Smooth Edge was founded 8 Years ago by Pete & Elliot with the aim to deliver a unique funky, jazzy, soulful unforgettable ‘live’ music experience. The band has the versatility and flexibility to meet the expectations of clients who want the best for their special occasion.
Experience and enjoy the jazzy funky soulful, sophisticated dance sound of Smooth Edge
This is the ultimate Corporate, Wedding, Private Party band made up of some of the finest musicians and female vocalists in Manchester who have many years of experience performing at the highest level.
Also available as a duo
Yvonne has sang with the likes of Oleta Adams (Rhythm of Life re-mix), Sandra Crouch, The Beautiful South (tour, singles and album), Simply Red (tour), Gabriel (Wicked Women TV performance in Hyde Park), Cleopatra (singles and album), Loveland (singles and album), Living Joy, Joe Robert’s, Melanie William’s, Distant Cousins, Inner City, TIEMPO, George Michael (TV performances), Evolution (tours and chart singles, supporting M People), Secret Society with Lemn Sissay Take That and Heather Small. Praised Performances in front of Oprah Winfrey Show, Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou. Yvonne is also a featured vocalist in Soulful Voices at Liverpool’s Alma de Cuba, and has taken one her choirs to perform on BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year 2008.
Has performed with the likes of Foreigner (I Wanna Know What Love Is), Patti Labelle, Faith Evans, Puff Daddy and The Spice Girls (1999 Xmas tour).
Yvonne’s is a truly classy vocalist who adds something special to the jazz soul funky sound of Smooth Edge
Elliot Browne ‘founding’ member of Smooth Edge Music.
A self taught guitarist whose early musical experiences was gained in Pentecostal Churchs playing for gospel singers and choirs. Influenced predominantly by Blues & Jazz and guitarists such as Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton and George Benson
Played in Soul and Jazz Funk Bands supporting established artists such as Shakatak and has worked with other accomplished musicians such as Fritz Macintyre ( Simply Red).
Founder member of the Medium Wave Band whose lead singer is now the solo artist Jackie Graham.
Played at many famous music venues such as Ronnie Scott’s and the Embassy Club
Consummate groove, exhilarating solos and great keyboard textures make Pete Hughes the first-call keyboardist for smooth jazz, fusion and R&B.
Pete has 30 years’ live playing experience, including group and solo jazz festival appearances and various projects with (jazz-rock legend) Gary Boyle and Sylvan Richardson (Simply Red). Pete’s inspired compositions have received Jazz FM airplay.
An exceptional performer and the co-founder of Smooth Edge, Pete fills the roles of keyboards, bass and drums through his keyboard set-up.
Kim Nishikawara is originally from Vancouver, Canada and now lives in Manchester, England. A professional multi-reeds player for over 30 years. ‘Formal’ training was at Berklee College of Music studying arranging and composition. He has spent many years touring with various artists and live theatre shows.
Recent appearances have been with Chris Farlowe as well as major UK tours with Alan Price “A Night at the Flamingo” and the Norman Beaker Band featuring Jack Bruce.
Over the years has played with the likes of Dominic Halpin and the Honeybees, The Powder Blues Band, Downchild Blues Band, Doc Fingers, Real Gone Rhythm, Long John Baldry. He did the arranging for Michael Buble’s debut album Babalu and played with and ran his band for 3 years.
Kim is well versed in the “Smooth Jazz” style and has recorded his own smooth jazz album “Intuition”. He appears regularly with “Smooth Edge”.
Breathtaking power and sassy, soulful interpretations make an unforgettable impression on audiences courtesy of Alison Owen. Alison’s range and versatility enable her to perform in diverse styles including smooth jazz, R&B, Motown, disco and pop. Although very much in demand, Alison never sounds better than when performing with Smooth Edge – there’s a funky musical synergy. Alison keeps the dancefloor very much alive with her instant appeal and her easy rapport with audiences.
Under the name of “DSAX” my primary work is within the corporate sector, playing solo saxophone in many and varied performance environments, such as playing for the Heads of states for all the countries in the 2002 commonwealth games, The Duke of Westminster, Jazz FM, Manchester United F.C. Emirate Airlines, Barclays Bank, Wedgwood, BMW, Mercedes Benz and many of the country’s finest hotels; the list is endless. Entertaining the stars and heads of state around the world, with my individual style of soulful jazz. On the gigging side I have performed with artists such as Norman Connors, Jean Caan, Peter White, Crusaders, Gwen Guthrie, Johnathan Butler, Marc Antoine and Edwin Starr.
