The genuine live Jazz experience
from Melbourne’s best working band

About Orlando Combo

Please note, the 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 performing under the one band name, this is not how we operate.

Follow us on 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, instrumental background music through to our Quintet with vocals for lively Swing and Soul material, Orlando Combo can provide the genuine live Jazz experience for your venue or next event.

Orlando Combo first formed when members Adam Orlando and Lucas Evans met at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) whilst completing a BA in music performance. Through the experience gained from over 2500 performances the Combo has gone on to become one of Melbourne’s best working bands, offering professionalism, reliability and outstanding musicianship. By dealing directly with the bands manager (and therefore avoiding the additional 3rd party costs of a booking agency) our clients are able to receive the highest quality entertainment at a reasonable price.

Orlando Combo performs regularly at all major Melbourne events including; a tournament residency at the Australian Tennis Open (6 years), AFL Grand Final, Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington (12 years), Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Commonwealth Games, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Queen Victoria Night Market summer and winter series (10 years), Melbourne Fashion Festival (3 years)  and Channel 9’s ‘The Block’ (2 years). Public venue residencies in Melbourne include; The Night Cat, Crown Casino, The Botanical Hotel Sth Yarra (8 year residency), the Athenaeum Theatre, Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Portsea Hotel and Half Moon Hotel  Brighton. Corporate clients include Pfizer, BHP, Loreal, Ericsson, Ernst & Young, ANZ, CBA, NAB, Accenture, Telstra, GE, IBM, LendLease, Greg Norman, Department of Premier and Cabinet, PWC, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, the AFL, Amcor etc. Private function venues include Vue De Monde, the Melbourne Club, Crown Casino, Government and Parliament House, The Arts Centre, NGV, Eureka 89 and Grand/Park Hyatt’s. The group has also completed a six month performance contract at the Hotel Sofitel, Vietnam. Wedding performances are also a specialty.

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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, George Benson and the ‘Blue Note’ record label era, ‘Great American Songbook’ standards and show tunes of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, 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, New Orleans style brass band roving street music and the dance-floor soul and Motown classics and vintage party tunes of Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and The Beatles etc.

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.

Yours Sincerely,
Lachlan Furnell
Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
Accor Hotels Vietnam

To check availability, obtain a quote or make any other enquiry contact Bandleader/Manager Lucas Evans now on (+61) 0410 466 439. Alternatively 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

Botanical Hotel

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.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Baker

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 and have studied, performed, toured and recorded together ever since, our history of recordings and references 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.

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