Hunter Valley Wedding Snaps

Some new photos just in from Monique & Andrew’s wedding in the Hunter Valley – thanks to MMG Photos for these images.

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Orso Restaurant Wedding

We had a lovely day it could not have gone better with fabulous weather, celebrating with friends and family and wonderful music. The Sydney Jazz Collective were absolutely fabulous! The music really set the scene and we were very impressed with the band by going out of their way to learn an italian folk song that is very dear to the italians that attended the celebration. Both Neil and I were touched by all the italian songs you played and the guests were up and dancing !! Thank everyone for their great efforts !!

Gloria & Neil Olivieri, Wedding 
@ Orso Restaurant, The Spit, Mosman

 

Thanks to Nicole Katsonos from Two Birds Photography for this image.

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Party Hyatt Party

The band had a great night recently performing for the wedding reception of Boronia & Trevor at Park Hyatt Sydney. With the lights of Sydney harbour across the water, warm evening weather, and guests who really liked to party – the dance floor got a solid workout!

Thanks to photographer Steven Lloyd for capturing these shots.

Hi Tom, Just a quick note to thank you and the band for Saturday night. It was such a whirlwind that unfortunately I didn’t get to thank everyone on the night. They were absolutely wonderful. They really created a fantastic mood and all the guests complimented the music. Thank you again, kind regards.
Trevor & Boronia Morison, Wedding 
@ Park Hyatt Sydney, The Rocks

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Dunbar House Lunchtime Wedding

Another quick snap from a sparkling daytime wedding Sydney Jazz Collective performed for Ling Ee Tay at Dunbar House, Watsons Bay. This venue looks fantastic after the recent renovations they have completed there. Thanks to photographer Katsu Nojiri for the shot below.

Thank you and the SJC for being available to play at our wedding last year. The entire experience was great! The only regret we have was that it was too short! For the moments we did manage to catch, it brought such a smile to our faces. All our guests complimented on how fantastic the music was and kept asking for the name of the band that was playing. Thank you again for everything!

Ling Ee Tay, Wedding 
@ Dunbar House, Watsons Bay

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Macksville Marquee Wedding

Some fresh images hot off the press from a beautiful coastal-meets-rural wedding in Macksville.

Amazing wedding, fun road trip for the band, and at the end of the night the bride & groom drove away in one of the hippest cars we have ever seen – will try to track down a photo of that and post it here too.

Thanks very much to photographer Anthony Hands for these images. Some feedback below from the happy couple:

We asked the Sydney Jazz Collective to play at our engagement party in Sydney, and they were so fantastic, that we asked them if they would consider playing for us again at our farm wedding on the East Coast of NSW. Tom was very professional to communicate with and the band fitted seamlessly into the events of the day. You’d only have just noticed their arrival and moments later relaxed jazz sounds filled the garden as our guests helped themselves to champagne. They knew how to pick the mood of the crowd, whether it was to fill the gaps between conversation or to get the party moving with some more well known contemporary grooves to fill the dance floor as the night got going. We also asked them to play live the song for our first dance – Angus & Julia Stone’s “The Wedding Song”. We had not heard their rendition before we took to the dance floor and were bowled over by how soulful and rich it sounded, and later, all the glowing comments from our guests indicate that we weren’t the only two impressed. We are definitely going to recommend you to our friends.

Cicely Sylow & Steve Ritchie, Wedding 
@ Private Property, Macksville

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Sydney University Jazz Dinner Dance

Here are a couple of atmospheric black & white photos taken on the gig by our multi-talented male vocalist (and resident instagram guru) Edoardo Santoni.

These pictures of the band were taken while performing at the Sydney University Jazz Dinner Dance (held annually in the hall of St Pauls College). Here’s what the event organiser had to say afterwards:

The Jazz Dinner Dance is one of St Paul’s Colleges most prized and anticipated events in their calendar year. As the name of the event suggests, this meant we needed a Jazz band. Saying this though, there was quite a strict criteria of qualities that we needed the band to have in order for the night to run smoothly so the search for this ‘perfect’ band had become quite stressful. Sydney Jazz Collective matched these needs perfectly by being:
– Able to fit our budget as you provided the best quality service for the best price
– Easy to communicate with, Tom Abbott was a good mix of professional and casual in all communication, listened to all our needs and always did what he said he was going to do
– Flexible on the night to play around dances and other entertainment and play for the extra hour that we ended up needing at the end of the night because everyone was loving the music so much
– Able to follow the vibe of the crowd and notice when to move from the more formal jazz music to the dancey classics
– Able to set up and perform in an organised manner without needing to badger us for information.
Overall, the band was so easy to work with. Everyone enjoyed their work and we would be more than happy to work with them again and recommend them to anyone else that is looking for something similar. Thanks again.

Alex Sharp, Jazz Dinner Dance 
@ St Pauls College, Sydney University

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Premier’s Awards for Public Service

So our appearance on the Premier’s video was very brief (see 4 min 11 sec) – but we had a great time performing in our Instrumental Jazz Trio configuration for the Premier’s Awards for Public Service recently held at the Darling Harbour Convention & Exhibition Centre. Congratulations to all the winners who were recognised for the hard work they have put in throughout the year!

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Jazz/Pop Quintet @ Hunter Valley Wedding

We performed at a beautiful Hunter Valley wedding for Monique & Andrew Carceller over the weekend which was held at Peppers Convent in Pokolbin. They have a big marquee which can be set up on the lawns near the front, and I think most of the guests also stayed overnight in the main building pictured below. This is just an iPhone snap we took of the main building, but we also made some live recordings on the night – so I will upload some of those here later this week!

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Financial Services – Corporate Function

We had a ball last night performing at a large corporate event for around 450 guests from a Sydney based financial services organisation. They choose our Option 7B Septet which includes (male vocals, female vocals, saxophone, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums) and works really well for these kind of large events, as it gives a very broad textural pallet for serving up some sophisticated lounge jazz at the start – moving through to the more high energy hard grooving contemporary pop sound required to get hundreds of people up and dancing later in the night (and man, did this crowd love to dance!)

The theme for the night was Gangster / Gatsby and included a myriad of jugglers, acrobats, aerial trapeze & character actors – very well planned and great fun to perform at. Thanks to Adriano and his team from SightLine for managing sound on the night.

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Sparkling Sydney Harbour Jazz Wedding

What an amazing view from the bandstand for this wedding of Nikki & Nick @ The Bathers Pavillion in Balmoral. Hard not to feel inspired to play some great music when you’re looking out over a sparking Sydney Harbour towards north head on a day like that. The photo below was taken on an iPhone from our Acoustic Trio set up nestled in amongst the wedding ceremony on the balcony.

And these smaller pics below were taken on a proper camera by the lovely crew from milkandhoney.com.au

From start to finish, I was completely happy with booking SJC for our wedding. I was able to sample their live performances on their website, and listen to their talented musicians online before booking. Tom’s advice was invaluable, and we booked the quintet to get guests up and dancing. On the day, the band were brilliant, very professional, with a great sound, and entertaining everyone from grandparents to the kids. Our guests were very impressed with the music, and we will be recommending them to friends in the future.

Nikki Wong Doo & Nick, Wedding
 @ Bathers Pavillion, Balmoral

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