Rory D is a London-based saxophonist, pianist & music producer with a background in jazz and improvised music. Rory, most notable as producer of Diáspora, performs with his jazz quartet and Latin trio, combining his love of jazz and improvised music with Latin, soul and contemporary styles from around the world.
Diáspora, his large-scale Latin production, infuses salsa, Latin and Brazilian music with acid, funk and soul influences, combining popular classics with a contemporary twist and new, original material. Rory’s well-established quartet brings together all of these influences with jazz, swing and rat pack, appearing at numerous private/corporate events, weddings and parties throughout the UK. Rory’s Latin trio lineup blends a sweet layering of vocals, saxophone and flute with the warm flavours of the acoustic guitar and the crisp attack of the cajon, playfully fusing Bossa Nova with acoustic Latin, funk, soul and pop, combining arrangements of classic tunes with classy originals in a dynamic, small group setting – perfect for bars, restaurants and parties lending themselves to a festive, bohemian atmosphere.
Rory has worked in a variety of fields ranging from big bands and contemporary music groups to DJ’s, jazz and world music ensembles, party bands and musical theatre productions to promotional and media work, studio sessions and saxophonic / symphonic wind orchestras and quartets. Highlights include entertaining the athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games and appearing onstage in a production of The Blues Brothers: A Musical Tribute at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End.
Rory has appeared at jazz clubs such as Band on the Wall, Matt & Phred’s and The Hideaway Streatham. He has also played frequently at some of the big hotels such as the Hilton, Midland and Radisson, Manchester and Liverpool international airports and numerous stately homes and country estates for events (private & corporate), weddings and parties, and also being engaged by PR companies such as Blackjack Promotions and The Little Big Voice. Rory works with a pool of professional musicians based in London and throughout the UK, who play for some of the top touring artists and live outfits. Outside of his regular lineups, the musicians with whom he plays work extensively through national and international touring circuits, cruises, schools and theatres nationwide.
Rory offers a flexible range of lineups and repertoire, and can adapt presentation, requests, set and timings to suit the requirements of the client, to ensure a successful, enjoyable and memorable event. Rory can be booked either as a saxophonist appearing with a band/backing track, or as a pianist/vocalist performing solo. With the saxophone-based lineups, the client can choose either a straight-ahead ‘Jazz setup’ (with piano and kit) or an acoustic ‘Latin setup’ (with guitar and cajon). The client can also specify saxophones (alto, soprano, tenor) and optional vocals, flute and clarinet, creating a bespoke lineup to suit the nature of the occasion. Additionally, Rory can offer iPod music between sets and a full suite of backing tracks to further enhance the occasion. Piano-based lineups are also available with bass, percussion and guest vocalists/horns if required.
We have just come back from holiday and I kept meaning to message you! Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything on our engagement night, everyone enjoyed the music very much and it really made our night so special. We will definitely pass your details to friends in the future!
Just a quick note to say thank you for such a wonderful job yesterday. Everyone absolutely loved the music and it created the perfect ambience. You are v talented as I’m sure you know, and although you probably don’t love playing at people’s houses, we will definitely use you again in the future!
Just wanted to say thank you so very much for yesterday. You completely made the party. It was such a pleasure to have you there as part of the day. Everyone adored the music including me. Thank you again.
Words cannot describe how thrilling it was to walk into the reception, hear music, turn round and see you play. You created a truly magical atmosphere. When the band came on later, everyone got up to dance. And it was not a straightforward gig. The band went that extra mile – not only in the planning and preparation stages, scheduling an order of ceremonies that would cater for our precise needs and requirements – but also on the day itself. When my DJ vocalist fell through at the last minute, the band were only too happy to step in, playing my MP3 cues through their sound system and even learning our first dance wedding request on the spur of the moment! The band were also kind enough to play extra time, and I was really pleased with their adaptability and flexibility in response to the fluctuating nature of the event. They ensured that my wedding was a real party. The band itself was a joy to behold, and everyone was delighted with your music. I sincerely hope that we can work with you again in future. Thank you!
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Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You
Chucho Valdes / Paquito D’Rivera Claudia
Cole Porter It’s Alright With Me
Frank Loesser Luck Be A Lady
Frank Sinatra Beyond The Sea
Frankie Valli Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Grover Washington Just The Two Of Us
Jamiroquai Corner Of The Earth
Joe Henderson Recordame
Mancini Moon River
Minnie Riperton Inside My Love
Roberto Menescal Nos E O Mar
Rogers & Hart Have You Met Miss Jones
Stevie Wonder Overjoyed
Stevie Wonder You Are The Sunshine
The Police Every Breath You Take
Tom Harrell Moon Alley
Tom Jobim Chega De Saudade
Tom Jobim Girl From Ipanema
Tom Jobim One Note Samba