Perfect for cocktail parties, weddings, corporate events, birthdays, Xmas & New Year's parties. We play a range of Jazz, Latin, Swing.
We'll help you add the finishing touch to your own unique & luxurious event whether you need an uplifting jazz band, a cool jazz/Latin/bluesy band filling the air with honeyed tones, a romantic Bossa Nova/Latin Band band that can play a mix of Swing, Jazz, Latin, and Cover music.
This classy Jazz Duo or Trio is perfect for an intimate dinner party, wedding reception or corporate event. For larger events, additional musicians can be added at your request with a party repertoire of Pop, Latin, Contemporary Jazz.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, German, Russian, Hebrew, Bulgarian
What to Expect
We offer a diverse range of jazz including swing, blues, spirituals & gospels,
ballads, afro, bossa nova, salsa, samba, pop jazz, smooth jazz and more, creating an elegant background ambiance for you and your guests.
Our group allows you to choose how many people will be in your band.
From 2 to 4.
Every event is different, and we pride ourselves in knowing how to tailor our performance to your needs. Whether the event calls for us to be background ambiance or the centre of attention, our volume and presence will be appropriate for the situation. We have a versatility perfect for any size venue or budget. Our set list is flexible, and we can cater to any special song requests.
Our repertoire has songs from all famous jazz musicians as:
Miles Davis, Antonio C.Jobim, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock,
Cole Porter, George Gershwin, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra,
Frank Sinatra and many others.
Vinnie Venkov was born in 1967 in Sofia,Bulgaria.
He entered The Bulgarian State Conservatory and graduated in 1993, majoring in bass guitar.
His second instrument is a Double Bass.
In 1994 he received his Music Master's Degree
Additional Courses & Teachers:
John Patitucci - Double Bass Course Online,
Alain Caron - Participated in 2 Workshops
Rimon (Israel) - Arnon Palti, Ariel Volnitz, Yorai Oron
Eran Zilberberg - Private Lessons
Bulgarian Music Academy - Simeon Venkov, Georgi Georgiev
In February 1997 Vinnie emigrated to Israel and
3 months later he received a 75% scholarship from Rimon School, based on Berklee College of Music.
The Jazz Festival Ashdod 2001
In 2001 He was invited to The Jazz Festival Ashdod organized by the famous musician Leonid Ptashka.
There he played with Ivan Kolev,a famous Bulgarian folk Musician,playing jazz and Bulgarian folk together.
Jazz, Blues and Videotape Tel Aviv 2002
Some months later he was invited by another new Group, Taxijazz,with whom he has played until now.
In 2002 He was invited with Taxijazz to The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival called
’’Jazz,Blues and Videotape"(This was the first group in the Festival that used video while playing).
With Taxijazz recorded 3 CD's
In 2003 he recorded two CD's with Arik Strauss in the Latin and Fusion Styles.
In 2004 Vinnie build his group ''River Band" months later he did
some concerts with his band in different formations, trio,quartet and quintet.
In the same year, Vinnie was invited by Ari Erev in another jazz project "Jazz from The Heart",
dedicated to legendary Jazz Piano Player Bill Evans.
In February 2007 Robert invited him in another project.
It's Sextet with three alto saxes. There he met Jamie O'Donnell alto sax,from UK.
Also in the same time began to play in another project with Dudi Sofer,piano player.
Tel Aviv Jazz Festival 2007
In February 2007 He was invited with Ilia Perelstein Trio and Robert Anchipolovsky to The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival 2007.
This is his third time on Jazz Festival.
International Gospel Experience 1997-2014
For The past 8 years, he has also been playing in another Gospel Project,with which he went on musical Tours in
Canada, Holland, Ukraine and Switzerland USA - In Swiss he was at one of the biggest
Gospel Festival In Europe and perform before more than 7000 people.With this group, he recorded two CD's.
In For the past 15 years, Vinnie has played more than 500 concerts in respected places all over Israel.
