Trio, Quartet or Quintet

The Garden City Combo comprises of the members of the Garden City Big Band. The band performed at many weddings, birthdays and any corporate events in the South Island region: Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, Queenstown, Wanaka, Nelson, and Blenheim. The band’s versatile repositories from 1920’s style Jazz, Funk, Motown to pop tune covers have been enjoyed by their clients. 

The combo often plays as a trio: saxophone, piano / vocal and bass which will be suitable for background music. If you prefer a more upbeat atmosphere or dance music, they can add the drums. If you would prefer to have quintet option, they can add another member of the Garden City Big Band.

The trio consists of an exciting Music Director of both the Garden City Big Band and the All Girl Big Band Lana Law on Saxophone, multi-instrumentalist / composer / arranger Nanako Sato on Piano and Vocal, international performer / composer / arranger Russell Stedman on bass.

The member of this band have performed at an infinite number of jazz festivals and appeared on a TV network as a member of the Garden City Big Band. They are all regular and seasoned performers in the Christchurch scene in both jazz and covers gigs. They are highly professional and reliable musicians, so leave your worry to the musicians and enjoy your event.

Styles include:
The 80s hits
Top 40s of recent pop tunes
Latin tunes
1920 - 1930s Swing dancing

Ideal for: background and dance music for a corporate function, private party, wedding


A Foggy Day
A Night In Tunisia
A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
Alice In Wonderland
All Blues
All Of Me
All Or Nothing At All
Almost Like Being Love
Angel Eyes
At Last
Autumn Leaves
Bernie's Tune
Black Coffee
Blue Bossa
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Blues In The Night
Body And Soul
But Not For Me
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
But Beautiful
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cheek To Cheek
Chega De Saudade
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Con Alma
Cry Me A River
Darn That Dream
Deed I Do
Devil May Care
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
Don't Get Around Much Any More
Don't Know Why
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
East of The Sun And West Of The Moon
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Everything Happens To Me
Feeling Good
Fly Me To The Moon
Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
Georgia On My Mind
God Bless The Child
Have You Met Miss Jones
Here Is Everything
Honey Suckle Rose
How Deep Is The Ocean
How Long Has This Been Going On?
How High The Moon
How Insensitive
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Could Write A Book
I Fall In Love Too Easily
I Get Kick Out Of You
I Got Rhythm
I Love Being Here With You
I Loves You Porgy
I Love Paris
I Remember Clifford
I Remember You
I Was Telling About You
I Wish You Love
I'll Remember April
I Won't Dance
I'm A Fool To Want You
I'm Old Fashioned
I've Got The World On A String
I've Got You Under My Skin
I've Never Been Love Before
If I Were Bell
In A Mellow Tone
In A Sentimental Mood
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
It Could Happen To You
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't
It Don't Mean A Thing
It Had To Be You
It Never Entered My Mind
It's Only A Paper Moon
Joy Spring
Just Another Parade
Just Friends
Just Squeeze Me
Just One Of Those Things
Just The Way You Are
Killing Me Softly
Lady Be Good
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
Let's Fall In Love
Lullaby of Broadway
Like A Lover
Like Someone In Love
Love For Sale
Love Me Or Leave Me
Lover Man
Lullaby Of Birdland
Lullaby Of Leaves
Lush Life
Mack The Knife
Making Whoopee
Mean To Me
Manha De Carnival
Moonlight In Vermont
My Favourite Things
My Funny Valentine
My One And Only Love
My Romance
Nature Boy
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Night And Day
Never On Sunday
Ode To Joy
Old Devil Moon
On A Clear Day
On Green Dolphin Street
On The Sunny Side Of Street
Once In A While
One Note Samba
Orange Coloured Sky
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Over The Rainbow
Recorda Me
Round Midnight
Route 66
Seven Steps To Heaven
S Wonderful
Satin Doll
Secret Love
She's A Carioca
Sister Sadie
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
So Nice
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise -rehearmonised
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Someone To Watch Over Me
Something Stupid
Sometimes I'm Happy
Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
Stella By Starlight
Summer Time
Take The A Train
Them There Eyes
Tea For Two
Teach Me Tonight
That Old Feeling
There Is No Greater Love
That's All
The Best Is Yet To Come
The Boy Next Door
The Days of Wine And Roses
The Girl From Ipanema
The Girl In The Other Room
The Lady Is A Tramp
The Look Of Love
The Man I Love
The Nearness Of You
The Second Time Around
The Shadow Of Your Smile
The Song Is You
The Way You Look Tonight
Theme From New York New York
There Will Never Be Another You
These Foolish Things
They Can't Take That Away From Me
This Guy's in Love with you
This Masquerade
Tuxedo Junction
What A Wonderful World
What Is This Thing Called Love
What's New
When I Fall In Love
When Lights Are Low
Whisper Not
Who Would Have Thought It
Work Song
You Are My Sunshine
You Are So Beautiful
You Make Me Feel So Young
You Go To My Head
You'd Be Nice To Come Home To


