Words about us

 

 

 

The Hook Me Up Jazz Quartet was the BEST entertainment we've ever had for our organization's annual Christmas party. These musicians are talented and experienced. Their selections for our older crowd ranged from Herb Alpert and Ray Charles to pop favorites like "Route 66" and "My Girl". I appreciated the professionalism and friendliness of the band members. They played without a break, and we DANCED. A lot! Thanks to the band for providing the ZEST and SPARKLE for our event.

Cathy - Capitol City Newcomers Club

 Just wanted to thank you and the band again for playing at our son's and his fiancee's rehearsal dinner. Fabulous and enjoyed by all!

Paul Hrissikopoulos

So much talent within one fantastic band! How does one begin to thank Hook Me Up for a flawless evening of superb entertainment? Hiring the HMU Band for my husband’s retirement party was the best decision I ever could have made! After informing James Cochran of my occasion, he took care of the rest—music selection and all. The band’s professionalism, promptness, friendliness, attention to detail, and exceptionally fine-tuned talent is something to be admired and the selection of music chosen for our party was spot on! Tracey Hooker led the band in such a relaxed and professional manner and they all had that special gift of interacting with our guests, which made for a perfect evening. The talent possessed within this band is amazing and their stunning solos were always met with applause from our partygoers.  Our family and friends were thoroughly impressed with HMU and although it’s been several weeks since our event, we continue to hear people talk about the great time they had at our party.  Sincerest thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the Hook Me Up Band for helping create a special memory that will last a lifetime!

 

 Ken & Susan

 

 

 

Now that the Blackberry Festival is completed I wanted to send you a note to express thanks for sharing your gift of music.  This year’s festival was a great success.  The music is always part of the foundation for success at the festival.  The crowd enjoyed hearing your performance.I will be sure to retain your contact information for future festivals.   I have contacts with other area festivals and I will share your contact information with them. Again thanks for your great music,

 

 

John Stockwell

 

Entertainment Chair

 

Bremerton Rotary-Blackberry Festival

 

 

 

Hello, we really enjoyed listening to you at the Sunrise Village last night (July 12th) You were all amazing!!!  Thank you for the great music.

 

 Carolyn Benum

First of all, I’d like to extend a big thank you to you and your bandmates for a great show at Harbor History Museum. We got such positive reviews from attendees—everyone had a really wonderful time. We appreciate the verve and enthusiasm that you all brought to your performance. Great job!

 

Alphid Dick

Events Coordinator - Gig Harbor History Museum 

 

 

Hook Me Up Band was the perfect selection for my recent wedding! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for outstanding upbeat jazz music by expert musicians. Fantastic! 

Sharon Swan

 

 

Dear Tracey, Jim and Aaron and Osama, I am still smiling from ear to ear thinking about my amazingly wonderful housewarming party! I may have set the atmosphere and invited the people, but you all knocked our socks off with your thrilling and passionate and happy and playful and delightful and incredibly well executed music.

Shane Bumbalo

 

 

 

Great show last night. We were all blown away

by the great show the band put on. I had texts this morning telling

me how much they liked the band. Hope we can bring you back next year!

 

Al Mahaney

Fathoms O' Fun Festivals - Pt. Orchard, Wa

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Jim. We were very pleased with your performance.

It was just exactly what I was looking for. 

Thank you so much for the great job, and I will

definitely keep you in mind for future bookings.

 Happy New Year,

  LuWana

 Lucky Eagle Casino

 

 Hook Me Up was one of the featured acts at the 2013 Jazz Under the Stars summer concert series at Pacific Lutheran University. As a professional musician, jazz educator, and producer of the Jazz Under The Stars series, I choose my performers carefully for their musical integrity, quality of presentation, and audience appeal. Hook Me Up met and exceeded all my criteria. All four members were superb musicians. The presentation flowed from one number to the next with no "dead space." The repertoire was a variety of familiar and tuneful jazz/rock fusion classics, funk, and popular instrumental pieces, spiced up with an occasional vocal from bandleader Tracey Hooker. The audience was enchanted and individuals were still thanking me a week later for showcasing Hook Me Up. Thank you Tracey, James, Osama, and Aaron for a great job!

David Deacon-Joyner, Director of Jazz Studies

Producer, Jazz Under the Stars

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

 

 

We rec'd a personal note from a lady after the concert saying how wonderful your band is and how grateful she was to SJs for sponsoring you and getting the band here.  Thought you'd like to know.  I thought it was spectacular as well, and I have VERY GOOD ears!

Kari Hyre

St. John's Church Olympia, Wa

 

 

I wish I could give them more than 5 stars in every category. The guys from Hook Me Up were talented beyond belief, fun and professional. They truly made our event spectacular. All of our guests were raving about them. I would highly recommend them!

