Reviews – Wedding & Party Events

The Jazz Duo has performed at these locations.

“The Jazz Duo did it all: they performed classical music for our ceremony, elegant jazz at the reception and laterplayed DJ for dancing. They were well organized, efficient, and had just the right sense of style and timing. Highly recommended.”
Todd and Cassandra Anderson
Alta Mira Hotel, Sausalito – wedding
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“Bryan and Harry did a wonderful job at our Napa wedding in June. Everything was seamless and the music was great! They even helped us to compile a list of music just for us, that we wanted played at our wedding for the dancing part. The instruments they used were lovely and a real crowd pleaser. We would definitely recommend them to anyone in the area. We had a few conference calls before the big day to make sure all the little details were all worked out.”
Natalie & Justin Hubbard wedding

Churchill Manor, Napa
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“The Jazz Duo created a stylish mood for our visitors to preview three new exhibits at the San Mateo County History Museum. Their song selection was completely in step with the ‘feel’ of our event, which encompassed both an honoring of the past, and looking ahead to the future. Great job!”
Shelly Rogers
Director of Marketing & Communications
San Mateo County Historical Association
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“We were so pleased to work with The Jazz Duo for our wedding reception. They could not have been more professional, talented and accommodating. I’ve done a lot of event planning and just love music — two things that made me a pretty particular client. Each question and every request I made of The Jazz Duo was cheerfully, promptly and professionally tended to. Special songs, beyond those shown on their play list, were located and included. Preferences I had for the order of the play list were followed. And the performed music was beautifully done, as well. Every selection was well done, and we couldn’t have been more impressed by these talented two musicians.

For the DJ portion, they played all of our favorite songs and graciously made announcements. The sound quality and volume were impeccable.

Many of our guests commented on the music and how it helped to set a romantic, wonderful mood for our party. I know that they were a key part of our special night. I would love to work with them again and would highly recommend The Jazz Duo.”

Sue and Derek Henry Wedding Celebration
Concannon Vineyard

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I wanted to take a moment to thank you, and the guys, for all of your hard work in putting together music for my wedding at the Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur. It was exactly what we had hoped for, and you guys sounded awesome. We all enjoyed the transition from jazz, to dance, to recorded music. Also, thanks for your flexibility in accommodating unplanned speeches and guest musicians.

Most of all, I wanted to thank you for the time you spent consulting with me – trying to figure out what will make for a successful evening. I went on a few “band dates” and had the best consultation with you out of all when we met at the Orbit Room, and you continued to ask pointed questions afterwards about our taste to get a feel for what will work. You nailed it.

You are all very skilled musicians and definitely have our recommendation when people ask us about the music. If you have any kind of mailing list for live performances, please add me.”

Best Regards,
Craig Given
SF, CA
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“I hired Bryan and Harry to provide entertainment for a garden party at my home and was impressed with them on many levels. Not only was the music just what I wanted, but they were very professional and easy to work with. I am a business owner, and I especially appreciated their attention to detail, to ensure they understood what I expected and kept me informed. I got rave reviews from my guests, both about the music and the way Bryan and Harry “fit in” with the group. I would definitely hire them again.”

Sally Crawford – CEO
Crawford & Associates International
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“Bryan and Harry put together a spectacular performance at our wedding. From their heartfelt performance of all the ceremonial music, to their upbeat jazz performance during the cocktail hour and reception, everything was perfect.
They had never played at our venue before, but had no problems settling right in. We had asked them to learn a number of songs for the day, including our first dance song, Better Together by Jack Johnson, and they pulled it off without a hitch! Their rendition of Yellow by Coldplay was absolutely wonderful – they made the song their own. We would highly recommend them!”

Anh Dang & Pradyut Shah Wedding
Auberge du Soleil, Rutheford, CA
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“Harry and Bryan, you guys are great, and your music was well received. I heard many compliments about how terrific you sounded. You can bet that we’ll ask you back again.”

Sincerely,

Carrie V. Ridge
Director of Special Events and Fund Campaigns
San Mateo County Historical Association
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“This was the first time we had live music for a conference reception at the Old Federal Reserve Building. We were thrilled having The Jazz Trio, they sounded awesome and the volume was just right.”

Jessica Wright
NeoCarta Ventures, SF
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“The Jazz Duo helped make our wedding day a dream come true!! From our initial contact and through the entire wedding day, they were always very professional and continuously catered to all of our needs and desires. Their music was beautiful and our guests really enjoyed the selection of songs that they choose to play during the cocktail reception. I would highly recommend the Jazz Duo for ANY event!

