Thanks for all the comments and reviews, whether through the website, Twitter, Facebook etc. – it’s always very much appreciated!
Here is some recent feedback (not the ”Marshall on 11” kind)….
Tropic at Ruislip gig 21st Oct 2022:
“What a great night. More people than I expected came (if you were one I thank you) and the band were on top form and everyone seemed to lap it up. They had a brand new guitar player doing his first ever show with them and I think it is safe to say he passed the audition with flying colours. They will return, indeed in the event of a cancellation they might just be up at the top with my options of a last-minute stand-in band! I loved it, and so did those who came, that was obvious.”
”Another cracking night at ‘The Tropic’ guys… Are you guys full time pros now – seriously, I had imagined you all held down regular jobs when I first saw/met you all but last night was just SO FLUENT I am thinking you might be doing this full-time now ? Whatever, had returned from a weekend in Leeds on Sunday evening so though I’d noted the evening down I wasn’t sure I was up for the trip – am glad I made the effort. Bring on March …”
”Hi my nephew called me last night to say he was at your gig in Ruislip, how amazing you were and that my life would be incomplete if I didn’t see you! …. Please try to come up north, you will be well received!”
”Caught you guys last weekend at Wokingham and thought you were outstanding. Have loved SD since the early eighties so knew all the songs backwards and you were soooo on the money with all of them.”
‘’ I just wanted to say a big thanks to Stanley Dee for Sunday night – really great show. We thoroughly enjoyed it…. It’s 8pm at Half Moon Putney 5th April 2015 and nearly Stanley Dee time. Not knowing what to expect and having been at Steely Dan fan since the early days I was clutching my glass with trepidation… Thirty seconds into the first number and all fears expelled. Absolutely terrific show and as one guy I met there said ‘I feel like a kid again’ (hope not of the showbiz type…) Not to be missed, go see them…’’
‘’Thanks to you all – another superb evening yesterday. 2nd half was brilliant – so much energy. See you next time!’’
‘’Thanks for your recent gig at Putney. Very good musicianship and you obviously love the music, which is infectious. Keep on coming here please !’’
‘’Thank you guys – another superb gig at the Half Moon tonight.’’
‘’Awesome gig tonight! Second half absolutely smokin ’’
And some older reviews….
”Great gig at The Maltings in Farnham yesterday. Played for over 2 hours and hit some great heights”
”The best evening I’ve had for a long time……Fantastic musicianship from everyone”
”Thanks for such a great evening. I’m on holiday from South Australia and watching you guys has to be one of my holiday highlights. Well done. ”
”Wonderful wonderful gig at Ruislip on Friday. 48 hours later and I’m still on a high. Thank you.”
”Absolutely sensational performance at the Tropic last night – you guys get better and better. Great to hear some new numbers particularly Aja and Black Friday”
”First time seeing you guys….completely blown away! One of the best acts we’ve seen at Tropic – and we’ve been countless times”
”Thank you Stanley Dee for making my week….just sayin’ Ruislip loves you all’
”Thanks for a great gig. Loved your musicianship and energy”
”Great concert at Redhill last Friday. I had a smile on my face from start Cousin Dupree to finish, Reelin In the Years. Great band all round-musicianship, solos arrangements and vocals were spot on. Well Done. Been a Dan fan for many years, now I’m a Dee fan too.”
”Hi We came to see your gig on Friday at Redhill for the first time. You were all amazing. Couldn’t praise you highly enough. You are all so talented, and gave us a wonderful evening. And Cavan is so charismatic – can’t believe he hasn’t spent his life on the stage !! Thank you so much. If you are playing again in this area, we will be there!! ”
”Hi I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the brilliant gig in Redhill last night. My wife Jan and I hadn’t seen Stanley Dee before and we weren’t sure what to expect, but I have to say we were mightily impressed. Great songs, of course, and delivered with style, gusto and passion. Please come back this way again soon, it really was an excellent performance. Congrats and best wishes to all of you”
‘’Great gig last night at Half Moon – you guys really are superb. Made me realize what wonderful songsmiths SD were/are. Can’t wait to see you next time. Thanks’’
‘’Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your show at the Half Moon last night. You’re all outrageously talented and your enthusiasm is obvious and infectious. I’ve seen the “reel” thing 3 times and your show is equally thrilling. Great choice of songs too, with some fantastic individual performances, but an overall coherence which does the originals great justice. You guys smile a lot more too ! Best wishes’’
‘’Just to say thanks for an absolutely amazing night last night in Putney (07.07). You guys were fab.’’
