The Jazz Duo is an experienced piano-guitar group that performs cocktail music for parties and classical music for wedding ceremonies throughout the SF Bay Area. The Jazz Duo can also DJ for dancing and MC. Any size band available.
Songs from Gershwin, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Bossa Nova, Tony Bennett, Broadway, Beatles, Elton John, Coldplay, Smooth Jazz, and Top 40.
The Jazz Duo has performed at these locations.
Pianist : Harry Likas
Harry is a professional pianist who performs music for wedding ceremonies, parties, and receptions throughout the Bay Area. He is much in demand for both his sensitive wedding ceremony piano playing and his upbeat cocktail party music. He plays a wide range of music, including Gershwin, Sinatra, Broadway, Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Coldplay and all the most recent Top 10 pop hits from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, etc.
Harry has his own portable digital piano, which incorporates the best in digital technology to produce a warm and expressive tone. Using the latest digital piano technology, he can sound like a full band. Also an experienced band leader, Harry can provide any size group of musicians for any event. He can also DJ for dancing covering everything from oldies to the latest Hot 100 hits.
Harry is a preferred vendor for Mark Hopkins Hotel, Berkeley City Club, InterContinental Hotel SF, The Brazilian Room, Swedenborgian Church, Old St. Hilary’s Church, Churchill Manor, etc.
Guitarist : Bryan Olson
Guitarist Bryan Olson caught the critics’ attention early in his career. He was mentioned in Downbeat magazine while still a music student at DePaul University and garnered rave reviews in Chicago as a founding member of the jazz and Latin group Mo’ Quartet. In the mid 90’s Olson returned to his musical and geographical roots in Minneapolis with the gospel-inflected R&B of the Sensational Joint Chiefs. As the group’s musical director and lead guitarist, Olson proved that his talent could win not only critical acclaim (1998 Minnesota Music Award “best R & B group”) but also a venue-packing popular following. Jazz, though, remains the idiom to demand the most from Olson’s incendiary technique, ample harmonic palette, and innate rhythmic sense. Not to mention his stylistic restlessness: in the last half decade Olson has infused his own brand of jazz guitar into collaborations ranging from ambient post-rock to electronic and hip-hop, all the while anchoring his repertoire as leader of the Sirjord trio.