Working together since 2013, the duo cover jazz standards and blues classics with hits of country, rock and rhythm and blues with a fresh take and unique delivery. Their passionate yet playful, improvisations are thoughtful and distinct, sounding like nobody else. Sean's gritty and soulful voice, paired with his colourful expressions on the piano, will stir up your insides. Sokhna-Dior is a percussionist and singer who enjoys the dance of time and tones. Her vocals have haunting highs and smokey lows, setting an atmosphere reminiscent of Torch singers past. With Jazz Stardards, Covers and originals, Sean and Sokhna-Dior make it blue, make it swing, and make it hot. Book us for your party!
We hired the Sean Stanley trio for a corporate reception and they were perfect. Great song choices and the perfect volume to enjoy the music yet could still have conversations. Great guys and easy to work with. Would definitely hire them again.
We had the Jazz Trio with Sean on keyboard at our industry cocktail reception/tradeshow. They were perfect for the event. They played upbeat and fun music that was just background enough to allow conversations with no problem. Their look was elegant but funky. I had many comments and compliments from attendees on their sound and the prestige they added to an industry party. In fact, the facility manager liked them so much she took their card and fully intends to use them for future functions. I would highly recommend them for anyone looking to not have to worry about the entertainment - they'll take care of you! A 20 our of 10. Thank you again Sean for the fabulous performance.
Price Range: $400-2000
Gig Length: 15 - 180 minutes
Phone Number: Call
Duo/Trio/Quartet Available depending on your needs!
Pianist. Vocalist. Guitarist. Born in Scarborough and raised between Scarborough and the Canadian East Coast, Sean Stanley grew up in a musical environment and began playing guitar at a young age, after watching his grandfather and other relatives' bluegrass jam sessions. The colorful sounds of the east coast sparked his curiousity as he wanted so badly to be able to play what he heard and saw. By age 11 he was learning the popular songs of the day ranging from rock, blues, funk and hip hop on the guitar and bass. After being introduced to Ray Charles and hearing others he began to transition to playing piano, realizing the fullness and diversity of sound that could be achieved when playing solo as he often did and still does today. He sought to combine his various influences and experiences, and upon discovering Scott Joplin's Ragtime and Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines' "Hot Five & Seven" recordings, he found the path to the sound he was searching for......"Jazz".
His love of the traditional and his curiousity for the new drives him to craft sounds that pay homage to the past, yet are unmistakeably Sean in their delivery. His passionate yet playful, improvisations are thoughtful and distinct, sounding like nobody else. He has played in various venues around Toronto and continues to build his sound and resume, challenging himself every step of the way. He is continuing the tradition of swinging and playing the blues, while on a constant search for musical knowledge and the opportunity to entertain audiences and share the music .
Sokhna-Dior is a local Toronto singer and West African percussionist with a passion for learning. As part of the group Moussou Folila (Women Who Play) from 2010-2014, she has had the opportunity to play in various and diverse venues, displaying her percussion, dance and vocal skills. While gaining a degree in International Development Studies at York University, she also started studying West African Percussion with Anna Melnikoff, Mande Music course director, at the university. She has also studied under Master Drummers Billy Konate, M'Bemba Bangoura, Amadou Kienou and Amara Konte. Under Anna's wing, she was asked to join her new group Moussou Folila to showcase female drummers for the Muhtadi Internation Drum Festival at Queen's Park (Now at Woodbine Park) in 2010. Since then, she has performed in venues such as The Horseshoe Tavern, The Glen Gould Studio, The Mississauga Centre for the Performing Arts, The Trane Studio to name a few. She has also performed on the main stage at the Afrofest festival, The Muhtadi International Drum Festival, Toronto Pride Events, Cabbagetown Festival and several others within and outside of the GTA.
While singing has always been a hobby and was at times part of the performance repertoir, she has recently shifted her focus to making a name for herself as a vocalist. With influences such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline, Sarah Vaughan, Bjork, Beth Gibbons and Sade, she strives to bring music you can feel. With haunting highs and smokey lows, she sets an atmosphere reminiscent of Torch singers past. Singing Jazz Stardards, Covers and original songs in the works, she tries to craft a performance experience that etches its initials in the tree bark of your soul.
Currently they play a bi-weekly show at Harlem West Restaurant on alternating Thursdays and will be a featured act in the 2015 Toronto Jazz Festival.
Past Booked Events
|April 10, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|March 06, 2018 • 4:00pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|November 19, 2015||Corporate Event|
|Jorge Gavidia||Upright Bass|
|Sean Stanley||Piano/Vocals/Slide Guitar|
Influences & Inspiration
Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline, Earl Hines, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Sade, Jelly Roll Morton, Son House, Bob Marley