The Matt Young Group
70's, 80's, 90's, Funk, Jazz, Motown, Pop, Rhythm and Blues
Whether you are looking an exciting Chicago Wedding Band, or professional Chicago Corporate Band, you have come to the right place! The Matt Young Group is a versatile Chicago-based band that specializes in providing high-quality live musical entertainment at affordable prices. They offer a wide variety of bands ranging from small Jazz Bands to an 8-Piece Dance Band. In any setting, The Matt Young Group has a reputation for adding an element of excitement to the atmosphere mixed with a touch of sophistication that will have your guests asking, Where did you find this band?
The Matt Young Group is comprised of dedicated, top-call, Chicago musicians that will strive to give you and your guests the best performance possible. Matt Young, the group's bassist and band-leader, brings 13+ years of professional performance and band-leadership experience to the group. He will make sure that each band is carefully chosen for your event, and will help you tailor ensembles that fit your needs and budget.
The Matt Young Group's repertoire consists mainly of choice Jazz Standards and Motown/R&B/Pop favorites. The cool swingin' sound of the group's classic interpretation of the jazz standards makes perfect low-volume background music for cocktail and dinner parties, while their Motown/R&B/Pop selections will energize the party and undoubtedly have the crowd dancing in no time! The band also performs music from several other genres including: blues, Latin (A.C. Jobim), and funk (James Brown). Their diversity makes them the perfect Chicago band for any occasion! For exceptional Chicago Wedding Music or Corporate Event Music, ranging from ambient jazz to exciting pack-the-dance-floor Motown/R&B/Pop, look no further!!
Sample Songlist Dance Music:
ABC, Ain't Nobody, Ain't No Mountain High En., Ain't No Stoppin Us Now, Ain't Too Proud To Beg, Another Star, At Last, Baby I Need Your Lovin', Best of My Love, Billie Jean, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Boogie Oogie Oogie, Brick House, Caught Up In The Rapture, Celebration, Dancing In The Streets, Do I Do, Dock Of The Bay, Easy, Feel Like Makin' Love, For Once In My Life, For The Love, Georgia, Get Here, Get Ready, Going Out Of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes, Good Times, Have I Told You Lately, Heatwave, Higher & Higher, How Sweet It Is, I Heard It Through the GV, I Want You Back, I Wish, If I Ain't Got You, If You Really Love Me, In The Midnight Hour, Isn't She Lovely, It Ain't Over Til It's Over, It Takes Two, It's Your Thing, Just My Imagination, Last Dance, Let's Get It On, Let's Stay Together, Love Train, Lovely Day, Mr. Big Stuff, My Girl, Natural Woman, Never Can Say Goodbye, Nowhere To Run, Ooo Baby Baby, Reach Out, I'll Be There, Respect, Rock With You, Roller Coaster, September, Signed, Sealed Delivered, Sir Duke, Soul Man, Stubborn Kind of Fellow, Sugar Pie Honeybunch, Superstition, Sweet Love, That Girl, The Same Old Song, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Think, This Old Heart of Mine, Tired Of Being Alone, Until You Come Back, Uptight, Everthing's Alright, We're In This Love Together, What's Going On, When A Man Loves A Woman, You Are the Sunshine, You Send Me, You're All I Need, You've Got the Love .
