Tara O'Grady & the Black Velvet Band

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About Tara O'Grady & the Black Velvet Band

A fun and romantic vintage jazz & swing band that will transport your event to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Mega-Star Bruce Willis claimed, "I love this band!" as he sang along with Tara one night in Manhattan. "Visualize a Celt in the Cotton Club!" (Chris B. Donohue, Nashville Producer) Featured on a BBC documentary film about her rendition of the famous song Danny Boy, Tara's vocals have been compared to Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Patsy Cline. As Irish Voice newspaper's Most Influential Woman 2010 and best album of the year 2013, Tara can lead her band as a lounge trio with guitar, upright bass and vocals, or add drums or sax for an ultra hip quartet or quintet. Her popular six or seven piece little big band with your choice of trumpet, clarinet, piano or banjo will keep your party swinging all night long. And those retro threads - from pearls to peek-a-boo shoes, slinky gowns, dapper suits, and fedoras - keep all eyes on stage.

This dynamic band of elite NYC jazz musicians perform jazz standards and blues from Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole, but also swing some Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline favorites, as well as an original twist on some Irish standards that sound like they've been reborn in the swing era. "Tara re-baptizes these songs into songs that are more part of the repertory of divas in smoky nightclubs. Her distinctive voice intrigues. At times it reminds us of Doris Day or Eva Cassidy." (Freddy Celis, Rootstime, Belgium) In addition, her band can perform original jazz, blues and celtic influenced music reminiscent of Django Reinhardt and Ella Fitzgerald. Add some Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Etta James and we have a party! Any combination of instrumentation or preference for music style can be arranged to suit your event and budget.

“Tara and her band are absolutely superb. She’s got an outstanding, beautiful and sultry voice, and her personality is so fun that the whole evening just sparkled with her at the helm. Her band are consummate professionals. She was gracious and lovely, and MAN, can she sing. You will not be disappointed with her. On the contrary, you’ll just sit back and soak up all the compliments from your guests who’ll praise you for being smart enough to hire her.”
Lisa Alpert – Director Development & Marketing, Green-Wood Historic Fund, Brooklyn

Music from Tara's three albums can be heard on radio from America to Europe. The band has performed live on WFUV 90.7, as well as at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Iridium, Smalls Jazz Club, The Astor Room, Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club, Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene's Grocery, The Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, The Irish Arts Center, Irish Repertory Theatre, The Cupping Room, Bowery Wine Co., Battery Gardens, Garden City Hotel, Flatiron Hotel, Refinery Hotel and Mary O's, as well as private parties, weddings, corporate events, and music festivals across the country. www.taraogradymusic.com

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    Such a classy, professional band! Tara sent us a full song list in advance of the big day, so we could pick out "must-play" and "no-play" songs. Her ensemble was excellent, and the evening could have been in a jazz club. If you are looking to avoid the many cheesy wedding bands out there, I couldn't recommend Tara and her band more.

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    Sarah · Married on 09/28/2013

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    I met my now husband on one of my trips to Ireland. I cherish the memory of that trip and the many others that followed. I was delighted to discover Tara O’Grady through a friend in the Irish community. When planning our special day, we knew that she and the Black Velvet Band were a perfect fit. Tara sang songs like Danny Boy, Wild Rover, and I'll Tell Me Ma, with a vintage jazz swing that made it impossible for people to stay in their seats. Our family from Ireland was absolutely delighted to hear Tara bring new life to these Irish classics and the songs allowed me to relive the memories that I hold most dear.
    Her performance was also rounded out with songs by Elvis, Patsy Cline and Ray Charles which brought everyone back to the magical era of these musical greats. My young nieces, nephews and grandparents alike danced the night away. I cannot say enough to express my gratitude to Tara and the band for sharing their wonderful talents and for helping us to make another lifelong memory.

    Sent on 01/18/2014
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    They are such a great band - Vintage Jazz with a singer that is a dead ringer for Elizabeth Taylor. Our guests loved it :)

    Sent on 01/21/2014

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Tara O'Grady & the Black Velvet Band FAQ

  • Are you an agency or a band? Band
  • How many musicians are in your band(s)? 1 - 3, 4 - 6, 7+
  • What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play? Big Band, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Swing
  • What music services do you provide? Liability Insurance

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