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Shades of Blue Jazz Band

Castine , ME
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PO box 1, Castine Road
Castine, ME US 04421 (map)

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207-902-2424

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Shades Of Blue Bio


The members of Shades of Blue began playing together 20 years ago when they met as students of the University of Maine atAugusta’s Jazz and... Read more
Shades Of Blue Bio


The members of Shades of Blue began playing together 20 years ago when they met as students of the University of Maine atAugusta’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program. They continued to perform together in various groups until the band was formed in its present configuration in 2008. Since then, Shades of Blue has enjoyed an extensive playing schedule in mid-coast and down-East Maine, pleasing audiences with an eclectic mix of old time jazz favorites, blues, original compositions, and sometimes reggae. The core of Shades of Blue is Juliane Gardner – lead vocalist and rhythm guitar, Chris Poulin – lead guitar/vocals/flute, and Ezra Rugg – acoustic and electric bass. Depending on the occasion the band functions as a trio or a quartet adding Mark Macksoud on percussion. The band sometimes adds a piano, trumpet, or sax.

Juliane Gardner began singing for large audiences at the age of five, performing in musicals with Cold Comfort Productions for twelve years. She started performing in bands as a teenager and then studied jazz vocals and piano at UMA. At a very early age she began listening to and eventually emulating jazz greats such as Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Lambert Hendricks, and Ross, and Thelonious Monk. Juliane is also influenced by singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffith, Jack Johnson, and James Taylor. The mixing of these two aesthetics is evidenced by her critically acclaimed albums Pack Saddle Road (2003), and You’ll Find it When You’re Not Looking (2009). Juliane has shared the stage with Chris Smither, Jessie Winchester, and Noel Paul Stookey. Her 2007 composition “Love and Comforting” was selected for inclusion in the nationally syndicated ABC TV series, Men in Trees in the spring of 2008.

Chris Poulin began playing guitar at the age of 9. At this young age, he wore out the needle on his first record player while listening to the Beatles. Chris went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in jazz from UMA, and a Master’s degree in jazz and classical guitar from Youngstown State University in Ohio. While at YSU, Chris, (together with the YSU big band), won an award in the jazz world’s premiere magazine, Downbeat, for the best college big band in the US. Chris has been a composer and a performer for 20 years in numerous jazz, blues, funk, and reggae groups throughout the US and on cruise ships in the Caribbean. He has performed with jazz artists such as Kenny Burrell, Sean Jones, Bob Moses, James Weidman, and Deborah Davis. More recently, Chris headlined the Hope Jazz Festival with the Pavvo Carey Quartet. Chris’s influences include Wes Montgomery, B.B. King, Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, and Bob Marley.

Ezra Rugg formed the group Antigravity in 1995, a favorite on college campuses and clubs throughout New England that features Ezra’s unique fusion of jazz and funk original compositions. He studied acoustic bass with New York session player Ben Street, electric bass with local legend Glen Dubois, Afro-Cuban percussion with Al Delgado, and drums with Steve Grover. As a recording engineer, Ezra has produced albums with local groups Tree By Leaf, Shawn Mercer, the Straight Up Jazz Trio, and Shades Of Blue. He also produces jingles for local radio. Ezra has been frequently featured on Friday Night Jazz with host Rich Tozier on MPBN radio.

Mark Macksoud is a sought after jazz drummer providing percussion for many jazz groups in Maine. Born and raised inWestchester, N Y, Mark has studied with Tony Williams, Ed Soph, Alan Dawson, and Fred Buda. He graduated from New England Conservatory and has performed with Cab Calloway, James Williams, Tiger Akoshi, and Bobby Watson. He currently teaches drumming at Colby College and Perkins Music.