Rachael and Aaron Meir Wedding
Churchill Manor, Napa, CA
September 3, 2006
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“Many thanks to The Jazz Duo for doing such an outstanding job at Dan & Crissy’s wedding in St. Helena! Your musicianship and professionalism were very much noticed, as many guests commented on how much they enjoyed your performance. You set the perfect tone for the evening and were a pleasure to work with. I look forward to having you perform for many more events to come…Thanks! “

Paul Orella
Orella Entertainment Group
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“Thank you Bryan and Harry, for the wonderful music at our wedding ceremony. We particularly appreciated the songs you learned especially for us, thanks very much. And when we had a little scheduling surprise, you rolled with it and kept your cool, very professional. It was a nice mix of songs you played, and everyone had a great time.”

Randy and Pascale Smith Wedding
The Brazil Room, Berkeley 2006
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“The Jazz Duo; Bryan and Harry were excellent to work with. They were accommodating with our requests and even learned to play a rendition of the recession song we wanted. It was perfect. The Jazz Duo made our wedding music a unique and custom experience. It was wonderful having them play during our ceremony and reception.”

Brad & Jenny Riden wedding
BR Cohn Winery
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“It was a pleasure working with you on my client’s wedding last weekend. You were a life saver to learn their song requests on such short notice. Your music style was a perfect addition to their ceremony and definitely added to the entire event! I look forward to working with you again much more in the future.”

Lisa Gamitian
A Black Tie Affair Catering
Location: http://www.nestldown.com/
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“I hired The Jazz Duo to perform at my parents’ golden wedding anniversary last April. To be able to entertain a crowd of diverse ages, background and ethnicity was a challenging feat but they did such a great job with their varied repertoire that all of my guests were immensely entertained. It was a delight to work with these professional musicians that I would have them again at the next opportunity. “

Tess de Marzo
Courtyard Marriott Hotel, S.F.
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“Bryan and Harry did a wonderful job at our wedding, we wanted a Brazilian flair and they skillfully made it all happen. The pair is very professional and very easy to work with.”

Clark and Anny Yu Wedding
Saratoga Country Club
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“I’d like to say thanks for the great music you played for us last night at our annual company party. It was perfect and exactly what we wanted. We loved the beautiful Brazilian Bossa Novas you sang in Portuguese. You are both great musicians! We look forward to having you back again to perform next year. Thanks again!”

Sarah House
Goodman Marketing Partners, Inc.
San Anselmo
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“Thank you so much for creating such a great atmosphere for our wedding reception at The China Cabin in Tiburon. The music was perfect and wasn’t too loud so we could visit with everyone. Thanks again for a great job.”

Danielle & Chris Delema
Banana Creative – San Rafael CA ______________________________________________________

“The music provided by Bryan and Harry’s “Jazz Duo” created such a sophisticated and relaxing setting for our guests during our wedding reception. Very talented musicians and we enjoyed working with Bryan and Harry!”

John and Elizabeth Helmuth
SF Cliff House – Wedding Party
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“I am very happy that The Jazz Duo played at our wedding reception at Bistro Yoffi’s in San Francisco. Besides being great musicians, they were very professional, accommodating, and fit the mood that we wanted perfectly. They took all song requests and volume requests in stride, and were even gracious enough to allow me to play a set.”

Neal Goldstein, S.F.
Bistro Yoffi
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“Thank you again for performing at our wedding ceremony and reception at The Fairmont Hotel. You guys were great and we would highly recommend you anytime.”

Sean & Kathleen Dwyer
Fairmont Hotel Penthouse, S.F.
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“Thanks, Jazz Duo, for being so accommodating! Your comfort in many different genres was evident as you crossed styles for the different phases of the wedding – while the guests gathered, during the wedding, and for the dinner and reception afterwards. I really appreciated being able to work with you at such short notice, to provide the accompaniment as I sang for the guests. Your flexibility and skills helped make the day special.”

Lyn Pratt – singer (wedding)
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“Bryan and Harry performed at my father’s 70th Birthday and the guests raved about them. They created a very delightful atmosphere and were very easy to work with. Their music was perfect for this very elegant affair. I would hire them again in a second for my next special event.”

