Jazz Ensembles


Halley provides several types of jazz ensembles for listening and dancing. She brings together some of the finest musicians in the DC area to present joyful events whether featured in a concert or background at a party or something in between.

Halley Shoenberg Jazz Quartet, Trio or Duo performs classic American Songbook tunes, Jazz, Bossa Nova and Swing made famous by Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and more. This type of performance is great as featured music at concerts and restaurants or as background music at receptions. Several samples of this are on the Recordings page.

Halley's Hot Gumbo Swingtet performs lively Traditional New Orleans Jazz and Swing. This group has performed for Great Gatsby parties, dances at Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom and for the Potomac River Jazz Club with 6 instrumentalists (several also sing) - three in the horn section and three in the rhythm section - but it could be larger or smaller depending on the event. Halley's Hot Gumbo Swingtet performs at Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom for dancing.

The Original Halley Jazz performs Captivating concert jazz featuring some of Halley's original compositions and original arrangements of jazz standards covering more than 100 years of jazz styles. This can be a group of 4-8 players. The Halley Shoenberg Jazz Quintet performed at the Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD. The Halley Shoenberg Jazz Octet recorded live video for an Arlington, VA public television program. Here is Halley's original song "Watching Clouds" performed by the Halley Shoenberg Jazz Octet.