‘’Just wanted to say last night at the Half Moon, Putney was FANTASTIC. It’s the fourth time I’ve seen you myself and it gets better every time. As Steely Dan tribute bands go I doubt you’ll ever be bettered.’’
‘’Congrats on a great gig last night. A cracking set, very tight and sounding better than ever.’’
‘’Just saw Stanley Dee (Steely Dan Tribute) absolutely smash it, FINALLY musicians that understand the beauty and subtlety of this band’’ The Feeling (via Twitter)
”STANLEY DEE who made their debut appearance at Tropic @ Ruislip on Saturday (15th June,2013)are a fantastic tribute to the music of Steely Dan.
In a poised, polished and highly professional performance they delivered a wonderful set of Donald Fagen & Walter Becker “DAN” classics which was perfection personified.
STEELY DAN were arguably the Premier Jazz Rock Band of the 1970′s and were renowned for their complex chord sequences,rhythms,melodies and vocal harmonies which encompassed Jazz, Blues, Funk and Soul in a contemporary Rock setting.They were rightly revered throughout the Pop world for their musical intelligence, technical ability and obsessive attention to detail.
However, they were not as well known as a touring band, so it was wonderful to see STANLEY DEE in an intimate club atmosphere playing through a wide spectrum of STEELY DAN music.Witnessing their show is like the taste of molten chocolate & vanilla — sweet, smooth, warming and oh, so moreish.
The band itself is a very stylish 10 piece ensemble that managed to shoe-horn itself on to what can only be described as the compact Tropic stage.They are made up of an impossibly charismatic (if mildly eccentric)frontman as lead singer, supported by three delightful young women on backing vocals,(two of whom would take their own solo vocal spots). A sublime guitarist and superb keyboard player in the engine room were anchored by drums and bass who although rarely seen could always be felt. The whole thing is topped off by the fluid, silky smooth and mellifluous tones of the two-man horn section on sax and trumpet who played their parts with consummate skill. Nice!
The set list, in a near 2 1/2 hour program covered all the favourite classics and included DO IT AGAIN,RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER, HEY 19, DEACON BLUES, MY OLD SCHOOL, MIDNITE CRUISER, BABYLON SISTERS,KID CHARLEMAGNE, DIRTY WORK, PEG, JOSIE, HAITIAN DIVORCE,and ended with the peerless REELIN’ IN THE YEARS (about 40 by my reckoning). It’s brilliant when you go to a gig expecting the band to be very good and they turn out to be truly exceptional.
Finally, it was marvellous to see a band who so enjoy playing the music we all love. They are great fun!I hope to see them here again soon, Check them out the next time they are in town. If you like Steely Dan, you’ll love STANLEY DEE.
10/10. Highly recommended.’
”Great night last night (Ruislip). Finally I believe in Tribute Bands – you guys (and girls !) nailed it. Can only be matched by catching Donald and Walter over here – until then, hope to get the chance of catching you again”
”Hi all at Stanley Dee, having seen you guys at the Horns and at Jagz it was great to have you over in my manor last evening at the Tropic of Ruislip.This was the best show I have seen you play, the sound balance was excellent and brought out the voices of the ladies beautifully.I was delighted you opened with Don’t take me alive, one of my favourite Dan numbers. I love Larry Carlton’s opening riff! Thanks for a great gig.”
”Just wanted to say how much i enjoyed your set at Ruislip last night – it was fantastic – great musicianship and a wonderful time. I’m looking forward to seeing you again soon.”
‘’I would urge anyone who loves great music, SD fans or not to catch Stanley Dee live. Best gig i’ve seen this year (and i’ve seen a few)’’
‘’How someone sets about successfully putting a convincing band like this together puzzles me, they are all clearly talented musicians and singers that are passionate about the Dan, and that really comes across in their performance’’
‘’We are very lucky to have a band of this quality in the area. Long may they continue..’’