The Choper Jazz Project

“These Great Musicians Feed Off One Another and Share Their Collective Energy With the Audience.”
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  • Jazz
  • Swing
  • Latin
  • Booked as 14 players

After Brian Choper had founded several rock and folk bands, many of his clients asked him to assemble a swing band that would bring back the music and the flavor of the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, an era where beautiful lyrics were coupled with beautiful music, and where romance and idealism were everywhere in the arts and in Hollywood. Such a band would play lively and danceable swing music in the authentic style of the era, but would also be versatile enough to play other styles of music when requested, such as rock, pop, and funk. The plan was to create a band a cut above your typical society band.

Once conceived, it took Brian on a search to find the right musicians who were completely at home performing swing-based music, yet comfortable in other styles as well. He found finding the right people to be a rather tricky task, as most true jazz musicians do not branch out into either rock or funk. Fortunately, Brian had access to the contacts and support that enabled him to find all the musicians he needed. This select group of people formed the core of his Choper Jazz Project band, which he could then supplement with the best backup musicians from the area. Because of the band’s flexibility, while the roots of the band are classic swing, the group’s repertoire grew way beyond that genre with its all-star lineup of great players. The result is quite a contrast from most elegant, society bands.

Over time, the group developed its own identity and sound, sometimes playing straight Swing, other times mixing it a little with funk and a rock beat. They quickly figured out how to make each song unique and interesting with their own flavor. As performance inquiries came in, they expanded their music to what is today’s wide ranging repertoire list. What they play and how they dress are completely up to you.

The band is known for their unusual flexibility in their music. Their amazing ability to adapt to the musical preferences of the client while knowing exactly what to play to always keep the party in high gear has become their trademark. Their popularity has allowed them to play for parties while receiving invites to play for major galas, celebrity events and heads of state.

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The Choper Jazz Project
About Our Bands
Washington’s Entertainment Connection is not your typical agency, as it is more of a music consultancy, where we not only help you match the best size and type of band to your event, we also work with you to survey your favorite tunes. This way, we cater the music list your taste!
Catering the music to your needs: Our bands are uniquely flexible musicians, in that they are individually able to play many different genres of music, including Rock, Pop, Funk, R&B, Jazz, Swing, Klezmer and Classical, all in the same event. For those who love the 60″s sound, we even have an awesome Beatles Tribute band. Each of our bands are professional party entertainers have their own specialty, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that they are limited to only that sound or style. Our bands are professional musicians who cater their repertoire to your event. For example you hire one of our rock bands, and you want to hear some Latin, jazz, or swing music. No problem. We are professional party entertainment musicians. We can do that! We encourage you to check out each of our bands and sample the wide variety of music they can play. Then you can judge for yourself.
Professionalism: No Matter What Band You Choose: Washington’s Entertainment Connection guarantees professionalism from all of our bands and has a proven record for creating outstanding performances and incredible parties! Unlike any other agency, the owner of WEC, Brian Choper is a well know and respected drummer who plays with many of the bands represented. Professionalism is our top priority. Our professional party entertainment bands will arrive on time and start on time, and will always look awesome. They will do everything they can to ensure your event is impressive, awesome and runs perfectly.
Duos, Trios and Quartets
Nothing compares to great, live music as party entertainment. If these are your thoughts, but you’re still considering a DJ, here’s a solution that can allow you to keep live music in your plans: the Washington’s Entertainment Connection Quartets. Our smaller, more affordable bands are equally great for any corporate event, party, wedding reception, or cocktail hour. Whether you are looking for an event band, dance band, party band, bar mitzvah band or wedding band, for rock, jazz, swing or klezmer, we can help you balance cost with the desire for the excitement of live music. While the full bands of professional party entertainers usually have both two lead players playing off one another, the quartet has one. As an add-on option, we can include a player who also sings, or a vocalist. Whatever you choose, we can provide you high quality professional entertainment at a good price that will allow you to enjoy great, live music in MD, DC, VA for your party! A live music band makes the party in ways a DJ cannot. Now, with our affordable options, live music is within reach. Let us know you want an affordable option for that sound and whether it will be a duo, trio or quartet, we will help you choose the professional party entertainers that have the sound, the live music and the energy level you are looking for. You’ll be surprised just how good an affordable a professional band can be.
A Duo or Trio for Your Ceremony or Cocktails
Consider including us in your ceremony, pre-ceremony, cocktail hour, or planned segment prior to the party reception. We invite you to ask us about our duo and trio options. It does not matter whether it will be for a corporate event, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding or anniversary. In fact, adding a live duo for the ceremony and a trio for the cocktails can add an incredible touch of warmth and elegance to your event. Our combos play anything, including ethnic, Latin, jazz, swing, light rock and more. Imagine a group of professional musicians, including instruments like violin, clarinet or saxophone with bass serenading your guests as they enter your corporate event, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding ceremony or enjoy cocktails. Nothing could be more fun or reflect your tasteful elegance better. And as an extension of the full band, assuming these moments directly precede the main party, we can offer you a very reasonable rate for this smaller group of professional musicians, as the players are already on location. Keep in mind that as good as our trios are; nothing compares to the excitement, energy and versatility of the full size band. Your celebration will have just the right elements of both to keep your corporate event, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or wedding exciting and memorable. With all of these options available, you can’t go wrong! Contact us for more information on these options
Musical Options We Provide to People Looking to Hire Our Bands
A live band makes the party in ways a DJ cannot. Now, with our affordable options, live music is within reach.
From our music samples, decide what you like best. Let us know you want an affordable option for that sound and whether it will be a duo, trio or quartet, we will help you choose the group of professional party entertainers that has the sound, the music and the energy level you are looking for. You’ll be surprised just how good an affordable band can be.
Add elegance to any party, function or professional environment. For any event including a birthday party, anniversary, graduation party, corporate event, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or wedding reception, ask about our solo, duo, trio or quartet options. They are available for any occasion.
About WEC
Washington’s Entertainment Connection (WEC) offers FIVE primary services:
Successfully matching clients with live bands and DJ’s for both public and private affairs.
Management and support of specific bands.
Representation and promotion of independent bands and DJ’s signed by the agency
Connecting clients with additional support services that have proven (to us) to be superior in the business, such as photography, videography and lighting
Expanding our mission to find the greatest musicians possible to hire to perform for you is WEC’s affiliation with “Gigs For You”. GFY is a non profit musician’s organization that helps musicians and other entertainers network with one another and find work. (GFY was started by our founder, Brian Choper.) Through this affiliation, you can take advantage of these GFY resources. As WEC discovers new talent through GFY, that talent is brought into the A-List group of musicians hired by WEC to perform for you as you hire our bands.
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