BANDLEADER, DONNA HARRIS, HAS SUNG WITH MAJOR MUSIC ACTS, SUCH AS THE SHANGRI-LAS, THE HOLLIES, BADFINGER, SHANNON, MAXINE NIGHTINGALE & GARTH BROOKS, TO NAME A FEW.
BANDLEADER, JOHN BAUERS IS AN EMMY-AWARD WINNING COMPOSER AND HAS PLAYED FOR KEITH RICHARDS, LAURYN HILL AND MORE.
New York-Based Dance and Party Band
Performed on Network TV & Broadway with Major Recording Artists & Musical Acts
Played The Waldorf, Four Seasons NY (15 years), Nightclubs, Concerts
This band knows how to suit the occasion and play a crowd with:
Classic Rock, Motown, 60s
(Neo)Soul & Funk
Sinatra & Swing
70s & Disco
The Gatsby Era
New Orleans Jazz
Top 40 and Contemporary
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
Straight Ahead, the band is a versatile, exciting New York-based dance band that has performed all over the world. Their award-winning musicians and singers have been featured on television and Broadway, and have played alongside well-known recording artists and movie stars. They have performed at venues such as the Waldorf, the Four Seasons, and in nightclubs and concerts for royalty, dignitaries, family gatherings, private events, and corporations large and small. Straight Ahead, the band knows how to play a crowd and suit the occasion: a Gatsby-themed fundraiser, a wedding, a 60’s sock hop, or a night at the disco. From corporate event to birthday party, the band strikes just the right tone with a mix of classic through contemporary dance hits, ballads, and jazz. Band leaders Donna Harris and John Bauers bring a friendly and supportive attitude and an uncommon commitment to their clientele. Their skills and professionalism put event planner, caterer, and client at ease while the band’s sense of fun works a contagious effect on the crowd.
BANDLEADER, DONNA HARRIS, HAS SUNG WITH THE SHANGRI-LAS, THE HOLLIES, BADFINGER, SHANNON, MAXINE NIGHTINGALE & GARTH BROOKS, TO NAME A FEW.
BANDLEADER, JOHN BAUERS, IS AN EMMY-AWARD WINNING COMPOSER AND HAS PLAYED FOR KEITH RICHARDS, LAURYN HILL AND MORE.
In our 15 years together as a band we have played a hundreds of events for a wide range of clients, providing great music for dancing and listening. Band members have also worked for superstars such as Sting, Gloria Estefan, Jewel, Joey McIntyre, Maynard Ferguson, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Southside Johnny, Tommy Tune, The Lounge Lizards, and Tina Turner as well as playing for numerous Broadway shows.
John Bauers: Bandleader, Pianist, Singer, Musical Director
John , an Emmy Award winning composer, plays keys and sings lead vocals. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri he earned his degree in music composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, studied arranging with Don Sebesky, and received a National Endowment of the Arts grant to study jazz piano and composition with Joanne Brackeen. He has led blues bands, jazz trios, cabaret shows performing in in Europe, Africa, and all across America. He performs in clubs and restaurants throughout the New York area, and fronts a popular New Jersey Swing Band.
John is a sought after composer of music for TV, documentaries, and audiobooks. He has been given ASCAP writers awards for 15 years running and scored commercials for AOL, Target, Sax Fifth Ave, New York Mets, Los Angeles Clippers, TimeWarner, and Capri Sun. Audiobooks he has scored include bestsellers by Patricia Cornwell, Terry McMillan, Elizabeth Gilbert, Martin Luther King, Kurt Vonnegut, Maeve Binchy, and Jan Karon. John is also active in the community, having served on several non profit boards, including helping to found a local Charter School.
John has several charted pop and dance records to his credit; an Emmy Award for his theme for the Los Angeles Marathon broadcast; and themes for ABC, Lifetime TV, New York Mets, LA Clippers, WNBA, Court TV, WWOR TV, and KCOP TV.
Donna Harris: Bandleader, Singer, Percussionist
Donna grew up in Greenwich Village in a musical family, her mother a singer, her father a singer, tap dancer, drummer and personal friend and singing partner of Frank Sinatra, her brother Michael a drummer, and her brother John Bianculli, a well-known jazz pianst in N.J. She studied acting and received her BFA at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. After working in television, film and theatre, she settled on her first love, singing. She has performed with numerous artists such as Enya and Garth Brooks, appearing on the Grammy telecast, Late Night with David Letterman and Rosie O'Donnell, as well as commericials and numerous voiceovers. After her marriage to the very international guitarist-singer and painter, Ken Richards, Donna received her Master of Social Work degree from RIC. When she can slip away (which is not that often), Donna and her husband love to ride motorbikes and perform in nightclubs on the island of Mykynos in Greece where they own a home and art studio.
Additional Booking Notes
Please give a call to discuss logistics. We are flexible and highly experienced in an enormous variety of performance situations.