Both Chris and Juliane are highly accomplished musicans, have CD's, radio interviews, benefits and extensive live performances to their credit. Juliane is sparkly, exceedingly professional, has an awesome Jazz voice and with the addition of Chris Poulin and their bass player, delicious harmonies and "swing" dancin' come naturally.
In the recent past, Shades of Blue played at our country home at Castine for two large group, our wedding last summer and a "Fields for Friends" event the summer before. EVERYBODY(who wants to) dances to their music and/or enjoys just soaking up the ambiance they magically provide as conversations continue. Shades of Blue will offer you a comfortable Maine feel (they're natives ya know.) wrapped in attractive and professional savvy. No worries. I absolutely recommend them! Victoria.Blackwood Coordinator, Continuing Education Maine Maritime Academy Castine, ME Recipe for a perfect wedding and reception to kick -off a lifetime of happily- ever- afters: something old, something new, something borrowed and Shades of Blue. When we were planning a destination wedding in Deer Isle, Maine, we were so fortunate to have Shades of Blue recommended to us by the innkeepers at the Pilgrim’s Inn. Juliane, Chris and their band were wonderful to work with. They have an impressive play list of both classical and contemporary songs, but they were also willing to learn a new piece for my daughter’s wedding. Juliane’s voice is warm and expressive. Chris is such an accomplished and versatile musician. All our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music. It just wouldn’t have been as memorable and special without the music they provided. Sincerely, Evelyn Katz Omaha, NE Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians), Medium (4-6 musicians), Small (1-3 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
Acoustic, Blues, Folk, Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
No
What is your band's usual attire?
We are "smart" dressers! We wear suits and dresses of the formal nature and are very professional. If the occasion is casual, then attire is discussed between manager and client, so that we know what is expected.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
yes!
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
yes!
How much time do you usually need for setup?
One full hour for a trio, perhaps an hour and 1/2 for a larger group.
How much space do you usually require?
we need a 5x12 foot space minimum for trio, larger for a bigger group.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
No
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
None
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
We can Emcee if requested, but no, we don't talk in between songs unless asked to.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
We would switch up the style of music and announce a special dance to encourage folks to get up and join in.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We take a 15 min. break in between sets, and if a meal can be included in our contract then we eat when ever it is convenient for the client.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes!
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
We have a great resource of "fill in musicians" to draw from. Unless it is an emergency, we have not experienced this issue before for a wedding. We would, I would imagine, discount the total of amount of one musician from the final bill.
What is your overtime rate?
This is discussed between the client and management upon interest.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
We charge a $100 fee for management,time,travel, lodging expense to help cover costs.We will waive this fee if we are hired close to home.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
We require half of the total amount agreed upon in advance of date at time of contract signing. It is a non-refundable deposit.

