a little jazz, a little soul
Founded in September of 2018 by original members Ariana Harbin and Ricardo Herrera, Sweet Something is an up and coming DC-based project that is ever-changing and growing. With heavy jazz and soul influences, the group’s sound is diverse, and eclectic. While still featuring Ariana’s sultry, smooth vocals and catchy song-writing, Sweet Something’s new music is quite a departure from their first EP, “In The Parlor,” released in February of 2019. Their recent work has evolved into a more nu-jazz, groove-based sound, thanks to their newfound drummer, Aaron Ivey. Although, the band still stays true to it’s jazz roots by incorporating the classic jazz stylings of piano guru, Quentin Walston.
Sweet Something is now taking the DC area by storm as the group continues to create new music and grow at a rapid pace. Be on the lookout for their first full-length album, to be released in 2020!
Vocals / Ariana Harbin
Double Bass / Ricardo Herrera
Keyboard / Quentin Walston
Drums / Aaron Ivey
Listen to our new single, “So Natural” on Spotify!
(also available on itunes/apple music)
Listen to “In the parlor”
"In The Parlor" is Sweet Something's very first EP. It includes 5 original songs: single-take recordings with minimal editing. It has been a whirlwind musical romance since the band formed in September of 2018. We opted for a simple, no frills sound, recording live in a historic DC home. "In The Parlor" is honest, unembellished, and authentically us.
Released February 14, 2019
Ariana Harbin - Vocals
Kayla Matteucci - Keys
Ricardo Herrera - Double Bass
Kevin Etzler - Drums
Produced by Wander Collective
Available now on all streaming platforms!
“Versatile, and silky-smooth.” “Reminiscent of a young Etta James.” “An amazing voice and presence.” These are just a few observations of the frontwoman, Ariana, of Alexandria, Virginia. Music has always been the love of her life, along with all things retro. Ariana found her roots in gospel and spiritual music, and performed with various choirs in the DC area before fronting the short-lived, but locally popular blues and swing band, The Gin Rickys. Her muses are the vocal queens of yesteryear - Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Julie London, Etta Jones, Bessie Smith, yet she also draws inspiration from kings of soul - Ray Charles, Sam Cooke. Audiences can expect to be soothed and captivated by her performances.
Quentin Walston is a pianist, composer, and educator living in Loudoun County, Virginia. Quentin surprisingly began his musical career outside of jazz and away from the piano. As the vocalist and harmonica player of folk/old-time band, Jake and the Burtones, Quentin played around Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Maryland—eventually recording an EP with the band in 2010. Later, he began a solo career, releasing a folk album in 2012. From solo to quintet, this LP featured Quentin on vocals, guitar, harmonica, ukulele, and his first released track on piano.Quentin went on to study jazz, piano, and composition/arranging at James Madison University. Focusing on improvisation, composition, and arranging, his musical style blended stride, blues, bebop, and contemporary approaches. After graduating college, Quentin has played in and started numerous bands including Grooveyard, The Green Chimneys, Voyage, and Sweet Something.
Ricardo Herrera is a versatile musician whose origins come from Classical and Latin music. He brings his own unique style of playing, along with his dependable rhythm to the group. His experience includes performing as Assistant Principal Bassist with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. His most recent influences are Adam Ben Ezra, Motown bassist James Jamerson, and the late flugelhornist Clark Terry.
Born and raised in the DC area, Aaron Ivey is a true fan of the local music scene. His eclectic playing style consists of influence from jazz, gospel, and go-go, and his youthful and energetic presence adds a soulful and creative twist to the group. His most recent influences are Corey Fonville, Nate Smith, and Chris “Daddy” Dave.