Karin Teles

Dweyer Pemberton Coulson PC 

 

 

I heard your band earlier today at the Magnolia Summerfest.  At first I was on the opposite side of the field and couldn't see the stage, but I clearly heard Chuck Mangione.  I thought to myself, "Why are they playing recorded music, I thought it was supposed to be live!"  Then I sat down and listened! Impressive! I had to leave before you finished and as I was walking away you began another Chuck Mangione tune.  As I reached my car a twenty-somthing asked me if Chuck Mangione was on stage. I said, "It could be, you'll have to go see!!"  Fabulous sound all four of you!  

Siri of Edmonds, Wa

 

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed listening you guys at PLU last night....great sounds!!! Thanks very much for playing my request!! 

Rod and Barb, Gig Harbor, Wa

 

WOW!!! These guys performed at the Auburn Theater last night. I saw their picture in the local paper and recognized the keyboardist, Jim Cochran. He is my Tacoma neighbor's brother in-law. MAN, I lead a full life but I am definitely going to become a part-time stalker/groupie of these guys. Nice tight brass licks, smooth jazz, inspiring funk and wonderful percussion. Loved, loved, loved, them! They have some demo audio on their website. Check them out if you get a chance. 

Roxane

 

Hook Me Up presents a very tight, broad-spectrum, and fast-paced program with energy and top-notch professionalism virtually no other quartets can match. Their performance at Jazz in the Valley 2011 in Ellensburg, WA was so successful and popular, in an unprecedented move we brought them back in 2012 for an afternoon main stage AND evening 3-hour club set. The Hook Me Up mix of instrumentals, vocals, audience interplay, and music in nearly any style imaginable, leaves this band completely exhausted by the end of every night, and audiences delighted.

 

 Norm Wallen

Central Washington University Department of Music

Jazz in the Valley Board of Directors, Ellensburg, WA

 

On behalf of Pacific Lutheran University and the Music Department, I extend our sincere appreciation to you and your group for performing at Jazz Under the Stars.  We had great turnouts this year, and some very lovely weather.  Besides our faithful jazz lovers, there were local leaders, art representatives, and educators present.  Many had very complimentary things to say about your talented group.  In addition, the audience enjoyed the unique experience of hearing some of the Northwest’s finest musicians free of charge!  This could not have happened without your generosity. Please extend our very best wishes and sincere thanks to the members of your group.   We appreciate your contributions to our successful jazz tradition at PLU. Hope to see you again in the future!

Shirley Garrison
Manager of Performance and Outreach
Department of Music
Pacific Lutheran University

 

  "I’m hooked! Hook Me Up quartet played Olympia’s Music in the Park last week to a crowd of 1,000 in Sylvester Park. The performance was upbeat and professional--with artist flair. Led by Tracey Hooker, the band really got the audience involved as Tracey stepped down from the gazebo and let his trumpet do the talking. Hook Me Up is very entertaining with great song selections and awesome sounds. They are definitely a sure thing and we’ll be inviting Hook Me Up to play future dates in Olympia."

 Donelle DeuelMusic in the Park ProducerOlympia Downtown Association

 

 

Jim,

 

"Thanks for sending me the info for Hook Me Up. I love a lot of the music you guys do. I am planning our kick off event for our 2011 – 2012 season and I think you would be great to have as our feature performers of the night. We would also have an opening act, a feature act and you guys as the Headliners."

 

Jim Kleinbeck

Auburn Avenue Theatre

Auburn, Wa

 

 

"We really enjoyed your music during the wine festival and I would be happy to pass along your contact information to anyone interested."

 

 Thank you,

 Kalela Robison

 Sales and Marketing Assistant & Special Event Manager

 Crystal Mountain Resort

 

 

I enjoyed the group for several reasons; good musicianship, a great mix of classic pop/fusion/jazz material, tight sound, short tunes, trumpet/flugel oriented ensemble, and a fun feel coming off the stage.  

 

Keith McClelland

 Artist Coordinator

 North City Jazz Walk

 Shoreline, Washington

 

"I stumbled on you guys today at the Olympia Farmers Market.  The best, tightest group I have heard in years!  Totally enjoyed it.  I am looking forward to playing the CD I bought next! Keep playing the great tunes!"

 

John

 

 

Hi Jim.  Beautiful job at the concert.  Everyone really enjoyed your group.  Thank you so much.

 

Christine Hall, MIRM, CSP, CMD, ATM

 Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations

 Franke Tobey Jones  Tacoma, Washington. 

 

"We really enjoyed your performance, it was just what we were looking for.  We would love to have you again in the future.  I have attached a couple photos you might enjoy. Thanks again for joining us!"

 

  Pam Barrett

 Special Events Coordinator

 Shoreline Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

 

 

Like your sound, good versatility, good performance.

 

Dennis

 Bremerton Main Street Association

 2011 Blackberry Festival 

 

I definitely recommend Hook Me Up to anyone looking for a band to make their party memorable, you certainly did for mine

Jim Corneilius