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Jazz & swing bands for hire

Shim sham to a swing band, tap your toes to dixieland or just relax to a background jazz trio. We also offer big bands, crooners, Postmodern and Gypsy jazz bands for hire.


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Midnight Blue

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (66)

Experienced, versatile jazz trio, performing jazzy takes on pop music from The Beatles to Sam Smith as well as classic jazz. Suitable for mellow background music at weddings, corporate events and more!

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The Highball Swingers

  • Liverpool
  • 5-7
  • (41)

Quirky vintage swing band with a fantastic female lead putting a retro take on modern songs like Get Lucky, Uptown Funk and Billie Jean.

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Django’s Jive

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (19)

Traditional gypsy jazz and acoustic swing band playing standards by Django Reinhardt as well as swinging renditions of modern artists. Available as an instrumental line-up or with female vocals.

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The 12th Street Swingers

  • Surrey
  • 3-6
  • (36)

Upbeat, Dixieland jazz band playing songs in the classic New Orleans style. Great for toe-tapping background music. Also available as a marching band line-up is available for parades and funerals.

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The Retro Pops

  • Sheffield
  • 4-6
  • (41)

The Retro Pops re-interpret classic pop songs from the 1970s to the 2020s in a variety of other genres, from jazz and blues to calypso. A fresh approach to the traditional party band format.

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The Richmond Jazz Trio

  • Surrey
  • 3-6
  • (41)

Young, professional jazz trio and regulars on the London jazz scene, The Richmond Jazz Trio perform jazz classics by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, and many more.

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Knights of Swing

  • Kent
  • 4
  • (22)

Highly experienced and entertaining jazz / swing function band playing the classic hits from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Bublé, and more.

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The Modern Swing Band

  • London
  • 5-7
  • (21)

Authentic postmodern style swing band who play swing classics as well as pop songs in a swing style. Extra musicians available.

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Gypsy Street

  • London
  • 2-5
  • (29)

Exciting and upbeat guitar duo playing a wide range of styles from jazz and gypsy to Italian music, all rearranged with a fresh and unique touch. The perfect non-intrusive background music for weddings and parties.

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Blue Mood

  • London
  • 2
  • (19)

Classy background jazz duo performing jazz standards set to guitar and voice, as well as contemporary material – from Fats Waller and Sinatra to Justin Timberlake and Pharrell. Vocal/piano duo also available.

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Ticket To The Twenties

  • London
  • 3
  • (25)

You're on your way to The Twenties! And to celebrate, some of the most in-demand and charismatic musicians on the London scene have come together to form Ticket to the Twenties - the bees knees in vintage style entertainment!

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Lily Von Rouge

  • Derbyshire
  • 1-10
  • (5)

Tantalizing singer available as a soloist or with a live band in varying sizes. Lily sings the best of vintage and postmodern jazz in sparkling 1920s style.

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The Sunshine Strutters

  • London
  • 3-7
  • (5)

Inspired by the jazz of the 1920s and 30s with a few interesting numbers from other eras thrown in to spice things up, their trade-mark is the variety, freshness and fun that they imbue all their performances with.

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The Postmodern Jazz Cats

  • London
  • 3-7
  • (22)

An intoxicating blend of swing, jazz and contemporary pop performed by experienced, world-class musicians. Additional musicians and afternoon sets also available.

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Bertie And The Spiffs

  • West Yorkshire
  • 4-5
  • (21)

Hugely entertaining and swinging 1920s-style jazz band, who have previously performed at Wembley Stadium. The band put their own unique and eccentric take on modern pop, from Taylor Swift to Motorhead! DJ laptop service available on request.

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The Smokin Romas

  • Gloucestershire
  • 2-4
  • (20)

Lively gypsy jazz guitar duo capturing the nostalgia of the gypsy jazz era – the perfect upbeat background music for summer garden parties and receptions. Extra instruments including violin and bass available. Also can be booked as a roaming duo or trio.

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Claret Swing

  • London
  • 4
  • (4)

Playing a selection of swinging jazz standards, traditional gypsy folk tunes, french musette, waltzes and bossa novas, the cheerful swing of their music and a light bounce creates a relaxed, happy atmosphere at every occasion.

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NOLA Funeral Band

  • Southport
  • 4-8
  • (1)

Give your loved one a beautiful, New Orleans style send off. The NOLA Funeral Band are able to march in a funeral procession, perform outdoors in a churchyard or indoors in a crematorium or at a wake.

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The Hotsy-Totsies

  • Manchester
  • 5
  • (21)

Delivering a diverse range of songs from many genres and decades, reinvented in a captivating vintage style from upbeat funk, jazz standards or Brazilian samba and Latin beats.

