Standard Deviation Jazz & Swing Band

Are you looking for a jazz and swing band? Fantastic. Let us introduce ourselves. We are Standard Deviation. Based in Auckland (although we love to travel), we are available for weddings, corporate functions, private parties and festivals.


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.

“Standard Deviation provided the music for our 2018 Chairman Elite, Elite & Premier cocktail function.  They were a pleasure to work with, from our initial enquiry through to discussing our objectives for the evening.   Their actual performance on the evening was absolutely perfect. We would highly recommend Standard Deviation for your function”—Stephanie Watson, Head of Franchise Operations, Ray White.


“Standard Deviation made our big day so special.  We loved the ambience the music gave the dinner and the upbeat music later everyone had fun dancing to.  Would definitely recommend these guys for a classy night”— Garalynne & Kieren (newly wedded couple).

Our look

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 Jonathan plays an upright bass.

Being prepared

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).

Our music

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, theaters; 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.

Jonathan Burgess (upright bass)

Jonathan graduated as Senior Scholar in Jazz from the University of Auckland in 2008. Since then he has plucked the bass around the world with Live Live Cinema and enjoyed long-running seasons with Silo Theater and Auckland Theater Company. He is currently performing and recording with goodshirt songwriter Gareth Thomas, the loud and confusing Fortress Europe, and crowd favourites on P&O’s Pacific Dawn, the Gramophone Band. He manages and performs with nine-piece Motown revue Motor City Family Funk.

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.

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