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  • 18 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 14 hours

David O.

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Clifford Lamb is a knowledgeable and talented piano teacher. He is a very patient and knows how to communicate musical concepts to both adults like me and to my teenage sons -- we're all intermediate players. Clifford's teaching methods incorporate a nice balance of music theory and practical technique. Clifford is a working musician and wants his students to learn theory so they begin to "think" like musicians so they can play in any key and not be slaves to a particular arrangement in a particular key. Highly recommended for both adults and teenagers.

Anne R.

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Clifford is an accomplished jazz musician who made a special birthday event spectacular. He tailored the performance to meet our needs and we're thankful to him for providing captivating music and making a special evening so memorable.

Sam D.

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Great musician. His band livened up our party. I was asked by multiple attendees where did you find this group from.

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  • 44 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Nay S.

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Kelly not only went the extra mile and set everything up for the outdoor pop-up show, but he also went out of his way to bring things we might need like blankets and battery operated candles. He took care of everything and the couple I was setting this up for was so happy with how it all turned out. Kelly is definitely your guy if you want to set up something special. He also works with some amazing musicians you would enjoy.

Rochell L.

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Kelly Key's was a wonderful addition to our Diversity Potluck! He arrived super early to allow set up time. He had all his own equipment and even a song request booklet! At the start we had to ask him to lower the sound (because we still had people working) which he obliged and was professional about it. If we need another pianist/keyboard guy I will certainly hire him again!

Harriot M.

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Kelly played for my mom's memorial, including accompanying a vocalist. He made extra time for a rehearsal, was punctual, helpful, and friendly. All that and a fantastic pianist able to play anything. I give him my highest recommendation!

  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 25 min
  • Oakland, CA

Dylan S.

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The sound! Oh man. Caroline, those youtubes you linked don't do you guys justice. Caroline/Citizen Jazz played my wedding this past weekend. This is a very professional, and highly skilled group of musicians. I'm pretty far from being a qualified music critic or whatever you call them, but I've played music and performed live enough in my lifetime to be somewhat qualified to judge here. These guys are definitely a big, big step above some of those random live ensembles you see at weddings. I got really lucky finding them on such short notice. My only disappointment is not getting to thank Caroline in person for the amazing job they did!

Brent M.

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I hired them as a Trio for my military retirement social. A 27 year career in the US Air Force. The social was held at the Travis AFB Heratige Center. It was fantastic! The 40s 50s jazz music set the perfect backdrop for my event, at I had requested a Bassist, Guitarist and Sax but the Sax was not available, the Trombone that filled the Trio worked out great. All my guests loved the even. Thanks Citizens Jazz!

Naomi S.

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I had the opportunity to have this awesome band play at my house party! They were really talented and played a really good mix of jazz and latin which was perfect for our guests. You won't be sorry if you hire this band:)

  • 23 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 55 min

Esther H.

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Marla is a wonderful teacher. I was looking for someone who specializes in classical vocal training and she was perfect. I've had 4 lessons so far and am learning a lot about the mechanics of proper diaphragm usage, placements in order to produce the ideal sound. One thing to remember about learning any instrument (and yes, your voice is an instrument!) is that you won't master it overnight or even over the course of a couple of months. It takes time, practice, and perseverance. So far Marla has been an excellent teacher and I look forward to continue working with her.

Clemi H.

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I have been taking voice lessons with Marla Volovna for 7 months now. In this short time I have progressed faster than I ever had before, in vocal technique as well as in interpretation and musicianship. Marla is very demanding, very honest and very encouraging… a killer combo for success. And Marla’s commitment to her students’ progress really extends beyond the weekly lesson, with regular communication of tips to improve technique, interpretation, links to performances, documentaries, archives, etc… I highly recommend Volovna Vocal Studio.

Michael H.

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I had an excellent experience with Marla. I was nervous about an upcoming solo performance and hadn't sung publically in awhile. Marla quickly measured my ability and where I needed assistance and gave straight forward and incredibly helpful training and guidance. She certainly knows her stuff and is direct but friendly. I would highly recommend Marla for any voice lesson needs. Thanks Marla!

  • 6 years in business
  • Response time: 7 min
  • Oakland, CA

Jordan S.

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Jules is an amazingly talented musician and gifted teacher. He brings an incredibly supportive and positive spirit, and deep experience to every lesson. I have grown so much in the three years that I have been taking lessons with Jules and have enjoyed every minute. He is easily one of the best guitar teachers in the Bay Area. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Liv C.

