Internationally acclaimed recording/performing group, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has performed at major international jazz festivals, clubs, and concerts in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, sharing the headliner stage with such legends as Sonny Rollins, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, the Mingus Big Band, Joey DeFrancesco, Abbey Lincoln, Branford Marsalis and the Neville Brothers. They have opened for the Four Freshmen, appeared live and on radio with NPR stars, performed as guest artists with American symphony orchestras and European big bands, and been profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition, Jazz Smithsonian (hosted by Al Jarreau), Radio Jazz Copenhagen, Radio Palermo (Buenos Aires) and countless radio programs across the world. Their first CD reached the #2 top spot in jazz sales on Amazon. Backed by a blazing instrumental jazz band, the vocal quartet performs tightly harmonized arrangements, inventive lyrics, and unique renditions of classic jazz, swing, pop, doowop, originals, blues, and American songbook standards. Their big band-like sound is irresistably exciting, and the singers tell their stories through lyrics that will make you smile. What the pro's say:
"Four Voices blending together and just swinging like mad!" --- Susan Stamberg, NPR
"The UVJQ celebrates swing and bop harmonic designs in ways that trick and delight the ear…A vocal ensemble blend that sounds utterly natural and seamless, as if it were simply meant to be." --- Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
" There are few groups extant whose voices blend together with such exciting harmonic synergy." ----
If you're looking for exciting, stylishly sophisticated entertainment, UVJQ and their band have everything your event needs; in addition to their ear-catching harmonies, the 4 talented vocalists perform pop and jazz standards as soloists, and the jazz trio plays instrumental renditions of the jazz and swing classics. For an additional fee, we'll even add a sax player to the band!