If you need tasteful and flexible musicians for your ceremony, cocktail hour, or dinner music, look no further. Jesse and Justin pride themselves in their broad repertoire of styles from classical, to rock, to folk, to jazz. And they can add nearly any instrumentalists to expand their duo to a trio or quartet. They're a musical one-stop shop!
The musical connection between Justin and Jesse goes back to 2001 when they first played together as members of the Disney Collegiate All Star Band. After that memorable summer they stayed in touch, occasionally hung out and played music, until they ended up by chance moving to the same neighborhood in Brooklyn in 2006. There they played together in a wide range of ensembles, including Justin’s indie rock band Land of Leland, Jesse’s improvisational quartet No Truck, and the country band Oh Liza Jane. And when the opportunity arose, they played the occasional wedding or party.
In 2015 fate was on their side again as Justin and Jesse and their wives relocated to the same area again, this time Beacon, NY. After settling in a bit, it seemed natural for the pair to make their talent and broad experience available to the community and form Skylark Music. Skylark Music provides highly customizable music for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, private parties, and more. From jazz to classical, from classic rock to folk to your favorite song, Skylark Music will add the sparkling touch to your wedding or party.
In addition to Stacken/Keller collaborations, Jesse has released nine critically acclaimed jazz albums and has toured North and South America, Europe, and Japan. Justin has worked with bands including the Gregory Brothers, The Welcome Wagon, and The Lone Bellow, as well as classical luminaries such as Gunther Schuller and Donald Palma, and played throughout North America and Europe.
When they're not playing Skylark Music events, Jesse and Justin both teach private music lessons in Beacon and New York City, and Justin is on faculty at the College of Staten Island.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Rich Waltman · Married on 03/17/2019
We hired Justin for our wedding at The Garrison on St. Patricks Day 2019. Amazing! The hiring process was very simple, and Jesse was very easy to work with. Jesse and his crew were on time, set up in an awesome area, worked well with the wedding coordinator and put on an amazing performance. The guests, children, everyone throughly enjoyed the music. The music at our venue sounded exactly how it did on Jesse's website or even better. I would highly recommend Jesse for any wedding or event.Sent on 05/09/2019
Amanda Z · Married on 09/22/2018
Wonderful unique ensemble for weddings
We hired Justin and Jesse to play our ceremony and cocktail hour. My husband and I are both musicians and we were very impressed by their talent. We loved their "bespoke" style of jazz, classics, and folk which fit perfectly with our rustic, barn wedding. Justin was very nice to work with and helped coordinate everything. Plus, since they're based upstate, they were much cheaper than musicians in NYC. Overall, wonderful guys who add a unique touch to any occasion.Sent on 05/01/2019
Lauren · Married on 09/09/2017
creative and talented wedding musicians!
We loved having Jesse and Justin from Skylark Music play during our wedding ceremony. They helped us brainstorm ideas and came up with beautiful renditions of the songs we selected. Their music felt so “us” and served as a perfect introduction and ending to our ceremony. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a talented and flexible duo to play at their wedding!Sent on 05/01/2019