Biography: The Adrian Duke Project
Combining critically acclaimed musicianship with a vast repertoire of music ranging from The Beatles, Van Morrison and Elton John to Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles to Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra, The Adrian Duke Project is a perfect fit for everything from a wedding reception to a company holiday party. Playing a funky mix of motown and soul, jazz and swing, and good ol' rock-n-roll, The Adrian Duke Project has pleased crowds at wedding receptions, corporate events, festivals, and concerts from Atlanta to Baltimore and everywhere in between. In 2007, Adrian was selected to be part of the band used as Richmond, VA's "Royal Welcome" for Queen Elizabeth II, and he has headlined festival stages throughout the Mid-Atlantic. It is this pedigree that separates The Adrian Duke Project from the average "variety band" - he plays the songs you know and love, and leaves the cheese behind!
As the bandleader, Adrian makes every effort to make sure your event will be a night to remember for only the right reasons. The Adrian Duke Project is a full seven-piece band, including trumpet and sax as well as the soulful stylings of female vocalist Theresa Richmond. Adrian is also capable of playing any number of classical pieces for a ceremony, performing solo or as a combo with other members of his band for cocktails, and playing a relaxing set of jazz and swing standards for dinner sets. Event planners and clients alike commonly note how professional and easy to work with Adrian is, as he focuses on tailoring the band's setlist and style to the needs of each event. Adrian will even learn several songs for any show, providing it's something that fits within his broad style of music. He's learned everything from Widespread Panic to "The Final Countdown" to ensure that everyone leaves happy at the end of the night.
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