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Before we toot our own horn,      

here is what others say about Uptown Lowdown Jazz . . .

The uptown lowdown was really wonderful. Our guests loved them. Little kids, the older folk, and everyone in between really enjoyed listening to and dancing to these guys. They were very open to requests, although we didn't want anything aside from their own great tunes. I highly recommend this band! Wedding Reception - Comforts of Whidbey Winery  Langley, WA 7/15/17

Everyone enjoyed the music and I am delighted with their music and grateful for their patience with us as we had a lot going on with the party and entertainment for our guests! We had such a fun time with their music. They are very professional and hiring them was worth every penny, and this is a direct quote from my mother who is 94 years old and danced her heart out along with the rest of us! You won't be disappointed hiring them! Thank you so much!  K. Austin Gatsby Birthday party 5/6/17

They were absolutely wonderful! They played my mom's memorial service. She'd been a fan of theirs and loved Dixieland Jazz. They set just the right tone for a church service and the reception afterwards. They listened to my requests (they actually asked me the questions that prompted my requests) and took it from there. Everyone loved it and several people comment that they want them to play their memorial services, too. My mom would have loved it! It kept it from feeling somber. Totally professional. Wonderful people!  Feb 2017 Memorial in Ocean Shores, WA

These guys are fantastic. Wonderful and stress-free from booking till the end of the event. We had them out for our wedding 7/2/16. It was a summer night on a lake. The music couldn't have matched better. Kids dancing and much celebrating made better by the Jazz. Worth way more than the charged Rate. Don't hesitate to have them play any event where quality jazz and professional service is required.  Seth July 2016

Uptown Lowdown Jazz was the perfect compliment to our Change of Command celebration! The communication from the group was outstanding as well as the performance! Everything was above and beyond any expectations we had and we were given multiple compliments from guests about the ensembles performance! I would recommend Uptown Lowdown Jazz Co to anyone looking for a classy and professional live jazz band.  Captain Whidbey Inn June 2016

Uptown Lowdown Jazz played our company holiday party. Our party had a Great Gatsby theme so we asked the band to play 1920s jazz music. They not only played great music to fit the theme but also came dressed in gold bow ties! The band was fantastic and I received rave reviews all night!  Erin P. -  Watchguard Holiday Party Dec 4, 2015

These guys are pros and so easy to work with! My guests adored them and had a blast, book with confidence!

- Jenifer S  Wedding & Reception 11/06/15 Seattle, WA

Hi Bert,

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that you guys were perfect last night. I couldn't walk two feet without someone stopping me and to tell me how great you guys were. I couldn't be happier. It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope that we can work together again. Have a great holiday season and happy new year. Thanks again!

Angie - Workplace Experience Coordinator    POP Agency Holiday Party 12/05/14

We would hire this band again in an instant! We got so many guests tell us that they simply loved the band. They are also the most friendly people we've met and they are able to play all   the music we've special requested them from perfectly to the tee!!! Kids and adults will love this band! We also LOVED the band! Very professional and classy. :)

Nora N. Wedding & Reception July 2014

Good morning, Bert--

Have filled in and returned my review of yesterday.  My disappointment was they only gave a scale of 1-5 in responding.  Would have preferred 1-10, so you could have solid 10's!  Sigh.  Guess solid 5's is as good as they allow.  But, y'all were beyond that.  GREAT service.  As I wrote . . . . .  for our 50th Anniversary worship service for the Congregational Church On Mercer Island...as young people would say today , rocked. Our worship was ALIVE AND VIBRANT AND JUBILANT. Bert and Rose were cooperative and supportive.  - I've had Dixieland Bands before with a Chicago Church---The UPTOWN/LOWDOWN BAND started the prelude, first notes of worship. In that first-notes-moment everything became alert and enthused...and for certain, the balance of the service, in large part because of the music from the band could never be a cure for insomnia. Not having the Uptown/Lowdown Band in our worship would have meant the service would have been drenched in boredom.  BUT.  It wasn't! Jun 8, 2014 Thanks again...please convey my gratitude to the band. Dr. Mark Miller, Pastor.

