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Gem City Jazz Orchestra

Big Band from Cincinnati, OH - Will travel up to 3000 miles
MEMBER SINCE 2010
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$400 - $2200 per event
Retro Nouveau - Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet & Sextet
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Twenty Eight year Veteran Song Stylist-Entertainer Jack Garrett and his band Retro Nouveau provide Classic and Contemporary entertainment for public, private and corporate events. We specialize in Jazz Standards, Swing, Latin, Pop, Smooth Jazz, Motown, Big Band, The Great American Songbook, Country and Light Rock. As full time professional touring musicians and performers we take pride in providing our clients with live music of the highest quality. Watch the video samples and listen to our audio samples. We specialize in Wedding Receptions, Cocktail Parties, Night Clubs, Fundraisers and Corporate events. Our past and current clientele include fortune 500 Companies, Hollywood Celebrities, Professional Athletic Organizations such as the PGA and the NFL just to name a few. References are available upon request

From intimate gatherings to the most extravagant affair, we offer a variety of live music entertainment options. You can choose from a Piano-Vocal Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet. Visit our other Gigmaster Listing in "Big Bands" to learn about our 10 Piece Dance Band, 16 Piece Big Band or 24 Piece Orchestra. All of our live music options also include a professional deejay service at no additional cost. No matter which option you choose, you will be able to satisfy all music tastes at your event at A PRICE YOU CAN AFFORD!

ALTHOUGH NEW TO GIGMASTERS, JACK GARRETT HAS PERFORMED AT OVER THREE THOUSAND EVENTS IN A CAREER THAT HAS SPANNED 28 YEARS. Through a network of booking agencies, contacts and referrals, Jack has been able to share his vocal renderings at prestigious venues such as The MGM Grand Casino Hotel, the Brown Derby and Copa Lounge in Las Vegas as well as Jilly's, Gibson's and The Metropolitan Club in Chicago. Jack has also performed at the world famous "Tavern on the Green" in New York. Over the years Jack Garrett has shared the stage with and has opened for several major artists. The musicians in Jack's bands are some of most experienced and accomplished performers in the midwest. Each member of this group has over 30 years professional performance experience. Listen to the audio samples and watch the video samples and "Let Your Eyes and Ears be the Judge"! Visit us on the Net at our Website. It is easy to find us on the Internet!



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"Hi Jack, I cannot even tell you how great of a night the reception turned out to be! Everyone keeps sending our family notes about what a wonderful night it was. The entertainment was fabulous and everyone that attended had an awesome time. The dance floor was jumping and everything went so smoothly. Thank you so much for all the preparation and organization you put into our reception. Your dedication to making the event special definitely showed through. The first dance and father - daughter dance turned out great too!!!! We had so much fun and I know our guests did too. It was definitely a special night. Thank you so much for everything !!!!"

Chris and Jennifer Wera
October 10th 2009 Cincinnati, Ohio


"We lucked out. All of our vendors were great but Jack and the band were unbelievable. We wanted a band that everyone would enjoy, young and old alike. Jack delivered. It was more than we had expected. Jack was extremely professional and we were able to enjoy our day as Jack kept everything on schedule and gave us cues to do all of the stuff that you have to do at a reception. Cut cake, first dance, father daughter dance, ect. You'd be surprised how when you are being pulled in many directions these things can slip your mind, Jack kept it all on track. The music was AWESOME! Everyone loved the band which was professional and dare I say, groovy. Everyone was dancing and he created exactly the mood we were looking for. We were told by several people that our reception was the most fun one they had attended. We would like to thank Jack for the hours he put in before the reception and for making a special day even more special with great music and lasting memories. Thanks Jack (and the trio)"

Patrick and Andrea Anater
October 3rd, 2009 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


"BEST vendor we booked. Hands down. We had Jack + string bass, sax, piano, full drum set. He came recommended from another Cincinnati knottie (Kels18t). I called him about 10 mos before the wedding. At our initial meeting, I was extremely impressed with both his experience and organization. When we decided to book him and we were negotiating, he actually came in lower than what we asked for. We had three meetings prior to the wedding to review the plan for the night and select particular songs. Two weeks prior to the wedding, we submitted our play & do-not-play lists. He wanted us to be very specific. After each meeting, Michael and I came away feeling extremely confident that Jack would make the night run smoothly. He's done this many many times and just knows how the reception flows. At the reception, he was amazing. Extremely professional, entertaining, everything you would want in a person helping to keep the party going. He knew what songs to play when & when it was time for all of the events. If you go with him, you are guaranteed to have the best party ever. I have received innumerable compliments on Jack & his band… Michael's uncle is even trying to book him for his resort in Wisconsin."

