Sydney’s premiere jazz band, The Jazz Professionals, are experts at creating the perfect atmosphere at any event (weddings, corporate functions, parties, restaurants, etc). They play a huge selection of jazz, latin, blues and jive. Background dinner music to upbeat dance tunes from artists including Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jnr, Georgie Fame, etc.
“Dear Steve. We want to thank you and the band so much for such a wonderful evening. Your music was such a special gift. The party would not have been the same without you. You gave it a magical touch and everyone had so much fun. You provided the party with such positive energy and life. I think that the party will be a subject of conversation for many years to come. A lot of guests were so impressed and asked for your details. Hope to see you again soon. Kindest Regards, Leila, Ian and Isabelle.” 1920s Party at Cohibar, Darling Harbour
Bandleader Steve Arié both sings and plays saxophone so the band can be instrumental and/or include vocals. The band is available as a duo (vocals/saxophone and guitar or piano) up to a quintet (including double bass, drums and extra horn).
Steve Arié has performed with countless Australian greats including D.I.G., Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, Ten Part Invention, George Washingmachine, Wanderlust, Pardon Me Boys, Frank Bennett, Martin Plaza and Gyan.
Steve has toured both nationally and internationally with highlights including two performances at the prestigious Chicago Jazz Festival, The Hothouse Jazz Club Chicago, The Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts (USA), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Ruhrfestspiele (Germany), Queenstown Jazz Festival (New Zealand) and jazz and music festivals throughout Australia.
“Recently I hired the Jazz Professionals for a wake and, truly, what a brilliant choice I made! As soon as I walked into the venue to hear the dulcet strains of the trio – some smooth saxophone and soothing vocals – I felt my heart lighten. The boys got the tone of solace and celebration just right. With a wonderfully chosen repertoire of numbers that was enjoyed by all ages, the even became a joyous occasion – not the sombre event it could have been. When the children took to the floor for a twirl or two, it lifted everyone’s spirits. It was just what I was thinking of! I’m very grateful to Steve and the Jazz Professionals for their sensitivity and, yes, (as it says in the name) their professionalism. Many, many thanks.” Wendy Harmer, (Broadcaster, author)