Sample Songlist Jazz & Standards:
After You've Gone, Ain't Misbehavin', Alice In Wonderland, Alfie's Theme, All Blues, All Of Me, All Of You, All Or Nothing At All, All The Things You Are, Almost Like Being In Love, Alone Together, Angel Eyes, Anthropology, April In Paris, As Time Goes By, Au Privave, Autumn In New York, Autumn Leaves, Autumn Serenade, Baby It's Cold Outside, Basin Street Blues, Beatrice, Beautiful Friendship, Beautiful Love, Bessie's Blues, Best Thing For You Is Me, Bewitched, Billie's Bounce, Black Coffee, Black Orpheus, Blame It On My Youth, Blue Bossa, Blue In Green, Blue Room , Blues Connotation, Blues For Alice, Bluesette, Body And Soul, Bolivia, But Not For Me, Cantaloupe Island, Caravan, Central Park West, Ceora, Cheek To Cheek, Chelsea Bridge, Cherokee, Cheryl, Child Is Born, Close Your Eyes, Cold Duck Time, Comes Love, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Con Alma, Confirmation, Cottontail, Cry Me A River, Darn That Dream, Days Of Wine And Roses, Dearly Beloved, Desifinado, Dindi, Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me, Do You Know What It Means, Dolphin Dance, Donna Lee, Don't Blame Me, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Doxy, East Of The Sun , Easy To Love, Embraceable You, Emily, End Of A Love Affair, Everything Happens To Me, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Falling In Love With Love, Feel Like Makin' Love, Fine Romance, Flamingo, Fly Me To The Moon, Foggy Day, Footprints, For All We Know, For Heaven's Sake, Four , Freddie The Freeloader, Gentle Rain , Georgia, Giant Steps, Girl From Ipanema, God Bless The Child, Goin' Out Of My Head, Gone With The Wind, Good Morning Heartache , Green Dolphin Street, Groovin' High, Half Nelson, Have You Met Miss Jones, Here's That Rainy Day , Honeysuckle Rose, How About You, How Deep Is The Ocean, How High The Moon, How Insensitive, How Long Has This Been Going On, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, I Concentrate On You, I Could Write A Book , I Didn't Know What Time It Was, I Fall In Love Too Easily, I Got It Bad, I Got Rhythm, I Hear A Rhapsody, I Left My Heart In San Francisco, I Love You , I Mean You, I Only Have Eyes For You, I Remember You , I Should Care, I Thought About You, If I Should Loose You, If I Were A Bell, If You Could See Me Know, I'll Be Seeing You, I'll Close My Eyes, I'll Remember April, I'll Take Romance, I'm Beginning To See The Light, I'm Old Fashioned, In A Mellow Tone, In A Sentimental Mood, In Love In Vain, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, In Walked Bud, In Your Own Sweet Way, Invitation , Isn't It Romantic, I Could Happen To You , It Don't Mean A Thing, It's Alright With Me , It's Only A Paper Moon, I've Got The World On A String, I've Got You Under My Skin , I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, I've Never Been In Love Before, Just Friends, Just In Time, Just One Of Those Things, Ladybird, Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, Let's Fall In Love, Like Someone In Love, Long Ago And Far Away, Lover Man, Lullaby Of Birdland, Maiden Voyage, Makin' Whoopee, Meditation, Misty, Mood Indigo, Moon Glow, Moonlight In Vermont, More I See You , More Than You Know, Mr. PC, My Foolish Heart, My Funny Valentine, My Heart Stood Still, My One And Only Love, My Romance, My Shining Hour, Nardis, Nearness Of You, Never Let Me Go, Nica's Dream , Nice Work If You Can Get It, Night And Day, Night In Tunisia, Nightingale Sang In Barkley Square, Now's The Time, Old Devil Moon, Old Folks, Oleo, On A Clear Day, On The Street Where You Live , On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Once I Loved, One Note Samba, Ornithology, Our Love Is Here To Stay, Out Of Nowhere, Over The Rainbow, Peace, Peel Me A Grape, Pent Up House, Perdido, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Prelude To A Kiss, Quiet Nights, Recordame, Red Top, Rhythm-a-ning, Round Midnight, Route 66, Satin Doll, Scrapple From The Apple, Secret Love, September Song, Seven Steps To Heaven, Skylark, Sleepin' Bee, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, So Many Stars, So Nice (Summer Samba), So What, Softly , Solar, Someday My Prince Will Come, Someone To Watch Over Me, Sometime Ago, Song Is You, Sophisticated Lady, Speak Low, Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, Star Eyes, Stardust, Stella By Starlight, Stompin' At The Savoy, Stormy Weather, Straight No Chaser, Sugar, Summertime, Sweet Georgia Brown, Take The A Train, Tangerine, Teach Me Tonight, Tenderly, Tenor Madness, That Old Feeling, That's All, The Song Is You, The Shadow Of Your Smile, The Way You Look Tonight, There Is No Greater Love, There Will Never Be Another You, These Foolish Things, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Thing's Ain't What They Used To Be, This Can't Be Love, This I Dig Of You, Till There Was You, Time After Time, Tricotism , Triste, Tune Up , Undecided, Unforgettable, Up Jumped Spring, Watch What Happens, Watermelon Man, Wave, Well You Needn't, What A Difference A Day Made, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, What's New, When I Fall In Love, When Lights Are Low, While We're Young, Whisper Not, Willow Weep For Me, Witchcraft, Without A Song, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, Yardbird Sweet, Yesterdays, You Are Too Beautiful, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, You Don't Know What Love Is, You Stepped Out Of A Dream, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, You've Changed
Thanks so much for playing at our wedding! Everyone and I mean EVERYONE thought you/your band was awesome! We couldn't of been happier with the way the reception turned out. I would gladly recommend The Matt Young Group for any wedding reception or professional event; they are extremely talented and truly put on an amazing show!
