More than a jazz band

Dan Gordon - image by Sabine LegrandThe Mood Merchants is a professional jazz band based in Melbourne, Australia, led by bassist and musical director Dan Gordon.

The band is very flexible. We play in different configurations tailored to the needs of your event. We play for weddings, parties, concerts, corporate functions and promotions. We can play inside or outside, amplified or acoustic. We can do everything from roving street entertainment to late night party music, playing for the biggest events and the most intimate gatherings.

Fast, personal service from beginning to end

Gianni Marinucci -- photo by Noble PhotographyDan takes care of all communication from your first enquiry to the day of the performance, where he will be playing in the band and making sure that everything goes as planned. We only play one event at a time, so your occasion gets our full attention, and we take pride in getting every detail right.

One-to-one service, prompt responses, no confusion.Photography by Sabine Legrand

Peace of mind, hands-on or hands-off

Whether you want to be closely involved, or whether you want to leave it all up to us, we have the experience and expertise to ensure that the music is exactly right.

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Recent gigs

Jazz in the Orchard at Porepunkah

On March 4th, the trio travelled up to Porepunkah in the lovely Ovens Valley to play for Bron’s 50th birthday party. On a hot and steamy evening we set up our battery-powered bandstand in the shade of a walnut orchard by the river and provided the backdrop to a celebration that was relaxed and casual yet somehow magical.

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Jazz and Riverboats for Michelle and Jason in Echuca

On a lovely warm Saturday at the start of May, Peter and Gianni joined me in an acoustic trio to travel up to Echuca and play for Michelle and Jason’s wedding. We performed some era-appropriate music on the wharf as guests arrived and mingled, and then we sat on the stern of the historic paddle steamer Pevensey for another few hours and entertained the guests as they (and we) enjoyed an idyllic cruise up and down the Murray River. The steamer didn’t make it into the video, unfortunately, but you can hear it docking behind us during the last tune.

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Peter and Colleen’s upmarket bucks-hens in Flinders

On Easter Monday our quintet made the trip down the Mornington Peninsula, where Genevieve was hosting a bucks-hens night for her friends Peter and Colleen at her beautiful house in Flinders. I always love bringing live music into people’s backyards and living rooms, and it was a special treat to have the whole quintet onboard this time. Our thanks to Genevieve for having us, and best wishes to Peter and Colleen for your future together.

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