- 1. Batucaje - Spanish melody with an upbeat Brazilian groove - my own composition
- 2. Clocks - My version of the song by Coldplay
- 3. Malaguena - Flamenco classic
- 4. Bailando - My version of the song by Enrique Iglesias
- 5. Game of Thrones Theme
- 6. Fantasy - My version of the 70's r&b song by Earth, Wind & Fire
- 7. Classical Gas - My version of the 60's instrumental by Mason WIlliams
- 8. All of me - My version of the romantic ballad by John Legend
Hello and thank you for reading my bio. My name is Tom Duarte. I am a Bay Area based professional Latin-fusion and multi-style guitarist. I am available for events, background music in restaurants and weddings throughout the Bay Area, Wine Country and Sacramento areas. I have extensive experience playing solo guitar as well as with several bands and with my Latin-Fusion trio "Diamante", which is a very energetic and fun instrumental unit that features myself on guitars with electric bass and a drummer/percussionist. My overall solo guitar style might be compared to that of Paco de Lucia, Santana, Ottmar Liebert and The Gypsy Kings.
Tom performed at my 15 person wedding in Napa this past Monday and he was such an absolute pleasure to work with. Even though I was on the east coast, Tom was extremely professional and helped make the whole process easy! He played Spanish guitar while the guests were getting seated, My Girl when my nieces and nephews walked down the aisle and then put together a version of our favorite Andrew Bird song Puma for when I walked down the aisle. He even finished us off with the Gipsy Kings! I can not recommend him more highly for your next event. I wish he was on the east coast so he could play for all of our events!!
Tom was responsive, courteous and pleasant to our guests as well as working with me. His playing was pleasant and uplifting. I would highly recommend and also use his services again
Tom was great and made our wedding even more special. It was a nice touch to have him play during the wine reception! He showed up on time and was very accommodating!
We hired Tom for the evening music at our wedding and it was such a fortunate and great decision because he was sensational from start to finish.
His repertoire is massive and he also learnt a couple of extra songs at our request. He is a virtuoso guitar player and also a lovely chap to have around for social occasions. His adaptability is remarkable and the breadth of styles he can play is so impressive. He’s a one man band but also uses backing instrumentation to add ambience and power to his performances.
We are so looking forward to having the opportunity to hire him again and cannot recommend him highly enough.
Thanks so much Tom. See you again sir!
Oliver and Dee
Couldn't have asked for anything more. Tom is a class act and it was an honor to have him play at my brother's memorial service. Tom helped turn our sadness into gladness. It was a perfect send off. Thank you for making it all happen.
Tom was hired for an event we were hosting add an outdoor shopping center and he was amazing! The crowds loved him and the music he provided! We will definitely be booking Tom again for future endeavors.
We hired Tom for our daughter's wedding at Berkeley Botanical Gardens. He was perfect for the event and venue. Everyone commented on his talent. He was prompt, played the songs we wanted to hear plus a few others that fit perfectly with the setting and was very professional. I would highly recommend Tom; he was outstanding!
Tom has a nice touch and a great repetoire. He was perfect for our party!
Tom was on time, very profession and an extremely talented musician. He was a perfect fit for our party.
Tom was great addition to our outdoor dinner. He played a wonderful mix of music and was very professional. I would definitely hire Tom for another event.
I hired Tom for my Christmas family company party. He played beautifully during our appetizer and dinner time. He was punctual and very professional.
I would definitely hire him again! All our guests enjoyed him playing the guitar.
Tom is a great guitarist that is super professional and dedicated to his craft. He has recorded hundreds of session tracks for our tone-mapping library in a variety of styles (metal, rock, jazz, etc.) and performed them all fabulously. Highly recommended.
"We recently hired Tom to play at our wedding in wine country. To say the least, we were very satisfied with his performance! Indeed, we were impressed that one man could produce so many variations of sound
from a guitar.
