Retro Notes takes the audience back in time for a wonderful musical experience. Unlike many loosely connected jazz ensembles, our group practices weekly and gigs regularly all over the bay area. We keep learning about what works for a wide range of audiences. A gig we will play many, short (3-5 minutes) jazz standards with vocals, providing the audience a wide variety of music from 1920's, to big-band and latin jazz.
We hired Retro Notes for our private party. Our decision to add live music to our party was kind of last minute, but Retro Notes was very professional and accommodating in terms of working with our time and space constraints. We worked out all the details in just a few mails. The responses from the band manager were always fast and clear and they were able to meet all of our requests.
The band showed up promptly on the day of the gig. They brought all their equipment and sound system and setup everything perfectly within the space we had reserved for the band. The music was very, very good. The quality of the musicians and the show they put on was certainly well beyond our expectations. It's like bringing a performance from Yoshi's stage to your own party. They were not only excellent musicians, but their low key but adorable stage presence and kept the full attention of our guests during the entire set. The quality of the sound system they brought was very good, not too loud but very clear and balanced.
Overall, this was a superb experience. We would definitely recommend Retro Notes for parties and events as a first rate jazz band that provides a memorable performance.
I'm on the board of a local non-profit down in the south county area and came across Retro Notes via many recommendations & their performance at the SJZ Summer Fest this year. I was definitively not let down at all by our entertainment choice, they add the perfect touch to our event. We did "cocktail party" style award event with a little difficulty getting set up due to the venue but.... as soon as these guys kicked off their set all heads turned, chat paused for a bit, and it was the as I said already, the perfect touch to pull our event together and make it great. I pride myself in finding fantastic talent every year for our event and oh was I smiling to say, "yeah book the band" ha ha as I kept hearing comment of our great they were. Talking & mingling was able to still continue while they played and we also have handful of guests take to the dance floor during their sets. So in summary, great band, highly recommended entertainers, and they were also So accommodating day of the event And communicated quite well from initial inquiry and time leading up to our date. (*bought a CD from them that day and it's currently being playing in the car now)
“Wonderful!” “Love it!” “We should have them play longer!” These are some of the comments I received after our gala event last week. We hired Retronotes to play for an hour at the start of our 300+ attendees corporate event. The focus was to connect or reconnect with people. We did not have a music program in the past so decided just to have jazz for an hour to set the mood. What a pleasant surprise! We received many compliments from attendees. In retrospect, we should have hired them for the entire event. Bendik and his group are very professional and easy to work with, from pre-booking to confirming details for the event to setup and tear down. I would definitely recommend them and hire them again!
Retro Notes are a San Francisco Bay Area Jazz band combining elements of Swing and Jazz Standards with contemporary vocals and rhythms. Alexandra Beltran's sensual vocals and Bendik Kleveland's velvety sax blend seamlessly to create a bewitching sound.
Alexandra is an old soul, who began her musical journey at a young age. She has performed at multiple events and venues including the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and countless others. Known for her passionate and deep contralto vocals, Alexandra’s rich and sultry voice will leave you captivated.
After growing up playing classical music in Norway, Bendik explored the world with studies and work in England and France before he settled in the Bay Area. He was intrigued by the vast opportunities of exploration in musical improvisation. He played alto and bari saxophones in the Stanford Jazz Orchestra. When he started losing his hearing in one ear, he decided to drastically step up the pace of practice. His hearing still intact, he gives it all for every performance.
Retro Notes was formed in early 2017 in Santa Clara, CA. They have performed at local art and jazz festivals as well as numerous private engagements.They have been influenced by artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Amy Winehouse. Their music has been described as “a gulp of ice cold water on a hot summer evening.”
Upcoming Booked Events
|January 19, 2019 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
Past Booked Events
|November 22, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm||House Party|