West Side 5, an award-winning vocal jazz ensemble based in New York City, is known for its refined sound and sophisticated approach to jazz. Inspired by greats like Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and The Real Group, WS5 has crafted its own unique sound, characterized by highly original arrangements, complex harmonies, and outstanding musicianship.
The group formed in the summer of 2009, bringing together five old college friends on the west side of Manhattan. They immediately gained national attention, winning the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes while being voted Audience Favorite and winning Best Arrangement for “Pure Imagination”. They went on to be featured artists at the SingStrong A Cappella Festival, and have performed alongside groups including Blue Jupiter, Streetcorner Symphony, and The Bobs, as well as for Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion in New York.
West Side 5 released its self-titled debut album in 2012 to wide acclaim. The album earned 2 CARA nominations (Best Jazz Song for Chet Baker's classic “I Fall in Love Too Easily”, and Best Jazz Album), and the group's innovative take on the standard “As Time Goes By” was selected to be featured on the Voices Only Forte compilation, putting West Side 5 in the company of the best vocal harmony groups in the world today, including The Idea of North, m-pact, Cadence, and NOTA.
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Try to RememberGene Puerling
I Fall in Love Too EasilyChet Baker
Nobody But YourselfOriginal (text by e. e. cummings)
Take the A-TrainDuke Ellington
Lil Darlin'Count Basie
Pure ImaginationLeslie Bricusse
Thousand ThingsThe Real Group
Chili Con CarneThe Real Group
Bewitched, Bothered & BewilderedRogers & Hart
In the Wee Small Hours of the MorningFrank Sinatra
Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Real Group, Take 6
Christmas Party in Greenwich, CT on 12/05/2010
"The group was nothing short of spectacular. My guest said if they get nothing else for Christmas than the joy they got from listening to this marvelous acapella group, that would have been enough. My wife who is sceptical of jazz confessed to being a convert saying she must have been listening to the wrong people all these years. If you want to warm your hearts, bring this group to yor next event , or better yet, to your home to seranade you. "
- Albert R.
Corporate Function in New York, NY on 12/03/2010
"What a fantastic evening and performance, highly recommended for any corporate event/dinner/party! We'll definitely hire them for our next event too!"
- Harri R.
Wedding Cocktail Hour in Ny, NY on 08/29/2010
"West Side 5 is a very talented group of individuals. They did a great job at our wedding party in Tribecca and all the guests really enjoyed their performance.
I highly recommend them. They are very easy to work with.
In addition to New York City, West Side 5 will also travel to Long Island City, Brooklyn, North Bergen, Bronx, West New York, Union City, Weehawken, Flushing, Fairview, Edgewater, Hoboken, Jersey City, Ridgefield, Cliffside Park, Palisades Park, Fort Lee, Secaucus, Ridgefield Park, Leonia, Englewood Cliffs
and many other locations in and around the New York City area.
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