Knocked it out of the park... Kirkland SummerFest loved having UPLD perform - the right music at the right time. We'll have them again!  Kirkland SummerFest  - Aug 11, 2013

They did a fabulous job!  All of the guests were impressed and entertained. We will definitely recommend them to friends and consider them for future events. :) Courtney -  Corporate party downtown Seattle July 19, 2013

We are so happy that we chose Uptown Lowdown Jazz! They were amazing performers and all night our guests commented on how incredible they sounded. The band was professional and very reasonable in price. The communication from them was great and they made the day even more special. Thank you so much for the amazing performance.                                        Theresa -  Wedding  July 2013.

Absolutely the best decision I could have made for entertainment at my party. Will recommend them every chance I get. I'm from New Orleans and they are right up there with any band in the city!!!!! What more is there to say? Nikki  (Feb 2013 -  Mardi Gras Themed Birthday Party)

Uptown Lowdown Jazz was FABULOUS! They were very professional and the music was awesome. We had guests ages 5 to 92, and absolutely everyone had a blast listening and dancing to the music. Thank you for providing us a lovely evening. People are still telling us how much they enjoyed your entertainment!!!   Meighen - Wedding Reception Nov 2012

Hi Bert,

Thank you so much! Everyone was raving about you guys! Wonderful music! We will recommend you to everyone we know.

Warm regards,

Gina and Dan  -  Wedding Reception on Skansonia Ferry -  Sep 2012

They were great! We had many guests asking about the band and how we found them. Everyone loved and enjoyed their appearance and music. :)  Wedding -  July 2012

Thank you Bert & crew for a fabulous performance at our party. It was so much fun to have such talented and experienced musicians to highlight the night. I loved your willingness to accomodate our birthday girl's special requests, and your voice of experience was right on. We really appreciated you making the trip to make our party so special for Mom and our guests! Hope to see you again somewhere along the road!  Ruth A.  5/12/12 Birthday party - Tangent, OR  

Uptown Lowdown Jazz was great!! They were everything they said they were and added energy and excitement to our event. We have already booked them again!! - Mardi Gras Olympia, WA Feb 2012.

Everything was really perfect in every way. I really feel lucky that I found these guys. Everybody loved it so much.  Kevin C.  -  Nov 19, 2011 Memorial Service

They were accommodating, did a short parade prior to the gig, their arrangements were excellent and they made the event very special. They were great to work with, and I will definitely have them back next year if we do a similar event. I would recommend them MOST highly!   Dr. Mark Brown Friends of Children of Walla Walla, WA  Aug 2011

Uptown lowdown jazz band quartet was just perfect for our summer wedding. The setting was a beautiful lavender farm on Vashon. This band set the tone perfectly for the wedding. They are AMAZING! We requested numerous songs, all of which they played perfectly and at just the right time. They are highly professional and incredibly sweet. I would love to have them play an event or party again one day. LOVE THEM!!!  -  Jeanette  Aug 2011

It was a very wonderful experience. Everyone loved the band and they were very friendly and professional. I highly recommend hiring the Uptown lowdown jazz band for any event. I will hire them any chance I get. I may have to make up a reason to have a gathering just to have them come play again. I give them the highest rating possible and was very very very pleased.  Steve,  House party -  Newcastle, WA July 2011.

The Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band played our Winter/Holiday Party. The band leader did a great job responding to emails prior to the event and everyone was really pleased with the music. The Dixieland Jazz set they played was fantastic and the whole band was very kind and pleasant to work with. I would definitely recommend hiring them for your next event.  - Abbey Portland, OR  Jan 2011

The Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band was an amazing addition to our wedding day. Everyone raved, everyone danced, we just had a blast! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an incredible, soulful band to play New Orleans influenced jazz at a wedding, party or function of any type. It's the perfect choice - not so loud that you can't sit and have a conversation if you'd like to - but good luck sitting still in your seat when they start! Michael  J. -  Wedding reception Portland, OR Sep 2010

I'm so happy we were able to book ULJB for our wedding. They were the second vendor we booked after our location and we couldn't be more pleased with the decision. The band was wonderful, and even worked with my Husband to surprise me with a special song (Bare Necessities, from The Jungle Book) for our first dance - I had no idea that this was going on and was tickled pink when I heard the first few bars. :) I had multiple guests asking where and how we found ULJB because they were just perfect. (Even our wedding photographer loved them!) I can't imagine our wedding without them. I'm only sad we don't have the money to book them for every little party we throw!  Mel R. Wedding - Tacoma, WA  Aug 2010

More than memorable. Incredible. Book them now. We adored working with them, and our guests are still raving about them. Only wish I could've enjoyed one more dance . . .

