Special Request Music for Jazz Duo

The Newport Masonic Lodge in St. Paul Park asked for some special music for their 100 year anniversary celebration.  We were thrilled to honor their request with songs from 1914 through the 30’s.  It is fun for us to play these older hits, and the guests enjoyed the chance to hear the songs performed live.

Here is our duo’s rendition of a trio version of a big band hit – Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, from an iPad (too bad it turned out blurry).  During the social hour we had a cozy corner in the main room of the 2 story lodge.  We really enjoyed how responsive the audience was that evening.

Millennial Wedding Couples

We attended the annual convention for wedding professionals, and this year we learned what’s important to millennial couples.  The Knot helped us understand how we got to the current trends.  In the 80’s couples were trying to match the classic feel they saw from examples like Princess Diana’s wedding.  In the 90’s there was a break form the traditional look.  The 2000’s were more about integrating newer technology and not being like everyone else, but having a personalized style.

Carley Roney, Co-Founder, The Knot

Carley Roney, Co-Founder, The Knot at Wedding MBA 2014

Millennial couples are image driven, cause driven, and want to connect.  They want their wedding to be authentic and express who they really are as a couple.  They have an appreciation for the traditional, but present it with a modern reflection.

As far as music is concerned, they are interested in incorporating elements of live music in the ceremony, reception, or both.  They are interested in having special songs performed that have a unique meaning for them.  We enjoy taking special request songs that couples didn’t think they would be able to have and presenting them in a way that makes their special day memorable.  We love singing and playing as part of an authentic way to connect family and friends in celebration.

Susan Southerland, Just Marry/Expert, Perfect Wedding Guide

Susan Southerland, Just Marry/Expert, Perfect Wedding Guide

Diane at Wedding MBA 2014 JJ at Wedding MBA 2014

Our State Fair is the Best State Fair!

As a special events vocalist I sing at many family friendly celebrations: weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and parties. I really love to see all the family friendly musical acts that are at our great MN state fair; both at the grandstand and All of the many free stages. What a great variety of musical fun! Yes, there’s all the food, but I feel that all of the music, dance, and art presentations make our state fair exceptional.

state-fair-stageWell done Minnesota, I love our cultural scene. Hooray for live music!

Top 5 Classic Jazz First Dance Songs

Whether couples are having a dance or a social reception with live background music playing, there is almost always a First Dance. We tend to play instrumental music prior and save the first vocal song for this special time.

Top 5 Classic Jazz First Dance Songs

Other top First dance songs performed by my Jazz bands include: At Last, Someone To Watch Over Me, Come Away With Me, Wonderful World, and I Could Not Ask For More.

For uptempo songs: Our Love Is Here to Stay, Fly Me To The Moon, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Everything, and ‘S Wonderful.

Jazz band first dance song

Diane Martinson Jazz Quartet

Those are some of the more popular songs off of our play list. Many times we perform a special request song that has extra meaning for the couple. We have had fun performing a variety of song styles. When the couple has a choreographed dance, we like to find out which recording they learned it to so we match the tempo for them.

Planning Your Wedding Ceremony Music

Planning the music for your wedding can vary widely depending on your venue.  Your ceremony music is a personalized reflection of your love.  We enjoy helping couples find the right music that suits their tastes and helps their ceremony stand out.  Whether it’s a formal or informal setting we have many different songs styles to choose from at your music planning consultation.

Here’s some nice feedback we received from one of our brides:

client review “My fiance and I knew we wanted great music for our wedding ceremony, but we didn’t know where to start. Diane and her pianist, JJ, were beyond helpful in the planning process – just extremely pleasant to work with. The great service they provide is second only to the beautiful music they will create for your occasion. We highly recommend Diane Martinson and her accompanists!” — Anne M.

My Music Planner includes some examples of where to place vocal songs and instrumental music.  Diane’s Wedding Music Planner

*We welcome special request songs. It doesn’t matter if the original was sung by a male vocalist, or if it was played by a band.  We can transpose the song and arrange it for our vocal/piano duo to capture the style and heart of the song.

Diane Martinson Vocal / Piano Duo

Diane Martinson – Wedding Singer / JJ Saecker – Pianist

Happy Fourth of July

Diane Martinson Vocalist & Pianist Duo

Diane Martinson Vocalist & Pianist Duo

Happy 4th of July everyone!
— JJ Saecker and Diane Martinson.

Our 30 minute patriotic music show is great after luncheon entertainment on Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day. One of my favorite songs to sing is The House I Live In made popular by Frank Sinatra. It’s also fun to lead sing-a-longs where the whole room can join in on the classic Americana songs like This Land Is Your Land.

Blogging Duo

Diane Martinson and JJ Saecker Duo

Diane Martinson and JJ Saecker Duo

I’m happy to announce the duo relationship of Diane Martinson and JJ Saecker now includes our blog posts! 🙂

You’ll now see posts from each of us on here, including past posts from JJ’s On That Note… Blogger site.  We sure do love working together.