This past week we were very excited to have vocalist Ava Logan perform with the Chicago Jazz Trio for the Rush University Medical Center annual holiday party for residence and administrators. The party had over 400 guests who mingled and enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres, entree serving stations and cocktails.
Many people ask when inquiring about the options for live music if a jazz trio, quartet or vocalist for a company holiday party provides the right atmosphere, simply because there isn’t going to be much dancing just mingling and networking. The best answer I can give them is that the right musical group should be able to add energy and excitement in the room but at a low volume level so guests can still mingle and network. There isn’t anything more exciting than for a company’s employee to enter the party, see the holiday décor, enjoy the food and hear a musical group performing “Winter Wonderland” and other holiday favorites.
Once we get past the concern of the dancing and volume another question that usually comes up is what type of music selections is the group able to play? Many of the classic holiday songs are written so that they can be interpreted in other styles, however if you listen to Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and other artists perform holiday classics you quickly realize that the music lends itself perfectly for an interpretation by a jazz trio, quartet or vocalist to perform.
Take a listen to Frank Sinatra's version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Another question that I am asked is if the group can perform non-denominational holiday songs such as “Let it Snow”, “Silver Bells”, “Sleigh Ride”, etc. The answer is of course the groups can perform non-denominational music, although it seems regardless of religious beliefs people still enjoy hear “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose….” better known as the Christmas Song.
The holiday party at Rush University Medical Center with Ava Logan and the Chicago Jazz Trio included doctors, residence, nurses and administrators consisting of many different age groups. Regardless of background and age, when the guests heard Ava perform holiday favorites such as “Frosty the Snowman”, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, “Oh Christmas Tree” and others they were not thinking of work but of the holidays!
Company Christmas parties are a great way to show your employee’s and clients how thankful you are for their hard work and business throughout the year. Adding a jazz trio, quartet or vocalist will only enhance the atmosphere of the overall event and keep your guests talking about the party for many months to come.
Here is a sample of the Chicago Jazz Trio performing some holiday classics so you can get an idea of what a jazz trio performing instrumental versions of these songs would sound like.