Rebecca - Wedding reception Helena, MT July 2010

We were very pleased with the cooperation and communication prior to the event. They were tops!!! To quote my Dad who had his 95th birthday. We had the 3 piece band, a trumpet player with an awesome sound, an excellent bass saxophone player, and a great piano player. They made you want to dance, which we did and fit right in with our gala affair. We recommend them highly.  Jackie Jan 12, 2010 

They were OUTSTANDING!! Residents loved the music and danced in the isles. My mom, who was celebrating her 90th B-day...loved their performance. They played much longer than booked. We will have to book them again...they were a hit!!

Barbara  - Medford, OR  Nov 2009

"Uptown Lowdown Jazz was terrific! We hired them to perform at our annual Client Economic Outlook Seminar where we had 450 clients in attendence over two sessions. We are a financial advisory firm with clients generally in their 50s, 60s and 70s. We design our event to be informative as well as entertaining. We also use it to say "thank you" to our clients for their loyalty. We left the musical selection to them and it was perfect. "Sugar Blues" and "Pennies from Heaven" were especially great. The group is professional, talented and experienced. I would highly recommend them".

Paul  - Financial Seminar Nov 2009

"The Uptown Lowdown Jazz were exactly what we needed. They made the party! It wouldn't have been as fun or as festive without them. We had fun dancing to their music, they played songs on request, and when we weren't dancing, they were great background to the party. When they stopped playing for a break, the party was noticeably less fun, so I know that they added a lot to the atmosphere. I'd hire them again in a second".

Karen - Birthday party Oct 2009

"The Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band was absolutely wonderful in their performance in my wedding ceremony and reception. Thank you so much for playing for us, everyone thought you were just great".

Fawn -  Sep 2009

"Bert and the band did an outstanding job at our wedding. the music was perfect and the band was very reasonable in the flow of things. i would highly recommend them to anyone interested in a jazz band for any event".

Michael H, 8/23/2009, Wedding, Olympia, WA

  "They provided excellent music for our wedding reception. They were very accommodating and the music was beautiful. I could not be more happy with their performance." -                      Laura  -  Aug 1, 2009

   "Uptown Lowdown is absolutely fantastic! They are very talented and really helped to set a wonderful mood and vibe at my wedding. I cannot say enough good things about them. They are consummate professionals and overall nice people. I would absolutely hire them again for future events and would refer them to anyone who is looking for flawless jazz and swing music. "- Ann

"Bert - I'm sorry I didn't get over to say thanks before you packed up and hit the road to home Sunday.

I just want you to know that you and your fellow musicians helped make Ann and Matt's wedding an unforgettable event. We heard from nearly everyone in attendance that Uptown Lowdown was the best band they've ever heard at any wedding anywhere. And, by the way, three of those folks are New Orleans native, and two are Grammy-winning recording engineers.

I doubt you'll need to, but should you like to use Lynn and me as a reference, please feel free to do so.

