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Tongue & Groove is considered Auckland’s premier live band for hire in Auckland, performing for celebrity occasions, company events, wedding receptions and private parties New Zealand wide.

With Zara’s stunning soul-style vocals (Zara was the award winning singer in Deep Obsession), Bruce on sax and vocals, and Stewart on keys, Tongue and Groove perform a wide range of songs to satisfy all age groups, playing only well known songs that everyone loves that range across 5 decades and include some of the most popular songs of today.

Tongue and Groove are very experienced in choosing the music that will work best to achieve a full dance floor and very adept at reading the audience mood and creating the right cover music mix for their enjoyment. The 3 piece option is recommended for weddings, or if you have a lighter budget.

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Who We Are

Tongue & Groove has been playing for over a decade and considered one of the premier live bands in Auckland performing for celebrity occasions, company events, wedding receptions and private parties.

ZARA – VOCALS

In the late 90’s, Zara made NZ music history with her band Deep Obsession by becoming the first NZ songwriter to achieve number one with her first 3 singles. She was recognised for this achievement in May 2015 at the NZ Official Music Charts Awards and given the award for the “Most No.1 Songs By A NZ Artist”. Zara has performed extensively around the world including tours with Hanson, S-Club 7, Vengaboys and Five. Her strong soulful voice and unique vocal style will impress everyone

STEWART – PIANO | KEYBOARD | VOCALS

Stewart is the musical hub of the Tongue & Groove wheel, performing with his keyboards to provide the band with its big sound.  Stewart’s keys enable the band to sound like an entire orchestra if required. Stewart is also a professional Broadcaster/MC and voice-over artist. (You will have heard Stewart’s voice on various NZ and Australian TV commercials.)  This can be very handy, if your MC’s lost his voice!

BRUCE – SAXOPHONE | BASS | VOCALS

Awarded the “Variety Artists Club 2013 Top Musician Award” Bruce French is one of New Zealand’s most respected sax players. A professional musician for most of his life, Bruce has performed with a wide variety of top NZ artists. Bruce’s wonderful sax solos and great vocals make him a popular focal point in the band.  His skill as a bass player, and his production abilities in the studio, are utilised to help give Tongue & Groove its great live sound.

CHARLEE – BACKING VOCALS

For the larger events we bring in our second vocalist , Charlie. Since returning from performing in the Emirates & Asia, Charlie has added an extra dimension to the T&G look & sound.  The combination of Charlie & Zara further enhances the band’s awesome harmony & Zara’s lead vocals, and creates a very sophisticated look. Charlie & Zara have performed together before as “Deep Obsession” and really know how to work the crowd. You will love the combination!

T&G Example Playlist

Set 1

  • Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson/ Bruno Mars)
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake)
  • Rolling In The Deep (Adele)
  • Crazy Litte Thing Called Love
  • We Are Family
  • Jump
  • Dancing Queen
  • Finally
  • I Love The Nightlife
  • Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • Signed Sealed Delivered
  • I Will Survive
  • Blame It On The Boogie
  • Build Me Up Buttercup

Set 2

  • I Gotta Feelin’ (Black Eyes Peas)
  • Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
  • Crazy In Love (Beyonce)
  • Happy (Pharell)
  • Oh What A Night
  • Lets Get Loud
  • La Bamba
  • It’s Raining Men
  • I’m A Believer
  • Disco Inferno
  • Stayin’ Alive
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Walking On Sunshine
  • Ring Of Fire
  • Mercy (Duffy)
  • Leave Your Hat On
  • Celebration

Set 3

  • Cake By The Ocean (DNCE)
  • California Gurls (Katy Perry)
  • Ghost (Ella Henderson)
  • Just Dance (Lady Gaga)
  • All Of Me (John Legend)
  • Hot Hot Hot
  • Lets Dance
  • Come On Eileen
  • The Gambler
  • Brown Eyed Girl
  • Brown Sugar
  • Dance The Night Away
  • April Sun in Cuba
  • Sorrow
  • Don’t Stop
  • Moondance

Sound Samples

Our Videos

PLEASE REMEMBER, THESE HAVE BEEN RECORDED DIRECTLY WITH A VIDEO CAMERA SO THE SOUND QUALITY IS AVERAGE. FOR A BETTER IDEA OF OUR SUPERB SOUND PLEASE LISTEN TO OUR “SOUND SAMPLES”

Tongue & Groove Promo Video

Our promo video showcasing our band

Crazy In Love | Signed Sealed Delivered | Dancing Queen

Recorded live at The NZ Beauty Industry Awards, Auckland.

We Are Family

Recorded live at The Langham Hotel. Auckland

Click here to check out the rest of our Youtube videos.

References

Here’s what our previous clients have had to say about Tongue & Groove…


“Wow – Such an amazing band. Tongue & Grove made the night for us. They played at our wedding with smooth jazz through to cool dance tunes which had everyone up dancing. Our Guests loved the live music and are still talking about the night. We would highly recommend Tongue & Grove to make your night special.”
BRETT & SANDRA, Wedding

“Tongue & Groove had virtually all of the attendees up dancing and enjoying the music. The group was totally professional, started exactly on time and never missed a beat. They played for 2 and a half hours without a break and just made the event top shelf. Our attendees all told us how much they enjoyed it and both old and young raved about how much fun it was”

GARTH WYLIE • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Direct Selling Association

“We absolutely had a great night, and Tongue & Groove were superb! We have had good feedback from our guests.We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.”

Vicki & Shane, Wedding

“Dion & I would like to say thank you for everything you did for us. We has such an amazing day.You all played/sang so well. The guests loved your music!