I just wanted to say thank you guys so much! Seriously, you guys put the stamp on a memorable night and became the most talked about part I think. I loved the impromptu dinner music, it was great jazz. And you guys played such a beautiful version of Songbird. It was amazing! Thanks so much for everything! We will recommend you to all our friends and let us know how we can help give you good feedback!
From the first note the Matt Young Group played, the dance floor was packed with our 20 something friends to our septugenarian family members! The group's song selection and the energy in their music made our special night unforgettable.
--Ann & Garrett
Matt Young Group were consummate professionals from start to finish. From the bidding process to the night of the performance, they were professional, responsive, talented and friendly. They played at our law firm's holiday party and were on time, engaging, took requests, and set the perfect festive and fun mood. They absolutely made our event and we will definitely use them in the future and heartily recommend them. Matt and his group are extremely talented musicians; I have been fielding requests all day for their contact info from party attendees who would like to purchase their CD! You will not be disappointed with The Matt Young Group- A+!.
I really can't put words to how happy we were to have The Matt Young Group a part of our wedding. From the very minute we met, I felt confident that the music at our wedding was going to be awesome. I really could have never expected just how great you were. The talent unbelievable! The Motown music was incredible. And, everyone in the group was so very nice and made our wedding feel truly personal. I would (and in fact, already have) recommend The Matt Young Group without reservation. Thank You for providing the music and soul of our wedding reception. WOW!
Matt was absolutely a delight and pleasure to work with. From the very beginning of our communications, he was extremely accommodating and professional. While planning a wedding, you quickly realize how important it is for the people you work with to be reliable with their word and responsive when you need them. Matt was exactly that. Of course, most importantly, he was a huge hit at our wedding reception. We had him and his group play as a jazz quartet during the cocktail hour and dinner. The music was elegant and the perfect "extra" we were looking for to make the night feel special. He did not hesitate to take on emcee duties when we needed him and did a great job, as well! We are so fond of him and hope to hear him play again real soon. Thanks for everything Matt!
The Matt Young Group was a total hit at our event. Very professional. Very talented. The vocals were absolutely fantastic.
--Bob M. (Amada America)
Thank you!!! Everyone loved you and we were thrilled. You were everything we could have hoped for and more. Thank you for driving the many miles to share your talent and help make our day all the more special. It was wonderful to finally meet you and we look forward to posting our recommendations for you all over the Internet. We feel so lucky to have found you and your group. Please do let your band members know how grateful we are.
--Anna & Jay
BANDLEADER - BASSIST - ARRANGER - COMPOSER
Matt Young, a St. Louis native, is quickly becoming one of the most well know bassists on the Chicago music scene. Before moving to Chicago, he was extremely active in St. Louis' local jazz scene with his own group, The Matt Young Project. In St. Louis, he also had the privilege and pleasure of playing with many local legends including: Willie Akins, Freddie Washington, Dave Stone, Sid Rodway, Gary Sykes, Maurice Carnes, Jerome "Scrooge" Harris, P'tah Williams, Eric Slaughter, Tom Byrne, and Kim Portnoy. Matt was also one of the regular bassists for The Dave Stone Trio, The Riverfront Times SLAMMIES Award Winner for Best Jazz in St. Louis in 2000, 2001, and 2002.