TRIO * QUARTET * QUINTET * VOCALIST * SMALL BIG BAND * The Verve Jazz and Pop Ensemble takes listeners to the grooves of the 1940s and the big band era...Brazilian and cool eras of jazz...all the way into the Motown, Funk, Disco, Pop, and Smooth Jazz sounds of today!
The racing energy of uptempo big band classics...smokey, romantic standards of NYC night clubs...danceable disco and pop from the Jackson 5 to Madonna to Gloria Gaynor...bassa and latin grooves...high-energy, danceable, contemporary Funk and a complete array of Smooth Jazz.
The Verve Jazz and Pop Ensemble soaks its listeners in the greatest music of the past 60 years, all played in the original style of the musicians who made American Jazz and Pop the global art form it is today.
Our ensemble enjoys performing at weddings and private parties, concerts, corporate functions, fundraisers, night clubs and country clubs, festivals, and colleges. We're always open to creative, new venues, and feature an incredibly extensive musical repertoire.
Led by the swinging, smooth drumming of Josh Feldstein, the Verve Ensemble features the sounds of the finest area jazz and pop instrumentalists, featuring the blazing, high energy tenor sax of Jon Blanck, the brilliant keyboard of Jay Rowe, the high energy vocals of Marie G, the funky guitar of Shane Peters, and the soaring bass of Rick Baumer--and a wide range of great supporting jazz and pop artists depending on the scope and requirements of each engagement.
Polished and professional, the Verve Jazz and Pop Ensemble--from trio to small big band--is happy to create any custom arrangement of music for your event. Dress ranges from formal to business casual, based on your event, and we serve within 100 miles of the New York Tri-State area.
Please click on our video and live audio samples here on our Gigmaster's press kit page--and please visit our website to hear even more music.
JUST A FEW OF THE MANY PLACES WE'VE PERFORMED...
The Silvermine Tavern * Amarante's Sea Cliff * Redding Country Club * Rock Creek Country Club * La Zingara * Fairfield County High School/Middle Schools * Cultural Performances * Fundraisers * The Twisted Vine * Private Parties * Valley Presbyterian Church * And many more...
WHAT OUR LISTENERS SAY ABOUT THE VERVE JAZZ and POP ENSEMBLE
"The Verve Jazz and Pop Ensemble…are a group of expert musicians…[who] perform jazz with skill and flair…the Verve's vocalist…is well-versed in pop tunes [as well] to appeal to…folks who want to hit the dance floor. The band was a dream team for us, as we wanted a little of both worlds. This highly-skilled band is perfect for any occasion.
"[Drummer and manager] Josh Feldstein is a detail-oriented, professional band leader and liaison…right up to the wedding day. He took time for a lengthy initial phone meeting, answered many email questions we had, and even broke the reception day down minute by minute into a schedule [to] suit our needs. In the planning stages, Verve rose to a level of professionalism that was hard to find.
"On the day of the wedding, it was amazing to be greeted by their sounds…providing mood and ambiance for the entire venue. Our guests enjoyed the music. The Verve Jazz and Pop Ensemble [are] a band of true jazz musicians."
- Julia and Matt P., Boston, MA
"We are strong supporters of Live Music and are thrilled to find the Verve Ensemble. The talented musicians, led by its soaring drummer Josh Feldstein, brings us so much of the great classic jazz of its origin years and now to its current diversity. The lucky listener gets to take in an authentic swing experience. The Verve Jazz Ensemble hits our nerves with favorite hits of the 40's and 50's, blues, jazz standards, Latin, and, thank you, swing dancing!"
- Art and Peggy Winters, Woodstock, NY
"The first time I heard the Verve Ensemble I was hooked on the diverse musical assortment and smooth, swinging sound. This is a lively group that keeps you moving and wanting more. Fun!"
- Jackie Nulty, East Northport, NY
"The Verve Jazz and Pop Ensemble is a tight group capable of evoking many different moods through their wide variety of music. Each player is a very accomplished musician and they play wonderfully together as a team, sensitive to each other's playing. They are a pleasure to listen to."
- Seth L., Bethel, CT
"I love listening to musicians speak to one another with their instruments, especially in live music. I found this in the Verve Jazz and Pop Ensemble, which is made up of an eclectic group of musicians, who ALL speak the same language musically. It was evident that the snazzy drummer, Josh Feldstein, was orchestrating the group with his leads and tempo, as the group followed him seamlessly. It was as if they were ALL engaged in a meaningful conversation without a word spoken. Truly a wonderful evening of classic jazz that had me tapping my foot and following along. I left the evening wanting to know the whereabouts of these seasoned musicians' next gig."
- Fred Conforti, Long Island, NY
"You guys make some great music…it's humbling to be around that much talent!"
– David W. Gibbs, Norwalk, CT
Marie G. (Vocalist, Flute),
Numerous Top Performers (Brass, Percussion),
Rick Baumer (Bass),
Jon Blanck (Tenor Sax),
Shane Peters (Guitar),
Josh Feldstein (Drums),
Numerous Top Performers (Keyboard)