Perform with Smooth Edge delivering their special brand of R&B Soul and Smooth Jazz.
INSTRUMENTAL SMOOTH JAZZ
Canteloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Human Nature – Miles Davis
Do It Again -Steely Dan
You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor
Just Chillin’ – Norman Brown
Morning Dance -Spyro Gyra
Blues Force – Fourplay
So What -Miles Davies
Sugar -Eric Marienthal
Nightbirds – Shakatak
Angela’s Theme – Bob James
Just My Imagination – Temptations
Here to stay – Pat Metheny
VOCALS SMOOTH JAZZ
At Last – Etta James
My Funny Valentine – Chaka Khan
My Baby Just Care For Me – Nina Simmone
Summer Time –Ella Fitsgerald
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz
Just Like a Star – Corinne Bailey Rae
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Feeeling Good – Michael Buble
Close To You – Carpenters
Tell Me All About It – Natalie Cole
1000 Miles -Joe McBride
The Scientist –Joe McBride
VOCALS SOUL & DANCE
Sweet love – Anita Baker
I Just Want to Be Close To You – Maxi Priest
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
Treasure – Bruno Mars
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Nothing’s Real But Love – Rebecca Ferguson
Never Too Much – Luther Vandros
Teardrops – Joss Stone
L.O.V.E. – Joss Stone
Sample Vocal Set list – Soul & Dance
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
Your Love Is King – Sade
Killing Me Softly – Lauryn Hill
Ordinary People – John Legend
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Young hearts – Candi Staton
Happy – Pharrell
Smooth Edge has performed at exclusive venues such as Peckforton Castel, 600 Guests Birthday Party and Thornton Manor for 900 Guests Wedding and Mottram Hall for a Corporate Event. Other venues include the Marriot, Hilton, Lowry, Radisson, Mere Golf Club, St James Club, Albert Hall Manchester, Midland Hotel, Alderely Edge Summer Ball etc.
Fantastic evening of smooth jazz at the Bubble Room, Alderley Edge!
I’ve just had the pleasure of hearing smooth edge music playing live, last Saturday night at David Lloyd Leisure in Cheadle.
This jazz band are truly in the Jools Holland league…if not better!
See them now before they hit the ‘big time’ and there ticket prices rocket.
I have booked Smooth Edge on several occasions. The band deliver a floor filling, acoustic array of soulful music complimented by some vibrant vocals. Would not hesitate in recommending highly.
Salim – Salutions Publishers of MediaCity Magazine | Didsbury Magazine | Hale&Bowdon Magazine and Bonus Sapor Magazine
We just love Elliott and Pete’s music! Having heard Smooth Edge at The Oddfellows we booked them for a bbq here on our farm and everyone enjoyed listening and dancing to Smooth Edge. So popular they were we didn’t consider anyone but Smooth Edge for our daughter and new son-in-law’s wedding celebration ‘morning after’ bbq and once again their music was utter perfection. They know exactly what type of music the audience is wanting, when to play background and when to up tempo. Can’t wait for the next excuse to invite them back again!
We have booked Smooth Edge on a regular basis since we opened in 2011. They have developed a loyal following and are certainly an extremly professional band. Some of our customers have also booked them fortheir own major events and I have no hesitation in recommending Smooth Edge.
Excellent music, there is nothing you guys can’t play, every piece you played was so enjoyable, I’m very impressed, congratulations and keep going. Thank you for the great entertainment on the 29th of March.
We really enjoyed this type of music. Fantastic evening with Elliot and his band. Nice, pleasant, calm music in the first part of the evening and dynamic , energetic
dancing music in the second part . What is a lovely combination ! Thank you very much.
I’d like to say the following:
Smooth Edge just get better and better. They move seamlessly through musical styles, always getting it right, always crowding the dance floor with dancers of all ages. If you love good music Smooth Edge are the band for any occasion.
“Smoothedge, the band are very ‘easy on the ear’ and their session ‘made our evening’
I’ve been to see Smooth Edge perform on several occasions now and incredibly, they just get better and better each time
The music they create is truly sensational, playing smooth ballads to current soulful tunes.
The singer they had with them this last time I saw them was a girl with so much talent and a rich soulful tone.
Can’t wait for their next gig!!
A great evening at this charity ball event. Talented singing, nostalgic tunes, enjoyable atmosphere, and excellent music that got everyone excited and up and moving on the dance floor. Totally recommended!
Just wanted to thank you for a fabulous evening of music at our fundraising Ball at the Lowry last Saturday.