Jazz & swing bands for hire

Shim sham to a swing band, tap your toes to dixieland or simply relax and sip a cocktail to some background jazz. We also have big bands, crooners, Postmodern and gypsy jazz bands for hire.

To check availability, please add your event date to the menu above.

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from£650

Midnight Blue

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (58)

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! Also available with drums and vocals.

The Sheik of Araby (3-piece)
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from£415

The 12th Street Swingers

  • Surrey
  • 2-4
  • (25)

Vastly-experienced Dixieland jazz band playing songs in the classic New Orleans style. Great for background music or wandering entertainment. Larger line-ups are available for dancing too.

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from£1,325

Hipshakers

  • London
  • 4-7
  • (20)

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'.

Ticket To The Twenties
from£550

Ticket To The Twenties

  • London
  • 3
  • (2)

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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from£1,230

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.

All of Me / Take The 'A' Train / St Thomas
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from£370

All Of Me

  • Warwickshire
  • 2-5
  • (3)

A group of professional jazz musicians offering quality live music for all occasions and specialising in arrangements of jazz and swing classics from the Great American Songbook.

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from£550

The Djangos

  • London
  • 3
  • (18)

Talented gypsy jazz trio playing their own arrangements of tunes ranging from swing & jazz classics to modern pop anthems.

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from£1,365

The Highball Swingers

  • Liverpool
  • 5-7
  • (18)

Quirky vintage swing band with a fantastic female lead putting a retro take on modern songs like Get Lucky, Uptown Funk and Billie Jean. Additional musicians, acoustic jazz sets and laptop DJ service available.

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from£725

Cirrus Trio

  • London
  • 3
  • (15)

Cool and classy trio playing jazzy versions of pop songs as well as jazz standards, from Frank Sinatra to Ed Sheeran. Available as an instrumental ensemble or with a male vocalist.

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from£740

The Southside Jazz Band

  • London
  • 3-8
  • (14)

Renowned for their live shows full of infectious energy, and their ability to win over any crowd large or small, The Southside Jazz Band is the band that most evocatively recreates the bold, brassy, blues-infused spirit of 1920s New Orleans jazz in the UK today.

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from£600

The Postmodern Jazz Cats

  • London
  • 3-7
  • (5)

An inebriating mix of jazz, swing and modern pop hits delivered by world class musicians. Additional musicians and afternoon sets also available.

Midnight Swing
from£600

Midnight Swing

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (12)

Exceptional jazz and swing trio with an extensive repertoire of classic jazz tunes by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and George Gershwin, plus an optional pop repertoire. Suitable for elegant background music or with drums and vocals for evening dancing.

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from£490

The Serenades

  • Swindon
  • 2
  • (4)

The Serenades are a talented pop and jazz duo, comprising jazz-influenced electric guitar, soulful piano, and crisp male/female vocal harmonies.

All Of Me
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from£550

The Richmond Jazz Trio

  • Surrey
  • 3-6
  • (19)

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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from£735

The Resets

  • Manchester
  • 3-5
  • (20)

Quirky and retro acoustic trio and band playing modern pop songs in a gypsy jazz style. Available as a quartet and quintet with stunning female vocalists and percussion. Free laptop DJ service.

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from£490

Westminster Duo

  • London
  • 2
  • (4)

Westminster Duo are a classy act who perform across the UK and abroad! They specialise in jazz, smooth soul and laid-back pop, perfect for background music at your event.

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from£430

Blue Mood

  • London
  • 2
  • (8)

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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from£980

Boho Hustle

  • London
  • 4-7
  • (21)

Fun, lively 4-piece playing classic and modern rock & pop with a jazzy, boho twist! The band's winning combination of infectious energy and dancefloor cool is winning over audiences at weddings and parties up and down the UK.

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from£810

Django Lives!

  • London
  • 3
  • (17)

A lively and experienced acoustic gypsy jazz trio playing the music of Django Reinhardt and other jazz standards, plus arrangements of classical tunes and modern rock ‘n’ pop favourites.

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from£1,535

Swinging in Blue

  • London
  • 5-13
  • (3)

This versatile swing ensemble really is a cut above the rest! Their plethora of material spans the contemporary chart hits from the last 80 years. Larger line-ups, lead male vocals, acoustic afternoon sets and DJ service are available.

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from£1,475

The Swingsters

  • London
  • 5-6
  • (3)

Outrageous jazz, swing and postmodern jukebox style band! Various line-ups available.

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from£555

Milestones Duo

  • Manchester
  • 2
  • (3)

An experienced saxophone and piano-playing duo that create a feel-good atmosphere with their background jazz and pop tunes.

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from£1,535

The Swing Collection

  • Cheshire
  • 5-10
  • (10)

Sophisticated swing and jazz band offering Rat Pack and big band hits, as well and modern floor fillers, and a variety of line-up options.

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from£1,230

Postmodern Swing Club

  • Sussex
  • 5-9
  • (12)

Combining vintage Rat Pack swing with jazz twists on modern pop, Postmodern Swing Club perform classic music of the 50's, alongside sophisticated swung up hits from Nirvana, Meghan Trainor, Oasis, Katy Perry, Radiohead, Lady Gaga and many more! Larger line-ups also available.

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from£545

The Alley Cats

  • Liverpool
  • 3-6
  • (23)

Swing trio perfect for drinks receptions and early evening entertainment. These experienced musicians deliver their own unique twist on jazz standards and chart hits, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson.


The easy way to hire jazz bands

  • The UK’s very best jazz, swing, bebop & blues bands
  • From small background jazz bands to large big bands for dancing
  • Fast customer service and secure payments
  • 24/7 emergency support & jazz band cover
  • Comprehensive band contracts for your peace of mind

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 or trio. 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 big bands and 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 my jazz musicians need to set up?

For afternoon and early evening events, our bands 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 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.
  • Always consider hiring a band from your local area, to save on travel and accommodation costs. We have jazz & swing bands based in most major towns and cities across the UK.

The very best jazz bands, UK wide

Function Central is a leading live music booking agency, providing the very best jazz bands the UK has to offer. 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.

We’ve spent many years searching the UK for the very best jazz bands and musicians in the UK, so that you don’t have to. To be accepted onto our books, acts must meet our high standards of performance, off-stage professionalism and admin. Once added to our jazz roster, we continue to monitor their performances.

We'll also stay in touch right through to your event date and we'll be available to deal with any booking alterations or emergencies, 24/7, right up to the day of your booking.

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