~Beth Crespan
Director: Music Together of Marin
Marin Art & Garden Center
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“My wife and I could not have been happier with the professionalism, the flexibility, and the quality of the musical stylings of Bryan & Harry, “The Jazz Duo”. They perfectly complimented and supported the Jazz and New Orleans theme of my wife’s 50th surprise birthday party. Their choice of standards brought toe tapping recognition by all of our guests, and their own arrangements and skill of playing made every selection interesting and enjoyable. Besides taking requests, they supported beautifully my wife’s vocal performance of “Stormy Monday Blues”, which was one of the highlights of the party. They were willing to travel, arrived early, and easily adapted to a sometimes changing schedule. There’s not enough great things we could say about how happy we are in having had “The Jazz Duo” perform for us, only to say that we’ll be looking to hire them again for any future events.”

Mike & Sandie Babinski
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Mayra and I appreciated the live classical music you provided for our outdoor wedding at Dunphy Park in Sausalito. You were very patient and flexible working with us every step of the way as we organized the event. Even all the way up to the last minute when we needed to get an adapter for the power. I was also impressed when you had a standing microphone on hand as it started getting windy and we were concerned that our audience would not hear us. Talk about keeping the Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared :) Again as well as moving your rig to the indoor reception at The Mill Valley Golf Club to play jazz music…we give you guys props. Rock on dudes!

John & Mayra Dotson
Mill Valley CA
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Thank you for your special contribution to our housewarming party. The band’s serenade was perfect!”

Karen Debrule Education, Consultants, LLC
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“Bryan and Harry, you helped make our party a complete success. Thank you for your enthusiasm and superb music.”

Louie Ortiz-Luis
Goldilocks Restaurant – Newark
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“The Jazz Trio was a wonderful addition to our reception. Guests of all ages danced and enjoyed the music. They were very professional and accommodating. We highly recommend their talent!”

Erin & Jakob Ruben
Marin County
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We appreciate that you were able to perform both Jewish and traditional
classical music at our wedding ceremony. The cocktail jazz at the reception had
just the right upbeat and enjoyable ambiance we wanted. We would recommend yiou
to others for their weddings.

Michael & Tammy Lee Wedding
Marin Art & Garden Center

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Lauren and I would like to thank you for the wonderful wedding reception music and MCing you did for us. The first dance and slide show went off great. It was exactly what we wanted, and the guests really enjoyed the song selections! Best wishes and we will enthusiastically recommend you to our friends.”

Sincerely,
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cao

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Thank you so much for playing for our wedding!
We loved your music also we got lots and lots of
wonderful feedback from guests. It was perfect music
for an intimate wedding reception. We loved the music
for our first dance too.

Best regards,
Takayo & Bill Fredericks
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“Harry and Bryan were exactly what our party needed. If you like George
Shearing and Cal Tjader you will love The Jazz Duo! The music was just the right
touch for an afternoon garden party. They were fun and generous enough to let
me sing a couple of songs with them. They were very professional and timely and
I will definitely hire them again.”

Sandy Martinez – San Mateo

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I was most impressed with their quality and the large group sound that the two
of you were able to produce. Their selections fit the mood of the occasion perfectly.
Anyone who is inclined to utilize your services should know that they are
getting quite an impressive sound. Their guests will certainly enjoy the music and
entertainment that you provide.

Dick Sirbu – Stanford House Wedding

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The Jazz Duo performed at our wedding in June of 2007. From beginning
to end Harry and Brian were helpful, knowledgeable and professional.
The Jazz Duo helped us to plan the wedding music as well as providing
samples of the songs. In addition, I really appreciated the Jazz
Duo’s willingness to work with my uncle who sang two songs during our
ceremony. It turned out beautiful and meant a lot to our families. We
were very happy to have the Jazz duo perform at our wedding as they
added a formal and beautiful component during the wedding ceremony as
well as a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere before and after the
ceremony as guests arrived, mingled and enjoyed the day.

Jill and Desi Toure Wedding
Oakland, CA

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“The talented Jazz Duo was the perfect accompaniment to my grandmother’s
90th birthday party. They had a wide repertoire of songs appropriate for
the older audience and set a wonderful mood for the outdoor luncheon. My
grandmother and her friends kept complimenting the music all afternoon and
some got tears in their eyes when they heard their favorite songs! The Jazz
Duo were a great group to work with, very professional. Just exactly what I
was looking for.”

Stephanie Verbansk
Orinda CA
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Harry, thanks for doing such a great job with your piano students!
- Susan
Muscarella, Director of “The Jazz School” in Berkeley

I was very confused after trying numerous piano method books and different teachers before I took lessons with Harry. He really put me on the path to a higher level of piano skill and all around musical awareness.
- George Shea, Berkeley

Harry tailors his piano lessons to your needs. He asks questions and listens to your answers to see what it is you really are trying to achieve.
-Beverly Kaeintz, Berkeley