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Lessons with Jules are really fun...he has a lot of experience working with all genres of music and a super creative teaching style. As a professional musician, he gives really good advice when it comes to writing songs/performing/navigating the field of music. Everything is really clear and he is super nice!

Sara K.

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Jules is a one of a kind artist. A consummate professional, fun, and his ability to play and teach is truly exceptional. Five stars ++++++

  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 48 min

Ellen A.

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Liz has been my daghter's singing teaching for the the past four years. Besides being an amazing opera singer herself, Liz brings her professional dedication into her teaching. She is very inspiring in her punctual and pleasant manner, her attention to details and sharing her love of music and perfection with her students. I would highly recommend her a san instructor for all levels, helping her students discover their capabilities.

Deb H.

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Our 13 year old daughter has absolutely loved her singing lessons with Liz over the past year! Liz is consistently bright and positive while advancing our daughter's singing abilities on many levels. We also enjoyed seeing Liz perform in a bilingual musical play for children. We attended with parents, and kids from ages 7 to 17, and we all loved the experience and Liz's impressive singing and acting. Great job, Liz!

Becky S.

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I had a fabulous experience as Liz's vocal student. Liz was able to help me move beyond my hobbyist choir member level of experience by introducing me to classical singing techniques. She thoughtfully chose music to my tastes to work with and communicated complicated ideas in a very understandable way. Liz is a lot of fun to be around and a wonderful, incredibly supportive teacher. She's got a great voice too!

  • 15 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Janet U.

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Adrian Gormley Jazz has been performing at the firm's Annual Holiday Party for the past 10 years as background music for the firm's festivities. His selection of Jazz pieces are excellent. Adrian is very accommodating to audience requests. He and his group are very professional, courteous and punctual. I would highly recommend his group for any corporate or private event.

Maggie B.

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Great band, awesome music and easy to work with! They played at a black tie event for me and come early and didn't need much direction from me so that was helpful. I recommend hiring them!

Amanda L.

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They were fabulous! Top quality musicians and easy to work with. Really helped make our event.

  • Berkeley, CA

Suellen P.

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Jeremy is a consumate musician, whose fluency and creative imagination on the saxophone place him among the most gifted exponents of the instrument. He plays all genres of music with utter ease, with perfect intonation, and exquisite nuancing, As a teacher, Jeremy is gentle, patient, professional, punctual and masterful in helping his students learn how to navigate the intricacies of sound production. In working with Jeremy, as he helps them hone their technical skills and develop the art of deep listening, his students are soon able to find their unique voices, play the music they love, and express themselves , with full confidence, on their instrument.

Laura H.

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Jeremy is an incredibly talented musician AND teacher. He is patient, engaged, and his passion for sharing music shines through and makes me more inspired to learn!

Prem D.

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A talented and amazing musician who can truly inspire his students with a new and innovative way to perceive music.

  • 23 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 51 min

Chris D.

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Amy is a terrific teacher. An outstanding, Curtis-trained musician herself, Amy brings the exacting precision of high level artistry to her pedagogy, but at the same time makes it fun. She is a perfectionist with regard to technique and focuses in with laser precision on flaws in bowing, finger position, wrist flexibility, posture and, of course, the myriad elements of musical interpretation. You really feel like you've gotten a thorough work out by the time it's over, yet she's always cherubic! She also makes it seem like a mutual, adventurous discovery, even though it's all got to be cello 101 for her--which I appreciate since I'm an older student. She happily shares her vast knowledge, spanning all periods of music from the medieval to the post-modern, and has thoughtful insights on musicology, currents in musical development, even theories of tuning. A talented pianist, Amy can accompany on the piano as well, which is a bonus. But when she accompanies you on the cello, she makes even a beginner sound like a pro. She also speaks excellent Italian! Perhaps the greatest compliment I can add after all this is that I bring my daughter for cello lessons with Amy as well. I recommend her to cellists at any level from beginner to pros just needing an intelligent set of ears.

Lucy H.

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As a professional pianist myself, I think I have a good ability to evaluate fellow musicians. Amy Brodo was kind enough to help me with some questions recently regarding Baroque style; I have never had a more productive lesson, or a better musical experience. Amy's talents, both for playing music and for teaching it, are very rare and special.

Andrew S.

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Amy is a supremely talented musician and a gifted teacher. Even though I'm no spring chicken, she helped me to improve my playing both technically and artistically. Her lessons are an inspiration. Study with her!

