- The Essentials
- The Essentials

The Essentials

From jazz to swing, to latina soul and rock'n'roll!

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The Essentials are a recently formed gathering of some of Melbourne’s finest musicians. They perform a wide variety of musical styles from jazz ballad through swing (appropriate for pre-dinner drinks or back ground music)â to latinâ soul and even rock n` roll to really get the crowd dancing! Ideal for weddings and corporate functions, this band will turn any event into a Tarantino movie ! The Essentials is included on our list of Top 20 Melbourne Wedding Bands
The Essentials Promo video
Ella Fitzgerald It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
The Mills Brothers Sweet Sue, Just You
Cole Porter Anything Goes
Louis Armstrong, Dukes of Dixieland Sweet Georgia Brown

Selected Songs

FATS WALLER
Ain’t Misbehavin’

VARIOUS
Alright, Okay, You Win

VARIOUS
Autumn Leaves

BOBBY DARIN, ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Beyond The Sea

VARIOUS
Bye Bye, Blackbird

FRED ASTAIRE
Cheek To Cheek

FRANK SINATRA
Come Fly With Me

FRANK SINATRA
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

LOUIS JORDAN, HARRY NILSSON
Early In The Morning

PEGGY LEE
Fever

FRANK SINATRA
Fly Me To The Moon

FRANK SINATRA
A Ghost Of A Chance

VARIOUS
Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You

RAY CHARLES
Georgia On My Mind

BILLIE HulIDAY
God Bless The Child

CHET BAKER
How Long Has This Been Going On?

FRANK SINATRA
Thought About You

VARIOUS
I Got Rhythm

FRANK SINATRA, HARRY CONNICK, Jr
It Had To Be You

FRANK SINATRA
I’ve Got You Under My Skin

KISS
I Was Made For Loving You

LESTER YOUNG, JOE JACKSON
Jumping With Symphony Sid

FRANK SINATRA
Lady Is A Tramp

FRANK SINATRA
Let’s Fall In Love

CHET BAKER
Let’s Get Lost

BOBBY DARIN
Mack The Knife

ANDY WILLIAMS
Moon River

JOHN CulTRANE
Mr PC

VARIOUS
Muddy Water

NINA SIMONE
My Baby Just Cares For Me

CHET BAKER
My One And Only Love

FRANK SINATRA
Night And Day

VARIOUS
One Note Samba

VARIOUS
On the Sunny Side Of The Street

CHARLIE PARKER
Ornithulogy

FRANK SINATRA
(Our) Love Is Here To Stay

GEORGIE FAME, AMY WINEHOUSE
Moody’s Mood For Love

VAN MORRISON
Moondance

\fRANK SINATRA, CHET BAKER
My Funny Valentine

DORIS DAY
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps

Reviews

I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank you for your entertainment recommendations for our recent 2009 Australian Wealth Management Planner Conference, held in Melbourne. The feedback received from our delegates and AWM staff indicated the entertainment on all counts was excellent and made a positive contribution to the success of our Welcome Dinner and Gala Dinner events. We had over 300 delegates and the entertainment either met or exceeded expectations. In particular: The Essentials: They were exactly what we wanted for our Welcome Dinner @ Melbourne Aquarium and a couple of our delegates who consider themselves “jazz aficionados’” commented on how good they were. Dean Atkison: I wasn’t able to see his act, however delegates said he was quite good. Dave Grant: He really set the tone for our Gala Dinner. He was absolutely hilarious and all I heard from delegates was how good he was. He followed the brief and entertained the crowd without being rude or offending anyone. He even followed up after the conference with a “thank you for the business” phone call. A professional in my books. Maranucci Trio: They played nice background jazz during the main part of the sit down dinner and were well received. Headspace: They were great!! They had everyone up dancing and the dance floor was still pretty full at the end of our function with the crowd wanting more. Once again, many compliments were made about Headspace. All of your recommendations came through with flying colours. This demonstrates you understood me (as the client), my brief and obviously having great talent on your books. Once again, a sincere thank you to Instinct International for your services.

S. Hunt | AWM Conference Entertainment

I will send a formal thank you note in the next few weeks but just wanted to let you know that Andrew and I were blown away by The Essentials. They were absolutely fantastic. They created the exact atmosphere we were after and had everyone up dancing from very early in the night. The set and song selection was excellent and they looked great. We had a BBQ the next day and so many people commented on how great the band was. Andrew was suffering from Meningitis and had been hospitalised all week so unfortunately he didn’t make it through most of the reception but The Essentials made the night a great party and I really do extend a massive thank you to them for making the night a huge success despite the “no groom” circumstances!

Kate | Wedding

Just a short note to thank you for the band “The Essentials” who played at Comme on Saturday night. They were fabulous and really “appropriate” for the crowd we had – you read us well!! They were very professional and sounded much better and bigger live, than over the internet. The night flew and I never took the opportunity to really provide the band with my heartfelt thanks for their significant contribution to what was a really memorable night. Could you please pass on my thanks, as I was a little self absorbed on the night!

J. McGrath | Comme

Just wanted to say thanks to both you and The Essentials for a great night. The guys were just great and played some fabulous songs… everyone loved them!

Sarah & Lachie | Wedding

Thanks again for everything. We have only really just returned from India, and had a ball! The Essentials were really good, they catered to the crowd and were really approachable and fun. They didn’t seem to flow that well with other music nor did they provide music to be played in between their breaks that I could remember. But they got everyone dancing. The Belly dancer, hmm… she performed well, but I had no clue her act included a sword segment and a partner with a flute. They sort of just arrived and stood in the middle of our reception and luckily i saw early on and had the venue manager take hold of things… it was kind of ironic they were on show given we were trying to surprise our guests. Everyone liked it though, and it saved us doing the waltz. Happy to refer you on to friends and the like.

Vicki | Reception

I just wanted to thank you for the great job that The Essentials did at our wedding. We had a fantastic night and everyone really enjoyed the music. Please pass on our thanks to everyone in the band

K. Cary | Wedding

Hey pete, just wanted to say a big thank-you for your work at the wedding. You guys -(the Essentials) were fabulous and lots of people have commented on how great you guys were. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Gary | Wedding

It was fantastic. Everything went well. The guys in The Essentials were looked after and they produced some great song choices and importantly they were able to go with the flow when it was necessary. Overall it was a successful night. Thanks again for your support. Best Regards Rose

Rose | Private Party

Hi Steven, I just wanted to send you a short email to thank you for recommending Essentials, they where fantastic, amazing, perfect I cant say enough about how good they where, they made our night perfect.

T. Lindskog | Wedding

On behalf of myself and Caroline, I would like to pass on a huge thanks to yourself for organising, and The Essentials for performing at our wedding. We (along with lots of feedback which we’ve received from our guests), thought they were sensational and perfect for our wedding. I realize it’s 6 weeks post the event now, but if you could pass on the feedback to the guys that would be great (I was a bit caught up in the hype of the wedding to do so on the night!)

Scott | Wedding

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The Essentials Promo video
Ella Fitzgerald It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
The Mills Brothers Sweet Sue, Just You
Cole Porter Anything Goes
Louis Armstrong, Dukes of Dixieland Sweet Georgia Brown