Sydney & Jake

Jazz Band from New York City, NY - Will travel up to 100 miles
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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
* weddings
* corporate events

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Our Repertoire Has Been
Carefully Curated

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.

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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

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A Brief List
of Examples

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)
"Summertime" (1934)
"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)
"Belle" (2005)
"The Pink Panther Theme" (1963)
"God Only Knows" (1966)

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Sydney & Jake's Style
Is "Tailor-Made"

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.

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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.

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Programming, Programming,
Programming

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.

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Interested in booking Sydney & Jake for your special event? Request a free quote today!
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Wedding

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When it came time to decide on musicians to play our wedding, we knew Sydney & Jake would be the perfect pairing. The duo is as classy as they come and have an extraordinary amount of talent between them. Sydney's voice is the sound of reverie, a fully expressed enchanting musicality, and Jake's accompaniment on guitar or sax girds every arrangement in that Goldilocks zone of soul, style, and dynamism. They brought the house down at the rehearsal and had everyone singing along to "Across the Universe" during the ceremony. We couldn't be happier with their performances and they have our endless gratitude for being such a memorable part of our special day.

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Celebration

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The Pizza Bats are incredible. We booked them for a 80-person wedding in a restaurant garden, but they would've been great for anything from a 20-person event to a 200+ person event. They played instrumentals as guests arrived, did the processional/recessional, then played/sang beautifully during our cocktail hour - they truly could not have sounded any better. It seemed like every person I talked to during the cocktail hour asked us about The Pizza Bats. The Pizza Bats were the ultimate professionals. They met us before work to talk about what we had in mind, they learned new songs and even sent us recordings. They were incredible from beginning to end. BOOK'EM!

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Sydney & Jake’s Response:

Melanie, it was a pleasure working with you! We really enjoyed playing the wedding, and are happy you chose us to be your band. We wish you and Rob the best in your new chapter of life, and we're honored to have played a part in celebrating it.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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I hired the Pizza Bats because I wanted to do something really special for a birthday party. They delivered all I wanted and more. Great choice of standards and other tunes. Great arrangements. Great singing and sax playing. Elegant looks. They play together like they've been playing together since birth. Highly recommended

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Sydney & Jake’s Response:

Thank you, Dave! It was such a pleasure playing for the birthday party and helping make it a special day.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2017
Sep
24
Wedding Reception
Long Island City, NY
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2018
Apr
28
Wedding Ceremony
Peconic, NY
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Jul
21
Wedding
Batavia, IL
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Jul
15
Pine Lake Park
Westchester, NY
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Jun
22
Oggi Pizza Bar
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Jun
10
Celebration
Brooklyn, NY
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Jun
8
Oggi Pizza Bar
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Jun
3
Birthday Party (Adult)
Brooklyn, NY
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dinah
Bing Crosby
Autumn Leaves
Johnny Mercer and Jaques Prevert
After You've Gone
Marion Harris
I'll Be Seeing You
Billie Holiday
Tequila
The Champs
It's Only A Paper Moon
Peggy Lee
Rainbow Connection
Kermit the Frog
Summertime
George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward
Something Stupid
Frank Sinatra
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Frank Sinatra
50s Band
Jazz Band
Swing Band
Americana Band
30s Band
40s Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Sydney & Jake 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.
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