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Doug
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
You were awesome, we felt incredibly lucky to have found you.
Throughout the planning process you listened to all our concerns and thoughts, as well as provided a lot of great suggestions.
You were awesome, we felt incredibly lucky to have found you.
Throughout the planning process you listened to all our Read more...
You were awesome, we felt incredibly lucky to have found you.
Throughout the planning process you listened to all our concerns and thoughts, as well as provided a lot of great suggestions. Read less
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Shawnee
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Shades of Blue were the ideal choice for our wedding. They communicated with me well ahead of time to work out all the logistics, caring about our needs and making the best use of their time. On the day itself, it was very natural to have them around despite there being only a small group of people (20+) at the wedding. The music was fantastic and well-rehearsed, with a calm and easy flow to the selection of songs. When the mosquitoes got to be too much to bear in the evening on the house lawn, the band happily moved their equipment inside to play for the final hour. Good energy overall, and quite well received. I'd highly recommend them to anyone in Maine or area who are hosting a large or small party - as they could definitely accommodate based on your needs.
Shades of Blue were the ideal choice for our wedding. They communicated with me well ahead of time to work out all the Read more...
Shades of Blue were the ideal choice for our wedding. They communicated with me well ahead of time to work out all the logistics, caring about our needs and making the best use of their time. On the day itself, it was very natural to have them around despite there being only a small group of people (20+) at the wedding. The music was fantastic and well-rehearsed, with a calm and easy flow to the selection of songs. When the mosquitoes got to be too much to bear in the evening on the house lawn, the band happily moved their equipment inside to play for the final hour. Good energy overall, and quite well received. I'd highly recommend them to anyone in Maine or area who are hosting a large or small party - as they could definitely accommodate based on your needs. Read less
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Laurel
Wedding:
8/25/2012
4.7/5.0
"Shades of Blue" was an incredible find- 'a diamond in the rough' during the maddening search for a band that fit our values for integrity and authenticity and high level of musical craft! Julianne and Chris are very accomplished musicians with a laid-back communication style- choosing to focus their energy more on their honed talent and your requests than boast through over complicating to seem "better than the rest." They are simply awesome, richly inspired musicians with an authentic beautiful energy when they perform- perfect for couples wanting something real and quality. We had one hiccup with timing- partly our fault not better communicating when we wanted the band to begin (we had hired just Chris and Julianne for ceremony and cocktail hour) and expected the full band to start for the first dance at 6pm, then break, then begin again after dinner around 7:30pm- but for some reason that 6pm start time was missed in communication, so we had to push it back an hour spontaneously which no one noticed anyway. That unfortunately meant they couldn't play for as long as I wished- BECAUSE THEY ARE SOOO GOOD!! (We had a DJ hired for late-night, but if I could do it again, I would have had Shades of Blue play all night long!).
They exceeded my expectations in quality of their craft- just vibrant and gorgeous to hear in person! But, I would have appreciated tighter clarity and execution of the timing we had assumed was communicated to them a few months in advance. No matter- it was an awesome choice regardless : )
"Shades of Blue" was an incredible find- 'a diamond in the rough' during the maddening search for a band that fit our Read more...
"Shades of Blue" was an incredible find- 'a diamond in the rough' during the maddening search for a band that fit our values for integrity and authenticity and high level of musical craft! Julianne and Chris are very accomplished musicians with a laid-back communication style- choosing to focus their energy more on their honed talent and your requests than boast through over complicating to seem "better than the rest." They are simply awesome, richly inspired musicians with an authentic beautiful energy when they perform- perfect for couples wanting something real and quality. We had one hiccup with timing- partly our fault not better communicating when we wanted the band to begin (we had hired just Chris and Julianne for ceremony and cocktail hour) and expected the full band to start for the first dance at 6pm, then break, then begin again after dinner around 7:30pm- but for some reason that 6pm start time was missed in communication, so we had to push it back an hour spontaneously which no one noticed anyway. That unfortunately meant they couldn't play for as long as I wished- BECAUSE THEY ARE SOOO GOOD!! (We had a DJ hired for late-night, but if I could do it again, I would have had Shades of Blue play all night long!).
They exceeded my expectations in quality of their craft- just vibrant and gorgeous to hear in person! But, I would have appreciated tighter clarity and execution of the timing we had assumed was communicated to them a few months in advance. No matter- it was an awesome choice regardless : ) Read less
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MaryLee
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Shades of Blue is a great band that I recommend highly. Juliane and her team are very accommodating and pleasant to work with. They helped create a warm ambiance to our reception and got people dancing! Several accomplished musicians were in attendance and all raved about the band.
Shades of Blue is a great band that I recommend highly. Juliane and her team are very accommodating and pleasant to work Read more...
Shades of Blue is a great band that I recommend highly. Juliane and her team are very accommodating and pleasant to work with. They helped create a warm ambiance to our reception and got people dancing! Several accomplished musicians were in attendance and all raved about the band. Read less
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Blanche
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
For quality, spirit and generosity of heart, there is no finer music for any event!
For quality, spirit and generosity of heart, there is no finer music for any event!
For quality, spirit and generosity of heart, there is no finer music for any event! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
I had such a wonderful experience with Shades of Blue on my wedding day! All of my guests commented on how wonderfully they did, and how they had the perfect balance of interest and excitement without being overpowering during our outdoor cocktail hour. I would highly recommend them to anyone!
I had such a wonderful experience with Shades of Blue on my wedding day! All of my guests commented on how wonderfully Read more...
I had such a wonderful experience with Shades of Blue on my wedding day! All of my guests commented on how wonderfully they did, and how they had the perfect balance of interest and excitement without being overpowering during our outdoor cocktail hour. I would highly recommend them to anyone! Read less
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Audrey
Wedding:
1/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Shades of Blue is a class act!! Our New Year’s Eve wedding was held in a lovely old mansion, and we asked our guests to share our celebration with formal attire and light-hearted fun. Shades of Blue helped us celebrate in style ~ Chris played beautiful classical guitar to accompany the ceremony, and Juliane and the band helped the set the tone with our requests for a mostly 1940s repertoire for the reception, complete with songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and, of course, Shades of Blue’s own Juliane Gardner. With everyone in their sequins or tuxedos, we danced to Juliane’s beautiful voice as she sang “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” and “So in Love.” The whole affair just oozed romance and charm! We are so thankful that Juliane, Chris, and Ezra were such an integral part of our special night. And when we throw our 10th anniversary soiree, we hope that they will be the band to help us ring in the New Year!

