Tom Arntzen is a sophisticated, swinging jazz singer/pianist. The mellow but lively repertoire of this talented musician includes music from Cole Porter, Gershwin, Duke Ellington and other composers of the great American song book, in addition to contemporary favourites. Tom Arntzen is also an excellent vocalist, performing in a croonin' Frank Sinatra-style.
Tom Arntzen grew up surrounded by the authentic Dixieland jazz of his father, Lloyd Arntzen and remembers having trouble falling asleep during the regular Saturday night jam sessions.
Tom attended the Vancouver Community College music program to study jazz and classical voice. In 1979 he began touring with a variety of musical projects as a freelance singer/keyboardist and settled in Vancouver in 1985 to pursue his musical career.
His numerous credits include Jessie and West Coast Music Award nominations for Musical Direction and Composition.
Onstage, Tom Arntzen has a natural flair for showmanship, swinging a Frank Sinatra-style number, rocking out with those all-time favourite hits from the 50’s to the 90’s, or setting an intimate mood with a ballad. His incredible range and pure talent shine through.
Tom uses a relaxed, hip humour to keep the evening moving, and his warm and engaging stage presence and close attention to the needs of the audience, guarantees a great time. The talented Tom Arntzen is the perfect act to perform at your next function.
Tom plays and sings regularly at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Hotel Vancouver, Hyatt Regency, Four Seasons, Westin Bayshore, Delta Pacific Resort, Chateau Whistler, and many more, both for private parties and weddings, in giant ballrooms or in the lounge.
"Tom Arntzen is an impressive vocal talent by any standard…you can’t help admiring the way (he) gets inside the material…he creates a special stage magic." –Alex Browne, Peace Arch News
"A highly skilled and talented performer." –Bill Millerd, Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver
Tom Arntzen is available in a number of incarnations including:
The Tom Arntzen Trio is comprised of three of Canada’s top jazz musicians Tom Arntzen, Evan Nigel Arntzen & Miles Foxx Hill. They perform regularly in Vancouver’s top hotels, at special events, concerts and weddings. The group can adapt to any musical situation, from intimate dinner music to lively, swinging cocktail parties, to classy, tasteful, elegant events.
This versatile group, led by the strong piano playing and singing of Tom Arntzen, delivers a solid, professional, musical experience. They are completely self-contained, providing lighting and PA systems to suit client needs. Special musical requests are welcome. The trio has a huge repertoire of songs to choose from, including standards, Gershwin, Fats Waller, Nat King Cole, jump swing, cool jazz, pop and Broadway.
Tom Arntzen also works as a composer, arranger, producer and actor. His debut jazz CD "The Turning" got rave reviews. With over 25 years working as a professional musician, Tom’s list of performance credits include a record break ing run of over 200 performances at the Arts Club Theatre as Musical Director for "Red Rock Diner".
Evan Nigel Arntzen, on sax, has been performing professionally for over 20 years. Evan is at home in a wide range of musical styles, specializing in jazz and latin. He has performed with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Cedar Walton, Campbell Ryga, Seamus Blake and Hugh Fraser.
Miles Foxx Hill has over 200 album project credits to his name for such diverse artists as P.J. Perry, the Rankin Family and Raffi. Miles also has extensive live performance credits with major Canadian talent including Jann Arden, Freddie Hubbard, Don Thompson and Oliver Jones.
The Jake and Elwood Blues Brothers Revue
Jake & Elwood’s Blues Brothers Revue
The hilarious high-energy antics of the Blues Brothers captivated a generation of viewers and with the release of Paramount’s film "Blues Brothers 2000", the Blues Brothers are hotter than ever before! And Jake And Elwood’s Blues Brothers Revue is the TOP Blues Brothers Revue in the Pacific Northwest.
Jake and Elwood bring with them a smokin’ showband, high-voltage dance routines, top-notch vocals and hilarious skits.
It’s all part of the non-stop, high-octane entertainment when they "crash" your special event, corporate function, party, grad or what-have-you! And complete sound and lighting production is no problem either.
Like Jake says: ‘This ain’t no lipsync, baby … we’re totally live and totally cool!" read more...
"I would like to thank Jake and Elwood’s Blues Brothers Revue for providing their fantastic music and stage presence at our Christmas party this year. The band lived up to my highest expectations, and really put on a good show. We always survey our employees after each Christmas party, and this year there were many positive, comments about the band." –Neil Blishen, Communication Innovations
It was a Saturday evening. The crowd buzzed with anticipation. Shawn counted off the first tune and laid down a massive beat. Billy joined in, and the bottom end shook the stage. Russell’s guitar madness began. Tom and Rachael started working the crowd. The HitZone kicked off a raucous set of amazing cover tunes. The dance floor filled up. Everyone was in the Zone…the HitZone.
