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Footprints Quartet
From £720
Footprints Quartet are a fresh and versatile jazz band offering a vast repertoire perfect for any occasion. Their wide mix of music spans...
The Brogues Brothers
From £380
The Brogues Brothers are a talented 1920s/30s acoustic jazz guitar duo, performing well crafted arrangements of timeless jazz standards,...
Olivia King (Duo & Band)
From £450
The expressive and soothing vocals of Olivia King will perfectly set the scene for your corporate drinks reception or wedding breakfast....
The Big Five
From £995
Performing a mixture of swinging songs and stomping rags from the 1920s and 30s, The Big Five serve up a dynamic selection of music from the golden era of jazz. The...
Chris - Piano / Vocals
From £295
Chris is an accomplished pianist, perfect for solo jazz piano during your wedding breakfast or a combination of piano and vocals during...
Ella & Jones
From £610
A charming & dynamic duo offering a tasteful selection of jazz standards and contemporary pop and soul. Ella & Jones come with...
A Touch Of Paris
From £280
A Touch Of Paris specialise in classic American Swing, French Chanson and Cabaret. With a French born singer whose impressive vocals...
Swing Street Trio
From £750
Jumpin' 3-piece swing band bringing back the sound of 1920's New York. Swing Street Trio perform all the hit's from 1920's prohibition...
Take Two
From £355
Take Two are a superb jazz duo that create a wonderfully relaxed and charming atmosphere. Offering a sophisticated set of jazz classics, this duo are certain to leave...
The Pranksters
From £1575
The Pranksters are a jump and jive 1940s swing band with exuberant spirit! A swing band like no other, The Pranksters welcome you to their unique vintage swing band,...
Just Jazz
From £550
Smooth and ambient jazz classics for an effortlessly cool and sophisticated atmosphere. Just Jazz consists of three professional musicians who've played at prestigious...
The Dixie Rhythms
From £610
Bring the New Orleans era of trad jazz back to life with The Dixie Rhythms - probably the best New Orleans Jazz band outside of New...
From £475
Noteworthy are an accomplished jazz band based in the South West of England with a solid repertoire of jazz standards. Comprising of several skilled musicians with a...
Prohibition Sound
From £820
Prohibition Sound bring contemporary and classic hits reinvented into charming jazz & swing arrangements! Capturing the 1920s and 30s...
Sweet Blue
From £490
Sweet Blue are a sultry acoustic jazz duo who perform a mixture of jazz standards and modern soul. This talented acoustic duo is made up of two professional musicians...
Tea For Two
From £440
Tea For Two are an exceptionally talented jazz duo who perform instrumental versions of jazz standards on the piano and saxophone. This sax-lead duo are the ideal...
Karl - Solo Saxophonist
From £260
Karl is a talented solo saxophonist who performs with his DJ setup to create an ambient atmosphere for events. A superlative performer...
Parisian Swing Ensemble
From £535
The Parisian Swing Ensemble are a captivating and infectiously loveable gypsy swing, Latin and jazz band. This particular swing ensemble...

Jazz and Swing Band FAQs

Looking to hire a jazz function band but not quite sure where to start? Below you'll find answers to some of the most common queries about jazz and swing bands.

How much does it cost to hire a jazz band?

The price of a jazz band varies due to a number of factors such as travel costs, time of the year and the experience of the musicians.

As a ballpark figure you might expect to pay between £175 - £200 per jazz musician for a band based in your local area. However, this can increase for jazz acts that are more specialised or in higher demand.

How many musicians are there in a jazz band?

Whatever budget or venue size you’re working with, we have a jazz band to meet your needs.

For background jazz we provide jazz duos and jazz trios for hire featuring two or three musicians, often led by piano, saxophone or guitar.

For something tailored towards evening entertainment, you may like to add a jazz singer to create a jazz quartet or a 2-piece horn section for a full-sounding 6-piece swing band.

How long does it take a jazz band to set up and sound check?

It depends on the line-up but in most cases a small jazz band of two or three members will be able to set up in less than half an hour. For larger bands set-up times may increase to an hour or 90 minutes.

How long does a jazz band play for?

Jazz bands typically base their prices on two to three 45 or 60 minute sets. This is ideal for afternoon champagne receptions or early evening arrival drinks.

If you need longer sets, please just let us know in your enquiry and our bands will be able to tailor a quote specifically to your needs.

What styles of jazz and swing do you offer and what’s the difference?

Jazz is a multi-faceted genre, to say the least. We offer a wide range of jazz and swing bands performing many of the most famous and well-known styles of jazz. Below are just some of the most popular:

Gypsy jazz

A uniquely vibrant genre of jazz originating from legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1930s Paris. Taking jazz standards and incorporating a more rustic sound featuring acoustic guitars and violin, Gypsy swing or ‘Jazz Manouche’ is ideal for wedding receptions and arrival drinks. Take a look at our roster of Gypsy jazz bands to see what's on offer.