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  • London
  • 4-7
  • (22)

Classy, stylish vintage band inspired by Postmodern Jukebox. The band play all your favourite chart hits from a 1920s Charleston version of 'Put Your Records On' to a Motown-style arrangement of ‘Can’t Feel My Face'.

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  • Swing, trad, dixieland & gypsy jazz bands for hire
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Jazz & swing bands booking guide

Which styles of jazz are your bands able to play?

We have modern jazz bands for drinks receptions, swing bands for dancing, trad or dixieland jazz bands for outdoor garden parties and gypsy jazz bands for a touch of 1930s Paris!

Our Postmodern Jukebox style bands play all your favourite modern chart songs in a jazzy style.

Remember, if your event doesn’t have the budget or space for more than one musician, you can still hire one of our jazz pianists or solo Rat Pack style singer who will add a touch of elegance and class to any event.

Can you provide background jazz bands for dinner or drinks?

For the perfect background music at daytime or early evening receptions, you might want to hire a smaller jazz band such as a duo, trio or quartet.

These are typically fronted by a vocalist or saxophonist and feature the glorious jazz standards of the Great American Songbook made famous by Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, as well as modern jazz artists such as Jamie Cullum and Michael Buble.

Can you provide big bands or swing bands for dancing?

When it’s time to get dancing, you’ll want to book a larger swing band or big band that include drums and are fronted by the best crooners and starlets available.

You’ll be treated to upbeat jazz dance music from the 1920s all the way through to the late 1940s by artists such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

A Great Gatsby-style 20s band is a glamorous choice for a corporate event, high-end wedding or Prohibition era or mobster-themed party.

Do your jazz bands bring their own sound and lighting equipment?

All our jazz & swing bands are fully self-contained with their own PA sound system so you don’t have to worry about speakers or sound engineers.

Some of our swing jazz bands will bring lighting for the stage or dance-floor for after-dinner entertainment too but check their profile page for more details.

How long will the band play for?

You’ll be treated to up to two hours of jazz music, usually over two 1-hour sets or 3 x 40 minutes, but they can play for longer (for an additional cost) if preferred.

If you need the band to play for longer or later than midnight, extra fees can apply.

How long will jazz musicians need to set up?

For afternoon and early evening events, our musicians aim to arrive about 90 minutes before the scheduled start of the performance, and smaller line-ups rarely need more than 30 minutes to set-up and sound-check.

How can we keep the music going in the intervals between the band’s sets?

To keep your guests on the dancefloor into the night, larger bands can provide recorded jazz music between sets using their own sound system and mp3 player or iPod (or yours, if you prefer).

Many are able to upgrade to a more advanced service using virtual DJ software so that they can mix songs and take your guests’ requests – check the band’s profile page for details!

Is there any equipment that we need to provide for our jazz or swing band?

If you’re planning a summer garden party, trad jazz bands and some gypsy jazz bands are the perfect, “pressure off” choice, as they usually perform “unplugged” and will not require power.

Most other jazz bands will need access to at least two standard domestic plug sockets and, as well as power, you’ll need to provide a flat, dry performance area large enough for the band.

As a guide, always allow approximately 1.5m squared per musician.

If the band is required to play outdoors, they will also need shelter from the rain and the sun.

Our venue has a sound limiter – is this easy to manage?

Most jazz bands can perform within the limits of sound limiters with no problems.

However, if you’re booking a larger swing band (upwards of a 4-piece) including drums and brass, it’s worth checking the noise restrictions at your venue.

In many cases, levels can be reduced by asking the drummer to use brushes or “hot rods” instead of wooden sticks.

Is there anything else that we will need to sort out for the band?

Most jazz & swing bands performing for after-dinner entertainment will require food and drink on the night.

Some bands will also request things like reserved parking or a secure changing room, but this will be detailed in your booking contract with them.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions about anything you’re not sure about!

We're booking a wedding jazz band. Can they learn our first dance?

Yes! Our wedding jazz and swing bands will be happy to learn and perform your first dance request – provided they think they can arrange it for their line-up and do it justice!

Check the band’s profile to see what they can offer and if they can’t do it live, they could just play it through their PA system using Spotify or an mp3 player.

How can we save money on our jazz & swing band?

  • Before you book an additional afternoon background music band, check whether the jazz musicians you've booked for the evening can provide this – it'll save you additional costs, such as travel.
  • If you haven't yet set your event date, consider booking a midweek or winter date to take advantage of the most competitive rates.
  • To save money on travel and accommodation costs, it's worth searching for a local jazz band based near you. If you're based in the south, check out our huge roster of jazz bands in London. For the north, browse our jazz bands in Manchester.

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