Standard Deviation Jazz Duo & Band
Do you want to 'jazz up' your event? Well, you've come to the right place. We are an Auckland-based jazz duo and band available for private soirées, corporate functions, weddings and festivals.
We play traditional and contemporary jazz with a selection of Latin American numbers for good measure.
We avoid things like backing tracks; you may as well hire a DJ if that’s what you want. Instead, like the jazzers of old, we keep it real.
You can book us as a vocal/keyboard duo or as a four-piece band.
Call me up (Max's song)
This is a song we wrote and recorded for Max Whitehead's show on Radio Live.
“The Jazz duo Standard Deviation were a perfect fit for our corporate event. Thanks Andrew and Chris, it was a memorable night and your performance created a great atmosphere"—Louise Howe, Rakon Corporate Communications Executive.
We can play up to three, 50-minute sets with breaks of 15 minutes in between. We can also pipe music through our PA during our breaks. If you're having speeches, you can use our sound system. Just let us know in advance.
The last thing you want to worry about at your event is the band. So, we normally arrive at the venue about an hour in advance — this gives us plenty of time to ensure everything is in order.
The core members of Standard Deviation are Chris Naughton on keyboards and Andrew Healey on vocals. Currently on drums is Dave Cowley and on bass is Matt Trent.
Chris 'Doc' Naughton (keyboards)
Chris has been involved in jazz since graduating from UK’s Birmingahm School of Music. A specialist in Bill Evans piano voicing, his influences include Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and Pat Methany. He loves many kinds of music, including Latin jazz, which led to him establishing Auckland’s first samba school.
Andrew Healey (vocals)
Andrew has sung professionally since joining a rock band as a teenager. Since then, he has performed in all kinds of settings, including bars, restaurants, boats and theatres — he once sang a couple’s special song at Auckland’s Cornwall Park while the man got down one knee to propose. Andrew’s influences include Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Junior and Michael Bublē.