Straight Ahead Partial Playlist!
60'S, R&B, MOTOWN
Ain_t No Mountain High Enough Ain't Too Proud to Beg Dancing in the Streets This Old Heart of Mine Respect
It_s Not Unusual Sugar Pie Honeybunch Build Me up Buttercup Since You_ve Been Gone Signed, Sealed, Delivered Baby, I Need Your Lovin_ What_s Goin_ On (phone number hidden) Do You believe in Magic? Papa Was A Rolling Stone Baby, I Need Your Lovin_ It_s All Right My Girl Stand By Me Dock Of the Bay Knock on Wood Midnight Hour Mustang Sally Rescue me Unchain My Heart Heatwave Domino I Heard it through the Grapevine Soul Man Try a Little Tenderness Tracks of My Tears How Sweet It Is Get Ready Way You Do the Things You Do Baby I Love You Can_t Hurry Love Chain Of Fools Freeway Of Love I_ll Take You There It_s Your Thing Liftin_ Me Higher Stop! In The Name Of Love Old Time Rock n' Roll
DISCO, FUNK, REGGAE
Best of My Love We Are Family Bad Girls Boogie Oogie Oogie
Can_t Get Enough of Your Love
Shake Your Body Ain_t Nobody Got To Be Real Heaven Knows Stay with Me Tonight I Wish
Signed Sealed Delivered I Will Survive Hot Stuff Last Dance
Love Train Turn The Beat Around Disco Inferno Stay with Me Tonight Lets Stay Together Stir It Up Three Little Birds I Can See Clearly Now Lady Marmalade Kiss Shaky Ground Brick House Shake Your Booty Play That Funky Music Never Gonna Give You Up
Back in the USSR I Wanna Hold Your Hand You Can_t Do That Twist & Shout I Saw Her Standing There Louie Louie Can_t Always Get What You Want I Don_t Need No Doctor What_d I Say? Let It Bleed Jumpin Jack Flash Let_s Spend the Night Together Honky Tonk Women Brown Sugar Pretty Woman Great Balls Of Fire Whole lotta shaking Johnny B Goode Roll Over Beethoven The Wanderer Runaround Sue Let the Good Times Roll Hi Heeled Sneakers Layla Blueberry Hill Brown Eyed Girl Moondance
Truckin_ Uncle John_s Band Thunder Road Iko, Iko Hey Good Looking Walkin on Sunshine Domino Wild Night Don't Be Cruel Kansas City I'm Walking Wonderful World (Sam Cooke} It_s A Wonderful World Hallelujah I Love Her So Do You Believe in Magic? Rockin Robin
Dancing in the Dark Smooth One-Two-Three Rhythm I Gonna Get You Sweet Dreams
Vogue Mr Jones You May Be Right Hungry Heart Everyday is A Winding Road Something to Talk About Dancin_ In the Dark Glory Days
Bang On the Drum All Day All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven) Wild Night Domino Oh What A Night Pink Cadillac Hot Hot Hot Stepping Out Wild Wild West Heart of Rock n' Roll Life During Wartime She Was I Guess I Showed Her Fire Time of My Life My Old School Do it Again (Steely Dan)
TOP FORTY DANCE
I Gotta Feeling Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
Straight Ahead Partial Playlist!
Mercy (Duffy) Crazy In Love Hey Ya Apple Bottom Jeans OMG
I Like the Way You Move Let_s Get it Started What Is Love Another night
Be My Lover Electric Slide Everybody, Everybody Finally I_m So Excited Make You Sweat Macarena
I_m Yours No One True Companion Home Walking in Memphis Deacon Blues Fragile Way It Is Allison
Cover Me Going Down Heart of the Matter Let Her Cry One of Us Boys of Summer
No One Killing Me Softly I Believe in You and Me Your Song To Make You Feel My Love Crazy Love Get Here Have I Told You Lately? Taking You Home From this Moment On Beautiful in My Eyes How Do I Live? Still the One Lady in Red True Companion Wonderful Tonight
Harvest Moon All I Ask On My Own The Closer I Get To You Just the Two of Us
Feel Like Making Love Do You Wanna Dance? Sweet Love Caught Up in the Rapture All My Life
Wind Beneath My Wings Jersey Girl Levon Candle in The Wind
N.Y. State Of Mind Smooth Operator Desperado Hey Jude
We Got The Night _Till You Come back To Me You Belong To Me Because You Loved Me Hero Evergreen First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Blue Bayou I Can_t Make You Love Me I Will Always Love You Lookin Thru The Eyes $ of Love The Power Of Love The Rose Save The Best For Last The Way We Were Through The Years Times of Your Life Betcha By Golly Wow Masquerade Natural Woman People Get Ready Through The Fire Til You Come Back To Me What You Won_t Do 4 Love Endless Love Unforgettable
OLDER BALLADS (50's/ 60's)
In My Life Can_t Help Falling In Love I Only Have Eyes For You Sea Of Love Donna At Last Teach Me tonight When A Man Loves A Woman
Blackbird You Send Me Stand By Me Under The Boardwalk Up On The Roof Will You Still Love Me Tommorrw? Unchained Melody Only You Sleepwalk Yesterday What's Your Name Natural Woman Ooo Baby Baby Do You Wanna Dance? Georgia Stormy Weather You Don't Know Me When I Fall In love Since I Fell for You Since I Don't Have you You Belong to Me You Really Got a Hold On Me For Once In My Life Bring It on Home Let It Be Me It's Only Love Imagine Whiter Shade Of Pale Into the Mystic Time Is On My Side Color My World Crazy Love
SWING, JUMP, BLUES
Jump, Jive and Wail Allright , OK Kansas City I_m Walkin Everyday I Have the Blues Choo Choo Cha Boogie Let The Good Times Roll It Don_t Mean A Thing Pride and Joy
Scuttlebut Trick Bag Route 66 Hallelujah I Love Her So How Sweet It Is
Walk Between the Raindrops Green Onions Further On Up the Road I Don't Need No Doctor Stormy Monday
Fool's Paradise Cat on A Hot Tin Roof
Straight Ahead Partial Playlist!
