I was in charge of the Santa Cruz Symphony Leauge’s 2015 major fundraising event, “Anything Goes,” held on March 7 at the famous Cocoanut Grove ballroom, on the beach in Santa Cruz. The event featured a 17-piece “big band” with several different singers performing the favorites from the ‘40s and ‘50s. While all of the featured singers were good, Jeff Wessman made the event special. He made the evening truly exciting, capturing the magic of the Sinatra, Dean Martin, Rat Pack years. When he sang; almost everybody got up and danced.
Over the years, I have attended and produced dozens of Symphony League fundraisers, but none came close to generating the enthusiastic response of the “Anything Goes” event. Everybody wants us to do it again next year and Jeff Wessman was “the Man” that made it happen. Thanks Jeff for making our “Anything Goes” event a big success.
—Harry Domash, Santa Cruz Symphony League Big Band Gala Chair
Jeff hit it out of the park!!!
We hired Jeff for a vintage Vegas birthday party. He was professional, easy to work with and most importantly, an amazing singer. His uncanny Sinatra sound kept the guests captivated and wanting for more. If you need a great performer with a fantastic voice….Jeff is your man.
You can’t miss with this guy!
Hired Jeff for an 80th birthday party – not only was he a hit with the birthday boy, but my 20-something sons and their friends were crazy for his performance. He truly pleases all age groups. He was so much fun, we extended his stay at our event. His voice is like velvet and his showmanship is perfect for the genre. Can’t wait for a chance to have him entertain again.
Jeff sang at the cocktail hour portion of my wedding–the whole party absolutely loved him!! “Swingin'” is certainly the word to describe the atmosphere Jeff created. He kicked the party off with such a festive mood.
Jeff was very professional and a pleasure to work with during the planning phase of the event as well. We would definitely have him again at our next event and some of our wedding guests have already asked for his information so they can contact him about their own future events.
Jeff is an amazing singer & entertainer. Classy & engaging!
We hired Jeff for a private party. Jeff was very responsive from the very beginning up until the day of, which is one of the reasons I chose him. He was so easy to deal with. He was very friendly all throughout.
Now …. his singing? Superb! He sent me a list of songs to choose from and the list is extensive. He sounded just like the artist! He really seemed to love what he does, as he was very lively and smiles the entire time. He engaged the celebrant and the guests to come up and dance. Having Jeff at our event made it fun, classy, and lively. Guests told me how much fun they had and how great Jeff was and what a good job we did in finding him!!
If you’re looking for someone to entertain the crowd at your next party/event and you want it to be tasteful and fun, hire Jeff! He is worth every penny!
Great entertainment for a party with all ages. He impressed us with his performance. He was a crowd pleaser!
In performance, Jeff showed great mic skills and stage presence. He had a good “rap” with the audience. But most of all, his performance created the feeling and atmosphere of Frank Sinatra. He swings and has Frank’s phrasing down. With a Big Band playing the Sinatra song book, Jeff becomes Sinatra! But more than that, Jeff is an artist on his own and could easily carry a gig on his own talents as well.
—Jon Nordgren, Artistic Director, Cabrillo Stage
Jeff Wessman is the real deal! You will feel as if you are being transported back to the era of the Big Band Sounds. His ability to sing Sinatra, Bennett, and Darin is in a class all by itself. This fun seems to be contagious, because you cannot help but tap your feet while he is singing. Jeff even took requests! This really seemed to personalize this truly enjoyable musical experience. It’s been several weeks since his performance and people are still talking about it. If you are considering a singer, I highly recommend Jeff Wessman.
—E. Johnson Event Planner, Orinda
Jeff was an integral part of the magic that was our wedding. His cool classics set the mood for an intoxicating evening. He was a total pro and a pleasure to work with. We couldn’t have asked for more!
—Rob and Gabi, Newlyweds
Easily the best money ever spent at a wedding. People loved this. He was just great. It’s the special touch and the quality that made it so great. He is wonderful to work with as well.
—D. Durbin, Newlywed
Excellent working together – you are such a pro – your voice and experience brought life to the party!”
—Dee Merz, Weddings and Special Events Planner
I just wanted to thank you for the awsome job you did at Hannah’s weddding. Everyone commented on how great the music was. Too bad we didn’t start the dancing sooner. Anyway, Thanks so much for all your hard effort and professionalism.
—M. Macaluso Father of the Bride
Jeff is a wonderful entertainer and has always been thoroughly enjoyed by our senior residents. He connects well with them and is very good about identifying with seniors. Jeff is very talented and his act is always appropriate. He always shows such respect and admiration for their generation. I would definitely recommend Jeff. He is certainly one of our favorites.
—Activities Director, Diablo Lodge of Danville
Jeff Wessman was a great addition to our USO Themed Dinner . With his outstanding period performance, Jeff helped us to transport our residents back in time to the America of the 1940s.
—TC, Oakmont Gardens
Jeff Wessman won the hearts of many residents with his Tribute to Sinatra and Friends. His enthusiasm plus his uncanny talent for mimicking the style of these great singers of the past [Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole] made for a memorable evening. We hope he will come again.”
-Mary Lynn Cox, Lake Park
It is a pleasure to highly recommend the talents of Jeff Wessman as a performer of the highest quality and integrity. He has performed a number of programs for the residents of Rossmoor which have been very well received. He is very professional in every aspect of his presentation and performance skills.
—Brian Pennebaker, Rossmoor Recreation Special Events Coordinator
Jeff Wessman is not only professional and a great singer, but his approachable friendly demeanor made our residents comfortable while enjoying his “Tribute to Sinatra”. In fact, they were singing right along with him.
—L.G. Activities Director, Varenna at Fountaingrove
Thanks you so much for making our brunch so wonderful. The residents love you! You know just how to set the mood.
—Erika Monarch Place
Thank you again for your most appreciated performance here at Avalon Brush Creek. The staff, residents and family were enthralled, and a good time was had by all. You can be assured that we won’t hesitate to invite you back.
—CS, Activities Coordinator, Avalon Brush Creek
Thank you for a delightful evening. Everyone in the audience left with a lighter step and a lighter heart, and singing beloved songs all the way down the hall. Many commented; “It brought back such wonderful memories,” “They could have stayed much longer.” They thoroughly enjoyed the show.
—Mary Davis, Excursions & Entertainment, Villa Marin
Everyone really enjoyed your performance and many people have commented about what a fun afternoon of entertainment it was! Many of our residents love Frank Sinatra and having an hour listening to his music was great. We will look forward to having you come and entertain us again. Thank you again for sharing your time and talents with us!
—Activity Director, Stoneman Village