• "I have never seen a crowd charge the dance floor at the beginning of a wedding."Hoban-O’Donovan Wedding, The Blackstone Hotel

Rendezvous is an eleven-piece contemporary dance band and is expandable for larger groups. Led by master of ceremonies and vocalist Toni DiDonato, Rendezvous is the preferred choice for live music in the private event industry. For over ten years, Rendezvous has provided unmatched musicianship, superior vocal talent and high-energy performances that have thrilled thousands of guests. Make a date with Rendezvous for a spectacular affair that will be sophisticated, fun and timeless.

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Meet the Band

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Vocals

Toni is a diva without the attitude. She is Rendezvous’ consummate leader and master of ceremonies, as well as a beautiful and talented vocalist. While keeping an ear to the music, she keeps an eye on the mood of the audience, expertly guiding the flow of every event. Her modus operandi is professional, warm and sincere. Clients appreciate her commitment to excellence.

Sophisticated, warm and witty.

Toni started singing at age three and hasn’t stopped honing her craft. After earning her degree in vocal performance at Northwestern University’s School of Music, she earned accolades as a member of the prestigious Chicago Symphony Chorus. Toni has performed throughout the United States at celebrity bashes, annual corporate gatherings, operas, political functions and other high-end events. She is one of the few vocalists who can sing it all, from classical to jazz to contemporary pop.

Vocals

Heads turn when Steve Taylor sings. A world-class high tenor with amazing versatility and an enviable range, Steve blends talent, style and authenticity into every song. Whether singing a classic rock or Sinatra ballad, audiences are awestruck by Steve’s vocal prowess.

He’s a pretty nice guy, too.

Steve has appeared in many of Chicago’s top venues including the Park West, Allstate Arena, House of Blues, Vic Theatre and The Riviera. Steve has backed national acts Joe Walsh, Deep Purple, Kansas, The Allman Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad and Robin Trower. He can also be heard on numerous radio and TV commercial spots for Kraft, McDonald’s, Coors and Walmart.

Vocals

This fiery R&B vocal powerhouse will blow you away with her range and contemporary finesse. Bridging the decades with a rich soulfulness that is modern and timeless, Candice channels Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Aretha Franklin.

The Pint-Size Diva

Candice is the winner of the 2011 Budweiser Superfest Vocal Competition and her hit single “I Wanna Go” recently made its national debut on Chicago’s V103. She has opened for a variety of artists such as Jill Scott, R. Kelly, Josh Groban and Chico DeBarge. Candice is currently in production on her first solo album.

Vocals

Multi-genre recording artist, songwriter, and producer Jamel ‘JL’ Lewis possesses a musical artistry that blossomed at an early age. His smooth stylings and contemporary sound are reminiscent of Michael Jackson, Ne-Yo, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

‘JL’ can move, groove and leave nothing to prove. 

In 2013, Jamel was named a Top 10 finalist on BET’s Sunday Best, a nationally-televised gospel singing competition. He was a featured artist at The Chi-Lites 25th Anniversary Concert as well as Ebony Magazine’s Black Family Reunion Tour. JL’s electrifying stage performances earned him the Midwest Concert Series “Artist of the Year” award. He has also shared the stage with MC Lyte, Jeffrey Osborne and Steve Harvey.

Drums

Kevin lays it down like no other drummer in town. He’s the master groove-maker. He’s the boom in the room. He puts the time to the rhyme.

And he’s the heartbeat of Rendezvous.

Kevin is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Music, president of Kevin Connelley Drum Instruction, and a member of the Vic Firth Education Team. His live performances include appearances on the Jonathan Brandmeier Show and the NBC Chicago Emmys. Kevin’s portfolio includes TV and radio commercials for McDonald’s, Bud Light, Sears and Weber Grills as well as numerous album recordings.

Bass

Hips don’t lie when Wally’s playing the bass. Wally’s muscular sound lays the foundation for Rendezvous’ infectious dance grooves.

The real Ace of Bass.

Wally has performed all over the globe. He has recorded with drummers Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting) and Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins), and guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto, Michael Jackson). Other album and touring credits include John Denver, Phoebe Snow, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dave Mason, and Mike Stern (Brecker Brothers, Miles Davis). Wally can also be heard on many national radio and TV commercial spots.

Guitar

Chicago born and raised, master guitarist Tom Sanchez is lighting up the Rendezvous rhythm section with his shredding solos and righteous riffs.

His amp goes to eleven.

Tom is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and has toured internationally, most notably with the Grammy-nominated band Liquid Soul. He has performed at the JVC and Newport Jazz Festivals and has opened for mega artists Ben Harper, Los Lobos, B.B. King, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy, and Sting at New York’s Madison Square Garden. He has played on hundreds of national TV and radio commercials for iconic American companies including McDonald’s, Coke, Disney, Budweiser and Ford.

Piano and Keyboards

‘We’re all in the mood for a melody and Kent’s got us feelin’ alright.’ Kent is a master on piano and synth, providing the harmonic anchor and tonal texture for a multitude of styles from pop to jazz to classical.

You say it, he can play it!

Kent has accompanied well-known stars including Yo-Yo Ma, Joel Gray and Frank Gorshin. He served as musical director for two nationally televised PBS specials and also maintains a thriving teaching practice in Park Ridge.

Saxophone

With a deep musicality and astonishing improvisational skills, Jim doesn’t just play the saxophone he lives it. His virtuosity pours from the horn with power and poignancy.

Sonorous and passionate.

Jim is an accomplished jazz saxophonist, arranger and composer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from DePaul and a Master’s degree in music composition from Northwestern University. Jim has performed with Kurt Elling, Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormé, Manhattan Transfer, and Blue Note’s Patricia Barber. He has been featured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Jim also teaches improvisation and jazz saxophone studies at Roosevelt University.

Trumpet/Flugelhorn

Versatility and brilliant tone are his hallmarks. Terry is one of those rare talents that is equally at ease playing lead trumpet or crafting a memorable solo. No matter what he’s playing, he does it with precision and panache.

Brassy, sassy and classy.

One of Chicago’s finest, Terry was awarded the Louie Armstrong Award and was recognized as Best Jazz Soloist by the International Trumpet Guild. He has performed or recorded with many well-known artists including Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling, David Sanborn, Roberta Flack, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Sheena Easton and Buddy Rich.

Trombone

The legendary Buddy Rich heard Tom play at the tender age of twenty and asked him to join his touring band – and he did!

The real deal.

Tom has earned a national reputation as an accomplished soloist, educator, composer and arranger and is considered to be one of the finest trombone players alive today. He has a Master’s degree in jazz arranging and composition from the University of Miami, has coached scores of aspiring musicians, and written countless arrangements. Tom has performed or recorded with such legends as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie and Maynard Ferguson. You can hear Tom on his own albums entitled “Maynard Ferguson Presents Tom Garling” and “Campin’ Out.”

Photo credits: Marc Perlish Photography and Fandl Photography