Tom showed up at the venue ready to play. After briefly going over the wedding set list, Tom set right to work. Anyone who has had a wedding knows how nice it is not to have to worry about the musician.
Throughout the night, Tom played a mixture of heavenly soft music followed by upbeat pop hits to bring up the energy of the evening. He happily took requests from wedding guests and even let my brother-in-law sing "Hotel California" while accompanying him on guitar. Given that this was a small wedding, Tom played a big part in making the night special.
Everyone in attendance loved his performance, and he went above and beyond what he was hired to do. Tom even learned a song just days before the wedding.
I wholeheartedly recommend Tom to play for any event! If I ever have anything else in the Bay Area, Tom is first on the list. Five stars!!!"
We invited Tom to play for our wedding reception -- a small group of about 40 people at a local restaurant. This was the best decision we made! Tom's music brought warmth and added just the right touch to keep the evening festive. You were always aware of the pleasantness in the background, but it never consumed or overpowered the conversations or laughter, etc. Absolutely perfect!!! On the practical side, Tom is completely professional about staying in touch, working with you to design the event, his contract and fees. All in all this was a 100% positive experience. Thanks again Tom!
Once a year we hold a yearly neighborhood party for our 214 homes here.
My husband had found Tom on the internet, listened to his demos, and
we liked what we heard. Tom's choice of music suited all ages at our party
and truly made our event a wonderful afternoon in Napa. Thank YOU!
Tom Duarte is a fantastic guitarist. Last night he played for our wedding anniversary party, an intimate affair of 20 close family and friends. He played beautifully and with great sensitivity to the mood of the event, selecting songs and tempos that perfectly matched our mood. Everyone had a superb time and their were many comments about Tom, along the lines of "Where did you find such an incredible guitarist". Ours was a Spanish themed event and at my request he stayed pretty much in a flamenco vibe, but I've since heard on his CDs that his repertoire and stylist breadth goes far beyond that. Not only will I not hesitate to hire Tom again but am very much looking forward to my next excuse to do so. FYI, for a very reasonable fee he also composed an instrumental version of my wife's favorite song, and while he played I recited an original love poem. Not a dry eye in the house!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 45 - 180 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
I play primarily as a solo instrumental guitarist. I also perform with my Latin/fusion trio "Diamante", which consists of myself on guitars with electric bass and drums with percussion. In my solo performance, I play mainly Latin based music, i.e. Flamenco, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, etc. I have somewhat of a jazz and pop tinge to my playing style having come from a rock and fuzion/jazz background. My overall sound might be compared to that of The Gypsy Kings, Santana, Ottmar Liebert and Paco de Lucia. I play many styles however and I will often mix in my own arrangements of more recent pop material by the likes of Adele, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5 and Coldplay. In addition, I am also able to play the more traditional classical repertoire in the style of Andres Segovia and Christopher Parkening as well as classic rock songs by artists such as Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran, The Allman Brothers and so forth.
I am able to play traditional solo guitar but I will often use backing tracks to fill out the sound and enable to me play things that would otherwise be impossible. The tracks have been recorded by myself and usually involve one other guitar, with an occasional bass part. The resulting sound is quite full but not overdone or "cheesy" sounding. Often times, my client wont be able to tell that I am using them at all on first sight! The end result is that it is very entertaining to the audience as well as myself but not at the expense of my taste and integrity.
Thank you for taking the time to read my bio! My name is Tom Duarte.
I perform primarily as an instrumental solo guitarist as well as with my
Latin trio "Diamante". The trio consists of myself with electric bass and
drums with percussion. My music is a mixture of Latin and contemporary
styles - Flamenco, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban with a fusion-jazz edge. My
overall sound might be compared to that of the Gypsy Kings, Santana,
Paco de Lucia and Ottmar Liebert. I perform this style in my solo performance
as well as including several fairly recent alt/pop arrangements by artists such
as Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Maroon 5 and Nelly Furtado, some of
which you can hear in the samples from my latest CD "Hotel Toledo". I am
also able to mix into my repertoire my own arrangements of classic rock
and pop songs by artists such as Eric Clapton, Duran Duran, Led Zeppelin
and Earth Wind and Fire and so forth as well as traditional classical
guitar in the style of Christopher Parkening and Andres Segovia. I have
some samples of myself performing standard wedding selections that I can
send you if you like.
