The Calico Jazz Cats

A Classic Acoustic Jazz Quintet Covering Over 100 Years of Jazz & Pop, Based in Dallas-Ft. Worth

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  • Classy and elegant while also fun and entertaining, with a classic acoustic jazz combo sound.
  • Wide and extensive repertoire to fit your unique tastes and/or event theme: over 100 years of jazz and popular music to choose from (1920's to today)! 
  • No awkward silences: we come prepared with well-balanced set lists (list of songs to play, in order) and pre-set arrangements to keep the momentum moving forward. 
  • Appropriate balance & sound levels: we bring our own professional audio engineer and sound equipment to ensure proper balance and sound levels for your event and venue. 

The Calico Jazz Cats has a traditional acoustic sound perfect for smaller venues, more laid-back events, or elegant dinners and cocktail hours. But make no mistake: this band has style. Don't expect them to be mere wallflowers! They are the perfect mix of classy & elegant with fun & entertaining. 

"...we loved it from the moment they started until the very last song. We were like this 😍, and many of our guests also commented that The [Calico] Jazz Cats was brilliant!" (translated from Spanish.)
—Italia Alvarado
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Highly Customizable Repertoire: A Wide Range Of Themes, And Pretty Much Any Song, Can Be Accommodated 

The Calico Jazz Catsas its name might suggest—it is the most versatile and accommodating of our ensembles, with a wide and extensive repertoire made up of a mix of classic jazz standards of the 20s - 60s, pop songs of every decade arranged in an elegant jazz style, and other fun and entertaining repertoire, such as a selection of Disney songs, including our favorite: Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat!

If you have no particular preferences, we will arrive with well-balanced set lists to provide variety and a little something for everyone. But we can tailor our repertoire selection to fit your preferred "vibe," or the theme for your event, such as...
  • 1920s "Jazz Age" 
  • 1940s or "Swing" 
  • Crooner Songs
  • Love Songs (and plenty of them!)
  • Smoky Jazz Club
  • Vintage Pop (Songs from every decade re-arranged in a classic jazz style.)
  • Latin repertoire 
  • Disney songs, and other songs for kids (or kids-at-heart!)
  • Christmas & Holiday
  • Artist Repertoire (such as Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, or you name the artist!)
We can also accommodate just about any song request you may have, even if it is outside of our standard repertoire (for a modest arranging fee). That means your event will be uniquely tailored for you, not a one-size-fits-all performance. 
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We're Jazz Musicians, But We Don't Just "Wing-It."

Are you concerned about...
  • Hiring a band that turns out to be a little boring or uninspiring, fails to create a memorable experience, or every song starts to sound the same after a while? 
  • Having too much awkward silence between songs?
  • Hiring a band that's just "more of the same" of what you hear at other events, and doesn't offer anything unique or different? 
Hi, I'm Aaron Stanley, the creator, arranger, bandleader, and (usually) trumpeter for the Calico Jazz Cats. Many bands of this type are, quite frankly, a little boring and uninspiring—usually because the musicians aren't putting enough focus on the audience experience and are just "winging it." In my experience—even as a jazz musician accustomed to improvising—if you completely "wing it," you usually get "wing-it" results. 

That's why I work hard to select the best repertoire, create interesting and unique arrangements, and hire amazing performers who love the music. Here's what else you can expect...
  • No awkward silences: we come prepared with a well-balanced set list (list of songs to play, in order) to avoid the inevitable 3-minute discussions between each song about what song we'll play next and how to play it. 

  • More of your favorite songs per set: In addition to being more organized with our set lists, we do shorter, more compact arrangements so you can hear more of your favorite songs per set. (Plus, we aren't limited to our repertoire list. Since I'm a professional arranger, we can play a thrilling version of pretty much any song you want to hear for a modest arranging/rehearsal fee.)

  • Professional Quality Sound. In addition to our talented musicianseach of whom are artists in their own rightI've learned from experience that bringing my own professional audio engineer and equipment is critical to ensuring the band always sounds great, is properly balanced, EQ'd properly, and that the sound levels are appropriate for the event. (This is something many other bands of this type don't put enough focus on.)

  • Professional vibes. We take seriously the importance of showing up on time, being dressed appropriately for the event, being ready to entertain, and also refraining from alcohol while we're working. 
All the above helps insure the best possible experience for everyone involved, from the event planner to the guests. Let the Calico Jazz Cats put your mind at ease and create an unforgettable vintage style experience!
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Selected Repertoire of the Calico Jazz Cats: 

The list below is far from comprehensive, and focuses more on the vocal standards of the Great American Songbook rather than the abundance of instrumental jazz standards, though pretty much any jazz standard is possible for no extra charge. We just love playing jazz! 

