Swing & Standards
The Mellow Groove Set
At Schwaesdall Winery
Who We Are
Rhythm Express, well known for stellar vocal and musical arrangements, has performed at hundreds of weddings, parties, corporate events, and clubs in Southern California for more than 20 years. By performing as a duo, trio, 4-piece, 5-piece, or larger, and offering a wide range of musical styles suitable for all ages, we are able to customize a musical presentation just perfect for your occasion. Keyboardist/vocalist extraordinaire Nathan Fry and vocalist Janet Hammer form the foundation of the band. Together they have a repertoire of over a thousand songs in all genres. Drummer Toby Ahrens keeps the perfect rhythm and guitarist/vocalist Guy Gonzalez adds his finesse to the mix. We also add our fabulous saxophone player for the fifth member.
Other Cool Stuff
Yelp Review: "Janet Hammer's Double Take & Rhythm Express Band was Fantastic "
My wife and I visited the Schwaesdall Winery in Ramona Wine country last weekend and had a great relaxing day. The Schwaesdall Winery has a Summer Free concert series, where bands, singers, and entertainers, visit the winery for about 3 hours to perform Free for the public.
The setting for the concerts is so relaxing, as you sit under the shade of beautiful large trees, at tables with umbrellas, as you listen to star entertainment performing on a large patio type stage, over looking the beautiful Schwaesdall Winery and Ramona mountains.
This Sunday the Winery was excited to have " Janet Hammer and Nathan Fry and the Rhythm Express Band ", performing. Nathan Fry and Janet Hammer known as " The Double Take Duo" and the " Rhythm Express Band " have been delighting audiences together for almost 25
years. They have been working steadily at the finest venues in Southern California as well as hundreds of private events. The band has many returning fans as the winery was very full for the concert. Nathan and Janet's performance of The Phantom of The Opera classic " All I ask of you brought chills to my spine and almost made me cry. I have seen Phantom of the Opera 22 times on Broadway in New York at the Majestic Theater, and this performance sounded just like I was there again. " Rhythm Express Band " is well known for stellar vocal and musical arrangements. " Rhythm Express Band " plays such a wide variety of music genres and styles, that span over 80 years. From Swing through Contemporary Pop and everything in between. Their song list is extensive ! Nathan's voice is so mellow, and the brilliant way he covers all the instruments on his keyboard, to make it sound like a full orchestra or band is amazing. Together with Janet's Hammer's beautiful singing voice, they blend together for a wonderful strength and harmony performance which I have never heard before. The other " Rhythm Express Band " members were, on drums Toby Ahrens, and the electric guitar player with vocals, was Steve Nichols. Guy Gonzalez on Guitar/Vocals and Don Bowman on Sax/Vocals also play with the Rhythm Express Band regularly. If you are looking for musicians who play the music you and your guests love, then " Janet Hammer Presents " is the business to get in touch with. By performing as a Duo,Trio, 4-piece, 5 piece, or Larger, the band offers a wide range of musical styles suitable for all ages. You can check out there new web site at www,janethammer.com , and see the many venues and locations where the "Double Take Duo" or the " Rhythm Express Band " play every month. Or just call Janet Hammer personally at, 619-850-5560 for the perfect musical presentation from Experienced, Reliable, and Great Sounding Professional Musicians and Singers. They were AWESOME !
What We Offer
Wedding & Party Demo
“I would like to personally thank you for your excellent performance at the Medical Corps Birthday Ball. Your music greatly added to the overall atmosphere of the evening. “Rhythm Express” provided a wide range of musical selections that were enjoyed by all.”
- Rear Admiral Nelson, Medical Corp. United States Navy
"Thanks to all of you for providing such fabulous entertainment for our party. Everyone loved your mix of music, and hopefully you were rewarded by the enthusiastic dancers on the floor. You always provide the perfect balance over a meal, beautiful background music to enjoy, and the right mix of high energy dance music. It was perfect, thank you again." - Kathi Mallick
“Thank you for performing at our wedding reception in Dana Point. Many of our family and friends have commented on the excellence of your band. John and I were particularly pleased with your flexibility and professionalism. We really appreciated your willingness to announce the events during the evening.” - Lisa and John, bride and groom
“Everyone loved your band. My husband loved your rendition of “I’ll Always Love You”. You did a perfect job of just fitting in as needed whether it was soft background music, doing some of our favorite songs and the dance music. It was just perfect. Thanks so much.” - Ann Baker, bride
"Thank you Janet. We certainly will give your name to our friends. You did a wonderful job and everyone seemed to have such a great time. Thank you for being so kind and talented. We really enjoyed working together!" - Lynn and Dick Gordon
"I have want to let you know how wonderful your band is. You had a big part in making our evening perfect. All of our guests have commented on how much they enjoyed your music and most especially your vocals. Thank you so much and we will certainly let others know how much you contributed to our special evening." - Patty Yates
"Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! Rhythm Express made our evening fabulous. I was very apprehensive hiring a band for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary party. I knew having the right band was very important. I was so pleased, from almost the first tune our guests were up and dancing. The band accommodated all of my parent's special requests and made the evening wonderful. Thank you so much, I hope to have other occasions when I can hire them!" - Ione R. Stiegler
"Thank you SO much for your contribution to a wonderful party on Saturday. I got LOTS of comments about how great the music was - no surprise to me!" - Patrick Anderson
"What a lovely voice you have and when you sang “At Last” at our wedding everyone loved it. Thank you so much for the beautiful job you did."
- Ellen Beshears, bride
"Thank you for helping to make a memorable and beautiful day for us. We sincerely appreciate your sharing your talent." - Kelly and Mat, bride and groom
"Thank you so much for making my daughter’s wedding a very special event. Your music, as always, was enjoyed by all." - Dave Iti
"Thank you so much for the beautiful and fun music at our wedding. You were great and really helped make the day very special." - Debbie and Stephen, bride and groom
Venues and Clients
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Dance & Pop Tunes