With all our best wishes,

Audrey & Brian Le

Shades of Blue is a class act!! Our New Year’s Eve wedding was held in a lovely old mansion, and we asked our guests to Read more...
Shades of Blue is a class act!! Our New Year’s Eve wedding was held in a lovely old mansion, and we asked our guests to share our celebration with formal attire and light-hearted fun. Shades of Blue helped us celebrate in style ~ Chris played beautiful classical guitar to accompany the ceremony, and Juliane and the band helped the set the tone with our requests for a mostly 1940s repertoire for the reception, complete with songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and, of course, Shades of Blue’s own Juliane Gardner. With everyone in their sequins or tuxedos, we danced to Juliane’s beautiful voice as she sang “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” and “So in Love.” The whole affair just oozed romance and charm! We are so thankful that Juliane, Chris, and Ezra were such an integral part of our special night. And when we throw our 10th anniversary soiree, we hope that they will be the band to help us ring in the New Year!

With all our best wishes,

Audrey & Brian Le
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Evelyn
Wedding:
10/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Recipe for a perfect wedding and reception to kick -off a lifetime of happily- ever- afters: something old, something new, something borrowed and Shades of Blue. When we were planning a destination wedding in Deer Isle, Maine, we were so fortunate to have Shades of Blue recommended to us by the innkeepers at the Pilgrim’s Inn.

Juliane, Chris and their band were wonderful to work with. They have an impressive play list of both classical and contemporary songs, but they were also willing to learn a new piece for my daughter’s wedding. Juliane’s voice is warm and expressive. Chris is such an accomplished and versatile musician. All our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music. It just wouldn’t have been as memorable and special without the music they provided.

Sincerely,
Evelyn Katz
Omaha, NE
Recipe for a perfect wedding and reception to kick -off a lifetime of happily- ever- afters: something old, something new, Read more...
Recipe for a perfect wedding and reception to kick -off a lifetime of happily- ever- afters: something old, something new, something borrowed and Shades of Blue. When we were planning a destination wedding in Deer Isle, Maine, we were so fortunate to have Shades of Blue recommended to us by the innkeepers at the Pilgrim’s Inn.

Juliane, Chris and their band were wonderful to work with. They have an impressive play list of both classical and contemporary songs, but they were also willing to learn a new piece for my daughter’s wedding. Juliane’s voice is warm and expressive. Chris is such an accomplished and versatile musician. All our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music. It just wouldn’t have been as memorable and special without the music they provided.

Sincerely,
Evelyn Katz
Omaha, NE Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Shades of Blue is a wonderful band for any occasion.Their Jazz repertoire is deep and polished with a delivery that is soft as silk or Look out Loud - as the tunes and ambiance require. Chris and Julianne are clearly musical soul mates whose professional talents and gracious ways blend like butter and sugar to satisfy one and all. Without any fuss, they helped us select specific songs and included some of our own "back in the day " favorites to perfectly deliver each musical stage of our wedding plans. With pleasure I recommend the "Something Blue" at your wedding be the fabulous SHADES OF BLUE -
Shades of Blue is a wonderful band for any occasion.Their Jazz repertoire is deep and polished with a delivery that is Read more...
Shades of Blue is a wonderful band for any occasion.Their Jazz repertoire is deep and polished with a delivery that is soft as silk or Look out Loud - as the tunes and ambiance require. Chris and Julianne are clearly musical soul mates whose professional talents and gracious ways blend like butter and sugar to satisfy one and all. Without any fuss, they helped us select specific songs and included some of our own "back in the day " favorites to perfectly deliver each musical stage of our wedding plans. With pleasure I recommend the "Something Blue" at your wedding be the fabulous SHADES OF BLUE - Read less
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