Default lineup: 5 members
5 piece: vocals, bass, drums, keyboard, guitar. Also 4 piece and 3 piece options
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Pick And The Mixes
Led by the incredible vocals of Sophie, Pick And The Mixes are a collection of highly experience full time professional musicians. They have performed at thousands of music venues and headline festivals all over the world. With a biog that reads like a who’s who, they have collectively shared the stage with Will Young, The Sugababes, McFly, Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Mica Paris and the list goes on....
With such a diverse mix of musical experience, Pick And The Mixes are able to provide one of the largest repertoires of music you will find with a band in the UK. Spanning 90 years from current indie and pop through to 1920’s Jazz. With a repertoire that is constantly updated there is something for everyone.
Sophie is the front women of Pick And The Mixes. She is a well established and very experienced singer and songwriter. Sophie is a great communicator and a real peoples person. A bundle of energy on and off stage. She normally ends up going out into the audience with her microphone to sing and dance with the guests!
Starting out her career as an actress she performed with the National Youth Theatre working with award winning comedy writer and actor Matt Lucas (Little Britain) and the late great film composer Lionel Bart (Oliver Twist).
Sophie was the very first singer to perform on the main stage at London’s O2 Arena upon opening. She has written music for film as well as being cast in various TV programmes and documentary dramas. She was the finalist in the Perrier Young Jazz singer of the year competition. Sophie has released 4 albums to date, and has recorded and performed for BBC radio and ITV. Performances have included: Supporting The Sugababes, Mc Fly, Will Young and performing for the French President and his wife, Carla Bruni for a private event in Paris. Sophie has a full time schedule performing both in the UK and internationally.
“With her clear candid voice and unaffected style she has the knack of making a song swing and her interpretations are original. A great CD. Crisp playing, neat arrangements, great standards, fine new material – and above all a singer who brings every song vividly to life.......”
“One of the most stylish British vocal releases of recent months comes from Sophie. Her debut album supplies an exceptionally thoughtful mix of the familiar and unfamiliar………”
“Hail Pick And The Mixes, jazz is back. Having suffered years of musical swipes and mickey-taking, this much-maligned art form is reclaiming itself from the wispy beard and rollneck set and acts like the New Breed are leading the charge……”
Time Out (Dubai)
Meet the band
Danny has been playing drums for over 12 years and hit the professional scene aged just 15. Exposure to Motown in childhood heavily influenced his groove before he even started. Danny strives to be able to play anything and has always looked to the greats of the drumming world for inspiration.
Danny has played with a wide variety of acts across many musical styles. He has supported drumming legend Carl Palmer and performed at festivals across the UK and Europe with many great session musicians.
Rob (Hons) trained at Birmingham University and has a degree in music. He has been a professional musician all his working life and is very experienced playing all styles of music. He has worked with a very eclectic mix of some of the most famous artists including; Lulu, Dave Stewart, Shirley Bassey, Eartha Kitt, Gloria Gaynor, Marc Almond, and the late great Nina Simone where he performed at The Royal Albert Hall.
Joe grew up in London where he first showed an interest in music taking up piano at the age of 7. He went on to receive extensive training at the Centre for Young Musicians where he studied for ten years. He has recently completed his degree at Trinity College of Music in Greenwich where he studied jazz performance for four years. Joe has performed at a wide range of venues around the country as well as performing abroad in places such as Monte Carlo, Dubai, and Scandinavia & South America.
Johnny BA (Hons) is a graduate of the City of Leeds College of Music, where he gained a BA (Hons) in Jazz Studies. He studied guitar, and in his final year, he was awarded the Eric Kershaw Memorial prize for plectrum guitar. Johnny is a member of the band ‘Badbone & Co.’who won the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Best Band’.
Working as a freelance session musician Johnny has performed with such artists as Mica Paris, Danni Minogue, Errol Brown, Hamish Stuart (of the ‘Average White Band’), , , and Snake Davis (of ‘M People’), and in 2009 performed on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury with Tony Christie.
Previous clients and venues:
The French President and his wife Carla Bruni
Glastonbury Main stage
Gratzia Magazine (Dubai)
Houses of Parliament
John Bormann- Film director
Bank of England
Ernst & Young
The Science Museum
National Maritime Museum
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Open Works LTD
Radisson Hotel chain
The Lanesborough Hotel
Oxford Jazz Festival
Isle of Wight Jazz Festival
Derry Jazz Festival
** IMPORTANT- Please Note:
- The band prefer a stage where ever possible but they are happy to perform on the floor as long as there is a 3ft space between them and the dance floor. This is for the safety of the band members and their equipment and due to the high energy level of their performance.
- Under no circumstances are audience members/guests to enter the stage area and touch or try to use any of the equipment. The band prides themselves on excellent quality gear and therefore do not let non band members use it.