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

Trio at Crown

At the start of May, we played in the River Room at Crown at a dinner for Deloitte Private to welcome their new partners. We started playing out in the foyer for canapes, and then moved into the River Room proper to play some swinging music behind the networking dinner. It’s not clear in the video, but we were accompanied by the fireballs along the Yarra as we struck up our first tune, which made Ed’s solo even more fiery than usual ….
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Quintet in the Sky

Telstra in Melbourne enters a team each year in the One Ride fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and for several years now we’ve provided music for an auction before the ride, where members of the Telstra community come together to add some extra support for the cause. This year we took the quintet to the 31st floor of the Telstra building in Melbourne CBD, where the view provided a magnificent backdrop to the music and the mouth-watering cycling gear which was donated for the auction!
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Trio in the Beach House

In April we journeyed down the Surf Coast to the hamlet of Moggs Creek where Suze and her family and friends had hired this beautiful beach house to celebrate a couple of special occasions. It was a pleasure to play in such a warm and friendly environment, and particularly to such a musically sophisticated audience!
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