What'd I Say? Unchain My Heart Love Me Like A Man
STANDARDS: SWING &
All Of Me Almost Like Being In Love Ain_t Misbehavin_ Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy But Not For Me Bye Bye Blackbird Cheek To Cheek Come Rain Or Come Shine Don_t Get Around Much Anymore Fly Me To The Moon How About You? How High The Moon I Could Write A Book I Get A Kick Out O You I Got Rhythm It Had To Be You Just in Time Let_s Get Away From It All Makin_ Whoopee Misty Night And Day Our Love Is Here To Stay Paper Moon Sweet Georgia Brown They Can_t Take That Away From Me Watch What Happens Witchcraft Where or When You Made Me Love You One Note Samba At Last As Time Goes By Can_t Help Lovin Dat Man Crazy Crush On You Cry Me A river Embraceable you Georgia How Long Has This Been Goin On? The Man I Love Misty More Than you Know My Funny Valentine The Nearness Of You Polkadots and Moonbeams PS. I Love You Since I Fell For you
Someone To Watch Over Me Somewhere Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Stormy Weather Summertime Teach Me Tonight When I Fall in Love You_ll Never Know The Look Of Love Smooth Operator I_ll Take Manhattam My Romance Under My Skin Summer Wind Let's Do It Everything Happens to Me Honeysuckle Rose
Sunny Side Of the Street World On A String On A Clear Day Way You Look Tonight Sit Down & Write Myself a Letter
Blue Moon Pennies From Heaven It_s Allright With Me Satin Doll Your Mind Is On Vacation Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me Mack the Knife Lady is a tramp That Old Black Magic My Blue Heaven I Can't Get Started God Bless the Child Autumn Leaves Days Of Wine & Roses Everytime We Say Goodbyex Sentimental Journey Don't Blame Me Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You Scotch & Soda Moon River Over The Rainbow Stellar By Starlight In A Mellow Tone A Child Is Born Skylark In A Sentimental Mood Prelude to a Kiss My Foolish Heart April in Paris A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Sq. Speak Low
Straight No Chaser Blue Monk Round Midnight Ruby, My Dear Well, You Needn't Stompin' At The Savoy Manhattan
Yesterdays I Didn't Know What Time It Was The Man I Love There Will Never Be Another You Green Dolphin Street Like Someone In Love Lullaby of Birdland Indiana Doodlin' Night Train C-Jam Blues Stolen Moments Soft Winds Vine Street Rumble Four All Blues My Funny Valentine Body & Soul Sophisticated Lady I Got It bad Blue Bossa Wave Insensetez Girl From Ipanema Meditation St. Thomas Brazil One Note Samba Corcavado Poinciana Someday My Prince Will Come Oh, What a Beautiful Morning Tenderly Waltz for Debby My Favorite Things The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
All I Ask Memory On My Own Send In The Clowns What I Did For Love
Forever and Ever, Still the One
From this Moment on How Do I Live? Small Town Saturday Night I Do Cherish You
I Cross My Heart Crazy Blue Bayou Friends In Low Places
|Donna Harris||Bandleader, Singer, Percussionist|
|John Bauers||Bandleader, Pianist, Singer|
Influences & Inspiration
Straight Ahead, the band's musicians have been influenced by an enormous variety of talented musicians through the decades. From Sinatra to Santana, from the Beatles to Bowie to Buble, and countless others, these professional musicians have been trained at Berklee College of Music and other prestigious institutions. The band members hail from a variety of locations around the country and are currently living and working in the New York City area.
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