Hella Fitzgerald: from Bebop to Hip Hop! We are a deluxe party band based in Northern California, specializing in vintage jazz and jive blues, classic soul, funk, R&B, 90's and contemporary songs. We also showcase vintage versions of modern tunes. Featuring some of the finest musicians in the Northern California area, Hella Fitzgerald transitions seamlessly throughout the different eras with style and grace, supporting events of any size, theme and budget. Incorporating songs by Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, James Brown, and Justin Timberlake, we welcome requests. Hella Fitzgerald is flexible in band size and instrumentation and will work with you to support your venue size, budget, and musical tastes. With our experience and sensitivity to detail, it is our ultimate goal to help create a special and memorable event, and most of all make sure everyone has a blast!
Bandleader Lilan Kane is an award-winning jazz and soul vocalist who has performed at New Orleans French Quarter Festival, Great American Music Hall, Yoshi's, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Sweetwater Music Hall, and recently opened for Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Trombone Shorty, Morgan James, and Sharon Jones.
DANCE & RECEPTION
Our most popular combination is our six piece band complete with female vocals, two horns, keyboards, upright + electric bass, and drums. The band features available add-ons including: guitar, male vocals, extra horns, extra female vocals, and no horns. We supply recorded music for the breaks, or an iPod hookup if you have your own playlist.
We begin our dance sets with upbeat Speakeasy jazz and swing with New Orleans style jazz, followed by Classic Soul/Funk/R&B, and finishing off the night with 90's and soulful contemporary Top 40 songs. Hella Fitzgerald is happy to accommodate requests. We can learn specific versions of songs as well (for choreographed dances and special dances).
CEREMONY, COCKTAIL, AND DINNER
We can provide anything from traditional classical piano or guitar selections, to mainstream choices with or without vocals. A wireless and lapel microphone, and ceremony speaker system are available.
Live music can be a really nice touch for cocktail and/or dinner hour. We offer a few packages that can include a small combo, usually people enjoy the duo or trio options (bass + keys, bass, horn + keys, etc)
*A curated list of recorded music can be provided for any of these portions.
A customized iPod playlist is provided for the breaks so the musical flow of your event is never interrupted. We can expand DJ duties to continue after the live music portion concludes if noise ordinances are in effect.
Our vocalist can perform emcee duties to facilitate the announcement of speeches, toasts, and other events throughout the evening such as cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss, and transportation announcements (shuttles, etc). Our wireless microphone and speaker system can be made available to you and your guests for announcements, toasts, and speeches as well.