July / August News

Dear Friends,
Welcome to summertime! So far, it has been a sizzling summer and Laurent and I are looking forward to spending a few long weekends at the Shore and on the banks of the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay for a little time out.
Summertime evokes images of travel, leisure, vacation and relaxation. Summertime is downtime. For us, it is also a good time to take advantage of the less hectic event season and focus on special music projects, catch up with friends and colleagues, attend networking events, concerts, festivals, play some cool gigs and get ready for fall and winter’s activities.


LB ENTERTAINMENT provides different musical options for social and corporate events in the Greater Philadelphia area. Here are a few thoughts about the importance of musical entertainment in a corporate environment.

“We love your music!”; “Your sound was amazing!” We hear these quotes often. It is always very gratifying to hear our corporate clients or their guests express how much they enjoy our music entertainment but it also suggests that the overall event was successful. Success is a combination of valued partnerships (professional event managers and their teams, creative theme designers, floral designers, caterers, photographers, lighting and sound specialists, etc.). Success reflects the close collaboration of all these resources.
Music is a great equalizer. It brings a festive note and also shows a more relaxed side of business. Experiential, highly emotionally rewarding, and a powerful motivator, music is a transformative factor in an event and its synergistic value brings together other important components of the event. Whether it is a fundraiser, award ceremony, incentive program, product launch, promotional campaign, team bonding, exhibitions, conferences, or other corporate events of a different nature, incorporating high quality artistic and musical talent during a cocktail or dinner reception – and having the right fit – will highlight an event and make a significant positive difference. It will:
• Elevate the feel of an event.
• Delight guests.
• Foster and increase social interaction and communication.
• Enhance a corporate message and objectives.
• Create lasting connections.
• Create more memorable and sustainable events.
Music entertainment is a critical consideration when designing an event. It is highly suggested in the overall strategy of a successful event.









Photo by Jenny Lynn


Laurent is working on completing his new electro-acoustic performance – blending live performance with digital elements from Ableton Live. A new and exciting repertoire is being recorded in addition to his jazz collaborative and solo performances; more details and samples to come in September.








Recent events
Mélange Jazz Trio (Laurent/Bert Harris/Walter Runge) was thrilled to perform for The Club Managers’ Make A Wish Fifteenth Annual Golf Classic at Stonewall Golf Club, fundraiser, gala cocktail reception and live and silent auction, www.stonewalllinks.com
Mélange Jazz Trio at Tendenza, www.cescapheballroom.com/tendenza.cfm, performed for a fabulous wedding’s cocktail hour at a fabulous venue.
Mélange at Front & Palmer, corporate event, www.frontandpalmer.com
Mélange Jazz Trio (Bert Harris, Jim Holton, Laurent) at the Four Seasons Hotel, corporate event, www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia/
Bala Golf Club, Open Mic Jazz Night with Club’s musician members, www.balagolfclub.com
Paris Wine Bar, Jazz duo. Laurent on sax and Bert Harris on bass, http://www.londongrill.com/paris-wine-bar/
Mélange Jazz Quartet was featured at Sunday Jazz Brunch at Manayunk Brewery Restaurant: Bert Harris on bass, Kimpedro Rodriguez on drums, Steve Strawitz on guitar, Laurent on soprano and tenor sax/flute/blues harmonica, www.manayunkbrewery.com

Networking events:
HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s annual summer outing on the Moshulu (www.moshulu.com), “Paradise on the Portside, Caribbean style” – www.gphsmai.org
ISES (International Special Event Society) Greater Philadelphia Chapter, July Family Fun Day at the Philadelphia Zoo – www.isesphila.com

Forthcoming performances:
Jazz Pulse featuring Bert Harris on bass, Laurent on sax and Kimpedro Rodriguez on drums, 5pm to 8pm, Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry Street, outdoor performance weather permitting, www.mexicanpost.com
LB Jazz +One: Bala Golf Club, Jazz Night, private event, August 16th.
Mélange Jazz Trio: PAFA, private event, wedding cocktail hour and dinner reception, August 17th, www.pafa.org
LB Jazz + One: Main Line School Night, Radnor, private event, September 21st, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, www.mainlineschoolnight.org/
Mélange Jazz Quartet: Sunday Jazz Brunch at Manayunk Brewery, September 29th and December 1st.
Bert Harris/Laurent Bass Jazz duo: Paris Wine Bar, November 9th and December 7th, 9:00pm to 12:00am.
LB Jazz +One: Trenton Country Club, First Friday, private event, October 4th, www.trentoncc.com
Stay tune on our forthcoming performances on social media, Facebook, LinkedIn or consult our calendar of events at http://www.lbentertainment.net/calendar/month.php for updated information and performances.

Summer 2013 hit song: “Get lucky” by the French group Daft Punk, vocals by Pharrell Williams – reminiscent of disco era, funky, retro, with an ultra-modern flair!
Everyone has a favorite summer song. What is yours? Here is a list compiled by NPR, 1962-2012: www.npr.org/2012/06/20/155132353/the-mix-the-songs-of-the-summer

Wishing everyone a great remaining summer season!