  • 14 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 39 min

Hannah R.

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I hired Andy for a fall themed party at my office. He was incredibly responseful and easy to work with. The night of the event he showed up, and started, on time and the music that he played was absolutely perfect. My guests were delighted and in short, he was an event managers dream. Thank you!!

Carol M.

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Very professional and timely in everything he does. Did what he said he would do from sending the contract to arriving early to set up! Wonderful musician and was so happy with his performance

Lisa T.

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Andy was a pleasure to work with. He was highly responsive, offered to learn the specific pieces we requested, and was a wonderful performer at our wedding.

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 27 min
  • San Rafael, CA

Becca M.

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Seth is exactly what I was looking for. My boys love music and have learned a tremendous amount from Seth, ranging from taking a guitar solo at a live gig to taking the microphone and singing with gusto. My 8 year old takes private drum lessons for less than a year, and we are impressed by how many beats he now knows. It is clear that Seth loves what he does. He is skilled at relating to children and getting them excited to play music. He is fun and light and that carries over I'm his teaching style. We couldn't be happier and highly recommend him.

Vicky C.

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My son and his band have been working with Seth musically and creatively for several years now and we all value his mad skills as a talented musician and engaging coach/mentor. Seth communicates a passion for music as he encourages all of his pupils to work hard and reach for their potential - always from a place of compassion and fun!

Rebecca H.

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Seth has been a teacher, coach, counselor, friend and overall support system for my teen musicians ever since they were kids. He is a talented, patient, compassionate and fun instructor, who inspires kids and grown ups alike!

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours
  • Oakland, CA

Heather N.

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I work with Paul on a regular basis, hiring him as a bassist for live performances and studio recording. He is very skilled on his instrument, he is always willing to work on songs and is very quick to pick up new material. He brings a lot to projects by way of his knowledge of various rhythm options and is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher in this regard. His work add a lot to the music we perform together. He is very professional about the work he does too. His replies are always super prompt, which is much appreciated when it comes to organizing music related jobs.

Meg A.

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Paul Martin Sounder is one of the most chill and yet hardworking musicians I know. He is personable, kind and a totally fierce bassist. I absolutely love playing with him -- he is an incredible, surprising improviser and can also execute challenging, complex compositions with ease and precision. As a teacher he is patient and fun, but won't let you off easy. He combines technique and soul, diligence and heart -- I am lucky to have him as a teacher, collaborator and friend

Jason M.

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Paul is my favorite bass player in the universe. The perfect balance of groove, chops and creativity. As a producer, the tracks he's done for me are stellar performances and he makes every project he participates in better with his attention to detail wether the music is ultra-complex or simple folk tune and everything in between. Can't go wrong with Sounder.

  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 min

Audrey C.

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Michael played with a few other musicians for our wedding. He provided music for the ambient setting before the ceremony, the processional, and during our service. We appreciated how he worked with us before our wedding to determine what mood and style we wanted. When we weren't sure ourselves, he asked helpful question and offered suggestions to help us figure it out. He also worked well with the other musicians (both with just a pianist for before the ceremony and during the processional, and also with guitarist, percussionist, and singer for a different section of our ceremony) and was willing to compose original arrangements. The music was absolutely beautiful and what we wanted. He's great and we totally recommend him!

Rachel L.

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Michael is an incredibly talented musician that delivers on musical requests with ease, professionalism, and dedication. He provides high quality music for a variety of purposes and goes the extra mile in preparation, music arrangement, and coordination with other musicians. He turns any musical wish into a reality! His talent is apparent and his ability to adapt and be flexible to the style of music needed is unparalleled. He played in my wedding three years ago, and I have yet to meet another violinist who can do what he does at the level he does it.

Carla R.

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I worked with Michael Lu to hire a string quartet for my corporate event. Michael and the musicians were outstanding. They arrived on time and looked very professional. They were easy to work with, were quick to communicate when needed and their quality of music more than exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend Michael Lu to anyone looking for corporate or event musical entertainment, and I will certainly hire them again in the future.

  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 min

Jim K.

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•Absolutely loved the band…everything about it. You rocked the house, had people dancing the entire night, and the assortment of music was completely unreal. I walked in there, couldn’t believe people were dancing the entire night, and at the end, packed the floor again for the final songs. Your band learning the 1st dance songs was completely awesome too. True talent from every person of the band. The equipment, MC abilities, professionalism, flexibility was off the charts. Best touches – Dr. Dave getting me (the groom) to let me know about the last couple of songs, the introduction of the wedding party, and the real talent and energy that the band brought. Favorite songs – chicken dance, Shout, and everything in between. (Brian – Groom).

