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We decided early on that we wanted a small destination wedding surrounded by close friends and family. For the reception we envisioned a fabulous backyard dinner party, complete with delicious food, stunning wine and some jazzy, dinner party music to cap off the night. Of course it was going to be something a bit more elaborate than what we could pull off alone, so we found some local experts to help our dreams become a reality.
When it came time to track down a jazz singer, we were so fortunate to find Lori Carsillo! She perfectly understood and executed the ambiance we were aiming for. Lori was incredibly easy to work with and accommodating. Throughout the planning, to the set up and straight through to the last hour the music was perfect. The entire quartet was professional and great to work with.
Lori did an amazing job at helping us select music from their extensive playlist to fit the the ceremony and entire evening. We had a few special songs, not offered in their assortment, that they were more than willing to learn, which made the music that much more meaningful! And boy did they perform all the songs beautifully!
Lori Carsillo and two band members played at our wedding reception at the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco. The music was the perfect balance of upbeat for festivities and dancing and low key for conversation and general mushiness. The best part was when Lori played Fly Me To The Moon during the first bride and groom dance, and my father cried because that was his and my mom's falling in love song.
From the get-go Lori was a pleasure to work with. I found her suggested on the Swedenborgian wedding website and gave her a call. She responded right away with a professional and informative package, including sample CD and a few options with prices. She even lent her expertise to arrange a band that could play a versatile mix of jazz styles in the small, indoor space, using the church's piano for some songs, and a band-member's guitar for others.
Lori is polished and approachable. As crazy and hectic as things get during wedding planning, I never had to worry about the band. The parts I was most anxious about, the first dance and the toasts, were helped along by the bands professionalism and experience.
My wife and I still listen to the sample CDs, which have Cole Porter and other jazz standards. Our favorites is the opener "I Love Paris In the Morning" because Paris is where we spent our honeymoon.
Yay Lori! You Jazz!
My husband and I hired Lori to provide live music for our white-tie wedding in Feb 2013 in San Jose, CA. We thought a live jazz band would be the best fit for a white-tie affair, but it needed to be for less than $2,000. We looked at several jazz bands in the Bay Area; we choose Lori as she and her group are excellent performers and were the most professional, friendly, and willing to work with our budget of everyone we contacted. And our guests have had nothing but good things to say about the music/band!
The planning process went smoothly; we had lots of questions initially, and Lori was very responsive via email and phone. She gave us opportunities to see her and her group live as well as mailing us a few of her CDs. Lori paid attention to the details; attire is key for white-tie, and Lori worked with us to determine what she and the group would wear for the event (a few guests even commented on how nicely the band was dressed!). My husband and I didn't have many specifics for what songs to play/not play; we instead gave Lori general ideas of the atmosphere (i.e. upbeat, low-key, etc.) we wanted for the various parts of the evening and were not disappointed with the final music selection.
On the day of the wedding, Lori and her group arrived promptly and were virtually autonomous, quickly and quietly loading in their gear and setting up. We had a duo (vocals, guitar) for the "cocktail" hour and a quartet (drums, bass, same vocals and guitar) for the reception. We were doing everything in the same building but in different rooms, so some shuffling had to happen between the cocktail hour and the reception; again, the group worked quickly and quietly to move their equipment and be ready to go by the time we were ready to seat guests for dinner. The duo provided light background music you could easily carry a conversation over. The quartet kept things low-key during dinner and then picked up the pace for dancing. The volume was never too loud (or too soft, for that matter), something we--and all of our guests--absolutely loved. When the band took a break, Lori played an appropriate music selection from her iPod and they easily rolled with schedule changes to cake cutting, first dances, etc. for a (musically) seamless event.
It was truly a pleasure working with Lori and her group is fabulous; would hire again!
Your beautiful blend of jazz and smoky, sensual blues really set the right tone for our wedding and reception. I also want to offer a special thanks for your rendition of "I Choose You" that you sang as we walked down the aisle. Your incredible voice singing those words will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We couldn't have asked for more. THANK YOU!
I hired Lori for my October, 2011 wedding in San Francisco, and I was nothing short of *delighted* with the experience, and what she and her musicians created for me. I found Lori on Wedding Chanel and checked out her web site, and then went to see her perform at a local venue. As soon as I heard her and saw her I knew Lori was just what I was looking for: beautiful, elegant standards performed in a gracious, but not uptight manner.
Lori and her musicians played in a way that did not overwhelm cocktail hour/dinner conversation and mingling, but also had enough beat and energy for dancing if people wanted to. Lori puts her own touch on the standards that makes them fresh and fun. Her voice is beautiful, elegant and fun all rolled into one. She is the real thing and it shows.
In addition to being a wonderful vocalist, Lori is also a helpful consultant. She was extremely open to any and all of my questions (even things outside her precise domain related to wedding receptions). She provided me with feedback and ideas on what I could walk down the isle to, what was good first dance song in terms of tempo and length etc. Lori really made an effort to help me with anything I had questions about. I felt extremely comfortable working with her and asking her anything I wanted to. She gave me a lot of good advice and tips.
We used two of Lori's CDs as wedding favors, and people were delighted to receive such a sweet memento of the evening, as well as something they could actually use and enjoy. The guests really loved her performance and all evening talked about how wonderful she was. They still talk about it.
Lori and her musicians also had a very polished, and beautiful visual presentation. Lori is gorgeous in person, and dresses very stylishly. Her musicians were also perfectly appropriate.
If you are looking for elegant but fun, classic music for your wedding and want to work with someone who is more than accommodating, flexible, and dependable I strongly recommend Lori. She will guide you perfectly and create a highly sophisticated, beautiful, romantic ambiance for your special day. You will be so glad you selected her!
I found Lori through the knot site and she was so helpful in coming up with song lists and super responsive through email and phone. We met up once before the wedding and Lori is very friendly and committed to making your wedding a sophisticated and enjoyable experience. Although my wedding felt like a blur, many guests told me that the music was simply wonderful. I definitely had a great time working with Lori and would recommend her to anyone!
I am SO happy that we found Lori and her band for our wedding. It was a pleasure working with Lori from beginning to end. She was not only concerned about making our day great but she was 100% professional throughout the entire process. She took the necessary extra steps to ensure that not only was her band where they needed to be at the designated time but they also did so without ever disturbing guests (because Lori made sure to work out the venue's floor plan and flow of traffic prior to the wedding - genius!).
Aside from being on point, Lori's voice is amazing and the whole band is extremely talented. All the guests enjoyed the music and if I ever host another event I'll be sure to get in touch with Lori.
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Elegant jazz and classic swing
Lori Carsillo, Jazz Vocalist & Ensemble, dazzles audiences with her classic vocals and charming on-stage presence. We can accommodate your musical request - from intimate duos, trios and larger "big band" style groups, instrumental-only combinations, and ceremony music.
- Price Range: $$$
- Music Types: Big Band/Swing, Jazz