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 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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Two Guitars at Persimmon for Sophie and Guy

On the evening of March 19, we were asked by Sophie and Guy to play for their wedding reception at the National Gallery of Victoria. We played our first set outside in the beautiful sculpture garden, and then moved into the equally lovely Persimmon Restaurant and played two more sets over dinner, before a DJ took over for the later part of the evening. The bridal couple particularly wanted a guitar-based ensemble, so I bought in the amazing Judd Niemann to join Myles and I for a total of seventeen hard-swinging strings.

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