Who are the Jazz Phools? Jay Leaman (trombone, leader), Basil Rodriguez (trumpet, cornet), Nelson Dellamaggiore (saxes, clarinet, flute), Mark Moultrup (Keys, vocals), Steve Boisen (bass, ukulele, banjo, vocals), Richy Scally (guitar,vocals), Kendrick Wilson (sousaphone)and Michael Washington (drums). There are "Guest Phools" that we call on from time to time (aka the Phool Pool). We use only the best!
Band Size & Instrumentation: The Jazz Phools group is comprised of 6 musicians, but we can perform with as few as three - even 2 in certain circumstances. There are many options for instrumentation and we tailor the group to fit your event and the style of music we're playing. Adding a female vocalist is also an option.
Extras: We offer swing dancers for our 20's events. They will set the mood on the dance floor, encourage dancing and partner with guests, do some exhibition dances and can give dance instruction. We also have a beautiful showgirl-style dancer with elaborate costumes. She is popular choice for both 20's events and Masquerade/Mardi Gras parties for feature dances, photo ops, meet & greets, etc. I include the cost of these performers in my cost for your convenience.
Phools Unplugged & 2nd Line: Just like a New Orleans street band, the Jazz Phools can do it anywhere! We have done many 2nd Lines for weddings - often performing pre-ceremony and then for the cocktail hour once we reach the destination. For any event, we can play outside the entrance as the guests arrive. For weddings, we can play at a ceremony location without resetting for the reception elsewhere, or lead guests from the ceremony to the reception. We perform on boats, in golf carts, in parades. For funerals, we can lead a procession to and from the gravesite.
Equipment: We provide a sound system for the band and a microphone for your announcements. We don't require a lot of power - often one outlet is sufficient.
Special Songs: We frequently prepare special requested songs for wedding couples. We can also arrange "new" music for our vintage style. Just give us enough time to work on it.
Break Music: We take care of the break music and base it on your preferences/theme. You can also create your own playlist and share it with me or plug your device into my PA system.
Dress: We have various options for
coordinated outfits to compliment
the theme/colors of your event.