Services From Neon-Blue
Add some toe-tapping, swinging sophistication to your drinks reception, or a warm background atmosphere to your dinner.
Neon-Blue are a collective of accomplished jazz musicians based in the Southwest & London. We have over 20 years experience playing live jazz for all types of events. Many of our members were originally conservatoire-trained graduates from the Royal Academy and Guildhall and are now playing in some of the UK’s leading jazz groups.
We all love our job and want to make your event a very special and memorable occasion!!
We're relatively new to this site but do 3 - 4 gigs a week on average so I've added some reviews from bookings outside Poptop. Our clients are always happy including the first few completed jobs through here so book with confidence.
Janet markell• Aug. 17, 2019
I booked John as a jazz duo for my mums surprise 80th birthday party, I was looking for just some gentle background music for friends & family to listen to as they enjoyed their high tea & that is exactly what I got, it added to a great atmosphere and made the party. Very professional, sounded excellent, with lots of great feedback from the guests. Highly recommend, would not hesitate to hire these guys again. Thank you, you made the afternoon perfect.
Sharon Hopkins• Aug. 3, 2019
Fantastic group , we and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed the music . They were were professional and very pleasant . The live jazz really added something to the party . Would thoroughly recommend them
Guillaume Devinat• July 19, 2019
Perfect in every way! Super friendly, fantastic music. Totally lit up the space
Leanne Barrington• July 10, 2019
We hired Neon-Blue for a corporate summer drinks reception and they were the perfect condiment. Their jazz was not intrusive to conversations, it was gentle background music which provided a great atmosphere - just what we were after. Thanks John
Sarah Pullen• June 16, 2019
All was good. They were very accommodating and played some lovely music
Judith McGrath• June 13, 2019
We booked John as a jazz trio for a surprise 60th party. they were fantastic - very professional and sounded great. Arrived on time - left when they were ready and they made the party. Thanks very much and good luck in the south west!
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
Jazz band hire, from solo saxophone to quintet. The perfect way to add some toe-tapping, swinging sophistication to your event
What are the highlights of your career?
Our guitarist was featured on Jamie Cullum’s album 'Interlude' along side Gregory porter. He has also appeared on Jools Holland several times with various artists. Our saxophonist has received praise from jazz heavy weights such as Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy and the legendry American saxophonist Bob Minster. He’s latest album was called a Millstone for himself and the saxophone world receiving 4 star reviews from: Jazzwise, Jazz Journal, The Jazz Mann, The Arts Desk and All About Jazz. A magical gig with Awale in Tunisia, supporting 2012 Grammy award winner Tinariwen. Playing with the legendry ska band The Beat along side the Happy Mondays.
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
Many of the musicians in Neon Blue are conservatoire trained graduates from the Royal Acadamy and Guildhall. We are all highly experienced and are currently active members of some of the UK's leading jazz groups. We all regularly preform worldwide on some of the worlds most significant stages.
What kind of events do you usually serve?
20 years experience providing live jazz for a wide variety of events including: corporate functions, drinks receptions, weddings, birthdays, house and garden parties, exhibitions and product launches.
Who are your previous clients?
We are regularly booked to preform at some of the most prestigious hotels, members’ clubs and event venues, such as The Reform Club, The RAC, the Dorchester, the Lanesborough, Sherborne Castle and The Royal Opera House. We've had residencies at the Ivy restaurant and the American Museum in Bath and have preformed for the likes of Prince Charles, Marco Pierre White, Gordon Brown and many more.
How can event planners pay for your services?
Direct transfer or cash on the day
How long do you play for?
Standards bookings are for 2 or 3 hours but this can be extended. Sets are usually 45 minutes long with 15 - 30 minute breaks. We also offer a 1 hour booking and are very flexible so happy to work around speeches or anything else that might be planned.
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
We provide all the equipment needed but don't have a lighting rig
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
Yes we have 10,000,000 PLI insurance and all our equipment is PAT tested
How much space do you require?
Depends on the number of musicians. Around 3m for a trio and slightly less for a duo.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
We already have a huge repertoire and are learning new material all the time but are happy to consider any suggestions
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
Breaks are usually 15 - 30 minutes long but we are very flexible
Repertoire A - Z
All Blues – Miles Davis
All of me – Ella Fitzgeral and many more.
All Of You – Miles Davis
Almost like being in Love – Nat King Cole
Alone Together – Chet Baker
Along Came Betty - Benny Golson
Along Came Betty - Benny Golson
Another Star – Stevie Wonder
Autumn In New York – Billie Holiday
Autumn leaves – Chet Baker, Miles Davis
Beatrice - Sam Rivers
Beautiful Love – Bill Evans
Bernies Tune - Gerry Mulligan
Billie’s Bounce – Charie Parker
Blues for Alice – Charlie Parker
Body And Soul – Coleman Hawkins
Bolivia - Cedar Walton
But Not For Me - George Gershwin
By By Black Bird – Miles Davis
Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Caravan – Duke Ellington
Cheese Cake – Dextor Gordon
Chelsea Bridge - Billy Strayhorn.
