Bands & Ensembles

Wanna hire a rockstar? Yea you do... or maybe you don’t and are just looking for a Jazz singer (BTW, we think Jazz soloists are total rockstars). No matter the genre or style, the Special Guest band category will not disappoint. Scroll through our talent to book the perfect entertainment for your next big bash (or intimate cocktail party).

Mando Cordova

Dynamic Funk, Jazz, Latin, Reggae Singer
Los Angeles, CA

Born in the Republic of Panama, Mando was inspired by the festive Caribbean musical influences of the culture. Growing up in a musical household with his father as a jazz trumpet player and mother an incredible vocalist, Mando’s love for music was already in his blood. At age 7, Mando began singing and playing guitar. By the age of 12, he pioneered the first Youth Choir in his local church. Forming the band, “The Young Generation,” at age 14; they played R&B, Funk, Calypso, and Salsa. Soothing souls with his silky voice, Mando has performed in Singapore, Japan, HongKong, Philippines, Australia, Hawaii, and Africa. Currently, Mando takes the vocal lead for the band, “GForce”, singing R&B, Funk, Reggae and Latin ballads. He also sings with the Jazz Quartet, “Mando & Friends.” He has performed with notable musicians such as Llew Matthews, Max Bennett, and many others. His smooth crooner style and emotional rendition of Jazz classics, R&B grooves and Reggae vibes will leave you ecstatic.

Andrew Bloom

Musician/Singer/Songwriter
Los Angeles, CA

Ask 18 year old musician/singer/songwriter Andrew Bloom what THE most important motivating factor is in his life and he'll look you straight in the eye with a great set of baby blues and say, “Well, it's to play, it's just. . .to play.” Don't be confused though. He does agree that the ultimate goal of the game is to become a star by topping the charts with a hit song, but until that happens, all he wants to do is play music! Oh--and not just in his living room for friends and family. Not even just for a panel of judges on a Reality T.V. competition American Idol. No, what Andrew means when he says "to play” is--to produce music for an audience of people in a concert hall or pub, to entertain, and to get paid for his efforts while doing it. For the record, that's what he means! Interestingly, he is able to accomplish “just playing” on a regular basis, and perhaps it's due to Bloom's style and genre which set him apart from other kids his age who are making an attempt to break into the biz. Yes, he is a Pop Music kid, but he infuses it with old-school elements from some more traditional genres like Classic Rock, Funk, R&B and Soul. Now we're talkin' appeal for more than one generation.

Einstein Reggae/Steeldrum

This is music for your bone structure.
Los Angeles, CA

Surrounded by some of the great West Indian musicians while he was growing up, Einstein was destined to play music. Starting in 1979 and his continued years his desire to play the steel pan at a higher level motivated him to join the Highlanders Steelband, Invaders Steeband, Woodbrook Modernaires, Phase 2 pan Groove, then went on to win the battle of the bands at Queen's Hall (Trinidad's equivalent of Carnegie Hall) with the P.O.S teachers Choir. The end of 1979 he accepted an offer to play aboard the cruise ships. After more travel with various groups, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1982. In America, Einstein began performing with the Trinidad Steel Band, L.A. Desperados, Caribe, then in 1984 he formed his own band called Sapadilla and recorded his first single, “Don't Worry, Be Happy”, which was a European release. In 1991 Einstein released his second album " Humanize the Earth" on which he collaborated with the popular guitarist, Eric Gale. One of the songs “Drive-by Shooting”, was released on the Thump Records label. Later on that year the song was on the Costa Rican charts that also led to the Costa Rican tour. Since that time Einstein has appeared in numerous movies, (God created women, Marked for death, Distinguished gentleman) numerous television shows and commercials, also an MTV music video, " Love you a lifetime" from Chaka Khan, also he sang on the song "Karma" from Black Eyed Peas. He continues to thrive making music for your bone structure.

