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Cover Letter

--Rane Nogales Ball Room
Jazz Ensemble

A Sophisticated Black Tie Ballroom Jazz Dance Band

For Gala and Ballroom Affairs

Corporate Events, Fundraisers, Weddings

Private Parties and Social Events

For Bookings please call 360 961-4884
or send us an email at

Copies of our CD’s can be requested via email, bought directly from us via PayPal or purchased online at

Events Cover Letter

Thank you for considering the Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble as part of your special evening. We have enjoyed our status as one of the first call and most popular Black Tie Event bands in the region and hope that we can help make your evening wonderful and marvelous as well.

The RNJE is a high end, professional, after-dinner, ballroom dance band that, as a quintet or full ballroom orchestra (depending on the event budget) specializes in a sophisticated top floor presentation of contemporary and jazz standards. Whether a full ballroom presentation with a full orchestra and multiple singers or as a jazz quintet featuring horns and vocals, for background, dance or show, this band can be counted on to play the most appropriate choice of music for all formal and semi formal affairs. Although a concert and performance band first, the RNJE has made black tie events the band’s specialty and has a stellar reputation as one of the regions first call bands for formal functions. The line up in the RNJE is outstanding, boasting some of the best jazz musicians in the region, several of whom tour internationally and are often seen at Jazz Alley.

Included in this package are:
A complimentary copy of the band‘s recently released CD
A partial song list
A rate sheet
A sample contract

Please call with any questions or ideas you’d like to discuss or email inquiries to You can also visit our website, at which, although currently under construction, gives additional information about the band. Thank you once again for considering the music of the Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble for your Black Tie Affair.

Rate Sheet

Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble

Rate Sheet Winter Season 2003-2004

Full Ballroom Orchestra – Full horn section, full rhythm section, and multiple vocal soloists. Unbeatable for posh affairs hosting a ballroom dance to cap off the evening. Can easily be preceded by a smaller version of the band for the cocktail and dinner sets.

Duet – Piano and vocals. Appropriately sedate & rich, for cocktails, dinner, background.

Trio – Vocals, upright bass, piano. Charming, soft, romantic presentation, suitable for light dancing, also excellent for cocktails, dinner, background and show.

Quartet – Vocals, upright bass, piano, drums. This is an excellent small show or dance band. Very entertaining, smooth, swinging, sophisticated and sexy. Excellent for show, after dinner dance, reception.

Quintet – Vocals, upright bass, piano, drums, saxophone/clarinet. This is a top notch, sophisticated, romantic after dinner dance band that can be as out front or in the background as the situation calls for. This band was the house band at the lovely Majestic Hotel in Anacortes for four years and is well known for being highly compelling, lively, a great dance or show band with a sizzling swing. This quintet is a first call band for many well known hotels and resorts for corporate and private functions and is asked back year after year to play the holiday and seasonal events.

RATES – Bellingham/Anacortes/Seattle/Tacoma/Portland

Duet – $350.00 Trio - $525.00
Quartet - $700.00 Quintet - $875.00

Ballroom Orchestra (Our premium show!) – $1,600.00 – 2000.00

Prices include cocktail hour, reception, after dinner and dance as long as total time does not exceed 4 hours, unless otherwise negotiated.

Ceremonial and Wedding Music

For weddings, should ceremonial music be required, please add $150.00 per player to total cost of band. Seating, bridal march and exit music will be performed by pianist with, in some cases, bass and flute accompaniment.

The band will work with the bride and groom or coordinators to recommend and prepare the required music. If songs other than the standard classical wedding tunes are required, it’s possible that arrangements may be necessary. If arrangements are necessary there may also be a separate fee for the arranger.

Rehearsal fees are $150.00 per player. A good way to save money here is to have only the pianist attend the rehearsal. In most cases, this will suffice perfectly and if not, we’ll be sure to advise.

The band is glad to provide the sound system for toasting and short speeches.

Rate Sheet Addendum

Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble

Our best role is one in which we do it all, from reception to after dinner dance...

