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San Jose Classical Musicians

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Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 789 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mark D.
Verified review

Wow!!! Needed a quick turnaround for my Mom's "Celebration Of Life" and DeNoise and Staff delivered! They are true Artists and also Professionals! Use These People!!! You will not be disappointed!!

Clifford Lamb Music
4.7
from 92 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 175 hires on Thumbtack
Klauztrophobik P.
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Very patient, well trained pianist that takes his job very seriously. I'd recommend him for any aspiring blues, jazz and/or classical musician. I've been with Cliff with for over 3 months now and am really getting the hang of the blues.

Kelly Keys
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 44 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia I.
Verified review

Kelly did so well at our wedding reception. He played classical, 90s and some slow jazz. Our guests really enjoyed their cocktail hour serenaded by live music. Thanks again Kelly!!

Garrick Davis
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Fritz G.
Verified review

Garrick's the Best.......He can literally play anything;and he loves music-All music-.And what makes him such a great teacher is that he loves helping you, and seeing you learn whatever it is that you want to learn.He can really inspire you while you're learning;because as he's teaching you,you feel as if he's learned something in the process too. Fritz Grau Redwood Shores

Citizens Jazz
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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!

Top Pro
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jim P.
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Ilana was very responsive to my messages, and was connected to a large network of musicians. When we asked her about having two musicians at our wedding ceremony, she had no problem in making it happen. Since we were very specific on the type of music we wanted, we were pleased to see how receptive she was to this. We were all very pleased with her performance and professionalism. Thanks Ilana!

Dan Lupo Music
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Isabelle M.
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We started with Dan a couple months ago, he is teaching my 8yo daughter guitar. She had no previous experience with guitar or music. It has always be so hard to have her stick to anything but this time she is always looking forward to her next lesson. If you will ask her what she thinks of Dan, she would say:"He is amazing" Dan is a professional, with a great personality and a huge amount of patience to teach my very distracted child. She is learning! Dan's lessons are structured and adapted to her. I would highly recommend Dan to anyone.

Elizabeth Patterson, Soprano
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Becky S.
Verified review

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!

Astrik
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Marc K.
Verified review

Astghik does not only have the qualities of a great pianist but also of a great teacher. As a student in my mid-twenties, I have benefitted from her ability to tailor her lessons to the individual needs of her students. She is a great listener — both musically and as a person — as she consciously tries to provide her students with the skills they need to get to where they want. For this reason, I can recommend Astghik with no reservation.

Volovna Vocal Studio
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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.

Granada Studios
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Guillermo G.
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My tango band Trio Garufa recorded our 2012 album at Granada Studios under the supervision of Stevan Pasero. We had an excellent experience and were delighted with the quality of the results. Many factors make Granada Studios an outstanding recording facility: First, the studio equipment, room design and acoustics are top notch. It's also a very nicely-decorated space, which makes you feel comfortable and relaxed during your long recording sessions. Second, Stevan Pasero strives for nothing short of excellence: he is extremely knowledgeable, detail-oriented and uncompromising when it comes to recording quality. He spent several hours optimizing the mic placement for each of our instruments (double bass, bandoneon and guitar), and was on top of every single technical detail, allowing us to fully concentrate on the music. It does make a big difference when your recording engineer is a very experienced performing and recording musician himself: Stevan gave us very valuable feedback on our music and was extremely supportive when we had to work long ours to finish our album. He even spent an entire night working with us when we had to deliver the master mixes the next morning. Lastly, Stevan's wide knowledge of the music industry can also be of great value to those who need advice in that area. In summary, I highly recommend Granada Studios to any musician looking for top-notch professional recording quality.

  • 15 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Annabelle D.
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Have been taking clarinet and alto sax lessons with Andrew for years. Great teacher who is a master of his craft and is very dedicated to the progression of his students. Takes the time necessary to really help you learn and perfect all areas. He is very skilled in both jazz and classical and can really help his student develop in whichever way they desire. Would highly recommend to anyone who is serious about learning their instrument.