Anthony Crawford Band

Bass Player/Band Leader
Los Angeles, CA

Anthony moved to Los Angeles and has been actively performing with notable artists such as Erykah Badu, Peabo Bryson, Jeff Lorber, Dave Weckl, Everette Harp, Frank McComb, gospel legend Andrae Crouch, Karen Briggs, Virgil Donati, guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, Eric Marienthal and has released his solo CD titled “Urban Jazz” available November 9th, 2010. Soon after the release of Anthony Crawford’s solo album, he was featured on the front page of “Top 40 Charts” alone with Stevie Wonder and the MTV Movie Awards. Anthony Crawford was also invited to perform at the 2011 Emmy Awards show. In the following months, Anthony joined the Allan Holdsworth band alone with Virgil Donati. Soon after, Anthony was touring with Allan Holdsworth for the European Chapter 2 tour in which Anthony was performing in front of hundreds of people across Europe. After the Allan Holdsworth tour, Anthony teamed up with his long time friend and producer Jonathan Richmond, who has produced hit albums for artists such as Angie Stone, Eric Benet and Anthony Hamilton and together they collaborated on writing music for Anthony’s sophomore album, Urban Jazz – My Story. Through this album, Anthony continued his urban jazz trademark sound. The album also featured artists such as Eric Darius, Frank McComb and legendary drummer, Dave Weckl. Anthony’s songwriting credits also earned him song placements on music for VH1 behind the music with Mary J Blige and has also produced music for Epic recording artist Aaron Sky. Through his album releases, Anthony has been featured in countless magazine and press articles around the world including Rolling Stone Magazine, Bass Player Magazine in Japan, Bass Musician Magazine, Bass Quarterly Magazine in Europe and Basista Magazine in Poland. Anthony Crawford is also recognized as “Most Popular Player” on No Treble.com in their “Player Spotlight Section”. Anthony Crawford is a notable up and coming bassist inspiring generations to come with his unprecedented, eclectic musical talents.

Venson & Company

The entertainers entertainer
Los Angeles, CA

Venson Quarles has been in the industry for more than 30yrs and seems incapable of performing at less than a simmer. More often than not, his open-hearted, entwined soul vocals boil over with emotion. He has that all-too-rare quality of being thoroughly alive onstage, with the music--no matter how timeworn the song might be. If you are looking for a powerhouse, jazz vocalist, Venson is a perfect choice!

Papermoon Gypsys

Papermoon Gypsys
Los Angeles, CA

From the rollicking riffs of Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams guitar (Max Bennett, Hollywood Yates, Guitar Shorty, Chris Folsom) to the powerhouse rhythm section. PMG is a fired up, energizing presence who pulls earthy music from its roots and breathes fresh, soulful, rock and roll life into them. PMG a powerful trio to a seven piece band with horns. The players include Ray Weston on drum (Tom Jones, Wishbone Ash, Iron Butterfly) Albert Margolis on keys (Meters, Steely Dan) Tony Robin bass (local fav)

Steve Maggiora

Soulful, Fresh & Groovy
Los Angeles, CA

Steve is a multi-talented vocalist and keyboardist/pianist with ability that is second-to-none. His funky, outgoing style, impressive vocals and remarkable musicianship bring a true "WOW!" factor to any room!

Maureen O'Sullivan

Experienced Jazz Vocalist
Los Angeles, CA

Born and raised in Laguna Beach, Maureen O’Sullivan dabbled in the performing arts in high school and quickly decided it would be her passion in life. She has worked with the likes of private coaches such as Sal Romeo, Vincent Chase, and John Sarno to improve her craft. Maureen has held lead roles at the Friends and Artist Theater Ensemble in plays such as Three Penny Opera and more. After putting her career on hold to raise her triplets and writing a book in the process, she’s back and thrilled to pursue her passion once again.

Joe Conner

Multi-talented musician hailing from Philadelphia, PA.
Los Angeles, CA

Joe Conner, is a multi-talented musician hailing from Philadelphia, PA. Formally trained in the classical and Latin genre, Joe began playing drums at his father’s church at the early age of seven. With success coming early on, by the age of 12, Joe began sharing his skills by giving lessons to beginner students as well as some of his peers. His formal study began at the Settlement Music School with Philadelphia Orchestra Percussionist, Susan Jones. He subsequently continued his training under the tutelage of great veteran drummers such as Craig McIver, Skip Hadden, Bertram Lehman and Casey Scheuerell. Through his growth and study, he has become an extremely skilled musician not only on Drums but Timpani, Congas, Bongos, Cajon, Vibes and Marimba. Joe was rewarded a scholarship to attend The Berklee College of Music, where he managed backing bands he played in as well as others that have worked with a long list of esteemed artist that include Jordan Knight, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jessie J, Bilal and Noel Gordin. While there he also began to build an impressive resume of artist worked with, that includes the likes of American Idol Finalist John Stevens and Jordin Sparks, Problem, Bobby McFerrin Mickey Factz, Walter Beasley, The Rhythm Monks, JoJo and Sammy Adams who he’s toured extensively with. Joe went on to graduate from Berklee, Cum Laude, with a degree in Music Business & Management. He has since moved to Los Angeles, California where he began touring with Soulful Rock Band Lou Pine, Country music group Honkytonk Boombox, Australian Jazz/R&B artist Emile Welman, and Salaam Remi discovered duo, The Brinks. Joe has also worked on Film and TV projects including The Passion and Startruck.

Todd Coogan

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Los Angeles, CA

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