Any song outside of the standard jazz repertoire that is not listed here can be presented at your event for an extra arranging/rehearsal fee. That means the potential repertoire is virtually unlimited!
Songs of the 1920s:
Ain't Misbehavin'
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Crazy Rhythm
'Deed I Do
Everybody Loves My Baby
Fascinating Rhythm
Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I've Found A New Baby
It Had To Be You
Love Me Or Leave Me
Makin' Whoopee!
Puttin' On The Ritz
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Somebody Loves Me
Someone To Watch Over Me
What Is This Thing Called Love?
When You're Smiling
Songs of the 1930s:
All Of Me
All The Things You Are
Alone Together
Angel Eyes
Anything Goes
As Time Goes By
Beautiful Love
Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
Blue Moon
Body And Soul
But Not For Me
Cheek To Cheek
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Embraceable You
Exactly Like You
Georgia On My Mind
I Get A Kick Out Of You
I Got Rhythm
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
I Only Have Eyes For You
I've Got The World On A String
I've Got You Under My Skin
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
It's Only A Paper Moon
Just Friends
Lady Is A Tramp
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Funny Valentine
The Nearness Of You
Night And Day
(Our) Love Is Here To Stay
Over The Rainbow
Stormy Weather
Summertime
They Can't Take That Away From Me
The Way You Look Tonight
When I Get Low I Get High
Songs of the 1940s:
Almost Like Being In Love
At Last
Autumn Leaves
Bésame Mucho
Beyond The Sea
C'est Si Bon
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Give Me The Simple Life
How High The Moon
I Fall In Love Too Easily 
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)
La Vie En Rose
Lover Man
Moonlight In Vermont
Nature Boy
Old Devil Moon
Route 66
Speak Low
Take The "A" Train
Taking A Chance On Love
Tenderly
There Will Never Be Another You
Why Don't You Do Right?
Witchcraft 
You Make Me Feel So Young
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Jazz/Swing of the 1950s & 60s:
The Best Is Yet To Come
Come Fly With Me
Days Of Wine And Roses
Feelin' Good
Fly Me To The Moon
The Girl From Ipanema
Here's That Rainy Day
How Insensitive
L-O-V-E
Li'l Darlin'
Lullaby Of Birdland
Misty
One Note Samba
Satin Doll
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Smile
Sway
Unforgettable
What A Wonderful World
When I Fall In Love
Pop (& Other Genre) Songs:
1960s
All You Need Is Love
Can't Buy Me Love
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Close To You
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
A Hard Day's Night
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
I Say A Little Prayer For You
Moon River
Something
Stand By Me
What The World Needs Now
Yesterday

1970s
Ain't No Sunshine
Is This Love?
Just The Way You Are
Killing Me Softly With His Song
Moondance
Saving All My Love For You
September
You Are So Beautiful
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

1980s
Billie Jean
Careless Whisper
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Just The Two Of Us
Livin' On A Prayer
Lovesong
Sweet Child O' Mine
The Way You Make Me Feel

1990s
Creep
Livin' La Vida Loca
Lovefool
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
This Is How We Do It

2000s
Bad Romance
Don't Know Why
Seven Nation Army
Sunday Morning
This Love

2010s
All About That Bass
Call Me Maybe
Get Lucky
Happy
Love Yourself
Rude
Sorry
Take Me To Church
Verde Más Allá
We Found Love
Latin Repertoire:
Bésame Mucho
Blue Bossa
Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White
Copacabana
Frenesí 
Girl From Ipanema (& many Bossa Novas)
Guantanamera
La Bamba
Livin' La Vida Loca
Mas Que Nada
One Note Samba
Oye Como Va
Quizás, Quizás, Quizás
Sway (Quien Será)
Usted
Verde Más Allá
Disney, Etc.:
The Bare Necessities 
Beauty & The Beast
Chim Chim Cher-ree
Cruella de Vil
Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat
Heigh-Ho
He's A Tramp
I Wanna Be Like You (Monkey Song)
Manuh Manuh (Muppets)
Once Upon A Dream
Someday My Prince Will Come
When You Wish Upon A Star
A Whole New World
You've Got A Friend In Me
Christmas & Holiday:
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Angels From The Realms Of Glory
Angels We Have Heard On High
Auld Lang Syne
Away In A Manger
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Blue Christmas
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts)
Coventry Carol
Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
Deck The Hall
Feliz Navidad
Frosty The Snowman
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Happy Holiday
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus
A Holly Jolly Christmas
Home For The Holidays
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
I'll Be Home For Christmas
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Let It Snow! 
March Of The Three Kings
Mister Santa
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
My Favorite Things
O Christmas Tree
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer 
Santa Baby
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Silent Night
Silver Bells
Sleigh Ride
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
We Three Kings
(I'm Dreaming Of A) White Christmas
Winter Wonderland

How To Book The Calico Jazz Cats

Step 1: Fill out the form below to inquire about availability & get a quote.

Step 2: Book the band. If we're available, and a good fit, a signed Performance Agreement with a 50% deposit will secure the band for your event. The final balance is due 7 days prior to the event. 

Step 3: Plan the musical details using our easy-to-use online portal. We'll stay in touch as the event approaches to ensure you and your guests have an unforgettable vintage musical experience. On the portal, you'll be able to see the same information our band members see regarding the event schedule and repertoire selection. If you prefer to have us choose the repertoire, we will arrive with well-balanced set lists with a little something for everyone. 

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