carefully selects individuals who she feels will be the closest to perfect for the occasion for which her talent is being sought. Whatever the occasion or whatever your needs for entertainment might be, Lori is a one-stop shop for the magic that will be a perfect presence for your Holiday or other musical needs. And if both of us are lucky, perhaps you and I will meet at one of these occasions where I have been asked to participate. I can't think of a thing I would rather be doing.
Price Range: $150-5000
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Both Solo instrumental and any groupings offered by Lori Spencer Music are of the best quality and professional in behavior. This is the reason that Lori Spencer is considered in the top five acts to be booked by event planners along the east coast. our performance will be based on your needs being able to provide the perfect instrumental or vocal background music for your event or be the main event for the evening with dance music even performing and dressing for themes if needed. Both Blue Tulip and Sultry bands have performed as roaring 20s, speakeasy bands, and a female baudy blues act (slightly naughty).
Lori Spencer - solo instrumental guitar - by a musician that has toured extensively across North America receiving multiple awards including the wedding instrumentalist of the year twice and the national female jazz guitarist award just to mention the last 3 years. Lori has degrees in both classical and jazz guitar and has performed in dozens of major jazz festivals and with many of the jazz greats over the decades. As a solo act i have performed at over 700 weddings and still counting. i can perform with or without power and have done hundreds of beach and other outdoor weddings. for these events i have a very small battery operated amp for sound assistance so the music can be heard even over a beach surf.
In the last decade Lori's jazz instrumental and vocal groups have been awarded national rising star awards 3 times and National jazz duo of the year awards 4 times. Either of these groups can be adapted for holiday music with holiday standards mixed with our normal sets. please see the listings below for more information on these great nationally recognized groups:
Lori Spencer Band - vocal jazz and Latin standards offered in sizes duo through quintet. The most popular groupings perfect for any event are Duo Guitar & Saxophone, Duo Guitar & Vocal, and Trio Guitar / Saxophone / Keyboard. For your large party especially if dancing is desired the most popular group is quintet Guitar/ Vocal / Saxophone / Keyboard / Percussion.
Blue Tulip Band - exceptionally popular vocal jazz blues, jazz, and R&B by award winning female musicians with decades of stage experience. songs that you know with a twist all our own. Blue Tulip normally appears as a Trio with Guitar, Vocal/keyboard, and conga player but up sizes for larger parties with both a bass player and saxophone. We can appear as background music or do a complete stage act. If needed, Blue Tulip can also appear as a vocal duo with guitar and vocalist performing the same mix of jazz, blues, and R&B. please find additional information and sound samples at (link hidden).
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Additional Booking Notes
All of our sound equipment is Bose so our setup requirements are small and we can provide perfect clear sound mix without the need for extensive volumn which is perform if your needs are background music. Our lighting equipment if needed is all LED so low power usage and no danger from very HOT traditional band spotlighting.
Past Booked Events
|July 11, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|lori spencer||guitarist - band leader|
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