Jeff and I were sad to hear this devastating news. Joe LoRé was a consummate professional and super nice guy to work with. Joe and Tom Carpenter were always willing to listen to our suggestions about editing and audio on the two broadcasts we did for TV 47. They did a bang up job as anyone knows that’s seen them.
He was always a welcoming and engaging dude; making us super relaxed in the studio giving way to best performance we could achieve. What a crazy bunch and so fun to work with. We’ll miss it and you too, Joe. Below is obit from our friend and on the onsite photog Tom Marnell.
Jeff & Billy
Very sad to be sending out the news that the technical driving force behind the production of the show Atlanta Jazz and Blues, Mr. Joe LoRe, passed away last night. No details at this time.
Most of you have done at least one recording with Joe at the helm of camera operations in the studio. He was the founder and operator of TV47, a streaming TV show that aired the Atlanta Jazz and Blues show
several times a week. After Comcast 25 Studio closed Joe was the person responsible for keeping the show recording first at the West Side Cultural Arts Center and then at the fellowship hall of the Tucker Methodist Church. We had only done 4-5 recordings in that location before Joe Passed. Joe was a cameraman for the Sesame Street show for many years.
He was fun, creative and easy to work with. He will really be missed.
Production of the show has been put on hold and hopefully we will be up and running soon with another engineer. Not sure, at this point, what is going to happen to the tv47 show.
Thanksgiving time has been a little crazy for Jazz By Two the last couple of years.
Believe me, its a GOOD problem. In 2016 our friends Jane and Tom of “Amazing Grace Catering & Events” in Blairsville, Ga. employed us to come up north to play on Thanksgiving Eve.
They called it a “Friendsgiving Dinner” inviting all of their friends and business associates. This would be a covered dish and catered event taking place in a stable barn that Jane & Tom freshly renovated into an new event hall. So creative, and inventive right? Well, what a beautiful and rustic setting, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Way to go guy’s, thats really thinking on your feet.
Well, we’re happy to say the event was a smash (just like last year). So many welcoming and friendly faces (and good food!) it was our pleasure to come back and do it again this year!
Look at the little boy in bottom right hand corner of picture. He was there “air drumming” with me all night. (my biggest fan!) Bet he will grow up to be a drummer in a big band one day.
Here are the reviews from last year and this year:
“A FIVE-STAR duo! We have invited this fantastic duo for the last two years at our Thanksgiving Friendsgiving Dinner for 100 guests and have reserved them for 2018! They are a lot of fun and our guests enjoy them. 100% satisfaction!” – Review by Jane Heim. FROM BLAIRSVILLE, GA ON 11/23/2017
“Jazz By Two (aka) A Sparkling Planet was THE BEST duo for our Friendsgiving Holiday Dinner. Their professionalism and music was A+ and they are a lot of fun! Hope to use them again and again…!” – Review by Jane Heim. FROM BLAIRSVILLE, GA ON 11/23/2016
Thanks guys , keep the home fires burning and we’ll see ya next year!
Gilbert / Geise Wedding – April 2nd 2017
“We had Billy and Jeff play as our only musical entertainment at our wedding, and they did an amazing job! They were extremely prompt in their responses, easy to work with, affordable, and accommodating- the live music jackpot! We made several song requests for ceremony and reception music, and they learned our songs without issue.
The day of the wedding, they were set up and ready to go on time even though they had never played at our venue before.
My husband and I were extremely impressed by the quality of the music during the event, and they did an excellent job of keeping everyone entertained and dancing.
I would absolutely recommend their services for your wedding and other events. We thoroughly enjoyed working with them, and they helped make our wedding a fun and memorable day.”
Thanks again guys!
Lindsay & Charlie
Beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple, Lindsay Geise and Charlie Gilbert. First time we ever played Rhodes Hall (Castle!) for an event. The atmosphere and heritage is really flowing thru the place. Also, it is headquarters for The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. We performed outside on the massive front porch on a gorgeous afternoon. A “Chamber of Commerce” day, as they say.