Nike and Dion, Wedding

“Thank you for a great evening on Saturday. ‘Tongue & Groove’ made the party a huge success with dancing from start to finish. I am not from Auckland originally and didn’t have any idea where to start in seeking a band for my 50th (60s theme!) and you came recommended by a friend who is an Event Manager. I would definitely recommend ‘Tongue & Groove’ for brilliant sound, awesome song choice, and being all round great guys to work with.”

Liz Blake

“Once again, thanks for last night. The packed dance floor was a pleasure to see!”

Annette Smith, Pharmacy Awards

“Thank you, the band was brilliant on Saturday night. With such a wide range of age groups at our event, it was great to have music that everyone could enjoy and dance to. We look forward to using you again next year.”

TESSA LAW, PHARMACY AWARDS

“It is no mystery to me why you are one of the most sought after bands in the business…an excellent repertoire and high energy”

Jennifer Austin, JAR (Event Organiser)

“The staff had an absolute ball with only one complaint – that the evening ended too soon… Your band was fabulous and what a great team. Whew!”

Leigh, Mary and Sarah (Annual Awards Organisers), Go Holidays

“We had a great night and a large part of that was due to your music. The music fitted our requirements perfectly and your willingness to work with our schedule was fantastic. The feedback has been amazing with many people asking that we have the same band next year.”

Sherida Penman-Walters (Principal), Pinehurst School

“Thank you for the wonderful job you guys did on our wedding night. You are all not only talented but are clearly very experienced in knowing & reading your audience. Everyone had a brilliant time (especially us) and a large number of our guests raved about the band”

Sally and Malcolm Law

“Your performance on Saturday night was great – everybody is talking about it!  We all had a wonderful time, and I have heard nothing but good comments about the band. The girls looked gorgeous.”

Dianne Layzell, LJ Hooker Group Ltd

“We had a tremendous time on Saturday night. We were very taken by your professionalism and grooming. Lots of the girls said how lovely Charlie & Zara looked. You guy’s put in a grand effort. Your music was just great and got everyone up on the dance floor ! Thanks so much.”

Richard Harden (CEO), Classic Landscapes

“We had high expectations of you all as a band, and from our own impressions and those of every single guest, you blew those expectations into the weeds. Your energy, interaction with our guests, playlist and pure quality of music was outstanding – for not one second did we have an empty dance floor, which is no mean feat at a wedding!  We had a BBQ with more than half of our guests the following day, and every person raved about how fantastic you all were”

Cliff Carr (National Sales Manager), HWI NZ Ltd

“I cannot think of any band that has been better than T&G. The mix of songs and the quality of sound were terrific, and I think you only had to look at the faces of the people dancing (and listening) to know that they were having a great time” Professor Steven Cahan, Past President, Accounting Assoc. of Australia and New Zealand.”

Steven Cahan (Past President), Accounting Assoc. of Australia and New Zealand

“Thank you…a great night and the Principal’s feedback is (it was) the best one yet!”

Anna Irvine, Diocesan Graduation Ball

“Thank you and your colleagues from Tongue & Groove for the great music. Everyone loved it – said what a great band. Really made the night”

John Commins, 60th Birthday

“The band was terrific and the dance floor was full all night… a very successful ball”

Julie, Kiwi Expat Ball, Papua New Guinea.

“Thanks for a great night. We have received absolutely wonderful feedback. They can be a tough crowd sometimes”

Zana Ward, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

“Everybody that has been in touch with me loved the music! So well done to you and your fantastic band. Of course I already know that you’re the best”

Leslie Dawson, Fundraising Events Manager, Mercy Hospice

“What a professional band! The music was fabulous, catering for a wide variety of guests aged from 10 to 75+. Everyone got up to dance and didn’t stop the whole night. Tongue and Groove were fantastic and really made the evening. All of our guests and ourselves were so impressed with them, the quality of the music, the sound, and their amazing voices!! Thank you guys so much for the fantastic evening. You made our night!!”

Jody & Paul Eaton, 20th Wedding Anniversary

“Heard the Grad Ball was amazing, mostly because of your great band. Thank you so much for always making our Grad Ball a success”

Diocesan School Old Girls League

“Thanks for your fabulous performance…feedback has been uniformly ecstatic. I suspect you’ll be getting some more business from Auckland Hospices”

Hadley Brown, Business Development Manager, Mercy Hospice Auckland

“You are the most accommodating band I have ever worked with, and your dedication to “doing the job right” is thoroughly commendable. I guess being called back for no less than three encores says it all!”

Sandra Johnson (Customer Services Manager), Anvil VSI (NZ) Ltd

“A well planned selection, which truly catered to the wide variety of guests. The day was a tremendous success for all concerned. The enthusiasm and professional manner of your group is truly outstanding”

Deidre Hall (General Sales Manager), Classic Hits 97 FM & Newstalk ZB

“Our group loves to party (as you saw) and you were just magic. Moulin Rouge topped it off – the icing on the cake. Thank you for winding up our gathering with so much fun

Janet Danks, Convenor

“We have used Tongue & Groove as pre-match entertainment at Eden Park for the Super 12 and NPC competitions. At all times Tongue & Groove have been highly professional, have sounded great, have really got into the spirit of the occasion and have been a pleasure to deal with. I have no hesitation in recommending them as a versatile and top class act”

Wayne Baxter & Associates, Professional Event Management

Contact Details

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For Bookings

Phone: (09) 627 9876 (within NZ) or +649 6279876 (outside NZ)
Email: info@tongueandgroove.co.nz

For mobile contact within NZ

Stewart:  (021) 610120 (or +6421 610120 if calling from outside of NZ)
Bruce:  (021) 633 416 (or +6421 633416 if calling from outside of NZ)

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For corporate events, private, party or wedding bands for hire in Auckland or NZ wide, Tongue and Groove should be top of your list