WHO WE ARE?
"Smooth Indigo" is a jazz band fronted by female vocals and backed by some very experienced musicians.
Using a hand-picked selection of great songs, we're committed to creating something different and unique.
The band can do a more traditional set, playing a mixture of JAZZ STANDARDS with classics such as 'Fly Me To The Moon', 'At Last' and other recognisable tunes to get the audience dancing, singing along and reminiscing the old days. We take inspiration from many of the greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, George Shearing, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, amongst other greats.
The band can also play VINTAGE COVERS OF MODERN SONGS ('Postmodern Jukebox' style) to appeal to a modern day audience but still keeping a swing and jazz style alive. We can cover a wide range of tracks from 'Valerie', to The Killer's 'Mr Brightside' or even Ed Sheeran. Our repertoire is always expanding and evolving and we are happy to take on new requests to add to our repertoire.
Click on the REPERTOIRE tab to have a look at what songs we play!
The band are based in Manchester but are willing to travel all over the UK. We're happy to take on any type of gig from a little jazz club or restaurant, to functions and weddings, to jazz festivals.
LINE UP OPTIONS
The standard line-up of the band is a 4-piece including: female vocals, piano, double bass and drums.
However, the band can offer different line-up options to suit different events/tastes/budgets. The different line-up options are:
- Duo (female vocals, piano)
- Trio (female vocals, piano, double bass)
- STANDARD 4-piece (female vocals, piano, double bass, drums)
- 5-piece (female vocals, piano, double bass, drums AND guitar)
- 6-piece (female vocals, piano, double bass, drums AND guitar, saxophone)
OUR BAND MEMBERS
Carolina Garcia-Cox - Vocals
With more than twelve years of performance experience, Carolina has developed a uniquely expressive vocal style which fits this band perfectly. Carolina's experience ranges from musical theatre to solo and band work with everything in between. She adds her own soulful twist to many of the great jazz standards taking influence from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Julie London, Sarah Vaughan to the more contemporary Norah Jones and Diana Krall.
Stuart Smith - Drums
Stuart has spent most of his professional musical career on the UK jazz circuit playing alongside some of the best performers of jazz including John Hallam, Jamie Brownfield, Tom Kincaid, Amy Roberts and Jeff Barnhart. He has appeared at many of the UK Jazz Festivals. Stuart has also played with Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band – a band which favours the sounds of New Orleans and the blues of Chicago. He has recently become a full time member of The Swing Commanders - a fantastic swing band that performs an exciting mix of 1940s classics, boogie-woogie, western swing and 50’s jump jazz.
Steve Hall - Piano
Jazz pianist Steve has a strong reputation as a musician both in the UK and abroad. He plays anything from solo performances through to shows with full orchestras. Influenced by a fusion of big band greats and latin legends, Steve's style is described as exciting and flawless. He is a current member of "The Double B Jazz Orchestra" and has spent many years entertaining the crowds on the Princess & Thomson cruises.
Peter Harrop - Double Bass
Peter has been on the wedding band circuit for over 12 years. He is an extremely versatile player with the ability to switch effortlessly between acoustic and electric bass when needed. He is currently a member of the very successful wedding bands The Jukes and Supersession, and you can spot him playing some jazz tunes with The Silvermoon Quartet.
Michael Banfield - Guitar
Michael is a very accomplished guitarist and can be seen alongside Peter in wedding bands The Jukes, Supersession and jazz quartet 'The Silvermoon Quartet'. An extremely versatile player, Michael can easily switch from rock and pop, to soul and funk, but he has a growing passion for the jazz genre and is itching to dip his feet further into the jazz world!