Elegant Musical Designs
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Whether it's a charity gala, black-tie ball, wedding, corporate event or cocktail party, the music is always apropos...always inviting.
“I have listened and am hooked... the real deal!”
Rick Kogan - WGN Radio host
Jazz Couture is setting the new standard, specializing in high-quality, elegant jazz music. These world-class musicians have performed with such notables as Ray Charles, Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, The Benny Goodman Orchestra, Tito Puente, Clark Terry and Johnny Mathis, to name a few...
A song, a sound, a lyric can melt the heart, inspire you to dance, or bring back a fond memory…
A song, a s, a lyric…
The core ensemble usually features three to five musicians, but can be scaled from one to seven depending on the event. The repertoire is chosen from the Great American Songbook. You'll hear the classics of Cole Porter and Gershwin, selections from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane, as well as blues and contemporary favorites. From romance filled ballads to light dance music to jump-swing, Jazz Couture will create the perfect musical backdrop for your event.
has been singing professionally for 20+ years. She has had the honor of sharing the stage with Patti Austin, John Pizzarelli, and Clark Terry, among others. Her singing has taken her to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, New York City, and Chicago's famed venues.
In contrast to the low, sultry rasp of the conventional jazz singer, this compact powerhouse with a four-octave range is a true "jazz soprano."
has performed with such notables as Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Dave Liebman, and The Temptations to name a few, and is currently a member of Ramsey Lewis' Urban Knights. He has a Grammy nomination as featured soloist on Angel Melendez 911 Mambo Orchestra's recording. Nick has released two CD's as the leader of his own quartet. His latest CD "Gemini" (Blujazz 3339) has gathered rave reviews from the press and is currently playing on over 170 radio stations across the US and Canada.
Jazz Couture’s Repertoire features over 1000 songs. Favorites include the Bossa Novas of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the songs of Cole Porter and George and Ira Gerswhin, classics from the Great American Songbook as performed by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole, as well as blues and contemporary selections by Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Norah Jones and others.
* Skylark - Hoagie Carmichael
The Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
* Love Me Forever - Gayle Bisesi
Peg - Walter Becker / Donald Fagen
*What a Difference a Day Made - Grover/Adams
*Skylark - Carmichael/Mercer
The Girl From Ipanema - Jobim
Peg - Becker/Fagen
* Featuring Vocalist Gayle Bisesi
"Jazz Couture really delivered for our upscale user conference. The music was just right---classy, well-played, and our customers loved it. Gayle even did a national anthem that blew everyone away."
Executive V.P., Marketing
“Nick and his crew were just top-notch. Not only were they amazing instrumentalists, but they were absolute professionals working with our thickly scheduled groups of announcements. All of our guests made favorable comments about the musi.
I’ll certainly look to hire these gentlemen again for our next Chicago event.
Marketing Manager, Dynamic International
Gayle Bisesi and Jazz Couture were FANTASTIC! The music they performed made for a special evening and our guests were still talking about it days afterwards! Gayle and Nick were great to work with and we hope to involve them again in future events and fundraisers.”
Auction Merchandise Source
“You were absolutely fabulous! Everyone has been remarking on what a great atmosphere was created through your music! Please extend our sincere thanks to everyone in Jazz Couture. You made the evening very special!”
Hewitt Associates Foundation
Jazz Couture was better than anything we have heard at Ravinia!
“My Husband and I wanted a reception that was classy (without being stuffy), relaxed, yet formal and we wanted our guests to walk in and immediately look forward to the evening ahead. We were able to achieve just that with Jazz Couture as the perfect first impression to our guests. Several guests commented on the duo with one saying that they set the mood early with a nice mix of jazz standards and had a wide-ranging repertoire fo tunes that appealed to all ages. They even took requiests and knew arrangements for every chart requested.”
Thank you for everything -
Keith and Lisa Edeus.
“I can’t tell you how overjoyed we were to celebrate our wedding to your lovely music! You are absolutely amazing and set the tone for the happiest day of our lives. You were and absolute joy to work with and made the wedding planning process so easy. You understood what we were hopig for and gave us so much more. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you again.”
Stephen and Heather Paterson
"Our wedding day was great!We are both very happy.I really liked working with Gayle...that was the best part.She was so on top of everything."
Philip & Amy Inglis
“Working with Gayle Bisesi was overall a wonderful experience for our wedding! Gayle is very thorough and efficient with sending out information, details and responding. In addition, my husband and I did not want traditional wedding songs at our reception. Jazz Cuture did a great job at providing the perfect music for our reception. Many of our guests also commented on how wonderful and enjoyable the music was during the evening.”
Dawn and Gary Fleming
In addition to live jazz ensembles,
Jazz Couture also offers Live Ceremony Music for Weddings and other events - Including Vocals, Flute, Harp, Piano and Strings.
And for longer events - a Live Jazz / DJ Combination that combines the elegance of live music with the contemporary sounds of today to keep you celebrating all night long!
(selections ranging from classical to contemporary)
Gayle has been singing professionally at wedding ceremonies, baptisms, and other special events for over 20 years. Her extensive repertoire allows her to feel equally at home in both traditional and contemporary settings.