Formed in 2000, the HitZone (formerly the Hitmen) is one of Vancouver’s most unique musical acts. When the HitZone are booked to play your event, you can be sure your guests will be rave about the quality of the band and the non-stop energy they create. Clients consistently marvel at the band’s versatility and "can do" attitude. The HitZone will keep the dancers happy with sure-fire party faves from the 50’s to today, from England to San Francisco.
Amazing 5 part vocal harmony and stellar musicianship guarantee pitch-perfect versions of tunes by Beyonce, The Beach Boys, Gnarls Barclay, Abba, Katy Perry, The Beatles, U2, The Stones, Journey, Prince, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, The B-52’s, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Rhianna, Stevie Wonder, Elvis, Sly Stone, Pink, Queen, Earth Wind and Fire, and many, many more.
You can request songs from their massive playlist to custom-design your party!
3 Generations of Jazz
Lloyd Arntzen has been a fixture on the Vancouver traditional Jazz scene in Vancouver for many years. His son Tom has forged his own musical path, often playing his thunderous piano in Lloyd’s various bands, but mostly doing his own projects with his eclectic musical tastes. Now Tom’s son, Evan, a new blip on the musical radar, has hit the Vancouver scene like a bolt from the blue, and one might have expected the dynasty to veer toward funk, alternative rock, even pop.
There is, it’s true, a bit of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ irony to the Three Generations of Jazz, the act that joins the three in a celebration of vintage jazz. In reality it’s only a formalization, Tom says, of a musical melding of grandfather, father and son that’s been going on at family gatherings for years.
Regular gigs include North Vancouver’s Summer Concert Series, Crescent Beach Legion, West Vancouver’s Silk Purse, and New York’s Highline Ballroom, where shows include Tom’s wife Georgina (Vocals) brother Leif (Vocals, Trumpet) and his son Miles (Age 18 years, Vocals, Guitar, Piano,Drums). Who will be the next Arntzen to join the band? Stay tuned, more generations on the way!
The Gospel Giants
Are you ready for a group that stirs your soul and lifts your heart?
If your answer is "YES" then The Gospel Giants is the group for you!
The Gospel Giants offer a soulful, high energy blend of songs featuring hip vocal and instrumental arrangements and high-energy light contemporary, jazz, roots, and traditional Gospel.
The Giants play huge R&B grooves, songs by Kirk Franklin, Annointed, Aretha Franklin, and CeCe Winans.
The Gospel Giants are a lively five piece unit, led by Georgina Arntzen who has performed in the top show lounges and casinos throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
The rest of the band inclues Tom Arntzen, vocals, organs and bass, Curt Allison, vocals and piano, Russell Marsland, Guitar and Vocals, Paul Bergman, bass and Phil Robertson, drums.
The Gospel Giants feature modern gospel music as well as groovy secular songs designed to strengthen and encourage your heart, not to mention get you dancing! This musically excellent group works for all ages.
Let The Gospel Giants spread the Gospel of joy and song!
Chill with Vancouver’s coolest jazz group, The Vibe Band.
Bandleader and keyboardist Tom Arntzen creates a smooth, funky mix with Sax, Bass, Drums and Guitar, grooving and jamming on modern beats. The Vibe Band’s tunes are a multi – generational mash-up of classic jazz and pop tunes done hip hop style, or choice cover tunes from the last 60 years given a new treatment. Tasteful extended jams and simmering energy percolates through the party, thanks to The Vibe Band.
Miles Davis, john Lennon, Brooker T, Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington, Brian Wilson,, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Marvin Gaye, and many more.
Swing Soul Band Pop Highlights
The Swing Soul Band
The Swing Soul Band brings elegance and excitement to your wedding, corporate event or private party.
They perform the greatest hits from every era…1920’s to today! Their repertoire includes sophisticated jazz brought to you by Vancouver’s top musicians along with the top pop songs of every era, including the most contemporary Top 40 Hits.
Why hire two bands for your event, when you can hire Swing Soul Band!!
Swing Soul Band pride themselves on their professionalism, the highest level of musicality and their ability to customize their show to the needs of their clients.
The Swing Soul Band consists of a group of extremely talented and experienced professionals. They love playing together and creating unforgettable experiences for their clients!
This band can be reduced to a Trio and enlarged to a 10 piece Dance Band!