JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, SWING & BIG BAND


Create the right mood for your guests, with relaxed & sophisticated Jazz, Soul, Funk, Big Band and Swing performers. We have the best jazz duos, trios, quartets, quintets, swing bands, premium soloists and crooners for your events & residencies.

This is just a sample selection of our available performers. Please contact us for full access to our roster.

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The Croft & Mullen Duo

The Croft & Mullen Duo

The Croft & Mullen Duo features the talents of phenomenally gifted singer Rachel Croft and the brilliant pianist Karl Mullen. Together as the Croft &Mullen Duo, Karl and Rachel have established themselves on the UK Jazz scene, with residencies at the finest hotels and best jazz venues. They can also be joined by some of the most talented jazz musicians around to form the Croft & Mullen Band for those events requiring a more comprehensive sound. The core of the duo’s repertoire is the very best jazz, blues and soul. Well known hits as well as lesser known but brilliant songs (that they think just aren't played enough), by the likes of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Dina Washington and Ella Fitzgerald all play a part in the set. The Croft & Mullen Duo are available through Funkgurus for corporate & private events and medium term International residencies.

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David Tughan

David Tughan

David Tughan is a unique and highly respected Jazz Vocalist - described recently by the UK's Guardian newspaper as "The epitome of cool". David has enjoyed entertaining audiences worldwide from New York to London and from Kuala Lumpur to Qatar. His straight ahead singing style has been compared in national press to classic Jazz icons such as Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra and Mel Tormé, but his approach, while having one foot firmly in the traditions of the classic Jazz singer, is constantly finding ways of exploring the classic songs and making them fresh, innovative and fun. His unique approach to the voice and innovative use of loops, vocal harmony & beat boxing, story telling and comedy, integrates into his live performances with his trio, making his act unique amongst his contemporaries. From large venues like Dublin's RTE National Concert hall to the intimacy of the world famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz club in London, David playfully connects with his audiences delighting them with a spontaneous and innovative approach to Classic Jazz standards that always surprises the listener. David has been singing Jazz professionally for over 20 years. Since training at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he continues to sing with some of the stars of the Jazz world today at some of the most exclusive venues, Jazz clubs and festivals worldwide. David is available with the following line ups : Solo Jazz singer with High quality Backing tracks; Jazz Duo (Piano or Guitar); Jazz Trio (Piano or Guitar plus Double Bass); Jazz Quartet (Piano or Guitar, Double Bass plus drums); Jazz Quintet (Piano or Guitar, Double Bass, drums plus Sax); Jazz Septet (Piano or Guitar, Double Bass drums plus Sax and trumpet); Jazz Big band (16 piece jazz orchestra).

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George Dyer Band

George Dyer Band

Since its inception in 2017, the George Dyer Band has become one of the most highly respected acts on the European blues scene. The band has won numerous awards and received invitations to perform at the Suwalki and Jimiway festivals in Poland, and the Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre festival in France. To date, the band has appeared alongside acts such as Doyle Bramhall III, Tommy Castro, Curtis Salgado and Toronzo Cannon. In addition to their festival appearances, the George Dyer Band is a fixture of Wroclaw’s nightlife, appearing regularly in the city’s best music venues such as Nietota and Vertigo Jazz Club. Led by American vocalist and guitar slinger George Dyer, the band includes guitarist Rafal Bilas, keyboardist Sebastian Lobos, bassist Maciek Mandrykowski, drummer Tomasz Burzynski with saxophonist and Johnny Mars Band member Craig Hume recently joining the line-up for certain shows. Their sound pays tribute to powerhouse blues, rock, and soul bands such as the Allman Brothers and the Band of Gypsies, while incorporating some contemporary funk influences from bands such as Vulfpeck and Cory Henry and his Funk Apostles. With their high energy funk and soul tinged blues music, the band is able to hold the attention of the most discerning blues aficionados while delivering a show that will delight audiences of diverse ages and musical tastes. George Dyer Band’s debut album, Puff the Dust, includes seven original tunes along with a re-vamped blues funk by the late legend of Texas Blues, Philip Walker. Other tracks echo many of Dyer’s influences including Jeff Beck, Cornell Dupree, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Guitar Watson. Puff the Dust has received airplay and praise from blues-friendly radios across the US and Europe: “An impressive debut album that truly embraces the Blues … American guitarist & vocalist George Dyer has created something rather special” — Terry Clark-Ward, host at Radio Ram and writer for Wroclaw Uncut “It sounds very good, congratulations”— Josep Palmada Verder, host of Red Hot Blues Show on Barcelona’s Radio Vilafant “Good listening and good music” — Bruno Pollacci, host of the blues show on Punto Radio in Piza, Italy