Russell C.

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The Groove Doctors were great. They are musicians and play tight. Very professional and lively band that justifies its name.

Christine S.

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I love this bands music! They always seem to keep the dance floor packed!!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 31 min
  • San Francisco, CA

Andrew L.

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When he said one man band he wasn’t kidding! A few of my guests swore they thought there was a whole group of people playing when they first walked in. Amazed at the variety of styles he covered. Great good time Americana music.

Darcy L.

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Brian is an excellent musician, professional and is great at followup. He plays many instruments and his music is New Orleans influenced but not only that genre. I have hired him for many events and could not be more satisfied.

Jeff J.

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Brian is an awesome one man band! Brings a great energy to any space.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min
  • San Francisco, CA

Evan K.

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We had a big holiday shopping party with local DIY craft and card makers on-site, drink specials, and live music by the Sutro Strings Guitar Duo. The Duo elevated the mood and pleased everyone, whether staying specifically for the music or enjoying their time browsing and socializing. We heartily recommend Sutro Strings, and will certainly invite them to our next party!

Marc G.

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Great musicians, very professional, responsive, good selection of music played with joy, sensitivity, and genuine artistry. Their playing warms my heart! Highly recommended.

Rachel P.

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Great musicians! The band livened up our holiday party. Multiple guests asked me where I found the band. They perfectly matched the energy I had envisioned.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 hours
  • San Francisco, CA

Mia V.

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Linda is a wonderful teacher and player. She is patient, funny, and inspiring, and her students make great progress at all ages. Her love for music is infectious. I greatly enjoyed learning from Linda and can't recommend her enough.

Robert E.

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Linda is an enthusiastic, thoughtful and kind teacher and a wonderful musician. Her insight and practical advice have helped me grow as a player and a person. I could not recommend her teaching more!

Lisa O.

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Linda combines the brilliance of her musical ability with her thoughtful teaching skills. The result is my daughter is learning and loving her lessons.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Elaine S.

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I highly recommend this talented and gracious performer. I saw Peter perform at several SF venues and have enjoyed his music and his energetic performances. This guy is indeed a "rising star" in the Bay area! His voice is amazing. Recently, as a surprise for a special friend, I hired Peter to write a song using the words from a poem that my friend wrote... Pete skillfully crafted the melody to match the words of the song and he performed it with such musical skill - it brought tears to my friend's eyes! It was just the "perfect music". Peter was on time, professional, reasonably priced, and courteous! Keep following this talented performer. I ‘m sure his career will continue to flourish!

SK M.

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I've been relying on Peter for entertaining my guests and colleagues for close to 3 years. He is not only a devastatingly brilliant singer and musician but he also is incredibly funny and keeps the audience entertained throughout his entire performance. I can't recommend him enough. If you are considering him for an event, you should book him soon because it won't be long before he'll be out of the price range for most.

  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Mateo, CA

Aaron C.

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Marc is an exceptionally talented musician. I have worked with Marc for a few years now, and I cannot begin to describe this man's talent and passion. He is always practicing and his stage presence is very engaging. If I am ever in the market for a solid performer, with a skill set such as his own, you can rest assured that I will be knocking on his door.

Hannah H.

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Marc LeGrand is an excellent pedagogue and performer. He brings a contagious passion to everything he does. His drive is only matched by his professionalism, preparedness, and sheet talent. You can expect from him music of the highest quality and a genuinely warm personality.

Sergey M.

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Beautiful duo! Right on spot music selection. Thank you!

  • Response time: 9 hours
  • San Francisco, CA

Anna Maria M.

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I am a classical musician and music contractor. I've hired Gloria for many performances from concerts to private events. Gloria is an extremely talented artist and a professional at the highest level. For private events, she is sensitive to the needs of the situation and ready to accommodate every request. She always provides the appropriate musical selections & presentation for the occasion. As a concert artist, she is a true performer and knows how to entertain and engage the audience. She is well versed in many styles and I am always delighted to hear how she is able to sing any request. She continually gets the highest reviews from clients. I know that when I am hiring Gloria, the event will be a success. Thank you Gloria

  • 10 years in business
  • Response time: 1 hours
  • San Lorenzo, CA

Vic K.

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Professional, talented musicians. A pleasure to deal with. They get it.

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