About Orlando Combo
Please note, Orlando Combo is an actual band and not a music agency or ‘franchise’. We only take on one booking at a time. Some groups take multiple bookings for the same date all operating under the one band name, this is not how we operate.
Real instruments played live by highly skilled musicians – no electronics, samples, loops, backing tracks, drum machines or gadgetry.
From our compact acoustic Trio line-up for sophisticated background music through to our Quintet for lively Swing and Soul dance material, Orlando Combo can provide the genuine live Jazz experience for your venue or next event.
Orlando Combo first formed in 1996 when the members met at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) whilst completing a BA in music performance. Through the experience gained from over 2000 performances the Combo has gone on to become one of Melbourne’s best working bands, offering professionalism, reliability and outstanding musicianship at a reasonable price.
The genre is Jazz but more specifically the sound is a special blend of Swing/Rhythm & Blues/Bossa Nova/Lounge/Motown/Boogaloo and Soul. Inspiration and repertoire comes from the swing of Louis Armstrong, the big band era and the roaring Jazz of the 1920’s/’Great Gatsby’ period, the cool sounds of Miles Davis and the ‘Blue Note’ label, ‘Great American Songbook’ standards and show tunes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Michael Buble’, smooth bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the old school Rhythm & Blues and retro Rock & Roll party starters of the 1950’s and 60’s by Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Elvis and Chuck Berry and the dance floor soul classics of Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and The Beatles etc.
Public venues and performances in Melbourne have included the Australian Open and AAMI Classic tennis tournaments, AFL Grand Final, Melbourne Cup at Flemington, The Night Cat, Dizzy’s Jazz Club and The Botanical. Corporate clients include BHP, Loreal, Ericsson, Ernst and Young, ANZ, CBA, NAB, Pfizer, Accenture, Telstra, GE, IBM etc. Private function venues include the Melbourne Club, Crown Casino, Government and Parliament House, The Arts Centre, NGV, Eureka 89 and Grand/Park Hyatt’s. In 2001 the group completed a six month contract at the Hotel Sofitel, Vietnam. Wedding performances are also a specialty.
To Whom It May Concern:
Orlando Combo has performed in the Major Media corporate marquee for the Spring Racing Carnival for Melbourne Cup, Oaks and Derby days at Flemington racecourse. Due to the successful nature of the booking it has continued now every year for 8 years straight.
Because of the bands professionalism, reliability and outstanding musicianship we had no hesitation in booking them in every year as we received so much positive feedback from our clients and guests.
I have no hesitation in highly recommending the Orlando Combo jazz band to anyone seeking quality live music for a venue, function or event.
David Field Managing Director – MAJOR MEDIA
The band takes up minimal space and is discreet with equipment, being fully aware of the visual importance of wedding and corporate function work. Our standard attire for private events is lounge suit; sharp ‘vintage style’ presentation in keeping with our musical genre.
Being regular performers at the Spring Racing Carnival and various functions in Melbourne’s parks and gardens the group is able to play without a power supply if requested (please refer to our YouTube channel for examples). The Combo also travels to the Peninsulas, rural Victoria and interstate for performances.
Orlando Combo gives you the genuine live Jazz experience from Melbourne’s best working band. Don’t just take our word for it, view our references page for client endorsements or see us live at one of our public performance/viewing nights.
The Orlando Combo complimented the venue perfectly. Providing a refreshing and entertaining atmosphere for our guests to enjoy. Due to the successful relationship the bands contract was extended to a six month, six nights per week period…Please contact me directly for a verbal reference if required.
Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
Accor Hotels Vietnam
To check availability, obtain a quote or make any other enquiry please contact Bandleader/Manager Lucas Evans now on (+61) 0410 466 439. Alternatively please proceed to the contact page to submit an online enquiry form.
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Melbourne’s iconic Botanical Hotel, South Yarra 8 year weekly residency performance reference from General Manager, Peter Baker
07th of February, 2018
To Whom It May Concern,
We have had the pleasure of having Orlando Combo perform at the Botanical Hotel, South Yarra continually over an 8-year period.
The group has played every week in our public bar/lounge area on Wednesday nights and also for many of our private events including ‘Oyster Frenzy’ nights and weekend Wine Market.
Over this time the group has been an integral part of the Botanical operation and our preferred source of live entertainment.
We have a very discerning cliental and the bands genre of music and their level of musicianship are in keeping with that. They provide a sophisticated and entertaining atmosphere but when required can play at a volume that doesn’t ‘take over’ the venue. This allows our guests to socialize as well as enjoy the music.
We receive ongoing complimentary feedback regarding the group and many of our guests visit on a Wednesday night for the live Jazz sessions in the bar.
Due to the longevity of the successful residency and performance I highly recommend Orlando Combo to venues and event planners that are seeking quality live Jazz entertainment. Lucas Evans (Bandleader/Manager) along with the other members are extremely punctual, professional and the bands musicianship is of the highest standard.
Colonial Leisure Group
Please note: When choosing a band for your event make sure you investigate that it is a set line-up and not just a band name with multiple rotating members. Orlando Combo is not a ‘franchise’, we are an actual single band that only takes on one booking at a time (some groups take multiple bookings for the same date all operating under the one band name). We are also not an agency so you will be dealing directly with the groups bandleader/manager, Lucas Evans, who will also be performing at your event. The core members of Orlando Combo began studies together at Australia’s premier music school, the Victorian College of the Arts in 1995 and have studied, performed, toured and recorded together ever since, our history of recordings and references dating back to the 1990’s will attest to this. Also be aware that all of our video and audio materials are either live concert or live studio recordings. We never use overdubs or samples to enhance our sound; whether it is in the studio or performing live.