Very relaxing. Charlie & Lindsay couldn’t have been better hosts and made us feel like family. Guests were very nice and responsive to our performance. This was very fun and we won’t forget it.
Again, congrats! Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert
We wish you all the best from us
Jeff and Billy – Jazz By Two
Venue: Reunion Country Club
When I planned our Valentines Dinner for the club, I had a certain vision in my mind. I wanted a classy, entertaining, and romantic atmosphere. I had heard Jazz By Two before, and they were fantastic. They were fantastic this evening as well.
The members were blown away by the talent and the overall performance. The whole evening would not have been complete without them. I would definitely have them back. Thank you again!! – Meghan D, Hoschton, GA
Due to our busy performance schedule, my attention to “In The News” blog has suffered. Really, not allot of time to update recent events (my apologies). But, this week has given me a few minutes to catch everyone up as to what we have been doing this year. Also, make some over due upgrades to this web site.
If you’ve never heard of Thumbtack.com – it is an online service that helps people connect to entertainment and many other service professionals. (You may have seen the TV ads).
Jazz By Two became a member of Thumbtack in 2012. In the beginning the leads and requests were unfocused and not really targeted towards our “jazz duo” situation. However, in 2016 they tweaked the site and we made some valid quotes and worked! Thumbtack seems to listen to vendors concerns and takes action getting more targeted traffic to your niche offering.
Anyway, we sent many quotes out this year and have had some really great responses to the band. I wish to share a few of those with you today:
Jazz Band Entertainment Verified Review
Pianist Verified Review
Jazz Band Entertainment Verified Review
The band was great!! They arrived on time and played their butts off!! Thanks Billy and Jeff..I will use you guys again!!
This is an amazing group that made a special evening an event to remember. They were professional, on time and came prepared with a broad catalog of music. Our guests had a great time dancing and enjoying the great music.I will definitely contact them for future events.
Sorry to say, our 14 month run at Cinco’s Restaurant has ended today. You may remember Jazz By Two was hired (August 2015) to play a Latin Jazz set for Sunday Brunch from 11:00 – 3:00pm each week. (see here) We will miss coming in and playing for the amiable staff and friendly patrons. Great hang, good food and atmosphere (except no jazz by us anymore, ha!)
In 2015 this was a new venture @ the Suwanee location and we were part of the projected growth of the new Sunday Brunch addition. We received allot of praises from corporate, the owner (himself) and patrons on our performances. It was a perfect match…so much so, that they tried to replicate our “jazz duo” show at the Cumming, Ga. location. (Not sure if they ever did, but we saw the inquiries online.) It was (also) flattering when they asked us to do a regular weeknight performance, as well. So, things were going great for quite a long time.
There is no accounting for HOW a restaurant chooses to operate and manage its affairs and / or promotion. Sometimes it fails. We are just proud of the longevity of this job and the work we accomplished creating our Latin Jazz show.
In the last 4 months (or so) “musical chairs” with managers began, long time staff members leaving and foot traffic slowing to a crawl. The writing was on the wall and just a matter of time before they would have to cut entertainment. (Actually I thought it would have come before now).
The Sunday Brunch was not turning around, which paid our salaries. So, goes the restaurant / bar business. However, Cinco’s – Suwanee, Ga (est. 2008) weekly traffic is still great and we recommend them. We’ll miss our regular gig & the nice people we got to know and work with. But, it makes room for creative projects we’ve put on the back burner. “Its all good”, as they say. On to the next phase.
So, Adios Cinco’s ! – thanks for supporting us! You were great to have us in your house for the past 14 months and we do appreciate it. Good luck and have us back anytime.
“WOW! Thank you Jazz by Two for turning our night into a smashing success. You were so easy to work with and sounded so fantastic. Just two days after the event, emails have poured in singing your praises. I can’t imagine our gala without you, thank you so very much!”