I have been playing professionally for many years throughout the Greater
Bay Area and Napa Valley Wine Country in addition to playing in Europe,
Brazil and Canada. I have toured the U.S. several times with
[Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead keyboardist] Merl Saunders. I have
recorded three CD's of Latin, classical, and alternative/pop music in my
own name. I have also recorded with original members of Santana and
Journey Gregg Rolie and Michael Carabello.
I had the great fortune of receiving a wonderful write-up in the online magazine "Inside Sonoma" about my wedding music performance style and in particular my wedding and event repertoire which includes alot of my tasteful arrangements of modern pop songs that are
nice to hear but not often associated with standard wedding music. The review is very complimentary and illustrates my performance style in a nice and detailed way. I would
be more than happy to send the link to you if you like!
Additional Booking Notes
As I mentioned earlier, I do employ the use of backing tracks although they are quite "organic" sounding - not overdone and not overly electronic sounding. When I am booked to play an outdoor event during the day I require some sort of shade from the sun such as an umbrella or canopy, in the event that there will be no shading provided by a nearby structure. This seems like it should be so obvious, but I need for there to be an electrical power outlet no less than 20 feet from my performance area. If there is no nearby outlet available, the client must be aware of this ahead of time and provide an extension cord of sufficient length to reach the next nearest outlet. You wouldnt believe how many times I have arrived well ahead of schedule to have a client ask "do you need power?" This is why I always allow no less than 45 minutes of set up time, and usually more like an hour.
If am required to play for more than 2 hours, I require that a meal will be provided.
If I am asked to relocate more than one time during an event, there will be an additional fee of $25.
Past Booked Events
|December 13, 2018 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm||Christmas Party|
|November 19, 2018 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 04, 2018 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 25, 2018 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Birthday Party|
|October 18, 2018 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|September 24, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|September 22, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|September 01, 2018 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|August 05, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||House Party|
|June 01, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|May 04, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Holiday Party|
|May 01, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Dinner Party|
|April 26, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Festival|
|April 19, 2018 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Dinner Party|
|March 20, 2018 • 4:30pm - 4:45pm||Surprise|
|November 28, 2017 • 3:00pm - 3:15pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|August 19, 2017 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm||Festival|
|August 16, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 12, 2017 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Launch Party|
|August 11, 2017 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 05, 2017 • 3:00pm - 9:00pm||House Party|
|August 05, 2017 • 1:00pm - 4:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 20, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 15, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 18, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
|April 15, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|December 11, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|November 13, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 01, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|July 04, 2015||Anniversary Party|
|May 25, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 14, 2015||Restaurant|
|November 02, 2014||Birthday Party|
|August 16, 2014||Birthday Party|
