What is the difference between Jazz Trios, Quartets & Vocalists?

February 4, 2016

Are you planning an event and you need some background music to create an elegant exciting atmosphere but at a low volume so your guests can still mingle and network? There are many options to choose from the but key is understanding what each groups instrumentation constists of and how they would work with the atmosphere you are trying to create. Let's take a look at a Jazz Trio, Quartet, and a Vocalist and the make-up of each group.


Jazz Trio
Often times a 3 piece Jazz Trio consisting of Piano, Upright Bass and Drumset is the perfect choice. The group can provide that special atmosphere that will keep your guests feeling like they are at a very special event but it will not overwhelm them in the process.

Performing music made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat Cole and many others as well as straight ahead jazz standards, the Jazz Trio is perfect for adding excitement and class to corporate receptions, cocktail parties, trade shows and weddings.

Here are a few different Jazz Trio’s that are available through Chicago Jazz Entertainment, if you have any questions feel free to give us a call and we will happy to supply you with more options.


Jazz Quartet
A 4 piece Jazz Quartet consisting of Piano, Upright Bass, Drumset and Saxophone is a great way to add energy and class to your event but still not overwhelm your guests with volume. Often times the Jazz Quartet is used in larger rooms or with events of 150 guests or more in attendance.

The Quartet can perform straight ahead jazz tunes from originals to standards with the intensity a seasoned jazz enthusiast would enjoy. In addition they also can switch gears and play classic standards by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin and many others that will keep your guests dancing throughout the evening.

Here is one of our premiere groups available through Chicago Jazz Entertainment, if you have any questions feel free to give us a call and we will happy to supply you with more options.


Jazz Vocalists
Often times a Vocalist can provide the extra excitement and help set the mood for your event. A Jazz Vocalist can perform with a variety of groups depending on the space and the type of atmosphere you are trying to create. Keep in mind a Jazz vocalist can not only perform classic songs from Sinatra, Nat Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and many others but they can also perform different styles of music such as Blues, R&B and Pop tunes.

Here are a video of vocalist Stephanie Browning that we book through Chicago Jazz Entertainment.


Stephanie Browning
“This level of musical imagination, tonal control and interpretive savvy rarely meet in the work of a single artist.” - Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune







Specialty groups


We call Martinis & Sinatra a specialty group because they specialize in a particular genre of music however they are not impersonators. Martinis & Sinatra started after a six month performance run at the world famous Peninsula Hotel in downtown Chicago. After performing the music that Sinatra, Nat Cole, Bobby Darin and many others made famous we decided to call the group Martinis & Sinatra simply because the name just fit with the atmosphere. As a client it is always important to know exactly what you are getting when you hire a band and with a name like Martinis & Sinatra there isn’t much mystery in what the group is going to sound like.

The group has performed for weddings, corporate receptions, outdoor festivals and many other events. Take a listen and you will want to kick back and listen to some Sinatra while drinking a martini.







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