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 updates

Weekly Update 4 (Dec 2021)


Okay, they’re not really polyamorous. I know, I checked.

It’s been a wet week here in Victoria, so wherever you are, I hope you’ve managed to stay dry and safe.

I seem to be on about two gigs a …

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Weekly Update 3 (December 2021)

Do I find it demeaning to play music at functions? Watch to find out.


It was a busy week last week. I had a few gigs on, and also a fair bit of work in schools. My school work …

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How I broke my bass amp trying to fix it – Weekly Update 2


So, the last update? Big success. We had a deluge of new subscribers. Seven flooded in. And that might not sound like much, but let me tell you: it’s an 800 percent increase.

I’ve had a couple of gigs …

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