In 2012 he was invited to a very important conference which took place in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
The gospel forum MJAA collect Jewish musicians from across North America.
In 2013 Vinnie was invited as well.
Experience In Canada
In the summer of 2014, he was invited in a new jazz band in Toronto in which he organized weekly concerts for a year.
In that place, he played an important role in the creation of important contacts and meetings of many popular jazz musicians in Toronto.
In march 2016 Vinnie was invited from the Band Kleyzmerenians and played with them
In the last 2 years Vinnie met musicians like:
Igor Babic, John Collin, Janaia Farrell, Sergei Krutik, Alex Zlotnik, Alex Severinets,
Sasha Boychuk, Jose Hernandez
and many others.
Knowledge:Master degree in the music.
Experience:25 years on the stage.
As A teacher:15 years.
Styles: Blues, Gospels & Spirituals,R&B,
Reggae,Afro, Bossa Nova, Samba, Swing, Jazz, Fusion.
(Include all Bulgarian complicated Balkan Grooves)
Recorded CD: 4
Languages:English, German, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Russian
2.Upright Electric ,
3.6 String Fretted & Frettless Basses
Additional Booking Notes
All necessary equipment is provided by us.
We are available for inside and outdoor venues.
This is very important, how many hours You want us to play.
Minimum is hour and half, two hours, three or four.
If it is more than 2 hours we play set of 50 min.+10 min.break
3 hours 3 sets
4 hours 4 sets
2.Building Your group:
Please when You send quote, write the specific format for your event.
Here are all options:
Piano & Bass
Guitar & Bass
Piano, Bass & Saxophone
Guitar,Bass & Saxophone
Piano, Bass & Drums
Guitar,Bass & Drums
Piano, Guitar, Bass & Drums
Piano, Guitar, Bass & Saxophone
Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums & Saxophone
1. 500 Miles High - Chick Corea
2. A Felicidade - Antonio-Carlos Jobim
3. Affirmation - José Feliciano
4. Afternoon In Paris - John Lewis
5. Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
6. All The Things You Are - Jerome Kern
7. Alone Together - Arthur Schwartz
8. Apres la Pluie.... - Alain Caron
9. Au Privave - Charlie Parker
10. Autumn In New York - Vernon Duke
11. Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma
12. Beautiful Love - Victor Young
13. Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velazques
14. Better Days Ahead - Pat Metheny
15. Bewitched - Richard Rodgers
16. Black Orpheus - Luiz Bonfa
17. Blue Bossa - Kenny Dorham
18. Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk
19. Blue Skies - Irving Berlin
20. Blueberry Hill - Lewis-Stock-Rose
21. Bluesette - Toots Thielemans
22. Body And Soul - Johnny Green
23. Breezin 83 - George Benson
24. Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny
25. Bye Bye Blackbird - Ray Henderson
26. C'est Si Bon - Henri Betti
27. Call Me - Tony Hatch
28. Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
29. Caravan - Duke Ellington
30. Cat From Caracas, The - Unknown Composer
31. Cheek To Cheek - Irving Berlin
32. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) - Antonio-Carlos Jobim
33. Chicken, The - Pee-Wee Ellis
34. Child Is Born, A - Thad Jones
35. Chucho - Paquito D'Rivera
36. Cold Duck Time - Eddie Harris
37. Copocobana - Manilow
38. Corcovado - Antonio-Carlos Jobim
39. Days Of Wine And Roses - Henry Mancini
40. Desafinado - Antonio-Carlos Jobim
41. Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me - Duke Ellington
42. Dolphin Dance - Herbie Hancock
43. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
44. Easy Living - Ralph Rainger
45. Embraceable You - George Gershwin
