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Client input is the key to planning and executing a successful event. Utilizing our online planning system, we collaborate with you to provide a performance based on your vision for the event. You choose the songs you want and don’t want to hear and we use our expertise to compliment your choices to create the perfect party. We will guide you through the creation of a timeline, then make sure all the vendors are working together to create a seamless event from beginning to end. Not only do we deliver at the event, we keep you sane in the months and days leading up to it. We make sure the planning includes you without consuming your time and patience.
When we say we’re experts in our field, that’s not just our opinion. It’s the opinion of thousands of past Chicago wedding clients who consistently rank Stitely Entertainment in the top 5% of wedding professionals. We have received WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award every year 2011-2017 and the Knot’s Couple’s Choice Award for 2014-2017. We are members of the exclusive Style Me Pretty Little Black Book Guide. Additionally, we were honored by professionals in the event industry in 2012 and 2013 by winning the distinguished N.I.C.E. Entertainment Award for large-scale corporate events we produced. Jeff Stitely is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE).
Since 1995, we have been entertaining audiences and thrilling clients at private, corporate and public Chicago events. You can find us performing at many iconic Chicagoland music venues, such as The the House of Blues, Wrigley Field, Pritzker Stage, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, every high-end hotel, the Chicago Jazz festival and many more.
Our musicians consist of recording, touring and teaching professionals who have worked with national talent ranging from Madonna and Al Green to Andrew Bird and Wynton Marsalis. Our musicians have performed at more than 900 events throughout the U.S., including such venues and events as the House of Blues, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Taste of Chicago, The North Sea Jazz Festival and Chicago Jazz Fest.
Prior to starting Stitely Entertainment, Jeff performed with his own critically acclaimed jazz ensemble, the Jeff Stitely Quartet, for five years and with renowned Chicago vocalist Patricia Barber for 10 years. As a member of both groups, Jeff toured the U.S., Europe and the Middle East numerous times. The Jeff Stitely Quartet recorded three CDs, including “Chameleon Eyes,” which was named to the year’s “Top 10 Jazz CDs” by the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ FM. Jeff’s diverse musical background also includes recording with Andrew Bird, teaching drums to a young Alison Krauss, and performing with legendary jazz greats: Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Zoot Sims, Barry Harris and “Groove” Holmes.
Jeff’s love for music started in Florida, where he began playing the drums at the age of 10. After winning multiple state competitions and directing his high school jazz band, he attended the University of Illinois in Champaign to study classical percussion. A transformational event in his career was the opportunity to study and perform African drumming and dance with Ghanaian master drummer Gideon Foli Alorwoyie. Inspired by the joyous African musical traditions surrounding weddings, harvests and initiations he decided to start Stitely Entertainment in 1995, to bring joy to celebrations in our culture.
Says Jeff, “Building this company has been a blast. It’s like Legos for grownups. I’m having the time of my life, driven by the opportunity to make people happy. I love planning all the details, witnessing the event come together flawlessly, then packing the dance floor with people losing themselves in the celebration. It’s a great feeling.”