Sydney & Jake Is NYC's Darling Duo
for Magical, Memorable Events
Sydney & Jake is a professional jazz duo based in New York City. With a well-rehearsed stock of timeless classic songs tailored to their jazz-infused, one-of-a-kind style, Sydney & Jake create a mood that is heady, alluring, and sweet.
Sydney & Jake specialize in providing live music for intimate, private affairs, namely
* cocktail hours
* dinner parties
* corporate events
Our Repertoire Has Been
Our repertoire has been carefully curated from some of the most powerful, treasured songs ever written with our performance styles modeled off of the most touching recordings ever captured.
We keep our lavish stock of tunes firmly rooted in the timeless standards of the jazz and swing eras while looking forward to more modern classics from acts like The Beatles, Bill Withers, and even Kermit the Frog.
Five Types of
Songs We Play
There are five types of song that we keep in our repertoire. They are:
1. Songs immortalized by the greatest jazz singers of all time such as Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstrong
2. Songs written by masters of composition like Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin
3. Songs that people tend to request over and over again like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "New York, New York", and "Summertime"
4. Modern classics: because a lot of great things have happened since the so-called Golden Era of American Song ("God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys, for example)
5. Songs we adore that challenge us and keep us on our toes
A Brief List
Our song list is always evolving. At the time of this writing, it is more than three hours total (and could be expanded with more improvised sections). Our repertoire includes, but is not limited to, the following tunes:
"I'll Be Seeing You" (1938)
"It's Only A Paper Moon" (1933)
"Rainbow Connection" (1979)
"Something Stupid" (1967)
"You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" (1943)
"Ain't No Sunshine" (1971)
"On the Sunny Side of the Street" (1930)
"Georgia On My Mind" (1930)
"Sweet Georgia Brown" (1925)
"Ain't Misbehavin'" (1929)
"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" (1944)
"Someday My Prince Will Come" (1937)
"Blue Skies" (1926)
"The Pink Panther Theme" (1963)
"God Only Knows" (1966)
Sydney & Jake's Style
Frank Sinatra only began striking musical gold when he started working with arranger Nelson Riddle in 1953. Ol' Blue Eyes had a career before this, but it was Riddle who found Frank's sweet spot.
Nelson Riddle's understanding of song preparation allowed Frank to sing his heart out, right in the richest part of his vocal range, without any straining highs or muddy lows.
Jake's experience as an arranger (writing for anywhere from two to 19 instruments and/or voices) and student of legendary jazz arranger Rich DeRosa inclines him to concur with Riddle.
There's Nothing "Stock"
About What We Do
One of the quickest ways to shatter the otherwise stable mood of an event is for your singer to attempt singing outside of his or her limits (see the above video). It can be jarring, and it can ruin a pleasant vibe in an instant.
To ensure that we support a friendly aura, Sydney & Jake do not play tunes in their "stock" keys. Rather, we carefully custom-match each song to the ONE key that is perfect for Sydney's range.
This allows her to deliver the melody straight from the heart, singing the song in all its truth with total freedom. We fit the tune to her smoky, sultry voice like a glove so that your attendees and VIP guests can simply unwind and enjoy themselves.
Far too often, jazz bands decide what tunes to play on the fly. This off-the-cuff, shoot-from-the-hip approach to building a program can inadvertently dampen the spirit of the room for three key reasons:
1. thinking up what to play next leaves dead air between songs that can suck the cheer out of a room
2. a lack of contrast in styles and tempos can induce boredom in a party without people really even knowing why
3. playing songs back-to-back that are in random, unrelated keys really messes with the flow of the moment
Your special shindig needs the right songs programmed at the right time to lay the proper groundwork for building relationships and spurring a sense of camaraderie.
Sydney & Jake are keen to the powerful effects that a program can have on the tone of an event. Therefore, we decide well in advance what will be best suited for the setting and scope of your event, and craft a fluid set that is guaranteed to put folks at ease.
Interested in booking Sydney & Jake for your special event? Request a free quote today!