Wedding Music And Gig Reviews
Many of the reviews below are from weddings at which I have performed, although I have included a selection of reviews from other sources - corporate events, private parties, etc.
Reviews from social media channels and other sources are not included here so if you would like to read more, additional kind comments can be found at destinations such as on Facebook page reviews.
Catherine and Nick
Matt and Rach
Roger Haywood - EDP Newspaper Review
Brilliant! Absolutely beautiful music!! We cannot thank you enough for playing at our wedding. I hope you managed to have a drink and thank you so much for playing such beautiful music on our day. Des’ ree sounded beautiful!
Hope you got to the festival on time!
Mr & Mrs Wahid
Ian & Karen
"Thank you for the great guitar music played during the ceremony.
Tony Hampson (father to the bride)
"EDP Destination Swing Review
A review from the EDP newspaper after hearing us at the Dereham Jazz Society in Lyng.
A world standard music masterclass
Take two guitarists, add a tenor and you might wonder what to expect. But the enthusiastic fans at Dereham Jazz Society knew it would be a magical night of blissful improvisation in perfect harmony. The tenor was, of course, one of the UK’s finest sax players and the two guitarists are amongst the best you will hear this side of New York. ‘Destination Swing’ offer sophisticated playing – cool in jazz lingo – which brought appreciative applause for every finely constructed solo.
Starting his career on classical guitar, Paul Hill is, today, the author of the definitive guitar training book – and an examiner for the London College of Music, in much demand for his training work. Jasper Smith is the perfect partner: inspired to take up guitar during the punk movement of the 70’s, his later playing influences include the giants of jazz guitar. He is now an examiner at the London College of Music and has two pieces in the classical syllabus for the college. Both can do impossible things on a guitar, often playing bass lines, rich chords and soloing simultaneously.
The heart of this trio is Martin Eaton, possibly our greatest home-grown tenor sax jazz star: what a striking tone and fluidity. On some numbers, he added his voice, not a traditional tenor sound but a soft mellowness that Michael Bublé might admire.
One question remains; how can an intro to creative jazz also be a masterclass?"
EDP Music Critic, and jazz enthusiast, Roger Haywood
"Hello all at Destination Swing
Just want to say a big ‘THANK YOU!’ for Saturday night. I know everyone was inevitably rabbiting away 19 to the dozen, but you were just what was wanted!
So – well done and many thanks, sorry I missed seeing you before you left…..kept getting side-tracked!
Very best wishes"
Excerpt from 'Guitar Teacher' magazine
I just wanted to say thank you to you and the guys. Working with you has been an absolute pleasure and we are so pleased that you could provide part of the soundtrack to our wonderful day. You guys looked and sounded brilliant!
Anna and Alex Vickers
Just landed, or so it feels having been through a bit of a whirlwind since the wedding. Just wanted to say a big thankyou for playing on 27th and apologise for over-running, we were all just having a good time and one thing led to another!
Hope all is well, busy no doubt with lots of weddings?
Alex & Alan
"Hi Jasper, Martin and Paul
just a quick note to thank you for a great show last Friday – spot on!
We will be able to donate £200 to The Benjamin Foundation – every little helps!
Hope your season goes well.
Very best wishes"
Doreen and Plumstead too
We would like to thank you for playing so beautifully for us at Saturday’s party for Hannah and Brad. The music helped to set the tone for what turned out to be a very happy day for us all; somebody commented that it gave a very continental feel to the proceedings.
Inevitably, I had little opportunity to properly listen to your musicianship, but perhaps that will happen on another occasion when I can really give your playing the attention it clearly merits!
Thank you for your professionalism and contribution to a very important day for our family
"Hello there Paul
I hope an E-Thank you is all right.
We are nearly back to our usual selves again after Saturday’s party.
A big Thank You to you and the others for your input. We very much enjoyed your lovely back ground musik and I did notice that you played “midnight in Moscow or Moscow Nights”.
Which ever it’s called, it’s my absolute favorite.
So many thanks again, hope to listen to you again somewhere."
Just wanted to thank you again for Sunday.
Chris & I had a great day & our friends and family have commented on how lovely it was to have you playing & how much they enjoyed you being there.
Please pass on our thanks to the lads & I hope to see you soon.
Just a little note to say thank you for Saturday. We had a fantastic time and everyone loved the music!!! Thank you so much.
We’ll definately be recommending you to any future husbands and wives…or just for celebrating!