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5th and York has emerged as one of the Premier Smooth Jazz & Classic R&B bands to come out of the Southeast. With influences ranging from the Yellow Jackets and Fourplay, to the great funk bands of the 70s and 80s, 5th and York looks to offer its audience a valuable experience they won’t soon forget.
The band has opened for national recording artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago, Anthony Hamilton and Gerald Levert. When asked what makes this band different from other bands, Saxophonist D. Friday replied “We understand what workings professionals want to hear because we are ourselves working professionals.” Their love for music has forged a musical experience with a high IQ and tons of energy that can be enjoyed by the smooth jazz listener as well as those who enjoy classic R&B. With a set list that covers the music of artist Grover Washington Jr, Kirt Whalem, Stevie Wonder and Norman Brown 5th and York promises to offer every audience member something they will enjoy. The members of 5th and York are George Mason on Keyboards, Derwin Friday on Saxophone, Dewarren Tate on Bass, Tracie Littlejohn on Drums and Derrick Friday on Lead guitar. Individually these musicians have traveled the country to share their talents with music lovers everywhere and now they come together to form the distinctive sound of 5th and York.
References: “Wonderful band and a Jazz Café Favorite.” Tammy Greene of The Jazz Café
“Extremely talented group of musicians their sound is like no other”. C.C. Mitchell- V 101.9
“You guys bring the house down every time, you’ll definitely be a regular at my club” Ken Newman –GM Brown Street Jazz Club, Greenville SC
“One of the best unsigned bands I have ever heard” Ronnie Dunlap-Proprietor The House of Jazz, Charlotte NC
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Big Band, Swing, Standards & Variety
From swing to rock to disco tunes and Motown classics, the Andrew Thielen Big Band plays your favorite style of music and gets everyone partying on the dance floor.
This fantastic band has been the band of choice for Planet Hollywood, the House of Blues, Hilton Head, the Greenbrier, Ritz Carlton, Charleston Place, the Kentucky Derby gala, a PBS TV show and other North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessey events. Along with being one of the most popular wedding bands in the Southeast, The Andrew Thielen Big Band is perfect for weddings, fund raisers, concerts in the park, arts councils or corporate conventions and events.
Did you know 'American Idol' and 'Dancing With The Stars' both use big bands? Why? Because it makes all music sound great. That is why both these shows sound and feel so 'alive and exciting.' The Andrew Thielen Big Band has the same feel. Musicians give dance music energy. We present numerous singers and styles of music to keep everyone jumping, rocking, swinging, ballroom dancing, and getting close with the slow dances too.
We play everything from Glenn Miller to Lady Gaga from Michael Jackson to Van Morrison. Motown, rock, pop, jazz, swing, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, beach, shag, standards, disco, we play it all. Some of the artists we cover include Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, KC & Sunshine Band, Nat Cole, Donna Summer, Norah Jones, Michael Buble, Temptations, Al Green, Journey, Neil Diamond, Black Eyed Peas, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and more. No other big band in the US offers this much variety. We know this because we have literally written the book on popular music and social dancing. For eighteen years we have played everywhere for almost every type of event you can imagine. During this time we played a wide variety of music and noticed the top songs that really made people of all ages and tastes want to get up and dance. We listened to requests of brides, grooms, kids, ballroom dancers, college students, theme party planners and grandparents. The songs that packed the dance floor for all of them actually spanned seven decades of American music. We then took this library of favorites and had them specifically arranged for our big band.
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Bam-Jazz has some of the finest authentic New Orleans sounding musicians the area has to offer, featuring trumpeter and vocalist Bill Averbach bringing it home with vintage Swing, Jazz and Jive from the 20’s and beyond.
With sizzling horn and vocal selections and a finger-poppin’ rhythm machine driving the band you cannot sit still to their New Orleans and Texas Gulf Coast flavor. Their seething and sophisticated ballads of Strayhorn, Ellington and Gershwin beckon you to glide across the dance floor with your baby in your arms.
Influenced heavily by artists such as Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Clifton Chenier, Dr. John, and Louis Prima this very versatile group plays that jumpin’ jive so reminiscent of zoot suits and two-tone shoes. In addition you can get that Cajun gumbo, Ballads, Latin
and Caribbean, Motown and Beach, to the most contemporary Jazz and Blues sounds.
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We have performed at the Carolina Panthers games, Charlotte Bobcats games, The Grove Park Inn's New Year's Eve Gala, hundreds of weddings, corporate events, class reunions, conventions and many other events. We have also played on stage with and backed many of America's biggest stars including Ray Charles, Josh Grobin, The Temptations, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Linda Rondstadt and Natalie Cole.
We can accomodate anything your event calls for! Please see our full bio/info on the "Variety" band page under "Doug Burns Band".
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The Ron Rudkin Band at any size combines expert musical performance with tasteful showmanship. The group appears frequently in major country clubs, hotels and resorts across North Carolina and beyond, and is re-engaged time and again by enthusiastic clients.
In addition to performing for hundreds of dances and events around the region, Ron's band has accompanied numerous celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, pop and jazz, including Hollywood stars like Bob Hope and Sharon Lawrence, legendary singers like Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis, and pop icons like Smokey Robinson and the Temptations.
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Jazz at it's finest
For that perfect event where you want a classy jazz vibe, this trio is for you! They can perform almost any type of jazz and blend them all together to give your event a great sound and feel.
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