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Espresso Doppio

Espresso Doppio

Espresso Doppio is an exciting and vibrant acoustic jazz/swing duo exploring famous songs of the Italian jazz-folk-pop repertoire. Thanks to the natural musical and on-stage chemistry between Giuseppe and Luigi, the duo delivers an authentic and genuine Italian vibe, adding a very personal touch to the arrangements of the songs. The duo’s repertoire ranges from the best Italian folk pop songs to International classics, arranged in a gypsy-jazz and swing style. Giuseppe Antonacci (Lead Vocal, Guitar) is an Italian songwriter who sings and plays guitar. Exploring every kind of music, he is curious and hungry for art & poetry with a repertoire ranging from jazz to folk. Luigi Leoni (Lead Guitar) is an Italian professional guitarist. As a graduate of Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, he has played at the most prestigious venues of the Italian Capital, which included opening for Mr. BB King himself. From 2013 until 2018 he performed aboard the biggest cruise ships in the world, performing everything from Broadway shows like Mamma Mia, Grease & Hairspray and playing in resident Jazz big bands. Espresso Doppio are perfect for International events where an authentic and vibrant atmosphere with audience participation is desired.

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The Red Stripes

The Red Stripes

The Red Stripes are Hong Kong’s premier Ska band and have been playing to packed audiences all over Asia. Their brand of Ska from a vintage era features a full 10 piece band and hail originally from the UK, Canada and Australia. Over the past six years they have played festivals and shows around Asia including Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, China, Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, Seoul and London. They have performed at top events in Hong Kong and as backing to Neville Staple and Roddy Radiation (The Specials), and supported the likes of Roy Ellis, Keith and Tex, The Toasters, The Skatalites, From The Jam and Johnny Osbourne amongst others. After releasing their debut 10 track album 'In The Ska East' Hong Kong with legendary Ska vocalist, writer and producer Sean ‘Cavo’ Dinsmore’ from New York's third wave Ska band The Toasters at the helm the band received critical acclaim being named in the top 20 albums of 2020 by 'Do The Dog' skazine. The album also features special guest vocals from The Specials original frontman Neville Staple. The band have featured tracks on Specialized Records tribute to Trojan Records and 2 Tone. In 2019 the band went into legendary Avon Studios in Hong Kong and recorded their latest album 'Made In Hong Kong' with top recording artist and producer King Zepha at the helm; recorded on vintage equipment to create an authentic Ska sound that blends elements of Soul, Dub, Reggae and Rocksteady. The band have been asked to perform at the 2020 London International Ska Festival in April and will be touring Asia later in the year. Available through Funkgurus for Festivals & Select Corporate Events.

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Shari John-Jules

Shari John-Jules

Shari John-Jules is an experienced and sophisticated vocalist from the United Kingdom. As a singer-songwriter performing songs with a variety of high quality bands, she is available as a solo vocalist with backing tracks, as part of her duo with either piano, guitar or sax, or in her trio, with sax, guitar or double bass and even as a quartet or quintet with the addition of drums. Shari’s repertoire includes many of the great American Song Book Jazz Standards and a variety of greats from the Blues, Funk and Soul genres for dining, dancing or entertainment. Performed with a simultaneously deep, smooth and raw vocal, Shari digs down for the truth and reaches high for hope with smooth and brilliant jazz music to suit any mood or occasion. Whether it's for dining, dancing or simply entertainment, Shari John-Jules will perform with an extra special touch that brings panache and style to every live performance. Funkgurus are pleased to represent Shari to both UK and International clients for events and residency contracts.

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