Ashley & Michael Bartowitz
Cincinnati, Ohio



"I cannot say enough about Jack Garrett & his crew!! We had a hard time figuring out what to do when we first booked our morning wedding and our afternoon reception music. We weren't sure if our guests would appreciate the traditional hokey "DJ" but we didn't want just a boring little trio playing background music. Jack made our reception a success!! He offered all the wonderful Jazz standards that my husband and I love so much but yet we had the ability to use the DJ for our current pop guilty pleasures! He even learned a new song for our first dance (Frank Sinatra's "Love is Here to Stay", perfect! It was the trio's first time playing it together, and it was PERFECT!!). All of our guests had an amazing time at the reception! Jack also provided as the "MC" so neither my husband or I were stressed about what came next and the flow of the reception. He was so professional! He met with us about 3 times to talk about our vision for the day, our fav. songs (and the "no-plays") and the order of dances, cutting the cake and special dances to include. He really cared about getting to know us and cared about giving us the reception of our dreams. He is very professional, flexible and very knowledgable about "what works". I think it was a little strange for him to host the "afternoon reception" but I can only imagine what he can do for a nighttime extravaganza! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"

Emilee & David Becker
Cincinnati, Ohio
5 Star Rating Review


"We cannot say enough about Jack Garrett and his band! All night long, guests kept coming up to us asking where we found these guys. The music was absolutley fabulous! We had the 10 Piece band. Having great music for our guests was important to us. We had heard Jack perform at a friends wedding in Chicago. Of all of our vendors, Jack was our favorite! He spent a lot of time helping us plan the evening. We found him to be very professional, organized as well as fun to work with. He appealed to all age groups at our reception which is one of the main reasons we went with them. Consider us 100% satisfied! We would highly recommend them."

Michael & Penny Robertson
Cincinnati, Ohio
5 Star Rating Review



"Jack Garrett was our favorite vendor. He met with us twice before our reception to plan and go over the music. He was easy to work with and very helpful with ideas and tips. The band was great and the dance floor was full most of the night. We had a four piece band (Piano, bass, drums & sax) with Jack and a DJ he provided. Everyone had great time. Jack kept things moving and the music was exactly what we wanted. Everything was perfect!"

Zack & Allison Bush
Louisville, Kentucky
5 Star Rating Review


"Jack was great. He was the vocalist and we also had him bring a 3 piece band with him. Jack was easy to work with and is an expert at weddings. One of the reasons we chose him was because I wanted a live band and my husband wanted a DJ to make sure all of our guests were dancing and having a good time. Jack Garrett provides both a live band and DJ equipment that he uses together. The night flowed so well and everyone had a great time. He appealed to our older crowd and our friends in their 20's. Jack really worked the crowd and got everyone involved during dinner. Jack and his trio sounded fantastic and we are so glad we went with them."

Kelly & Rick Silver
Cincinnati, Ohio
5 Star Rating Review




Fabulous Music ! Thanks Jack !!!!!

"Jack Garrett and his band were absolutley fantastic! We had the 10 piece band and got so many compliments during and after the reception. He has a great voice and his musicians are amazing. We had guests dancing during dinner ! The dance floor was full all night, exactly what we wanted. Jack came highly recommended and did a wonderful job. He was very professional and met with us twice before the reception to help us plan everything. The price was very reasonable when you consider we got a band and a dj. Jack was our best vendor and we are so glad we went with them. We would definetly recommend Jack Garrett!"


Christopher & Lisa Shoemaker
Chicago, Illinois
Wedding Date: 06/05/09
Review Date: 12/07/09
5 Star Rating
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Please note Gem City Jazz Orchestra will also travel to Clifton, Terrace Park, Miamiville, Amelia, Batavia, Melbourne, Milford, Mount Saint Joseph, Camp Dennison, Silver Grove, Miamitown, Ross, Fort Thomas, Hooven, New Richmond, Dayton, Hamilton, Highland Heights, Kings Mills, Loveland, New Haven, Owensville, Shandon, Bellevue, Goshen, Newport, Newtonsville, Alexandria, Covington, Overpeck.
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