-Meghan Timko – Gala Chair “Autism Speaks!”
Man, what a great time we had working for Autism Speaks! last Saturday night at The Marietta Country Club. Meghan Timko was the “hostess with the mostest”. She really made us feel welcome and made sure we had everything we needed to put on a great show And BOY, what an event she can put on! Very successful and they broke their goal with raising around 46K, which was far more than expected. Yeah!
The fund raising was successful but so was the cuisine which was fit for kings and queens. Just delicious! Very elegant pampered affair including a bourbon tasting event.
Special shout out to Keli Owens (MCC) for all your help getting us settled in -set up and how to navigate our environment for the evening. Also, my new friend Michael Tolleson featured artist at the gala. He is extrodinary and did a painting @ this event that auctioned for $2,500.00 (proceeds going to Autism Speaks!) See more about his amazing story here: http://www.michaeltollesonartist.com/
Oh, and last but not least, thank you Linda Walker of Speer Entertainment…for booking us on the very rewarding event.
This is certainly one of those “plum” gigs. What could be better than being exposed to the Georgia Restaurant Association (and we play in restaurants)?? That’s a No Brainier! These folks could have picked anyone and decided to go with us. We appreciate that SO MUCH and it will be an honor to play for this important annual event. Also, its being held at the fabulous Ventanas Atlanta venue. Look forward to having a great time with everyone at the GRA. we’ll have our business cards ready!! Here are the details:
The 2015 Georgia Restaurant Association’s Chairman’s Reception is immediately following the first day of the Atlanta Foodservice Expo. Walk on over from the Georgia World Congress Center and join us for some hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and networking with foodservice and hospitality professionals all under one roof! The GRA Chairman’s Award will be presented immediately following the Expo.
When: October 19, 2015 from 6pm-8pm
Where: Ventanas Atlanta
275 Baker Street
Atlanta, GA 30313
What: Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails, State of the State Address (GRA Chair), Presentation of the GRA Chairman’s Award.
Cost: Free with Atlanta Foodservice Expo Badge.
GRA Members & Allied Partners: $15
Non-Member Vendors: $25
When Linda Walker of Speer Entertainment gave us the call to help out & donate our time to play for Autism Speaks!, it was our pleasure to accept. What a great cause and great to hear from Linda (a good friend from way back) & help out anyway we can. ✭ Here is Press Release ✭
So, without further a due (because this event is Saturday Night Oct. 3rd) here are th details. Do what you can to help out this very important cause.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA (August 31, 2015) – Participating for a cause that means so much more than just a fancy dress or shiny shoes, hundreds are expected to enjoy an elegant evening at the 3rd Annual Southern Pieces Gala on October 3, 2015 at the Marietta Country Club, sponsored by Cobb EMC. The gala will benefit Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Indigo House – Grand Opening! Wow what a blast! Everytime we do a job for Jerrico Webster and Dana Pate of Matrix Residential, it is just the most pleasurable experience possible. You wouldn’t believe.
Not many jobs you get the support, help and direction to make the performance and event a memorable one. These guys max it, really professional.
Not only that, the parties and grand openings they throw are SUPER successful and we get allot of appreciation from their guests, patrons, residents and prospects for these incredibly beautiful luxury apartment sites.
You may have seen Jerrico and Dana mentioned in one of our earlier posts. Because, guess what folks, they have hired us 3 times this year already! I think we are in synchronicity now Jerrico & Dana, what do you think? Hey, at the least its one professional to another and trusting the excellence of the work. We take pride and you do too, it shows.
Well, I could go on and on about this and the way we feel – but last word is …its great to be appreciated and your patrons are so interesting and involved, nice gig to play for nice folks…and of course that comes from you guys!!
Keep up the good work and we’ll be available anytime you need us, again thanks for your support and work this year..feels great and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Bye for now!