46. Equinox - John Coltrane
47. Estate - Bruno Martino
48. Every Breath You Take - The Police
49. Feel Like Makin' Love - Eugene McDaniels
50. Fields Of Gold - Sting
51. Fine Romance, A - Jerome Kern
52. Fly Me To The Moon - Bart Howard
53. Foggy Day, A - George Gershwin
54. For Heaven's Sake - Edwards-Meyer-Bretton
55. Freddie Freeloader - Miles Davis
56. Friends and Strangers - Ronnie Laws
57. Frosty The Snowman - Steve Nelson
58. Funk-Shuffle Mornin' - Essential Of Styles
59. Funkallero - Bill Evans
60. Galaxia 100 - Fourplay
61. Gentle Rain, The - Luiz Bonfa
62. Georgia On My Mind - Hoagy Carmichael
63. Girl From Ipanema, The - Jobim-de Moraes-Gimbel
64. Girl Next Door V, The - Pat Metheny
65. God Bless The Child - Herzog-Holiday
66. Gospel-Latin - Essential Of Styles
67. Groovin' High - Dizzy Gillespie
68. Happy New Year - Abba
69. Have You Met Miss Jones? - Richard Rodgers
70. Have Yourself A Merry Christmass Sver - H.Martin - R.Blane
71. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Martin-Blane
72. Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller
73. How High The Moon - Morgan Lewis
74. I Can't Get Started - Vernon Duke
75. I Left My Heart In San Francisco - George Cory
76. I Love Paris - Cole Porter
77. I Love You - Cole Porter
78. I Remember You - Victor Schertzinger
79. I Will Be Here For You - Al Jarraeu
80. I've Got You Under My Skin - Cole Porter
81. If I Could - Pat Metheny
82. If I Should Lose You - Ralph Rainger
83. In a Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington
84. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
85. It's All Good - Brian Simpson
86. James - Pat Metheny
87. Just Friends - John Klenner
88. Killer Joe - Benny Golson
89. L-O-V-E - Gabler-Kaempfert
90. La Belle Dame - Sting
91. La Vie En Rose - Louiguy-Piaf
92. Last Train Home - Pat Metheny
93. Latin Lovers - Unknown Composer
94. Let It Be - Beatles
95. Let It Snow! - Jule Styne
96. Let's Face The Music And Dance - Irvin Berlin
97. Line For Lyons - Gerry Mulligan
98. Lovely Day - Bill Withers (Withers, Scarborough)
99. Lover Man - Davis-Ramirez-Sherman
100. Lullaby Of Birdland - George Shearing
101. Mac The Knife - Kurt Weill
102. Mambo Inn - Bauza-Sampson-Woodlen
103. Man I Love, The - George Gershwin
104. Mas Que Nada - Al Jarraeu
105. Mercy Mercy Mercy - Joe Zawinul
106. Misty - Erroll Garner
107. Mornin' - Al Jarraeu
108. My Little Suede Shoes - Charlie Parker
109. Nature Boy GBenson - Eden Ahbez
110. Nearness Of You, The - Hoagy Carmichael
111. Only Trust Your Heart S - Benny Carter
112. Options - Alain Caron
113. Our Spanish Love - Charlie Haden
114. Phase Dance - Pat Metheny
115. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Sver - Johnny Marks
116. Samba De Orfeu - Luiz Bonfa
117. Santa Claus Comin' To Town - Unknown Composer
118. Self Portrait - Steps Ahead
119. Setembro RB - Ivan Lins
120. Shuffle In F - John Patitucci
121. Sleigh Ride Sver - Parish-Anderson
122. So Danço Samba - Antonio-Carlos Jobim
123. Song For Bilbao - Pat Metheny
124. Song Is You, The - Jerome Kern
125. Song Of The Jet - A.C.Jobim
126. Speak Low - Kurt Weill
127. Steppin' Out With My Baby - Irving Berlin
128. Summertime 1 - George Gershwin
129. These Foolish Things - Strachey-Link
130. Watch What Happens - Michel Legrand
131. White Christmas - Irvyng Berlin
132. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder
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In case that is very very big place with equipment, we will be happy to connect to the local sound system, otherwise we don't need any additional equipment
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