I know it’s not actually Wednesday, but tomorrow is a holiday and we’ll be spending it.. at Ikea. We don’t have and Ikea within 60mi so when we do go we pretty much make a day out of it. That’s what happens when Independence Day falls smack dab in the middle of the week and our families live too far to travel to. Anyway! Back to this week’s wedding post..
As you saw a couple weeks ago on my massive to-do list, we’ve scratched a lot of things off our list that we haven’t shared with you guys? And it’s about time we caught you up a little. One of the biggest
stresses items we crossed off our list was the perfect wedding band. My entire life [well ever since seeing the end of Meet Joe Black] I’ve always wanted a band at my wedding, rather than a DJ. And luckily Derek, who has been a musician his whole life and obsessed with Jazz music made this his only wedding request. So it was decided. We were on the hunt for the perfect jazz band. We just find them so classy and elegant and timeless. Any generation can get up and dance to the songs of Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, while only a few people will jump up and shake their booty to LMFAO [ahem Kate and Fresh] and since we want everyone to have a good time, we felt this was perfect.
We knew our budget and we began scouring the interwebs for the perfect Jazz band. Knowing a lot of musicians in the area helped, but they were all either booked, or crazy expensive, or just not the sound we were looking for. But then we found our guys. Meet South Texas Jazz!
As you read the rest of this post you should probably have this playing in the background. It just adds to the ambiance.
They had several arrangements to choose from and we decided to go with the Quartet which included a piano, drums, stand up base, and vocals/saxophone. We felt that a four piece band would be perfect for our size of venue, yet have enough impact to really set the mood for the night. We sent emails back and forth with Brent AKA Doc Watkins, who is so wonderful to work with! We really wanted to see them perform in person before making our decision and he invited us to come out to Bohannan’s that weekend to see them play. We slipped into some plush leather chairs and had some of the best cocktails we’ve had in a while, and as soon as they started playing we never wanted to leave.
He had asked us to give him a list of requests to play for us that night, and boy did
we Derek ever give him a list! I gave him a few obvious songs that I’ve always loved like ‘Come Fly With Me’, ‘What a Wonderful World’, ‘Moon River’, etc. and Derek wanted to test their skills with some Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. So when they started playing ‘Take Five’ without missing a beat Derek was in heaven. I haven’t seen him that giddy over a band in a while. I actually choked up when they started playing Moon River so we both knew they this was a done deal!
If you want to hear more of their music, be sure to watch their videos here. Or if you live in San Antonio you can catch them every Friday and Saturday night at Bohanan’s at 9:30pm. The drinks and appetizers are wonderful, and heck we’ll probably see you there!