Black Bird
California Gurls
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Change the World
Close To You
Don’t Know Why
Fix You
God Bless the Broken Road
Here Comes the Sun
Hey Jude
How Deep Is Your Love
I Just Called to Say I Love You
I Will Survive
It’s Too Late
Just The Way You Are
Just Two Of Us
Moon dance
My Cherie Amour
Natural Women
Not Perfect
Ordinary People
Piano Man
Ribbon In The Sky
Rolling In The Deep
Sign Sealed Delivered
Single Lady
Song Bird
Sunday Morning
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Tears In Heaven
Time After Time
This Masquerade
This Guy’s In Love With You
The Longest Time
To Make You Feel My Love
Top Of The World
Waiting On The World To Change
We’ve Only Just Begun
Without You
You Are So Beautiful
Your Song


A Go Go
The Chicken
I Feel Good
That’s the Way Of The Wold


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Ain’t No Sunshine
Blame It On The Boogie
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You?
I Heard It Through Grapevine
I Say A Little Prayer
I Want It That Way
Isn’t She Lovely?
Killing Me Softly
Mercy Mercy Mercy
Norwegian Wood
Oh Happy Day
Sir Duke
Some Kind Of Wonderful
Son Of A Preacher Man
Stand By Me
Super Duper Love
Virtual Insanity


Always On My Mind by Tiki Taane
Is This Love
No Woman No Cry
One Love
I’m Yours


Hi David,
The band was amazing. All so professional, stress free set up/pack down and perfect communication on the day. My grandad adored the music and it made the day extra special. 
Thank you very much and will definitely be in touch for future events. (Will triple check dates before booking next time!!)
Kind regards,
Caley Maxwell 
90th Birthday

Thanks so much for reaching out again. Yes we were absolutely delighted with everything. Amazing musicians, great communicaton throughout the entire process and all very lovely people. Then you so much for everything!
Wedding Anniversary

Hi Pete
Yes, they were great thanks – we will definitely remember you for our next event
Thanks again
Jo Cox
Hilti NZ Ltd
Corporate Dinner
Mona Vale

Hi Pete
I’d just like to write how happy we were with Nanako on Friday evening. Our
family has a long history and association with things Jazz and we were
utterly rapt with both her performance and personality.
Nanako’s professionalism and good humour added hugely to what turned out to
be a very successful and special night.
Not only did the artist listen to direction she absolutely improved on it!
Perfect in every regard, I’d recommend Nanako to any discerning host, and
push her happily forwards towards anyone wanting to create a wonderful
Yours most sincerely
Eugene Huston

Hi Robyn
Garden City Duo went really well, we absolutely loved them!
Merry Christmas!
Datacom South Island
Corporate Event

Hi Robyn,
The feedback we have had from our  guests was very good thank you
Kind Regards,
Jamie Dale

Kia ora Robyn,
The band were fantastic. Relaxed, flexible to small changes and sensitive to other concurrent activities in the space.
Gemma Carroll
Potatoes NZ
Corporate Event

Yes we thoroughly enjoyed the Garden City Combo. great range of tune, ability and versitility were fantastic as well. After one decent phone call to organise the gig, the whole thing went off so smoothly! they were happy to accomodate our needs and timetable. AND they did a great job of covering our first dance! Absolutely fantastic and will book them again in future!
You guys were also easy to deal with so I thank you very much for that :)
Kind regards,
Libby Johns 

Yes was fantastic thanks
Kind Regards

Thanks Robyn,
Garden city was an amazing band to have play at our wedding, everyone really appreciated there music. I didn't have any issues with the band at all, I was impressed with how the whole night went.
James Ferguson

Thank you so much everything went really well and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.
Thank you again
Nicole J
Grant Thornton New Zealand Ltd

Hi Pete
Thanks for your email.
It’s been a busy couple of days so apologies for not getting back to you sooner.
Yes, the function went well and we received numerous positive comments about both groups.
Will definitely keep you in mind for future events!
Kirsten Long
Garden City Combo and Rhythm Futur

Hi Robyn
All went well and we were very pleased with the performance of the Garden city Combo, especially their playing in the church yard
They help make a very special country wedding
Please pass on our thanks to Nanako and her team
Kind regards
Bill Thomas

Kia ora we all had a great time thankyou
kind regards
Teri Sonal

Hi Pete
Yep we had a great evening and everything was fine.
Please send on my regards to the band as I didn't get a chance to say goodbye.
Tamara Reynolds

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