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Parisian Swing Ensemble
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...
Close Enough for Jazz
Close Enough for Jazz
From £500
A London Jazz trio offering a highly professional set of jazz standards for weddings and corporate events. Mixing in traditional elements...
52nd Street Jazz
52nd Street Jazz
From £895
If those timeless jazz standards make you misty-eyed and wistful, then 52nd Street Jazz, with their authentic style and effortless skill,...
Latino Jazz
Latino Jazz
From £685
Latino Jazz are a professional 1920's, vintage swing and Latin jazz band based in London. Experience the lavish swing era first hand as Latino Jazz perform a mixture...
Postmodern Dukes
Postmodern Dukes
From £1520
Comprised of some of the finest young jazz musicians in the UK, Postmodern Dukes put a brand new spin on contemporary classics with their...
The Dukes of Southwestern Jazz
The Dukes of Southwestern Jazz
From £1395
The Dukes of Southwestern Jazz bring the hot jazz fused with country sound of 1930s Texas dance halls to your vintage party, wedding or...
Salina
Salina
From £365
Salina is a professional singer / pianist who performs either as a soloist or with her incredibly talented band covering pop classics, jazz standards and rock anthems...
Half Time Disco
Half Time Disco
From £495
Reinventing standards from across the eras, Half Time Disco present their own blend of jazz and pop for the perfect ambient soundtrack....
Gypsy Strings
Gypsy Strings
From £715
Gypsy Strings are a unique line up of musicians performing the very best of gypsy jazz, rumba and choros! This acoustic based quartet offer a stunning performance...
The Mayfair Trio
The Mayfair Trio
From £550
The Mayfair Trio are a London based Jazz outfit offering mellow background jazz to upbeat swing. Able to deliver music to suit any...
Late Night Ensemble
Late Night Ensemble
From £775
The Late Night Ensemble are sure to shine and dazzle with their ultra smooth jazz & modern repertoire. Brought together by their love...
Simply Jazz
Simply Jazz
From £595
Simply Jazz are a highly talented, instrumental 3-piece jazz band based in the South East. The band comprises of three professional jazz musicians performing on the...
The Moonshines
The Moonshines
From £490
A silky smooth instrumental jazz band to entertain the masses. The Moonshines are an instrumental jazz outfit with an excellent repertoire of songs to choose from....
Charleston & Co
Charleston & Co
From £1045
All the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties recreated by the freshest jazz band in town! Charleston & Co capture the 1920s at...

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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