Toni has performed internationally and throughout the UK, performing at corporate events, weddings and parties in exclusive restaurants and hotels, from marquees to back garden’s and even people’s living rooms! Live performance’s on BBC Radio programs Manchester, Merseyside and Belfast has helped Toni gain a reputation as a polished and sophisticated performer. Space Magazine voted Toni one of Liverpool’s top 100 coolest people and she has had extensive positive press coverage in such magazines as Blues and Soul, Echoes, Time Out and Star Magazine. Toni supported soul legends Mica Paris, Solomon Burke, and Ruby Turner. Summer 2007 the 8 piece Toni James Band performed a one month contract playing at The Arena in Singapore.
Toni prides herself on creating the perfect atmosphere for every individual occasion. With over a 120 strong repertoire, the great thing about Toni is she can do anything from a back ground jazz and blues set to a upbeat funky pop, soul, R&B and disco set that has EVERYONE up to dance. Toni works with some amazing musicians including Pete Watson who has played keys for Vanessa Mae and Natasha Bedingfield, Jack Stevens a bass player who has supported Lionel Richie and appeared on X Factor, drummer Nigel Williams who played for Cliff Richard and Steve Parry who played with Corrine Bailey Rae and John legend.
The Toni James Band performs at numerous weddings all over the country in such places as The Lowry, Hillbark Hotel, Hilton and Radisson Manchester, The West Tower, Belle Epoque Knutsford and Thornton Manor in the North West then Ripley Castle Harrogate and even down to the Cotswolds, London and Brighton and across to Isle Of Man and Jersey. The 8 piece has just performed at the wedding of the owner of the UK’s most sophisticated bar chain The Living Room.
Toni has played at some of the most prestigious hotels and events in the North West and beyond. Mersey Partnership invited Toni to perform to Richard Branson on his visit to Liverpool. The National Tourism Awards at St. Georges Hall which was presented by Eamon Holmes. The Daily Post and Echo approached Toni to perform at Liverpool’s 2006 Regional Business Awards hosted by Peter Sissons. Then they asked her perform at the Cheshire 2007 Regional Business Awards and 2007 Cheshire Tourism Awards. In October 2006 Toni sang to Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Prime Minister Tony Blair in Whitehall London. This year Toni’s 8 piece with her amazing horn section have performed at such places like Lancashire Cricket Club for KPMG, at Hilton Manchester for the Rugby Super League’s Man Of Steel Awards, Warwick Castle and Gleneagles for Martin Dawes.
The Toni James band has a well know reputation in Liverpool and recently performed at the opening of Liverpool One. Also at Liverpool FC’s Christmas Party and has a residency at the Pan Am Albert Dock, Knutsford Wine Bar and Wilmslow Wine Bar. The 7 piece band performed at LIPA’s Graduation Ball 2005/6. Toni’s jazz trio performed at the launch for the new Aston Martin for the 2 years in Wilmslow, at the opening of Manchester’s Max Mara and for 2 years at the Boodle and Duntorne Winter Ball.
December is a busy one for the band: The Lowry on Boxing Day and New Years Day and played for the Christmas dinners at The Grosvenor in Chester for the past 3 years. New Year at Pan American Club 2004, Hope St Residence Lounge 2005, celebrity chef Paul Nutter’s restaurant in Rochdale 2006 and New Year 2007 Toni and the band played at CragRats Brassiere in Holmfirth, Yorkshire.
The Toni James Duo has residencies at prestigious venues such as Simply Heathcoat’s, Hope Street Residence Lounge Liverpool, Pizza Express in Heswall, Liverpool and Knightsbridge London. Performing at Grand National 2005/2006 and Chester Races for 3 years. The duo is much loved at weddings creating a beautiful atmosphere over the wedding breakfast or dinner.
*Toni can perform as a duo consisting of piano or guitar, or The Toni James Band can appear with a line up from a 4 piece to a 12 piece, depending on your preference.