The Gatsbys jazz band adds a touch of old-world glamour to your party, combining irresistible dance rhythms with the sophisticated tunes of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many others! Our influences include Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and the jazz orchestras of the roaring twenties.
Line-up (from duo to quintet):
2. ukulele/ keys/ guitar
3. clarinet/ sax/
Kathleen studied classical singing at Trinity College of Music. As well as performing jazz, she is an opera singer and sings with a number of professional choirs.
Ed trained at Leeds College of Music. He leads a number of big bands and gives masterclasses to upcoming musicians. He is also an accomplished arranger and composer. In 2012 Ed premiered his first ballet score “La Danza De Amore” in Vienna, as part of the international Ballet Festival. Reviews described him a “An emerging talent” and as “an exceptional young composer”.
Claire, Chloe and Matt (Clarinet/Sax)
Chloe trained at Guildhall and has worked with bands including the Ian James Big Band and The Royal Commonwealth Orchestra and Cantata, have performed before the Queen on multiple occasions, and at a variety of concert venues including the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, 606 Jazz club and Ronnies, with artists such as Bobby McFerrin. Dame Cleo Lane and Sir John Dankworth.
Claire has experience in playing a range of genres including jazz, soul, funk, classical, improvisation and contemporary music. She has played in orchestras, small ensembles, concert bands, as well as jazz and big bands. She plays in the jazz and soul band, Countdown. As well as being classically trained, Claire has studied with Sting’s saxophonist, Butch Thomas.
Matt was the Bexley Young Musician of the Year in 1998. He trained at York University and Guildhall with Tony Coe. He plays with a klezmer band and on recording sessions including the documentary ‘Europe’s Last Dictator’ and for ‘You Are Wolf’.
A bassist since the age of thirteen, Jon spent much of his teenage years making experimental electronic music on his computer, before deciding to focus exclusively on
the bass. He went on to study jazz at Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music. In 2013, having spent several years writing music for others and his trio, Jon began composing for solo bass with live-layering. After months of hard work and practise, he recorded ‘The World Will End With a Bang’, his debut solo album. Musical collaborations include ‘The Creation Project’ with Noraay, a mix of Arabic, Hip Hop and Jazz music; Agata Kubiak, playing Jazz inspired by Polish Folk and Rock; and his own piano trio, releasing ‘Amnesia Holidays’ EP in 2011. He has toured across three continents, and performed at Jazztopad Festival, Dakar Jazz Festival and London Jazz Festival, and regularly gigs in London as a sideman for jazz, funk and pop acts.
Olly (Keys and Guitar)
Olly studied at the London College of Music and Media. He is a classically trained pianist and saxophonist, living and working in London, with extensive experience in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock, blues and soul.
She’s funny that way
Is you or is you ain’t ma baby
Then I’ll be happy
I wonder where my baby is tonight
Cream in coffee
Puttin on the ritz
Tea for two
Way down yonder in New Orleans
You do something to me
Chicago, that toddlin’ town
Everybody loves my baby
Royal garden blues
The sheik of Araby
I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate
The man I love
I’ve found a new baby
Someone to watch over me
If I had you
Lover come back to me
What is this thing called love?