Working from Grand Rapids, Michigan, In The Blue Jazz Ensemble are a skilled group of trained jazz musicians with years of experience in wedding performances. Their relaxing, elegant style brings a vibrant atmosphere to any venue, letting them serenade you while you enjoy a cocktail. All of their musicians are professionally trained, with years of experience in performances both nationally and internationally.
In The Blue Jazz Ensemble can provide a relaxing backing track to your ceremony, reception, or even rehearsal dinner. They cater their music to your tastes, always working to make sure their style fits the chosen venue and moment. Their standard quintet involves a saxophone, guitar, piano, upright bass, and drums. For later in the night, they can also provide a DJ, letting you and your guests cut loose on the dance floor.
9 Reviews for In The Blue Jazz Ensemble
Recommended by 100% of couples
Alexandria T. · Married on 08/29/2020
Go with Jazz
Not only were they professional, but friendly! The band even learned a new song to play for our first dance, which turned out amazing! They made our wedding day such a memorable experience to not only us but our guest. I highly recommend!Sent on 10/05/2020
In The Blue Jazz Ensemble's reply:Thanks Alexandria! We always enjoy learning new songs to customize our playlist to make every event unique and memorable for our clients and for us. We hope to see you soon!
Marcus D. · Getting married on 10/02/2021
The Classiest Wedding Ensemble
In The Blue Jazz Ensemble were great and became a major talking point of our friends and family post-wedding! They added a classy touch to our cocktail hour/reception and even had a connection to a DJ, so it was the perfect all in one wedding package. I'd recommend them for any wedding!Sent on 09/02/2020
In The Blue Jazz Ensemble's reply:Thanks Marcus! We really enjoyed playing at your wedding. We are happy to hear that your friends and family enjoyed the experience. We wish you and Cathy all of our best!
Heather H. · Married on 10/10/2020
Flexible, Professional, Fun!
In the Blue provided us with a great experience. From the beginning, Jake was super friendly, informative, and flexible. They even allowed me to compose/arrange two pieces, which they learned and played for our first dance! Of course, it's 2020, and we had a bit of a COVID scare, but In the Blue was professional and timely in figuring out solutions to keep everyone safe (and flexible when we had to change a billion things because of the ever-changing State Executive Orders). Would definitely use them again and recommend to friends!Sent on 10/25/2020
In The Blue Jazz Ensemble's reply:Thank you for your review Heather! We really appreciated your flexibility as we navigated some potential COVID-19 challenges as well. I heard from the band that it was a great experience and that it really was special that you arranged music for them to play. We hope your wedding music was as memorable as it was for us too!
$100 off our hourly rate if any live band is booked for 3 or more hours at your wedding reception! Mention this deal!
$100 off your wedding ceremony music when you book our complete wedding package (ceremony music, cocktail hour, dinner, and a DJ). Mention this deal!
Team of In The Blue Jazz Ensemble
Tim has been with In The Blue Jazz Ensemble since 2018. Tim is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Grand Valley State University. He is originally from Troy, MI. While studying classical saxophone under Dan Graser, Tim also studies jazz with Jordan VanHemert, Michael T. Drost, and Tim Froncek, known for their work in the West Michigan jazz scene. He is a member of the Grand Valley Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra. He has performed across the nation, notably on stage at Lincoln Center in New York City. He is also a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.
Jarrett has been with In The Blue Jazz Ensemble since 2017. Jarrett primarily plays piano and keyboard. By playing music from a young age and being surrounded by a diverse pallet of influences, he has developed knowledge about, and a love for, many different styles of music. He is a native of Clarkston, MI. He was a longtime member of the rock group, Sail, and has spent many years performing with various bands in the Detroit area. He performs at many events as a solo pianist or as a band member across various genres. Jarrett is currently managing and composing for his prog rock & jazz fusion group, Squatch. He also is a former piano, bass, and guitar instructor at the School of Rock in Rochester, MI.
Steve has been with In The Blue Jazz Ensemble since 2018. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Guitar Performance from Grand Valley State University. He is originally from Walled Lake, MI. In 2015, Steve was awarded the Padnos International Scholarship to attend Kokusai Kirisutokyo Daigaku (International Christian University) in Tokyo, Japan to study language, culture, and arts. While abroad, Steve joined the university’s big band, Modern Music Society, sitting in on both guitar and bass. He was recruited to join the Masaya Combo Project, led by trumpeter Masaya Taniguchi. Steve is a former member of The Lake Effects, an indie brass pop-band. He also is currently the bassist for local pop band, Chandler Reed & The Sticky Keys.