The Benny Goodman Sextet is widely regarded as the best small jazz group of all time. Our sound and style is modeled after that remarkable band but with a sophisticated and modern vibe. Our hard driving swing is refreshing and infectious, inspiring dancers and bringing toe-tapping joy to listeners of all ages. This music is incredibly difficult to play and we enjoy making it look and sound effortless.
Our repertoire incorporates music from Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Lionel Hampton to Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. You'll hear great swing music recently made popular by the likes of Dianna Krall, Michael Buble, and Harry Connick Jr. Click here for a sample song list or here for our most requested songs at weddings.
Our instrumentation is unlike any other band in the region and very few in the world -- we feature Clarinet, Vibraphone, Piano, Bass, Guitar, and Drums. What's a Vibraphone? It's a lot like bells or marimba, but has vibrato when you hit the metal bars. From time to time we are also fortunate to work with some of the best "chick" singers around including Lannie Garrett, Jodi Renee, Wende Harston, Lisa Bell, Deejha Marie, and Joni Janak. We've even worked with actress Lea Thompson and her daughter Madelyn Deutch!
We've done hundreds of concerts, weddings, events, festivals, dances, and clubs over the years. Some of the more memorable ones include:
Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee
Capital City Jazz Festival
Evergreen Jazz Festival
Taste of Colorado
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Jazz in the Sangres Festival
Rocky Mountain PBS TV
Want more? Here is a huge list of previous and repeat clients and venues we have played. They all think we are great! Don't take our word for it though -- here are their comments.
We frequently feature tribute concerts to the King of Swing (Benny Goodman) and/or the King of the Clarinet (Artie Shaw)! Also popular is a show we do that pays tribute to the legendary Vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton! Our latest show tips our hat to Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. Audiences love these fun and informative shows!
So what's with the name "After Midnight"?
Nothing, really. An advertising friend suggested lots of names, and that's the one that stuck. No, it has nothing to do with the Monk tune 'Round Midnight. And no, we don't ever play the Eric Clapton tune called After Midnight (actually, it's written by JJ Cale). It just sounded cool, kind of like us! Besides, it's better than the "Roger Campbell Sextet". Just try not to confuse us with other adult entertainment on the net ;-).
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