3 Live Jazz Trios for a Private Event

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Here are 3 live jazz trios for a private event!

The following acts are perfect to consider if you’re planning a:

  • Corporate or club event
  • Cocktail hour
  • Seated dinner
  • Reception

1. Mike Frost Band

Based in Aiken, South Carolina, Mike Frost Band is a versatile and highly professional group of full-time musicians who specialize in traditional jazz, smooth jazz, blues, funk, soul and pop music. They are available anywhere from a duo up to a 10-piece band, but their trio option is perfect for a cocktail hour or seated dinner because it provides just the right level of sound and musical texture for a relaxed atmosphere for conversation. With a genuine passion for their craft and a keen ability to connect with listeners, you can’t go wrong with the Mike Frost Band.


2. Suit Up

If you’re in search of only the most polished, professional group of musicians for your client’s or member’s event, look no further. Suit Up – The New Jazz Experience is an instrumental jazz trio comprised of former Motown artists, R&B producers/songwriters, and professional studio musicians who cater to upscale corporate and private functions in the Charlotte area. With a repertoire of pop songs, traditional jazz standards, smooth jazz, R&B and holiday music, and only the highest level of professionalism, Suit Up can provide concert-grade musical quality while touching on a variety of sounds to create the perfect atmosphere for any private event.


3. Guitar Travels

If you’re looking for more of a straight-ahead jazz sound, Guitar Travels is a great option to consider. With a multilingual female vocalist, this Charlotte-based trio specializes in traditional jazz, bossa nova and popular Latin tunes and brings unique and classy flavor to an overall traditional song list. The combination of guitar, keyboard and a versatile female vocalist makes Guitar Travels perfect for a private function because of the interesting texture that it brings to the table.


Tius, Brandon & Mikayla with Key Signature

Key Signature Entertainment

Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has lead the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 2 full time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award winning events through out the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting, and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure, and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704)568-1968 or go to the Who We Are page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event.

10 Years Strong: A Word from Brandon Crumpton

On June 9, 2008 a crazy thing happened to me. I got fired! I went to the office, worked a full day and got fired at the end of the day. The whole, “put all your stuff in a box and don’t come back” kind of fired. All I could think about at the time was, “What on Earth did I do to deserve this?” A year later I started Key Signature Entertainment and became the boss. It was in that role that I figured out what I did to get fired. 🙂

I have officially been an entrepreneur and business owner for 10 years. I can tell you that these are 2 different things and can probably write a book on why that is. I’m pretty sure you don’t have that kind of time so I just want to share with you ten nuggets of knowledge I picked up in the last decade.

  • The phone doesn’t ring just because you built a website! I remember when the first Key Signature website went live and I thought I was going to instantly start booking bands and making money. Well that did not happen at all! In fact….nothing happened! I put all of this effort into this website that no one knew about.  What was I to do? Well….I guess I have to go and meet people face to face.


  • Go and meet people face to face! Many of the clients that Key Signature still has to this day I sat down with in person. You’re just not going to close big deals by email. We’re in the south and people like to do business with people they like. It is hard to like you through text or email.


  • Hire someone! You can’t grow and work on your business if you’re buried in it. What if you don’t have the money to pay someone? FIGURE IT OUT!! You can find great employees who don’t need to get rich. Appreciation and communication go a long way.


  • Don’t be afraid of what is around the corner! I remember when my first employee told me she was putting in her 2 weeks and moving on to another job. I literally thought the world had ended. The company was doing so well and how can we move forward without her skill set? Well we did and the company is better now than it has ever been. Sometimes you just have to accept that things happen for a reason and everything will still be ok.


  • Recognize that ALL business isn’t GOOD business! Once upon a time I tried to book every inquiry that KSE would get and even give in to unreasonable requests from clients. Doing that did more harm than good and took away time and resources I could have used to build better relationships with clients who were a better fit.


  • Let people show you who they are and believe them! I learned to stop making excuses for other people. They are who they are and I accept that faster than most people. Trust me…it saves a lot of time and stress.


  • Marketing is scary but necessary! I’m not going to give you the secret on how to market, but I can tell you that it is essential to the success of a business. What you advertise isn’t as important as how you advertise.


  • Share your ideas and thoughts with the team! The KSE staff will tell you that it helps to know there is a method to my madness. They like that I have an open door policy. They can come into my office anytime of the day to chat. I make myself available and include them in all decisions that effect them.


  • Keep learning! This past year I completed the Charlotte Emerging Leaders Program because I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge that the information you have is limited, but understand that what you need to know to get to the next step isn’t out of reach.


  • Teach someone else what you have learned.

I got fired because I didn’t understand what it took to start a company and keep a company going. I got fired because I assumed that I was an asset and that the company couldn’t grow without me. I was actually right about that part, but it was honestly the best thing that could have happened to me. Having that experience gave me a template on how to better interact with our staff. Having that experience forced me to move on so that when we had hard times in the company I was confident that we’d make it. Making it 10 years is truly astonishing to me. I thank each and every person who took a chance on Key Signature Entertainment and trusted what we were building.  The experiences and knowledge I have gained over the past 10 years are in invaluable. I wouldn’t change a thing about the journey and I’m looking forward to the next 10 years!