|August 16, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 25, 2013||Other|
|July 30, 2013||Birthday Party|
|May 27, 2013||Birthday Party|
|December 13, 2012||Christmas Party|
My set is usually geared towards Latin based material such as Flamenco and Brazilian. However, I will incorporate other styles and I will include a fair amount of recent contemporary and alternative music into my set as it feels appropriate to do so. The following is a sample list of my song styles and selections from my repertoire. I welcome requests from the audience as well:
Shape of you – Ed Sheeran
Feel it still – Portugal. The Man
Havana – Camila Cabello
I know what you did last summer - Shawn Mendes
This girl – Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners
In the night - The Weeknd
Set fire to the rain – Adele
Alejandro - Lady Gaga
Game of Thrones theme - Ramin Djawadi
Bailando - Enrique Iglesias
Stay – Rihanna
Fields of gold - Sting
All of me - John Legend
And I love her - Beatles
If I fell - Beatles
In my life – Beatles
Yesterday – Beatles
A thousand years - Christina Perri
Marry me - Train
I'm yours - Jason Mraz
More than words - Extreme
Somebody that I used to know - Gotye
Clocks – Coldplay
Get lucky – Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams
Say it right – Nelly Furtado
Hotel California - Eagles
Whenever, wherever - Shakira
Hips don’t lie – Shakira
Wake me up - Avicii
Smooth - Santana
Europa – Santana
Samba pa ti - Santana
Corazon Espinado – Mana
Layla - Eric Clapton
Tears in heaven – Eric Clapton
Kiss from a Rose - Seal
Have you ever loved a woman - Brian Adams
Can’t help falling in love – Elvis/UB 40
Santeria - Sublime
Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
Black hole sun - Soundgarden
Ordinary World - Duran Duran
Mood for a day - Yes
Babe, I'm gonna leave you - Led Zeppelin
Black Mountain Side – Led Zeppelin
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
Josie - Steely Dan
Fantasy - Earth Wind & Fire
September – Earth Wind & Fire
Fragile – Sting
Con te partiro - Andre Bocelli
- and more
To the night - Ottmar Liebert
Three women walking – Ottmar Liebert
Malaguena - E. Lecuona
Bomboleo - Gypsy Kings
Tamacun - Rodrigo y Gabriela
Rio Ancho - Paco de Lucia
Cancion del Mariachi - A. Banderas/Los Lobos
Concierto de Aranjuez – Rodrigo
Spain – Chick Corea
Limon de nata – Vicente Amigo
Tata – Vicente Amigo
Maria Cervantes – Tito Puente
Dejame Sonar – Tito Puente
Sabor a mi – Luis Miguel
Guantanamera - Joseíto Fernández
Me voy – Julieta Venegas
La camisa negra – Juanes
Zinha – Cesaria Evora
Avisa la – Olodum
Cravo e canela – Milton Nacimento
Blue Spanish eyes – Bert Kaemfert
Choro - Villa-Lobos
Aquarela do Brazil – A. Barroso
Girl from Ipanema – Jobim/Moraes
Quizas, quizas, quizas - O. Farrés
Besame Mucho – Consuelo Velasquez
El Cumbanchero - R. Hernández Marín
Mandinga - Buena Vista Social Club
Tico Tico - A. Barroso
Morning - C. Fisher
Leyenda - Albeniz
Receurdas de la Alhambra - Tarrega
Capricho Arabe – Tarrega
Pachelbel Canon in D
Gavotte en Rendeau - J.S. Bach
Courante from Cello Suite in A Major – J.S. Bach
Allemande from Lute Suite 1 in E Minor – J.S. Bach
Jesu, joy of man's desiring - J.S. Bach
Prelude in D Minor – J.S. Bach
Jesu, joy of man's desiring - J.S. Bach
Concierto in D Major - A. Vivaldi
Sonata Pathetique - L.V. Beethoven
Cavatina – Stanley Myers/John Williams
Take five – Dave Brubeck
Breezin’ – George Benson
Feels so good – Chuck Mangione
Ain’t misbehavin’ – Fats Waller
Midnight Blue – Kenny Burrell
Sugar - Stanley Turrentine
Blue Bossa - K. Dorham
Spain - Chick Corea
Girl from Ipanema - A.C. Jobim
Wave - A.C. Jobim
All the things you are - J. Kern
James – Pat Metheny
Influences & Inspiration
That is a broad question as I have been through so many style changes! Currently, my main influence is Paco de Lucia in the Flamenco world. I really love what the Gypsy Kings do as a band. As far as fusion/jazz, I have been very influenced by Al DiMeola, Pat Metheny and Larry Carlton. I am a huge fan of Hiromi Uehara, the jazz piano phenom from Japan. In the contemporary world, I really like Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Ne Yo. My classic rock mainstays are probably Eric Clapton, Santana and the Allman Brothers as well as a few different psychedelia bands.