you can make any party perfect with the right essentials

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What we do

Your one stop shop for music - we provide the essential elements to take your event to the next level

Whether you need a roaring 20s jazz band, sophisticated strings, or DJs, our world class artists will create the perfect vibe. We cater to all types of engagements ranging from corporate events to weddings to backyard parties. Whether you are planning your own event or using a professional planner, The Essentials will become a part of the planning process. We like taking the time to get to know you and help to personalize the music by discussing and suggesting special song requests, helping to work with your time line, and most importantly to make for a relaxed and unforgettable experience for you and your guests. 

The Essentials are totally self-contained. We supply our own sound system and a microphone for your speeches, toasts and announcements. 

About us

Andrew and Masatoshi started The Essentials first as a jazz quartet in 2013 to play our favorite Blue Note albums at local bars. After adding a singer and gaining years of experience playing professionally at all kinds of private events across Southern California, and meeting many talented friends along the way, we decided in 2018 to unite this group of talent under one umbrella. Our mission is to elevate your event from special to unforgettable with live music and eclectic DJs.