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

For the perfect background music at daytime or early evening receptions, hire a small 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.

When it’s time to get dancing, go for a larger swing band or big band including drums and fronted by the best crooners and starlets available. You’ll be treated to upbeat jazz dance music from the 1920s 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.

Other popular jazz sub-genres include: trad or dixieland jazz bands, ideal for outdoor events such as garden parties, gypsy jazz bands for a touch of 1930s Paris, and Postmodern Jukebox style bands – modern chart songs performed in a jazzy style.

If you don’t have the budget or space for more than one musician, hire a jazz pianist or solo Rat Pack style singer, who’ll add a touch of elegance to any event.

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Midnight Blue

  • London
  • 3
  • (55)

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! Available with drums and vocals for dancing.

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Bertie & The Spiffs

  • West Yorkshire
  • 4-5
  • (11)

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!

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The 12th Street Swingers

  • Surrey
  • 2-4
  • (20)

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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The Djangos

  • London
  • 3
  • (8)

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

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The Highball Swingers

  • Liverpool
  • 5-7
  • (4)

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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Cirrus Trio

  • London
  • 3
  • (5)

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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Midnight Swing

  • London
  • 3-7
  • (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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The Richmond Jazz Trio

  • Surrey
  • 3-6
  • (18)

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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The Resets

  • Manchester
  • 3-5
  • (2)

Quirky and retro acoustic band playing modern pop songs in a gypsy jazz style. Various line-up options available. Free laptop DJ service included as standard with every booking.

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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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Booking a jazz or swing band?

Our jazz and swing bands will bring all their own sound equipment, so you don’t have to worry about PA systems 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.

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.

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.

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).

If you’re booking a wedding jazz band for your evening entertainment, they might be able to provide music as a smaller line-up during the day. They could offer a solo cocktail piano set or jazz trio during your reception or meal. This saves you the extra expense of booking separate acts.

If you’re planning a summer garden party, trad jazz bands and some gypsy jazz bands are the perfect choice, as they usually perform “unplugged” and will not require power. Most other jazz bands will need access to standard domestic plug sockets.

As well as power, you’ll need to provide a flat, dry performance area large enough for the band. As a guide, allow approx 1.5m squared per musician. If the band is required to play outdoors, they will also need shelter from the rain and the sun.

Most swing and jazz 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.

Most jazz bands can perform within the limits of most sound limiters with no problems. However if you’re booking a larger swing band (upwards of 4-piece) including drums and brass section, it’s worth checking 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.

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