The Groove Doctors
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Russell C.
Verified review

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

Karin Swanson
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Electra M.
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We found out about Karin's teaching talent through a co-worker of mine. When I spoke to Karin about our daughter we were extremely motivated by Karin's prior teaching history and educational achievements. One can certainly feel comfortable on these fronts, but one never knows whether their child will stay interested in learning to play an instrument. Karin has an inherent gift at instilling such interest. Our daughter has been taking lessons for over one year and not only has she stayed interested, she has gone so far as to compose her first piece! Many of us have taken music lessons as children, but it takes a unique person to inspire a child to go beyond the wrote music practice. Karin has this ability to 100% connect and our daughter is now passionate about learning the art of music. Our daughter was ready to move on from a basic keyboard six months ago and Karin also helped us distill down, from the overwhelming number of options, an appropriate next-step purchase. This journey has been extremely special for us. We highly recommend Karin to other parents as we have seen our daughter flourish.

Laura Benitez
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Carmen C.
Verified review

Laura was amazing. An great musician with a beautiful voice. A true professional. Would hire her again in a heart beat and would recommend highly!

ModernTone Studios
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elliott A.
Verified review

I have been taking guitar lessons at the studio since it opened. The facility is amazing and all instructors I have met are friendly, professional musicians. I love taking lessons here because they are tailored to fit my style and goals. I would and do recommend the studio to students of any age/ skill level.

Paula Harris Music
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gigi L.
Verified review

We’re been big fans of Paula for years! And, having attended as many concerts and shows as we could, she was our choice to sing at our wedding July 7, 2018 She is easy to work with, her players are phenomenal, and the show she puts on is second to none. We love the classics- jazz, blues, soul, R&B, even FUNK! And it is amazing that Paula can deliver this with only 3 musicians and herself. It’s a small ensemble that really packs a wallop. Everyone was dancing, even my grandmother! Yet, the dinner music was the perfect level for conversation. Her voice is second to none, it’s like having Etta James sing at your wedding. Her musicians are the same guys we’ve seen on stage with Greg Allman, Van Morrison and Boz Scaggs. (Amazing we had them at our wedding!). Paula learned a special song “ I believe in you and me” for our ceremony and Whitney herself could not have sung it any better. Paula even acted as emcee to make sure the scheduled events flowed smoothly from the cake cutting to toasts, the garter toss and first dance. She took the stress of knowing we had a great band to set the tone of our wedding off my shoulders. I highly recommend her!

Carla G.
Verified review

Eleonora is a star! She’s very talented and she’s such a nice lady I was smiling every time I read her emails. We got many compliments for their performance (Eleonora played harp and she also brought a violinist with her) and the fact that she was able to do a lovely rendition of “our” song (actually Coldplay’s A sky full of stars) really brought tears of joy to my eyes! I recommend Eleonora cento per cento!

Bruno Panunzio
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jan R.
Verified review

What a wonderful treat! Bruno played his beautiful classical guitar music for 2 hours at my father's 80th birthday party. An fabulous background for a fabulous day. I would rent his services in a heartbeat. A no brainer. Thanks Bruno!!

Louise Noble
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Pooja M.
Verified review

I have been learning from Louise for the past three years now. I have learned ALOT. She has helped me explore the different genres of music. We have looked at classical, jazz, pop,opera and even foreign language pieces. I enjoy learning from her. She is always enthusiastic and has helped me not only improve my singing but also my sight reading skills and my knowledge of music theory. She is punctual and easy to talk to. In summary, I am lucky to have her as my singing teacher. :)

Mike Osborn Band
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Steven S.
Verified review

The Mike Osborn Band Rocks! Mike is a great guitarist and passionate singer. The band is very competent and professional. Great Classic rock to keep you dancing and he throws down some other fun stuff, and his original music is great too. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a good time!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a mariachi band?

Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

How much does a mariachi band cost?

A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

  • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
  • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
  • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.

How many mariachis can a band have?

A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

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