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JP and Friends

Cover Band from Boston, MA - Will travel up to 50 miles
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$800 - $5500 per event
JP and Friends is an established eight-piece pro-level band covering rock, soul, blues, funk and pop. The line-up features three vocalists (excellent harmonies), guitar, keyboards, sax, percussion, bass and drums. The band is led by British guitarist Jeff Purchon who has played with some of music's greatest; Robert Palmer, Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix), Ginger Baker, Vernon Reid, Buddy Miles to name but a few.

The aim of the band is to provide a compelling musical and rhythmic reason for the audience to get up on their feet. JP and Friends have a wide repertoire of songs that they deliver with superb vocals and top-level musicianship providing infectious grooves that will have the crowd dancing the night away and still want more.

The vocal team is led by the amazing Suzanne Buell, a former Stax recording artist and alumni of the Boston Conservatory. Suzanne is a life-long performer, early childhood music educator, and administrative director of the Threshold Singers of Indian Hill Music. Suzanne started her musical career in Memphis, TN and California. Her CD titled Tell the World was released in May 2001. She performed with her band at the Memphis Music Festival, and has performed both solo and ensemble with the Memphis Symphony Chorus, Cabrillo College Chorus, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Chorus, Harvard Pro Musica, Concord Women's Chorus, Boston Community Choir, NEC Millenium Choir, and the Boston Pops Gospel Choir.

Suzanne's female vocal partnership is provided by the vocal talents of the award-winning Vicki Zelski, who has sung in many genres from jazz to pop to gospel music. A Berklee College of Music graduate, Vicki has performed with the Boston Pops Gospel Choir, the Boston Community Choir, the Millennium choir, sung the National Anthem at Red Sox games and was a member of the contemporary a cappella group "all so jimmy" which won the Harmony Sweepstakes Regional Finals in New York City in 1986.

The main front man is Michael Payette, a star in his own right who has been compared to Michael McDonald and possesses a voice and range enabling him to cover Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and other top level artists.

The solid rhythm section is the best in the area. It features New York's Ron Pastore on bass, the amazing and versatile keyboard talents of Daniel Coutu (can cover classical / jazz solo quiet background music if needed), the renowned Berklee pro Phil Antionades on drums, Hal Denham on percussion and last but not least, David Sanborn's rival, Brad Kohl on Sax.

The band has played many prestigious gigs from Crossroads at Memphis to the Hatch Shell in Boston to The House of Blues and can be seen in occasional music venues and festivals around town.

The band will help your event come to life. They are seasoned professionals and take pride in being dynamic and totally in control of volume levels - as well as being able to rip it up when appropriate. With a repertoire of over 150 songs, there is something in there to please everybody.
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Anniversary Party

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Wow...These guys and girls blew us away. They learned my mothers wedding song on very short notice and Jeff was extremely professional with the communication throughout the entire process. Half way through the night, they came into the crowd and laided down an all time sax vs guitar solo battle. The three singers, all very talented in their own right, were able to cover a huge range of music, and make it look easy. I had people coming up to me all night asking where I was able to find such an awesome group of musicians. JP and friends would be perfect for ANY venue or event with their ability to get everyone dancing. I cant recommend them enough!

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Wedding

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We hired JP and Friends to play at our wedding and they were outstanding. Jeff worked with us and the caterer to plan the evening timeline. He asked specific questions about what the band needed to do: "Will there be a first dance by the bride and groom?" Will there be a cake cutting ceremony?" The result was a well organized party. The music was terrific. The band can do a wide range of songs. The three vocalists can do close harmonies and the band can move from loud up-tempo songs to quiet romantic numbers. Every guest complemented the band. They asked us where we found them, and said they were thrilled to dance and enjoy the evening!

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Private Party

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Jeff Purchon put on a stellar performance. Top-notch professionals. They went beyond the call and surpassed all expectations. They had the audience captivated (and dancing) for the entire evening. Each band member would shine individually in any musical setting. Together, they were a well-oiled machine. The three singers hit pitch-perfect harmonies throughout the night. Each was a strong soloist and had his or her moment to lead. Both guitarists were as good (better) than I've heard in any regional band. Bass, keyboards, percussion,horn — spot on. Most important, they were clearly having fun. Their energy was infectious. I’ll definitely be hiring them again — soon.

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Please note JP and Friends will also travel to Braintree, Cambridge, Newton, Readville, Brookline Village, Medford, Randolph, Milton, Quincy, Wallaston, Watertown, West Medford, Weymouth, Arlington Heights, Holbrook, Melrose, Nonantum, North Quincy, Waverley, Dorchester, East Weymouth, Hyde Park, Mattapan, North Weymouth, Oakdale, South Weymouth, Waltham, Babson Park, Avon, Canton.
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