Dixieland Jazz

Developed in New Orleans in the early 20th century, this famous style of traditional jazz can feature any number of instruments that might include clarinet, trumpet, banjo or Sousaphone to name a few. Dixie jazz is often a favoured choice when hiring a roaming band to move freely across the venue.

1930s / 1940s Swing Bands

With its origins set in the early 1920s, the term swing music is used to describe many forms of jazz. From early 20 th century swing bands in the style of Duke Ellington to 1930s and 1940s big bands performing well known jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. A popular swing band line-up might feature a vocalist, drums, keys, double bass and two or three-piece horn section to create a ‘mini big-band’ sound.

Crooner Singers

Many of the most popular jazz standards we know and love were made famous by legendary Crooner singers such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and The Rat Pack. One of our most popular line-ups is a jazz quartet featuring a jazz vocalist accompanied by piano, drums and double bass.

Versatile Jazz Bands

The majority of our jazz trios and bands perform well known jazz standards from a range of styles; from cool jazz (developed by jazz legend Miles Davis) to modern jazz, trad jazz and swing.

From solo jazz musicians to 8-piece swing bands, our bands are flexible with the line-ups they offer and will be happy to work with you and your requirements.

Do jazz/swing bands provide their own sound system?

Our jazz bands will usually provide all of the sound equipment required.

When booking a small jazz band for background music, the musicians will often use their own individual amplifiers rather than setting up a full PA system. This creates an organic and natural sound that’s more than loud enough for both indoor and outdoor events.

If you’re adding a singer to the mix the band will usually provide a small PA system for the vocals. We’ll always specify exactly what’s included in your quote.

Do I need to provide a piano?

All of the pianists we work with provide their own stage piano / keyboard, so you don’t need to worry if there isn’t a piano at the venue.

How do I book a jazz band?

We make hiring a jazz band a simple and stress free booking process.

Step 1. Browse through our roster or jazz bands and send us your event details through the contact form on the artist’s page.

Step 2. We’ll check availability and send you a bespoke quote for your event.

Step 3. If you have any questions, just let us know and one of our team will be happy to answer your queries.

Step 4. Once you’re ready to book, we’ll send you a booking contract to sign online and an invoice for a small deposit of approximately 20%. This can be paid by card or bank transfer.

Step 5. From here we’ll send you a booking confirmation email with everything you need to know.

What songs and artists do jazz bands cover?

Our jazz and swing bands perform a selection of the most well known jazz standards taken from the Great American Songbook. Many of these jazz standards were made famous by jazz singers such as Nina Simone, the heartbreaking Billie Holiday, the heartwarming Nat King Cole, and the dripping-with-coolness Rat Pack: Dean Martin, Bing Crobsy, Sammy Davis, Jr., and, of course, Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

Below are just some you might be familiar with:

  • Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me
  • Etta James - At Last
  • Frank Sinatra - Have You Met Miss Jones
  • Duke Ellington - Take The A Train
  • Van Morrison – Moondance
  • Cole Porter - I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • Nina Simone - Feeling Good
  • Ella Fitzgerald - Cry Me A River
  • Nat King Cole - Let There Be Love
  • Frank Sinatra - It Had To Be You
  • The Jungle Book - King Of The Swingers
  • Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
  • Duke Ellington - Caravan
  • Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife
  • Irving Berlin - Cheek To Cheek
  • Nat King Cole - L O V E
  • Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a thing if it Ain't Got That Swing
  • Ray Charles – Georgia
  • Ella Fitzgerald - My Funny Valentine
  • The Jungle Book - The Bare Necessities
  • Irving Berlin - Puttin’ On The Ritz
  • Fats Waller - Ain’t Misbehaving
  • Django Reinhardt - Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Frank Sinatra - I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • Sammy Davis Jr - Mr Bojangles
  • Django Reinhardt - Minor Swing
  • Ella Fitzgerald - A Foggy Day
  • Dinah Washington - What A Difference A Day Makes
  • Take Five - Dave Brubeck
  • Dean Martin - Sway
  • Louis Armstrong - Jeepers Creepers
  • Tony Bennett - The Lady is a Tramp
  • Frank Sinatra - New York New York

Can I make a song request?

Yes, if have a song request that isn’t already in the band’s repertoire, just let us know and we’ll run it past the band.

Our jazz musicians have earned their stripes at some of the most notable jazz conservatoires in the UK and are able to perform a wide range of jazz standards from the Great American songbook.

Do your bands play modern chart songs in a jazz/swing style?

Absolutely! Jazz is notable among musicians as being one of the most complex and difficult styles to master – but this doesn't mean our fantastic jazz and swing bands are above playing a decent pop tune now again!

Jazz musicians know better than anyone that more complex jazz can leave some people scratching their heads – so if any of your guests fall into this category, our jazz and swing bands will have a few pleasant surprises in store for them. Keep your eyes open for jazzed-up versions of popular hits by the likes of Daft Punk, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran and even Justin Bieber!

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