Many events are comprised of a reception, a dinner and an after dinner dance. The Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble is a group of highly professional jazz musicians that can easily collect in appropriate parts for ceremonies, receptions and dinners, and finally collect as a quintet or full orchestra, for the after dinner dance.

Trio or quartet with piano and bass, drums and some vocals provides an elegant introduction to the evening’s affair. Staying primarily with easy Latin type arrangements (i.e. Girl From Ipanema, Corcovado, Summer Samba, Flamingo, etc), our goal is to underlay the atmosphere with the classic, inviting ambiance of an afternoon or early evening party.

During dinner, we provide a subtle background music that may be piano only, or may include other instrumentalists like flute or upright bass. Typically, we do not use saxophone, drums or vocals during dinner. Our goal is to provide an elegant and sophisticated backdrop to dinner and support the idea that something very special is taking place.

After Dinner Ballroom Dance
During dinner, the rest of our ensemble will have arrived and quietly set their stands and instruments in place. Once dinner is complete, we kick the evening back into gear with a lively dance band format. Whether we finish the evening as a quintet or as a full orchestra, we’ll play everything from up-tempo swing tunes to ballads for slow dancing, waltzes, foxtrots and sambas. We’ll play familiar pieces like The Shadow of Your Smile, The Look of Love, It Had to Be You, Paper Moon, In the Mood. If we are playing the dance as an orchestra, you and your guests will experience the thrill of a full horn section, dynamic soloists and multiple singers. If we play the after dinner dance as a quintet, you and your guests will be treated to the sizzling, sultry, swinging dance tunes of an ace performance band.

Either way, we cover the bases with a smooth set of performances that will set the appropriate tone for each phase of your evening and leave your guests talking about your party for years to come.

Rates depend on the overall length of the event, and the choice between quintet and full orchestra for the after dinner dance but will range between $1000.00 & $2,000.00 for the entire event.


The Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble in various forms has been the featured entertainment for many nightclubs, corporate and private functions. We’ve chosen to highlight just a few.

Sorrento Hotel – New Year’s Eve Ball 1999
And many, many private events in the Sorrento’s Penthouse and Sorrento Banquet Room

Marsh Corporation – Annual Awards Banquet 2001, 2002 & 2003 – The Ruins in Seattle

Economic Development Association of Skagit County – Annual Forecast Dinner - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

AT&T Annual Awards Ceremony – 1997

ASOPRS – Society of Optical Engineers – Annual Awards Banquet & Ball – 2003 Semiahmoo Resort

Hotel Bellwether – New Year’s Eve 2001
And numerous private events

Resort Semiahmoo – Jazz Concert Series
Featured 2001, 2002, 2003

Majestic Hotel downtown Anacortes
House Quartet 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

Top of the Towers – Bellingham Washington
Saturday Nights from 1995 through 1998

Poppe’s in Bellingham
Featured Monthly throughout 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Booked through year end 2004