Again, many thanks and best regards" - Mark


Dear Bert Barr -

"First of all, congratulations to everyone in Uptown Lowdown JB on receiving the highest audience rating of any band at the 2003 Sonoma County Festival despite not appearing in our audience survey form!  I hope all of you had a good time here, and I want to apologize again for our glaring oversight of leaving your band name off the survey. That did not seem to matter to our audience"     . . .  John Howard Exec Director 2004 Wine Country Vintage Jazz Fest

"Can't resist saying this - sheer professionalism is what ULJB is all about." . . . Palmer Taylor - fan

"Uptown Lowdown is to traditional jazz what Mozart is to classics. Every note has a purpose, nothing is out of place, and each player is not only strong but has found a balancing point for his or her place in the mix." . . The Spokesman-Review Spokane,WA    

"One of these days somebody is going to come up with a poll to determine the best 20 Dixieland bands in the land, and in our books, one spot amongst them is already nailed down by Bert Barr's Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band of Seattle" . . . Woody Laughlan, editor, West Coast Rag

"I would walk for a mile over broken glass in my bare feet to hear Uptown Lowdown.  Their musicianship is stellar, and they are masters of the universe!!!!!!!!!!!!!" . . . Meg Graf - fellow musician

Dear Uptown Lowdown Jazz,

"Thank you for playing at our wedding celebration last July at Mountain Home Lodge in Leavenworth (and braving the unusually cold evening). We never dreamed we would have live music at our wedding celebration when we first started planning the event. We were absolutely thrilled to find a first rate band for a reasonable, affordable price - thank you! The band absolutely made the reception - the music was incredible - fun, entertaining & perfect for dancing. The songs were timeless - just the sort of ambiance we wanted to set the mood for our wedding. Thank you also to Rose Marie for her help in choosing and playing the ceremony music & accompanying my cousin Valerie in "At Last". We have such great memories of the wedding - thank you again for your contribution to our perfect day." . . . . . Love, Ellie & Cory

"Kudos. I have to say this is the ultimate in Dixieland Jazz. Best Regards", W.R. Sparks - fan from Ohio

"Speaking of bands seldom mentioned that play wonderfully well, my  vote goes to the "Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band"  They just performed at the Dixieland Monterey fest.  This year's set up was  2 reed players, each a marvel of talent & both played Bass Sax. Cornet, T-bone, Banjo, Drums, piano [ & damn, I can't remember if  they had a Tuba. I guess I was too taken with the Reed guys ]. All  exceptionally talented. The band played what appeared to be 1/2 "head" arrangements, & 1/2  written arrangements. The counterpoint and flow of ideas was  astonishing. Most bands play an ensemble chorus, pass around the solos and then  take it out. Not this band. They get into a tune with the first chorus doing  amazing things, then focus on the reeds doing more amazing things together. These two guys play like they are engaged in telekinesis. Then the  focus goes elsewhere. What a banjo player !! etc. & etc. One of  the engaging elements was the piano's turn. After all the fireworks  of the rest of the band, the band went silent with only lite rhythm  background & the lady just played simple lines that created a  calming contrast.  Like catching your breath.  Gad, did I enjoy this band. I hope you get a chance to hear them". . . . . . .   Russ Guarino



Seattle's Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band specializes in authentic sounding Dixieland jazz and ragtime, serving clients and jazz fans since 1971. The band in that span of time has performed in every way imaginable - from the grand opening of the Kingdome to the final beam raising of the Westin Hotel. They have performed 6:00 AM wake up music for sales meetings and rallies to company picnics and cruises on Puget Sound. If you need music for any business or company event, go to their Bands  page. Uptown Lowdown will add pizzazz to any business function.
If your are a concert promoter or festival director, Uptown Lowdown has custom presentations.  Specialties include jazz history concerts, gospel services, and tributes to major composers including Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Sidney Bechet.  For more information please go
to the  Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band  and Uptown "Lite" page.
If your needs are private such as weddings, receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, holiday or house parties, please see the
Uptown Swing & Jazz Uptown "Lite", Double Barrs or Piano  page. Thank you and remember  - "Live Music Is Best".

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Uptown Swing & Jazz & Uptown "Lite" are satellite groups, conceived after years of performances in every type of venue. A s mentioned previously,  it apparent that all businesses and clients don't need the same size band or require the same sound. Uptown Swing & Jazz provides various styles and sounds other than Dixieland and  can provide groups from solo piano, duos & trios that have a light, swingy sound to groups that have a hot big band swing sound.  In addition to the Ragtime and Dixieland that ULJB is famous for, Uptown Swing & Jazz plays the music well into the next decades with hot Swing and dance standards from the 1930's & 40's.

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