Confirmation – Chalie Parker
Darn That Dream – Dextor Gordon and many more
Days of Wine and Roses – Dextor Gordon
Dolphin Dance – Herbie Hancock
Dolphine Dance – Herbie Hancock
Dona Lee – Charlie Parker
East Of The Sun West Of The Moon – Frank Sinatra, Scott Hamilton and many more
Emily – as preformed by Bill Evans
Equanox – John Coltrane
Everything I Love – Cole Porter
Falling Grace – Steve Swallow
Fe Fi Fo Fum - – Wayne Shorter
Five Hundred Miles High – Chick Corea
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Footprints - Wayne shorter
Footprints – Wayne Shorter
Four – Miles Davis
Four On Six – Wes Montgomery
Giant Steps – John Coltrane
Green Dolphin st – as played by Miles Davis
Have You Met Miss Jones – Frank Sinatra
Here’s That Rainy Day – Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole etc.
How Deep Is The Ocean – Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Diana Krall
I Hear A Rhapsody – Bill Evans, Frank Sinatra etc
I Remember You – Chet Backer, Ella Fitzgerald and many more
I'll remember april – Clifford Brown, Frank Sinatra
I’ll Be Seeing You - Billie Holiday and many more
If I Should Lose You – Hank Mobley
If I were a Bell – Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis etc
In A Sentimental Mood – Duke Ellington
In Your Own Sweet way – Dave Brubeck
Inner Urge – Joe Henderson
Invitation - Joe Henderson and many more
It Ain’t Necessarily So - George Gershwin
It Could Happen To You – Chet Baker
Jeannine - Cannonball Adderley
Jingles – Wes Montgomery
JuJu - Wayne shorter
Just Friends – Stan Getz and many more
Ladies in Mercedes – Steve Swallow
Lady bird – Miles Davis
Lazy Bird – John Coltrane
Like Someone in Love – Bill Evans, John Coltrane and many more
Little sunflower – Freddie Hubbard
Love For Sale – Cole Porter
Midnight Voyage - Michael Brecker
Moon River - Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
Mr PC – Miles Davis
My Little Swade Shoes - Charlie Parker
My Romance – Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and many more
Nardis – Miles Davis, Bill Evans
Night And Day – Frank Sinatra
Nostalgia In Time Square – Charles Mingus
Now’s The time - Charlie Parker
Old Milstones – Miles Davis & Charlie Parker
On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Louis Armstrong
Pannonica - Thelonious monk
Piece – Horace Silver
Recorder Me – Joe Henderson
Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk
Sandu – Cliford Brown
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
Secret Love – Doris Day
Skylark - kurt rosenwinkel, Chris Cheek and many more
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - Abbey Lincoln, John Coltrane
Solar - as played by Miles Davis
Some Day My Prince – As preformed by Miles Davis
Some Other Blues – John Coltrane
Sometime ago – as preformed by Bill Evans
Song for My Farther –Horace silver
Soul Eyes – John Coltrane
Speak low – Sarah Vaughan, John Coltrane & many more
St Tomas – Sunny Rollins
Stablemates – Benny Golson
Star eyes – Charlie Parker, Sunny Stitt and many more
Stella by starlight – Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis etc.
Straight No Chaser - Thelonious Monk,
Sugar – Stanley Turrentine
Surfin - Ernest Ranglin
Swinging at the Haven – Ellis Marsalis
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
Tea for two – Doris Day
Tenor Maddness – Sunny Rollins
The Chicken - Jaco Pastorius
The Nearness Of You - Ella Fitzgerald, Norah Jones
The Song Is You – Sunny Rollins
There is no greater love – as preformed by Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday etc
There Will Never Be Another You – Chet Baker, Nat King Cole
Turn Out The Stars – Bill Evans
Turnaround - Ornette coleman, Josuha Redman
Up Jumpt Spring - Freddie Hubbard
Very Early – Bill Evans
Voyage – Kenny Barron
Water Melon Man – Herbie Hancock
Weaver of Dreams – Nat King Cole
West Cost Blues – Wes Montgomery
What Is This Thing Called Love – Kenny Garret, Frank Sinatra etc
When Sunny Gets Blue – Nat King Cole
Whisper Not - Benny Golson
Wild Flower - Wayne shorter
Windows (Bm) Chick Chick Corea
Work Song – Nat Adderley, Cannonball Adderley
Yard Bird Sweet – Charlie Parker
Yes Or No – Wayne Shorter
You And The Night And The Music - Frank Sinatra
You Don’t Know What Love Is - Chet Baker, Billie Holday etc
You Stepped Out Of A Dream – Dextor Gordon
Sunny Brazilian Samba & Bossa Nova
A Felicidade - A Felicidade, Stan Getz
Corcovado - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
Dindi - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
Favela - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
How Insensitive - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
Manha De Carnival - Luiz Floriano Bonfá (Orfeu Negro)
Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
No More blues (Chega de Saudade) Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie
A Felicidade, Stan Getz
One Notes Samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
Samba De Orfeu - Luiz Floriano Bonfá
So Danco Samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz
Jazzed-up Christmas Carols
Auld Lang Syne
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Let It Snow; Sleigh Ride
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Silent Night; Winter Wonderland
We Three Kings