Song List

Rane Nogales Jazz Quintet
Song List

A Foggy Day * A Man and A Woman (Theme From) * All My Tomorrows
All or Nothing At All * Almost Like Being In Love * Angel Eyes
As Time Goes By * At Last * Autumn Leaves
Baby It’s You * The Best Is Yet To Come * Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Bill’s Blues * But Beautiful * But Not for Me * Bye Bye Blackbird
Call Me * Chances Are * Come Back to Me * Come On In My Kitchen
Corcovado (Quiet Nights) * Crazy He Calls Me * Cry Me A River
Dancing in the Dark * Dancing on the Ceiling * Day Dream * Day In Day Out
Days of Wine and Roses * ‘Deed I Do * Deep Purple * Don’t Be That Way
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore * Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me * Dream a Little Dream * Dreamsville
Easy to Love * Foolin’ Myself * Fools Rush In * For Sentimental Reasons * Georgia
Girl From Ipanema * God Bless the Child * Good Morning Heartache
(The) Great City * Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
How High the Moon * How Long Has This Been Going On
I Don’t Know Why * I’ll Take Romance * I’ll Remember You * I’m Old Fashioned
In a Sentimental Mood * I Only Have Eyes For You * It Could Happen To You
It Had to Be You * It Might As Well Be Spring * It’s De-Lovely
I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face * I’ve Never Been in Love Before
Key Largo * Look of Love * Love for Sale * Lover Man
Masquerade * Midnight Sun * Mister Lucky * Misty
Mood Indigo * Moondance * Moonglow * Moonlight * Moon River
(The) More I See You * More Than You Know * My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Foolish Heart * My Funny Valentine * Nice Work if You Can Get It
Night and Day * Old Devil Moon * On Broadway * Our Day Will Come
Our Love Is Here to Stay * Peel Me a Grape * Round Midnight * Ruby
Ruby My Dear * Scotch and Soda * Second Time Around * Shadow of Your Smile
Shall We Dance * Since I Fell For You * Skylark * Slow Hot Wind
Speak Low * Stairway to the Stars * Stardust * Stars Fell on Alabama
Summer Samba * Summertime * Tenderly * There Will Never be Another You
They Can’t Take That Away From Me * This Guy’s In Love With You
This is New * ‘Til There Was You * Time After Time
Unforgettable * (The) Very Thought of You * What a Difference a Day Makes
When Lights Are Low * You Call It Madness
You Don’t Know What Love Is * You Stepped Out of a Dream

Sample Contract

Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble
416 North Forest
Bellingham, WA 98225
360 961-4884

Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble Contractual Agreement

The Following agreement is between the Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble and Johnson USA, Inc.

RNJE agrees to provide musical entertainment for Johnson USA’s Annual Recognition Event on Friday February 21st, 2003 beginning approximately 6:30 PM and continuing through 10:00 PM at the Ruins in Seattle, Washington.

RNJE agrees to arrive early, set musical stage and be prepared to play as early as 6:30 PM continuing with breaks in the entertainment to coincide with event plan.

A $250.00 non-refundable deposit is required and must be received by March 1th to secure band services. The band’s fee for the event is $875.00, the balance of which is due on February 21st . Please make checks payable to Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble and mail to address above. It is required that the band is paid in full upon arrival at the evening’s event.

RNJE will be dressed in black evening wear, jacket and tie.

Thank you for booking the Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble. We look forward to being part of your evening and hope that you’ll continue to think of us for your future holiday and gala affairs. Very best wishes for a wonderful event. With warm regards, Rane Nogales

X____________________________ X___________________________

Date _________________________ Date________________________
Jessica Smith for Johnson, Inc        Rane Nogales Jazz Ensemble

Thank you, Rane Nogales and the band

Review Excerpts

Review Excerpts
for Rane Nogales Jazz Quartet
“A Ruby for Magic”

The latest offering from Bellingham’s own jazz siren, Rane Nogales, and her fabulous threesome of musicians, is called A Ruby for Magic. And magic is indeed the mood of this ten-track emotional hotbed of sound…

The CD is slow, thick and rich…The talent here is not trying to seduce the listeners-it just does it without trying as jazz often does.

Nogales’ heartbreak and loneliness is believable, evident and painfully wonderful in each track…This theme of love lost, missed and the romance-addicted infliction that is universal, spills forward onto each track.

Tessa M. Allison
Every Other Weekly
November 2002
A pre-release review of Rane Nogales Quartet's "A Ruby for Magic":

Rane has a poignant, sensitive voice, a bluesy voice …very much, her own stylist…mellow, romantic, passionate…The singer leaves ample space for the instrumentalists to stretch out and show their stuff -- and great stuff, it is. Jeff Johnson truly makes his bass sing during solos, while Blake Angelos, on piano, shows remarkable intonation and timing. Listening to this quartet, one can readily sense the negotiation happening..

Lyle Hanson
The Lynden Eagle
August 2002

Nogales is a jazz-singer…of a different sort. She sounds best the less she's there…quiet and sultry are her pillars, rather than loud and bawdy. Softer arid readings of standards such as "Mood Indigo" and "Skylark" are silky smooth, bettered by each airy crackle…

Tony Staciek
Bellingham Herald Take Five
November 2002