We’re more than just a jazz duo, with our alto sax, jazz organ/vibes/piano keyboard, latin percussion, blues harmonica and, of course, our famous bongo drums. Ours is a unique sound that’s been described as having the ingredients of a smooth, mellow cocktail of music. Add in Susie’s soothing, rich contralto voice that’s been compared to Cleo Laine, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee among others, and you’re in for a memorable, chilled and relaxing night with a great atmosphere.
And you’ll be able to hear yourself speak, with our carefully selected sound levels to suit any event or venue. Our music is easy listening and relaxed intended as background music to create atmosphere while people chat or have dinner/canapes.
With long experience working with and playing alongside some of the greats, including Strictly Come Dancing Band singer, Lance Ellington, Len Goodman, the London Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestras and the legendary Ken Dodd, you can rely on us for a professional and passionate performance, every time
Services From Smooth Duo
2 Piece With Female vocalist & Male Multi Instrumentalist - 2 X 45 Minutes
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
We play cool music with a hint of jazz for events, weddings, hotels, restaurants etc. It is easy listening and relaxed. Designed to create atmosphere as people chat. Perfect background during dinner and canapes or a drinks reception. Alternative to string ensemble or harpist before the DJ or dance music.
What are the highlights of your career?
Playing live for the cast & crew of Coronation Street at the iconic Granada TV studios after theit 50th Anniversary live episode.
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
Soft contralto vocal which soothes & relaxes, plus cool latin bongos as well as the usual sax and keyboards. Professionally working for over 20 years - so we bring a wealth of experience and we are polished performers. We are a less formal alternative to String Ensembles/Harpists. We fill the gap between ceremony and dinner at a wedding or awards event We create atmosphere and ambience to enhance Guest experience
What kind of events do you usually serve?
Wedding dinner, wedding drinks reception Dinner events - pre dinner or during dinner Awards dinners Networking events Corporate events Hotel lounge/restaurants Anniversary parties Any dinner or lounge setting
Who are your previous clients?
Chatsworth House Estates Granada TV Yorkshire TV Warner Leisure Hotels Talash Hotels Mercure Hotels Hilton Doubletree Hotels Van Dyk by Wildes
How can event planners pay for your services?
BACS deposit to secure then balance paid either by BACS or in cash on the day.
How long do you play for?
Either 2 x 45 mins or 3 x 30 mins or 1 x 90 mins
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
PA No lights and please note, once all the istruments and PA are set up we cannot later move to a different location. We are like a full band.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
How much space do you require?
Approx 10ft x 8ft please. Plus we like to have 2 power point if possible, but can work from one. Also we can set up on the floor - a stage is not essential.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
If it fits with our style of music and it is feasible for us to learn it, it can be considered - but we would have to factor in an extra cost to cover the purchase of sheet music and rehearsal room hire and time to learn and rehearse it. Alternatively we can always add the original track to our MP3 and play that through our PA.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
We can play without breaks if that fits the timetable best. Although we find from experience that Guests appreciate some gaps between live sets and we tailor the length of set and gaps between to fit the event. if we do take a break it is only to nip to the Loo - so only short breaks required by us - if at all.
How long do you need to set up and sound check?
We like to arrive at least two hours before any guests are due so that we may set up and get the volume right before the start time of the first set. We also like time to be able to change into different clothes before Guests see us in our jeans etc.
Live music - set timings tailored to suit - but usually 2 x 45 mins, or 3 x 30 mins or 1 x 90 mins
we play background music via MP3 before we start and during breaks to keep the vibe going.
Fly Me To The Moon,
Nice and Easy,
September in the Rain,
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby,
Night & Day,
On A Clear Day,
Cry Me A River,
It Don't Mean A Thing,
I'm In The Mood For Love,
I Only Have Eyes For You,
If I Had You,
Boy From Ipanema
My Funny Valentine,
A Foggy Day,
The Very Thought Of You,
Every Time We Say Goodbye,
Someone to Watch Over Me,
And I Love Him,
Lullaby Of Broadway,
Glory Of Love,
Our Love Is Here To Stay,
Whatever Lola Wants,
They Can't Take That Away From Me,
Shadow Of Your Smile,
Hang on To Your Love,
Your Love is King,
Old Devil Called Love,
The Look Of Love
Aint No Sunshine
Holding Back The Years
Is This Love
Like A Virgin
Who's That Girl,
To Make You Feel My Love
We're In This Love Together
Walking On Sunshine
Our Day Will Come,
Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Willow Weep For Me
What A Difference A Day Made
Close Your Eyes
When I Fall In Love,
For Sentimental Reasons,