Steven Charles Jazz

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  • Ron H.

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    Jazz duo was amazing. Guests of our fund raising event were thrilled with the music. Steven created the perfect ambience for us.

    Sep 11, 2016Verified
    Steven C.'s reply

    Hi Ron, Thanks very much for your kind words, glad the night went well. We are looking forward to playing for some of your future events. Have a great week! Take Care, Steven

  • Janelle H.

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    Steven did a great job for my Dad's 60th birthday brunch. The music was great and several attendees wanted his business contact information. You will not be disappointed.

    Dec 14, 2015Verified

About this pro

Because I only work with experienced, professional musicians, we are always on time, dressed properly, of course, play great music, while at the same time not drowning out conversations, or taking overly long breaks. We also remain flexible in our pacing, postponing a break if it doesn't fit into the flow of the event, & our song choice also reflects the energy & mood of the guests. In other words, we are there to make the event a success, and to please the guests, not ourselves. Although, as musicians who love what we do, we are pleased when those we play for are pleased... When a band is too much but canned music, it is not classy enough. Let a consummate professional handle your event's music, providing just the right ambiance at just the right volume while filling the room with sound yet not squelching conversation as noted by the Honolulu Star Bulletin's longtime music critic, John Berger, in reviewing one of my duo performances. We have created the sound track for countless Fortune 500 corporate events, weddings, private and governmental functions, concerts and festivals, from Atlanta, GA, to Lahaina, Maui for over 25 years.. When live music is desired, especially a jazz band, combo, group, or even a one-man band for your wedding, dinner party, reception, festival, hotel, or country club event, we will get the job done! Whether it is only myself as a one-man band playing various saxophones, flute, wind synthesizer, and some singing if desired or with a world-class guitarist as a jazz duo, jazz trio, or quartet, we do what it takes to enhance your event, party, wedding or backyard and casual barbecue. Your guests will thank you for it. Our clients love the fact that once we are on board, they no longer need to concern themselves over anything having to do with the music portion of their event. We'll be there in plenty of time, set up our state-of-the-art sound system and be set to put our all into playing the best and most appropriate music for your guests. In concert, we have shared the stage with a wide array of great artists, including Chicago, George Benson, Bob James, Indigo Girls, Stephen Stills, Marcus Miller, Bruce Hornsby, Esperanza Spalding, Jonn Serrie, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Neville Brothers, Pointer Sisters, Mick Fleetwood, Marvin Gaye, Elvin Bishop, Jr. Wells, Otis Rush, and many others. Whether it's an intimate cocktail party, corporate reception, wedding or a stadium concert, we are on a mission to please. The success of your event is our number 1 priority!

Years in business

33

Times hired on Thumbtack

10

Location

Atlanta, GA 30339

Photos and Videos

18 photos and 13 videos

    Q & A

    • What types of customers have you worked with?
      After primarily playing clubs & festivals for many years, always with a full band, the economics of live music changed, and I had to shift gears a bit. So, while I continued doing some club & concert shows, I streamlined the numbers of musicians I needed to still present a full, warm, high quality, professional sound. Thus, I utilized technology to create a great deal of music, recorded it, minus lead instruments, & use those recordings as the background, so that two or three of us sound just like a four or five piece group. I can even play a night's music solo, which has enabled to get many jobs that would normally have gone to a DJ, guitarist, pianist, or even a small combo. Being able to make great sounding music, yet without needing the size or the budget of a larger ensemble, has meant we are called for many kinds of events. Of course, for more intimate events, a dinner, home cocktail party, or where space is at a premium, me alone, or as a duo, with my guitarist, makes perfect sense. However, we've been hired to also perform for up to 1,000 or more people, as well. We have done hundreds of corporate receptions, shows, dinners, Christmas parties, & large galas, where Bill Gates or Barack Obama, may be speaking, or another artist, like Bruce Hornsby, or the Pointer Sisters may perform after us. Our client list includes many of the very biggest companies, most professional sport organizations, & trade groups in the medical, legal, scientific, engineering, & IT fields, as well as many non-profit & governmental organizations. We most often play for cocktail hours, dinners, & anywhere just the right musical ambience is desired. When a more high-powered concert or show & dance is desired, I can call on other top professionals to fill out the band, as I most recently did this past summer, to play the mainstage at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
    • Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
      Well, here's an example indicative of our versatility, and of how well we perform. The first was being only one of three local jazz bands selected to play on the main stage of the 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival, where we were followed by Trombone Shorty, Esperanza Spaulding, and Marcus Miller. We were a bit stunned at the rousing applause & shouts of "more, more, one more", and that was after already playing an encore tune! I would have loved to play longer, but there's a time consideration at play, when it's a festival, as other bands have to come & go, as well. My group at that event was six musicians & a female vocalist, & included some of the best players in the world. My guitarist had been Gladys Knight & Marvin Gaye's lead player for many years, my drummer has worked with Earth Wind & Fire, Joe Sample, Jean Luc Ponty, Bette Midler, Grover Washington Jr., & many others, etc.... The following week, with just my guitarist, and keyboard player, we played a reception for Microsoft's top executives at the Four Seasons Hotel, something we've done many times they've come to town. When we finished, the hotel manager bought us each a glass of wine, to toast my departure.
    • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
      For one, I would suggest seeing them play live, if possible. Next best is to view some video, & of course, at the minimum, hear some recordings. If they have references/testimonials, that is a good way to see who's experienced, and how well others view their work. It's very important also, to as best you can, ascertain if those you book are reliable, will show up early enough to deal with any unexpected contingencies, & be dressed appropriate to the event. Obviously, tuxedoes for a backyard BBQ or jeans & t-shirts at a corporate reception might not make for the best mix. If there is a specific manner in which you'd like the band attired, be sure to discuss that beforehand, & clearly. I've sometimes been surprised at what a band member may think is "casual dressy", and have learned to make sure I'm clear in my directions..

    Business hours

    Eastern Time Zone
    Sunday9:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
    Monday9:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
    Tuesday9:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
    Wednesday9:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
    Thursday9:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
    Friday9:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
    Saturday9:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
    Coverage Area for Steven Charles Jazz is about 150+ miles of Atlanta, GA.