We are a four-piece jazz band comprising vocals, piano, bass and drums. We know plenty of other musicians, too, so, if required, we can add additional instruments like a saxophone. Let us know. If you are on a tight budget, we are also available as a duo (vocals and piano) or a trio (vocals, piano and either bass or drums).
We have enough material to perform three 50-minute sets with breaks of 15 minutes in between. If you wish, we can also provide recorded music during our breaks.
We realised fairly early on that image is important, particularly for a jazz band. So, when performing, we wear suits, and for a classic look, Andrew sings through an old-style microphone and Stuart plays an upright bass.
Before your event, one of us will talk with you about your requirements: which songs you’d like us to play, where we are to set up and your schedule. To ensure everything is in working order, we also prefer to arrive at a venue a least an hour in advance (it can take a while to set up drums).
We play a mixture of jazz, Latin and samba genres, with a bit of funk thrown in for good measure. Our music is real; we don’t use backing tracks. When you book us, you’ll get real musicians.
“Thank you Standard Deviation for your performance last night at our staff event. It was a perfect start to the evening, providing a relaxed and chilled atmosphere as our guests arrived and chatted over drinks. We had many compliments about your performance and would look forward to working with you again”— Kate Birch, Director Organisational Development, AUT.
Chris ‘Doc’ Naughton (keyboards)
A graduate of UK’s Birmingham School of Music, Chris has performed jazz for most of his life. His influences include Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and Pat Methany, and Chris is an aficionado of Bill Evans piano voicing. He enjoys many music genres, including Latin jazz, which inspired him to establish Auckland’s first samba school. Chris is the musical director for the band.
Andrew Healey (vocals)
Andrew has performed professionally since his teenage years in a rock band. Since then, he has played in all kinds of places — bars, restaurants, theatres; you name it. He even once sang at Auckland’s Cornwall Park while the man got down one knee to propose to his girlfriend. Andrew’s favourite singers include Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Junior and Michael Bublē. As the band’s manager, Andrew is the person you’ll speak with when making a booking,
“The jazz band Standard Deviation was a perfect fit for our corporate event. Thanks, it was a memorable night, and your performance created a great atmosphere”— Louise Howe, Rakon Corporate Communications Executive.
Stuart McLaren (upright bass)
Trumpet was Stuart’s first musical instrument. And, he reckons that probably accounts for his pathological hatred of Beatles tunes — a favourite with brass bands. Eventually, Stuart decided bass guitar was a far ‘sexier,’ and he studied the instrument all through high school. He planned to further his musical studies at jazz school in his home city of Wellington. However, since he was in a band at the time that consisted of jazz school tutors, he couldn’t see the point. For more than 30 years, Stuart has played in bands of several genres, he’s recorded jingles, films scores and even done some pit orchestra work.
Dave Cowley (drums)
Dave started his musical career in the UK at age 13. Since then, he has played in numerous bands in the rock, pop, jazz and big-band genres. Dave has played at clubs, cabarets, corporate events — even stadium concerts. During his career, Dave has worked with many local and international artists including The Peddlars, The Barron Knights, Four Jacks and a Jill, The Seekers, The Platters, Ricky May, Ray Wolfe, Shane, Gray Bartlett, Ray Columbus, Suzanne Lynch and Tina Cross